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NIH awards $14.4M for UMSOM, Hopkins genetic variation project

The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, has been awarded a research grant of $14.4 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a goal to transform our knowledge of how much genetic variation there is in cells and tissues throughout our bodies.

Study: Baltimore children moved from high-poverty to low-poverty areas saw their asthma improve

Children with asthma whose families participated in a Baltimore program that helped move them from high-poverty neighborhoods to low-poverty ones saw their disease get significantly better, according to a study published Tuesday. The children experienced fewer asthma attacks after moving and struggled with symptoms on fewer days — improvements on par with medication used to treat the chronic condition, said Dr. Craig Pollack, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Hopkins School of Nursing and one of the study’s lead authors.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Frederick County plans jubilee for 275th anniversary celebration

A 19th-century-style baseball game, a host of live music acts and a petting zoo are all slated for Frederick County’s 275th anniversary jubilee celebration in June, according to a county press release. The event, which will be held on June 10 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Utica District Park, is for all ages. Admission is free.


Prince George’s Co. schools sue TikTok, other social media sites

The mental health of students is a growing concern among parents and schools, and more and more focus is being put on social media platforms and the role they might play. Now another local school system is doing what others around the country have done: filing a lawsuit. Prince George’s County, Maryland, Public Schools has filed a federal lawsuit against Meta, Snap Inc., Byte Dance and Google alleging public nuisance, negligence and gross negligence.

Read More: WTOP
You might need a bigger bin: Montgomery Co. to recycle old mattresses

Cans, bottles, plastic containers. Everyone’s used to recycling all kinds of household items, but what about some of the larger items in your home? It turns out you can indeed recycle your mattress if you live in Montgomery County, Maryland. But before you toss that California King, be aware — there are rules.

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What are ways to reduce youth gun violence in Baltimore?

In response to the record number of shootings of high school-age teens in Baltimore, WJZ-TV and The Baltimore Banner will present a town hall exploring ways to address youth violence in Baltimore. The town hall will be 4-5 p.m. on May 18 at the University of Baltimore and will air live on WJZ. It will also be streamed on The Banner’s website.

Baltimore County BOE selects Yarbrough as next superintendent

Baltimore County’s Board of Education selected Myriam Yarbrough as its next superintendent following a nationwide search. Yarbrough began her educational career as a chemistry teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools in 1996. She currently serves as Deputy Superintendent. The district began its nationwide search to replace Darryl Williams a little more than two months ago. Williams announced in January he would not seek a new contract.


National Aquarium receives 5-year accreditation from national organization

The National Aquarium has earned a five-year renewal of its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission in March at the AZA’s Mid-Year Meeting. This renewal extends the National Aquarium’s continuous accreditation since its original application in 1984.

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TSA testing facial recognition at BWI and other airports, raising privacy concerns

A passenger walks up to an airport security checkpoint, slips an ID card into a slot and looks into a camera atop a small screen. The screen flashes “Photo Complete” and the person walks through — all without having to hand over their identification to the TSA officer sitting behind the screen. It’s all part of a pilot project by the Transportation Security Administration to assess the use of facial recognition technology at a number of airports across the country.


Preakness 2023: Your guide to the 148th running of the Preakness

Could there be a Triple Crown winner this year? Kentucky Derby champion Mage is confirmed for the Preakness Stakes. This is your guide to the 148th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 20 at Pimlico Race Course in northwest Baltimore. What is the Preakness Stakes: The Preakness Stakes is an annual horse race that is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

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