Day: April 18, 2011

New grants for KSAS undergrads

April 18, 2011

Already permeated with a culture of exploration, Johns Hopkins has just added to its portfolio of research opportunities for undergraduates. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences recently announced a new grant program for its students to support either their senior thesis research or their work as a research assistant for a faculty member. The […]

A taste of Spring Fair

April 18, 2011

They came. They saw. They ate. Lunchtime patrons devoured funnel cakes, pulled pork sandwiches, Flintstone-size turkey legs, fried Oreos and all manner of foodstuff at the 40th annual Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair. The inimitable carnival corn dog? Alive and well in all its cornmeal-battered goodness. The festivities began at noon on Friday, when Spring […]

Targeting city’s top 911 callers can trim costs and improve patient care, pilot program finds

April 18, 2011

Repeated unnecessary 911 calls are a common drain on the manpower and finances of emergency medical services, but a pilot program that identified Baltimore City’s top 911 callers and coupled them with a case worker has succeeded in drastically cutting the number of such calls while helping callers get proper care. The program, called Operation […]

Foundation commits $2.2 mill for efforts at Hopkins-Nanjing

April 18, 2011

The Hassenfeld Family Foundation has committed $2.2 million to the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to establish a social enterprise competition and fellowships at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in China. The Hassenfeld Social Enterprise Fund will enable Chinese, American and other international graduate students to […]

JHU to host national summit on ‘Stress and the Brain’

April 18, 2011

Johns Hopkins will host a two-day national summit next week on the topic of “Stress and the Brain: Implications for Health, Development and Learning.” Leading researchers and practitioners will discuss the latest research on how stress impacts brain growth and development in children and adolescents. Sir Michael Rutter, a leading researcher and author in child […]

Environment-focused institute gets Earth Week kickoff

April 18, 2011

Top university administrators and two prominent guest speakers will participate in an inauguration event on Wednesday, April 20, to celebrate the establishment of The Johns Hopkins University’s Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute. The event will take place in Mason Hall on the Homewood campus from 2:15 to 4 p.m., followed by a reception. The […]

SPH awards Goodermote Award to Dikembe Mutombo

April 18, 2011

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has presented the Goodermote Humanitarian Award to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo for his efforts to reduce polio globally, and for his work improving the health of neglected and underserved populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mutombo received the award at a ceremony held at the […]

New diabetes education yields improved blood sugar control

April 18, 2011

An intensive program that taught low-income poorly educated diabetics to better manage their disease resulted in significantly improved long-term blood sugar control, according to Johns Hopkins researchers who designed and implemented the program. The findings, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, offer clinicians a proven new tool to help those with poorly […]

‘Active surveillance’ successful with low-risk prostate cancer

April 18, 2011

A Johns Hopkins study of 769 men from across the United States recently diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer shows that forgoing immediate radiation or surgery to remove the tumor poses no added risk of death. Delaying treatment is fine, the results show, so long as the cancer’s progression and tumor growth are closely monitored through “active […]

Experimental treatment for COPD is in development

April 18, 2011

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a nonsteroid-based strategy for improving the lung’s innate immune defense and decreasing inflammation that can be a problem for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. In a study published in the April 13 edition of the journal Science Translational Medicine, […]

Hopkins team discovers how DNA changes

April 18, 2011

Using human kidney cells and brain tissue from adult mice, Johns Hopkins scientists have uncovered the sequence of steps that makes normally stable DNA undergo the crucial chemical changes implicated in cancers, psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. The process may also be involved in learning and memory, the researchers say. A report on their study […]

Experimental Alzheimer’s drugs might help with nerve injuries

April 18, 2011

Drugs already in development to treat Alzheimer’s disease may eventually be tapped for a different purpose altogether: regrowing the ends of injured nerves to relieve pain and paralysis. According to a new Johns Hopkins study, experimental compounds originally designed to combat a protein that builds up in Alzheimer’s-addled brains appear to make crushed or cut […]

Computerized ordering systems reduce psychiatric drug errors

April 18, 2011

Coupling an electronic prescription drug–ordering system with a computerized method for reporting adverse events can dramatically reduce the number of medication errors in a hospital’s psychiatric unit, suggests new Johns Hopkins research. “Medication errors are a leading cause of adverse events in hospitals,” said study leader Geetha Jayaram, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral […]

Young athlete’s sudden death may warrant checkups for entire family

April 18, 2011

The recent flurry of highly publicized cases of young athletes dying suddenly on the playing field has prompted Johns Hopkins Children’s Center cardiologists to discuss the medical significance of a child’s sudden death for the rest of the family. Because most cases of sudden cardiac death in young athletes stem from an underlying heart condition, […]

Study solidifies role of DISC1 in risk for mental illnesses

April 18, 2011

Johns Hopkins researchers report the discovery of a molecular switch that regulates the behavior of a protein that, when altered, is already known to increase human susceptibility to schizophrenia and mood disorders. The findings, published online in the journal Nature, expand the possibility of creating biomarkers that can better diagnose those with mental illnesses and […]

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