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Code Red Extreme Heat Alert Issued For Labor Day, Tuesday (WJZ)

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a code red heat advisory for Labor Day. The heat advisory is for Monday and Tuesday as the heat index is expected to be over 100 degrees.

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Commentary: Breastfeeding Gets Personal For Public Health Advocate (NPR)

When my son, Eli, was born a year ago, it was a given that I would breastfeed him. 

During medical school, I learned that breastfeeding bolsters a baby's immune system, reduces infant mortality and improves the mother's long-term health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for a year, and I was committed to making it work.

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Baltimore Observes International Overdose Awareness Day (WJZ)

International Overdose Awareness Day had cities all over the world, including Baltimore, struggling to save lives and fight addiction.

In 2017, more than 72,000 people died of overdoses in the U.S., or nearly 200 people a day.

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Code Red extended through Thursday in Baltimore City (WBAL)

City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended a Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday as the heat index is expected to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.

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Where are Baltimore's hottest spots? Researchers crisscross city streets to map urban 'heat islands' (Baltimore Sun)

Temperatures in Baltimore officially peaked at 98 degrees Wednesday. But some city blocks might have baked at temperatures as much as 10 to 15 degrees higher.

In the high heat of the afternoon, a team of researchers and volunteers crisscrossed the city in cars equipped with temperature sensors to find out just how hot it gets, and where.

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Health Commissioner Extends Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday (Baltimore Jewish Life)

With continued high temperatures in the Baltimore region and a  heat index expected to be over 101 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday. August 30.  The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body. 

“As Baltimore continues to experience very high temperatures this week, all residents should take precautions to protect against hyperthermia and dehydration,” Dr. Wen said. “Heat is a silent killer and a public health threat, particularly for the young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. I urge everyone stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay in touch with your neighbors, especially seniors and medically frail individuals who live alone.”

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Dentists Screen 22K Marylanders For Hypertension (Washington Informer)

A grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has enabled dentists to screen more than 20,000 Marylanders for hypertension, or high blood pressure — a common risk factor for heart disease.

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Maryland pharmaceutical company buys maker of overdose reversal drug Narcan for $735 million (Baltimore Sun)

A Gaithersburg pharmaceutical company with significant Baltimore operations has acquired the maker of Narcan, a widely used opioid overdose reversal drug, and said it plans to develop more products to combat the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

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Code Red In Baltimore With 106-Degree Heat Index Forecast (Patch)

Temperatures may climb into the upper 90s in Charm City on Tuesday and feel like the triple digits for most of the afternoon. Wednesday is expected to be just as hot, if not hotter.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen issued a code red extreme heat alert for Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 29. The alert means that the heat is severe enough to threaten the life or health of vulnerable residents, and people may need to use caution if they are outdoors.

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Baltimore-area weather: 'Code Red' alert to continue Wednesday, with heat index forecast to hit 105 (Baltimore Sun)

The heat index approached 110 degrees Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore, and with hot, humid air flowing into the Baltimore region this week, more steamy conditions are forecast Wednesday. 

Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen declared a “Code Red” heat alert for both Tuesday and Wednesday. The city announced that it would open the Northern, Southern, Northwest and Southeast community action partnership centers as cooling centers both days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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