Issue: 2011 October 31

Genomewide hunts reveal new regulators of blood pressure

October 31, 2011

A study involving more than 200,000 people worldwide has identified 29 DNA sequence variations in locations across the human genome that influence blood pressure. These genes, whose sequence changes are associated with alterations in blood pressure and are linked to heart disease and stroke, were found with the help of decades’ worth of population data that […]

‘Scarless’ surgery takes out tumors through natural skull opening

October 31, 2011

A technique developed by Johns Hopkins surgeons is providing a new route to get to and remove tumors buried at the base of the skull: through the natural hole behind the molars, above the jawbone and beneath the cheekbone. In a report detailing the novel surgery, published in the October issue of The Laryngoscope, the surgeons […]

Unveiling an ancient Roman curse to celebrate Halloween

October 31, 2011

The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is celebrating Halloween by unveiling a recently conserved 2,000-year-old Roman curse tablet, which spells out an anonymous plea for the grisly demise of a slave named Plotius. It is one of five tablets that have been part of the university’s collection since 1908, when graduate student William Sherwood Fox began […]

Notices — October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

Minority Global Health Disparities Research Program — Students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Minority Global Health Disparities Research Program, known as MHIRT, a summer internship for up to three months (from June to August). One student from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will be […]

Switching IV to pill form of drugs could save millions

October 31, 2011

Switching hospitalized patients able to take medication by mouth from intravenous to pill forms of the same drugs could safely save millions of dollars a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. In a review of computerized records for the year 2010 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the researchers estimated savings of more than $1.1 million […]

Through-the-nipple breast cancer therapy shows promise

October 31, 2011

Delivering anticancer drugs into breast ducts via the nipple is highly effective in animal models of early breast cancer, and has no major side effects in human patients, according to a report by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers in Science Translational Medicine on Oct. 26. The results of the study are expected to lead […]

Calendar — October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

COLLOQUIA Mon., Oct. 31, and Tues., Nov. 1, daylong. The Lavy Colloquium—“Jews and Empire,” with various speakers. Sponsored by the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program. Smokler Center for Jewish Life (Hillel).  HW Tues., Nov. 1, 4 p.m. “Televising the Live Event: Spectacle and Doubt in the Making of Indian Television News,” an […]

Sowing the seeds of community

October 31, 2011

A community garden will take root this fall on the Johns Hopkins at Eastern campus, thanks to the nurturing efforts of a small group of students and the support of several university offices. The garden was the idea of representatives from Real Food Hopkins, a student-run group committed to bringing local, sustainable, humane and fair food […]

CTY site for gifted math, science students wins ‘Science’ top honor

October 31, 2011, a website and online community for gifted math and science students, won the prestigious Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) Oct. 27 in recognition of its success at bringing students from all over the world together to “geek out” about a wealth of topics ranging from extrasolar planets to epigenetics. Cogito was […]

Fewer Canadian drivers alcohol-impaired in U.S. fatal car crashes

October 31, 2011

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and at Columbia University finds that the rate of alcohol involvement in fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States is much lower among drivers with Canadian licenses than among drivers with U.S. or Mexican licenses. The prevalence of alcohol involvement […]

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