Steps to take to avoid the flu this year

By: Carolyn Hill
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Q: During a recent visit I noticed that my local pharmacy was advertising the flu shot. Is it too early to get the vaccine? What else can I do to prevent getting the flu? A: It is not too early to receive your flu shot! Flu season occurs during the fall and winter months and typically peaks between December and February. After you receive the flu shot, your body’s immune system... READ MORE

Sweating at night

By: Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Q: My husband has night sweats with a cheese-like smell. It’s been going on for almost two months. He says he feels fine. He doesn’t seem worried, but I am. Should he see his doctor? A: Since your husband otherwise feels well, it’s likely nothing serious. But he should still make an appointment with his doctor. The cheesy smell is not unusual. Some Swiss researchers actually... READ MORE

Sweet and spicy Indian turkey burgers

By: America's Test Kitchen
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Sweet, spicy, fruity and jammy, mango chutney is a powerhouse ingredient common in Indian cuisine that can liven up even the most mild-mannered of dishes. We first tried packing some chutney into our Classic Turkey Burgers by mixing it with the ground turkey, but the chutney’s high sugar content caused the patties to burn. Simply moving the chutney from inside the burger to on top of... READ MORE

Volunteer for studies of lung health, COPD

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: September 13, 2019

If you’re a former smoker or are suffering from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or another lung illness, Johns Hopkins’ Breathe Center may be able to help. At the same time, you can help others if you enroll in one of the center’s many studies on lung health. The Baltimore Breathe Center, originally known as the Johns Hopkins Center for Childhood Asthma in the Urban... READ MORE

Social media: the good, the bad, the ugly

By: Alexis Bentz
Posted on: September 12, 2019

There are few things more characteristic of the 21st century — or more controversial — than social media. Whether it’s catching up with friends on Facebook, watching videos on YouTube, or posting a new selfie on Instagram, social media has come to dominate our lives, especially for young people. And given its undeniable presence and impact, it is essential that we consider its... READ MORE

Study pays you for trying to quit smoking

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: September 12, 2019

How many clinical trials offer a free T-shirt emblazoned with an image of your brain? A new Johns Hopkins research study that promises the T-shirt will try to help smokers quit by using e-cigarettes. Perhaps more enticing, the one-year study offers up to $1,690 in compensation to make a total of 16 visits to the Bayview Center in East Baltimore. You may qualify if you are up to 60... READ MORE