Issue: 2012 January 17

Calendar — January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012

COLLOQUIA Fri., Jan. 20, 2 p.m. “The Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident and Lessons Learned for Emergency Response in the U.S.,” an Applied Physics Laboratory colloquium with Randolph Sullivan, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Parsons Auditorium.  APL DISCUSSION/ TALKS Fri., Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m. “Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art,” a SAIS African Studies Program discussion with Gary Vikan, director, Walters […]

Classifieds — January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012

APARTMENTS/HOUSES FOR RENT Brewers Hill, rehabbed 2BR, 2.5BA TH, gourmet kitchen, fin’d bsmt, deck, no pets, avail Feb 1. $1,850/mo. 410-303-1214 or hudsonstreetrental@hotmail.com. Canton/Fells Point (603 S Patterson Park), 2BR, 2.5BA renov’d RH, 1,500 sq ft, CAC, hdwd flrs, expos’d brick, extra rms, laundry, rooftop deck, walk to park. $1,650/mo. fionalydon@hotmail.com. Charles Village, newly renov’d […]

JHM collaborates with Healthways on weight-loss program

January 17, 2012

Building on the success of recent Johns Hopkins research showing that obese participants were able to lose significant weight and keep it off for two years using telephone coaching and a specially designed website, Johns Hopkins Medicine is collaborating with Healthways to help bring the innovative weight-loss program to many more who could benefit from […]

Hopkins endocrinologist elected to Society for Pediatric Research

January 17, 2012

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center endocrinologist Scott Blackman has been inducted into the Society for Pediatric Research, one of the most coveted selections in academic pediatrics. Honored for his original research in the genetic and molecular underpinnings of diabetes, Blackman is one of 138 members elected to the society this year. The society’s mission is to […]

High blood pressure, anemia put sickle cell kids at risk for strokes

January 17, 2012

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Vanderbilt University and elsewhere have demonstrated that high blood pressure and anemia together put children with sickle cell disease at serious danger for symptomless, or “silent,” strokes, although either condition alone also signaled high risk. The results are part of an ongoing National Institutes of Health–funded […]

Beyrer to receive honorary doctorate in Thailand

January 17, 2012

Chris Beyrer, director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins University Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program, will receive an honorary doctorate in health science this week from Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. The award will be given […]

Fewer children require hospitalization after drowning incidents

January 17, 2012

Fewer children required hospitalization following a drowning incident over the last two decades, according to a new study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. According to the study, pediatric hospitalizations from drowning-related incidents declined 51 percent from 1993 to 2008. The rates declined significantly for all ages and for both genders, […]

Google Flu Trends: Warning system for emergency departments

January 17, 2012

Monitoring Internet search traffic about influenza may prove to be a better way for hospital emergency rooms to prepare for a surge in sick patients than waiting for outdated government flu case reports. A report on the value of the Internet search tool for emergency departments, studied by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins […]

Study helps predict which lung cancer drugs most likely to work

January 17, 2012

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that DNA changes in a gene that drives the growth of a form of lung cancer can make the cancer’s cells resistant to cancer drugs. The findings show that some classes of drugs won’t work, and certain types of so-called kinase inhibitors such as erlotinib may be the most […]

Found: Major gene mutation associated with prostate cancer risk

January 17, 2012

After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease. A report on the discovery, published in the Jan. 12 issue of the New England Journal of […]

Hubble detects one of the most distant supernovae yet observed

January 17, 2012

A team of Johns Hopkins astrophysicists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected a distant Type Ia supernova, the farthest stellar explosion that can be used to measure the expansion rate of the universe. The supernova is the remnant of a star that exploded 9 billion years ago. The sighting is the first finding of an […]

Seniors lack access to lifesaving organs despite survival benefit

January 17, 2012

Thousands more American senior citizens with kidney disease are good candidates for transplants and could get them if physicians would get past outdated medical biases and put them on transplant waiting lists, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. The investigators estimate that between 1999 and 2006, roughly 9,000 adults over 65 would […]

Johns Hopkins launches specialized Chinese language program

January 17, 2012

Johns Hopkins University has launched Johns Hopkins-China STEM, a Chinese language and research program tailored to the science, technology, engineering and medical professions. Designed for English-speaking scholars with a strong foundation in Mandarin Chinese and academic training in engineering or the health sciences, the eight-week program is now accepting applications and will commence this summer […]

Blood pressure drug prevents smoke-related lung damage in mice

January 17, 2012

Working with mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully used a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine, losartan (Cozaar), to prevent almost all the lung damage caused from two months of exposure to cigarette smoke. The treatment specifically targeted lung tissue breakdown, airway wall thickening, inflammation and lung overexpansion. As a result of the experiments, efforts […]

MLK Jr. Commemoration

January 17, 2012

Cardiac surgeon Levi Watkins, founder of the annual Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, presented the Ideals Award to Martin Luther King III, eldest son of the civil rights leader, who spoke at both the first program and the 30th anniversary event held Jan. 6, and to Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels. […]

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