Issue: 2011 July 18

Drug improves brain function in condition that leads to Alzheimer’s

July 20, 2011

An existing anti-seizure drug improves memory and brain function in adults with a form of cognitive impairment that often leads to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, a Johns Hopkins University study has found. The findings raise the possibility that doctors will someday be able to use the drug, levetiracetam, already approved for use in epilepsy patients, to […]

Hartwell grant supports research to prevent preterm births

July 18, 2011

More than a half million babies are born every year in the United States before reaching 37 weeks in the womb. For those who survive preterm birth—the leading cause of death for newborns—it often means months, years or even a lifetime full of complications for both the babies and their families. If doctors could predict […]

Expanded research effort to seek cure for AIDS

July 18, 2011

A team of AIDS experts at Johns Hopkins and other institutions has embarked on a joint five-year research initiative to cure HIV disease by finding ways to completely purge the virus from the body in people already successfully suppressing the virus with antiretroviral drug therapy. Major advances in anti-HIV drug treatment in the last two decades […]

Financial seminar for women now being offered

July 18, 2011

A new offering called “Charting Your Financial Course: A Guide for Women” has been added to the Benefits Service Center’s Financial Education Series. The seminar, given by women, is designed to address the unique investment issues facing women today. The segments are titled “Evaluate Your Financial Health,” “Save and Invest for Your Goals,” “Understand Investing, Risk […]

Classifieds — July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

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Cheers — July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

APL Scott Murchie, MESSENGER co-investigator, has been awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor that NASA bestows to an individual working outside the government. The award is granted only to individuals whose singular accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA mission. Murchie received the honor in recognition of his leadership of the Compact […]

Popular antismoking drug raises chances of serious cardiac event

July 18, 2011

Healthy middle-aged smokers who take the most popular smoking cessation drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo, a Johns Hopkins–led study suggests. “People want to quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, […]

Sexually transmitted parasite twice as prevalent in women over 40

July 18, 2011

A Johns Hopkins infectious disease expert is calling for all sexually active American women age 40 and older to get tested for the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis after new evidence found that the sexually transmitted disease is more than twice as common in this age group than was previously thought. Screening is especially important because in many […]

Freeze-dried gene therapy system avoids virus, complications

July 18, 2011

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a technique that delivers gene therapy into human brain cancer cells using nanoparticles that can be freeze-dried and stored for up to three months prior to use. The shelf-stable particles may obviate the need for virus-mediated gene therapy, which has been associated with safety […]

Job recruitment under way for Johns Hopkins Medicine electronic record system

July 18, 2011

Johns Hopkins Medicine has begun recruiting members for a team that will implement a new electronic record across the health system. Partnering with Epic, a leading software company that provides electronic and financial information systems for the health care industry, JHM is currently looking to fill more than 60 positions that call for clinical, administrative, […]

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