Originally published in Baltimorefishbowl.com, March 30, 2015 Last January, Dr. Leana S. Wen took the reins from Dr. Oxiris Barbot as Baltimore City Health Commissioner. Being responsible for the health of the entire city seems like a gargantuan charge, especially for someone barely 30. But given Wen’s accomplishments to date—she entered college at 13, studied public health and health policy as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, served on an advisory commission to Congress
Originally published in Baltimorefishbowl.com, October 30, 2014 Waiting for a youth baseball game to begin, I whiled away the time talking with a guy whose kid seemed to have a lot in common with my son: Same age, shared interests, similar school curriculums. Before long, the conversation turned to homework. “He’s working his butt off,” the dad said. “Up ‘til 11 most nights, oftentimes up at 5:30 and back at it again.” As in 5:30 a.m. “Huh”, I responded, stifling a wordier retort. But my
Originally published on Web MD On playgrounds across the country, it's getting harder to tell who's watching the children -- Dad or Granddad. Experts predict the trend of older fathers will continue creeping upwards. Why the rise and, more importantly, at what cost? "The women set the baby-making agenda," says fertility specialist Dr Harry Fisch. As more and more women wait to have children, their spouses are forced to postpone parenthood too. Figures from the Office for National
Originally published on Web MD, 2009 You're trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follows you from grill to poolside. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely unfazed. Could it be that mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over others? The short answer is yes. Mosquitoes do exhibit blood-sucking preferences,
Originally published in the Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2006 Brett Martin walks about seven miles during the average workday, which isn't bad for a guy who rarely leaves his office. From behind his custom-designed vertical desk, which fits snugly atop his treadmill, the 39-year-old president of a background-checking company performs the usual office tasks: checking e-mails, typing on his computer, taking calls. Simultaneously, he maintains an easy pace of 1.8 mph at a slight incline.