Day: January 31, 2011

Simulating worst-case scenarios

January 31, 2011

What promises to be one of the nation’s most advanced computer simulation and modeling centers is taking shape on the university’s Mount Washington campus. The Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences is being launched by Joshua M. Epstein. A former senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Epstein […]

More global health opps for students

January 31, 2011

Last March, President Ronald J. Daniels announced an initiative to let more Johns Hopkins students pursue international public health experiences. To jump-start the initiative, the President’s Office helped fund the creation of Johns Hopkins global health awards, travel grants for students in all divisions and in all disciplines, nearly a quarter of them designated for […]

Guidelines issued to counter rush to patent, proprietary restrictions on sharing stem cell data

January 31, 2011

An international group of stem cell scientists, bioethicists and experts in law and public policy last week called urgently for specific measures designed to counter secrecy and self-interest. The recommended measures focus on the sharing of data and materials, and collective management of intellectual property related to stem cells. In a consensus statement, the Hinxton […]

Update on changes made after JHH shooter incident

January 31, 2011

Last year’s shooting at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prompted the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies to review Johns Hopkins’ preparedness and response to this event. To explain the outcome of these reviews and what’s been done to prevent and respond to workplace violence, an emergency preparedness education session has been scheduled for noon to […]

Leon Botstein launches spring Musicology Colloquium

January 31, 2011

Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and editor of Musical Quarterly, will give the first spring talk of the Peabody Conservatory’s 2010–2011 Doctor of Musical Arts Musicology Colloquium from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2. His topic is “Rethinking the Repertoire: Rescuing History, Criticism and Performance […]

Survive ‘shockable’ cardiac arrest? Chances excellent in big venues

January 31, 2011

Astudy of more than 14,000 men and women whose hearts suddenly stopped suggests that the chances of survival are very high if such cardiac arrests are witnessed in large public venues, including airports, sports arenas or malls. The reasons, researchers say, are that almost four out of five such cases appear to be due to […]

Breast cancer patients with diabetes more likely to die, study finds

January 31, 2011

Breast cancer patients are nearly 50 percent more likely to die of any cause if they also have diabetes, according to a comprehensive review of research conducted by Johns Hopkins physicians. The findings, published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, suggest that future research could focus on whether high levels of […]

Statin use linked to rare autoimmune disease

January 31, 2011

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered how statins, the most commonly prescribed class of medication in the United States, appear to trigger a rare but serious autoimmune muscle disease in a small portion of the 30 million Americans who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs. Taking statins, they found, can sometimes cause the body to produce antibodies against […]

JHU scientists crack genetic code for form of pancreatic cancer

January 31, 2011

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have deciphered the genetic code for a type of pancreatic cancer called neuroendocrine or islet cell tumors. The work, described online in the Jan. 20 issue of Science Express, shows that patients whose tumors have certain coding “mistakes” live twice as long as those without them. “One of the most significant […]

Race plays role in weight-related counseling among obese patients

January 31, 2011

When it comes to advising obese patients, blacks receive less weight reduction and exercise counseling from physicians than their white counterparts. This is according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who examined the impact of patient and doctor race concordance on weight-related counseling. The results […]

Applied Physics Lab tapped to provide solar probe instrument

January 31, 2011

Already on board to design and build NASA’s Solar Probe Plus spacecraft, APL has been tapped to provide an instrument for the sun-swooping probe that will measure key properties of the energetic particles blasted off the sun. Set to launch by 2018, Solar Probe Plus will venture into the sun’s outer atmosphere—called the corona—and gather […]

Gene protects African-Americans from coronary artery disease

January 31, 2011

A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere has discovered that a single alteration in the genetic code of about a fourth of African-Americans helps protect them from coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death in Americans of all races. Researchers found that a single DNA variation—having at least one so-called guanine nucleotide in […]

Living near busy roadways ups chances of allergic asthma

January 31, 2011

An international team of lung experts has new evidence from a study in shantytowns near Lima, Peru, that teens living immediately next to a busy roadway have increased risk of allergies and asthma. The odds can go up by 30 percent for developing allergies to dust mites, pet hairs and mold, and can double for […]

Fewer pediatricians, higher risk for kids’ appendix ruptures

January 31, 2011

Children who live in areas with fewer pediatricians are more likely to suffer life-threatening ruptures of the appendix than those in areas with more pediatricians, even when accounting for other factors such as the number of hospitals, imaging technology, insurance coverage and the number of surgeons in an area, according to a study from the […]

Combo therapy: A better way to treat deadly brain tumors?

January 31, 2011

Lab studies show that combining drugs that target a variety of developmental cell signaling pathways may do a better job of killing deadly brain tumors than single drugs that target one pathway at a time, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers. The combined therapy approach apparently reduces tumor resistance […]

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