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Gators in the Bay?

“American alligators are not indigenous to Maryland.” So reported journalist Jacob Baumgart for Patch Media on June 22. Then why did a father and his 14-year-old son encounter one earlier that month in a marshy area in southern Maryland? The two were kayaking near their hometown of Lusby when they nearly collided with a 7½-foot […]

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The ‘other’ greenbrier

This bramble can be very useful to wildlife, but can give gardeners headaches When you hear the word “Greenbrier” you may think of the idyllic resort in West Virginia, but there’s another greenbrier in Maryland that is not as idyllic as the historic, beloved resort. The common, native greenbrier, Smilax rotundifolia — smilax is Greek […]

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Feeding our brains

A few years ago, one of my patients in my psychotherapy practice gave me a brick-shaped sign that proclaimed, “You’re only one workout away from a good mood!” I was given the sign in response to my incessant urgings to exercise daily to aid in defeating his depression and anxiety. Most of us are keenly […]

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Harnessing creativity to help others

Thanks to COVID-19, the last year and a half has been difficult for everyone. Lockdown mandates kept people isolated and unable to enjoy their regular activities like socializing with friends and neighbors or visiting with relatives. Well, Judy Plymyer didn’t let the pandemic stop her from staying busy and engaging her fellow Charlestown Senior Living […]

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Garlic: The stinking rose

As October approaches, we think of pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns, the traditional symbols of Fall and Halloween. But, as vampires such as Dracula are also associated with the evening of masquerading and trick-or-treating, now is the perfect time to think about garlic. Often referred to as “the stinking rose,” garlic as a defense against vampires was […]

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3 ways that volunteering can be good for you

1. Boosting your health, especially if you assist others Volunteering has long been associated with good mental and physical health, particularly for older people. In a long-term study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that volunteering was linked to psychological well-being, and the volunteers themselves said it was good for their own health. While […]

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How to back up your data

As wonderful as your computer may be, something’s going to go wrong with it. And, since Murphy’s Law tends to control a fair amount of the known universe, it’s going to happen at the worst time possible. Since your computer is a machine that uses heat, electricity, and moving parts (such as its hard drive, […]

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What is the HIPAA Privacy Rule? A health law scholar explains

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule is a federal law prohibiting health care providers, businesses and the people working with them – including administrative staff, laboratories, pharmacies, health insurers and so on – from disclosing your health information without your permission. When people talk about HIPAA, they typically refer to the Privacy […]