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1998 Press Releases

Johns Hopkins Press Releases: 1998

DECEMBER
12/21/98 Medical News Tips
Listed below are story ideas from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
12/16/98 Fintan R. Steele, Ph.D., Appointed Johns Hopkins Medcast News Bureau Chief
Fintan R. Steele, Ph.D., has been appointed bureau chief and editor of the Hopkins channel of Medcast, Johns Hopkins Medicine's new venture with Greenberg News Network in Atlanta. Medcast, a proprietary daily news and information service for physicians, is distributed via the Internet through a non-Web-based system directly to subscribers' computers.
12/15/98 Studies Show Patients Benefit from High-volume Surgeons; Medicaid Patients May Start out Sicker
In the latest of a series of clinical outcomes studies at Johns Hopkins, researchers report that survival rates of colorectal cancer surgery patients increase with the experience of their surgeons. Patients also spend less time recuperating in the hospital after the surgery and have lower hospital charges.
12/14/98 Hopkins Researchers Develop New Therapy for Autoimmune Disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center used high doses of the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide alone to control previously untreatable forms of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and hemolytic anemia.
12/10/98 Johns Hopkins Appoints Kieran Murphy, M.D., New Director of Interventional Neuroradiology
Kieran P.J. Murphy, M.D., a specialist in the use of radiology guidance in the treatment of vascular brain and spine disorders, has been appointed director of interventional neuroradiology at the Johns Hopkins Medicine department of radiology and radiological science, effective October 15, 1998.
12/8/98 Managed Care Cuts Number of Claims, Surgery Among Workers
A standardized approach to care combined with an aggressive worksite safety program resulted in a 46 percent reduction in the rate of workers' injury-related surgeries, according to a Johns Hopkins study published earlier this year in The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
12/7/98 First Prospective Study of Ketogenic Diet Says It Reduces Seizures
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have long-term evidence that a 70-year-old, unconventional diet helps many epileptic children, especially those who don't respond to modern medicines.
12/1/98 New Monitoring Technique Checks Thyroid Cancer Without Misery
The good news about thyroid cancer is that treatment for it is relatively easy. Surgeons remove the thyroid gland and follow with a dose of radioactive iodine designed to destroy lingering cells. The bad news is that sometimes not all the cells are caught and the subsequent yearly monitoring that must follow causes patient anxiety and physical illness. Current monitoring methods also carry a slight risk of accelerating tumor growth. Now a study at Johns Hopkins suggests a new way to safely and effectively detect left-over thyroid cells.
NOVEMBER
11/19/98 Region's First Living-Related Liver Donation in Adults Performed at Johns Hopkins
New Jersey Man Donates 60 Percent of Liver to Save His Mother's Life
11/10/98 More Than Half Of Children Eat Too Much Fat
More than half of a group of children surveyed by Johns Hopkins get too many of their daily calories from fat, according to a new study.
11/9/98 Heart Inflammation Declining In The United States
Cases of life-threatening heart muscle inflammation are declining in the United States, mirroring a decline in enteroviral infections that often lead to the inflammation, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
11/9/98 Environmental Factors Contribute To High Blood Pressure In African-American Males
Environmental stressors contribute significantly to hypertension in young, urban African-American males, but high blood pressure can be dramatically decreased with the intervention of health care providers, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing report.
11/5/98 Hopkins Research Team Cultures Long-Awaited Human Embryonic Stem Cells
A team of scientists has isolated and identified human stem cells and proved them capable of forming the fundamental tissues that give rise to distinct human cells such as muscle, bone and nerve.
11/5/98 Amnesia After Sex: More Than A Washington Phenomenon
If President Clinton had known what a pair of Johns Hopkins doctors recently learned from two patients with a temporary form of amnesia, charges that he lied about sex might be moot.
11/4/98 Johns Hopkins Collaborating With Singapore Institutions To Set Up Asian Research, Teaching and Patient Care Center
The Singapore government and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) announced final agreements to develop Singapore's first private medical facility combining research and teaching with clinical services, modeled after Hopkins' famed center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
11/4/98 Tindeco Health Center Facelift Complete
After months of renovation, a sparkling Tindeco Health Center will be celebrating a grand re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
11/03/98 Hopkins Researchers Find Genetic Colon Cancer Change In Healthy Cells
Hopkins Researchers Find Johns Hopkins scientists have found a genetic alteration associated with common forms of colon cancer in patients' normal cells.
OCTOBER
10/31/98 Tipsheet from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Infections During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Offspring's Mental Illness Later in Life, Viruses Found in Cerebrospinal Fluid of Schizophrenics, New Trends in Nutrition
10/30/98 Hopkins Study Shows Brain Damage Evidence In "Ecstasy" Users
The common street drug "ecstasy" causes brain damage in people, according to a new Johns Hopkins study.
10/28/98 Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute Named Number One In Nation
For the third year in a row, the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins has been selected as the best overall eye center in the nation in a survey conducted by Ophthalmology Times.
10/28/98 New Test Spots ALD Carriers With Near-Perfect Accuracy
Scientists now can predict, with 99 percent accuracy, carriers of the gene for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), the disease featured in the movie "Lorenzo's Oil.
10/27/98 Hopkins Researchers Help Children Share Adult Psychiatric Treatment Options
Although an estimated 8 million American children suffer from behavioral and emotional problems, more than 80 percent of the psychiatric drugs on the market have not been tested and approved for use in children and adolescents.
10/26/98 Johns Hopkins To Build New Medical Center At White Marsh
In a move designed to replicate the success of Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station, Hopkins will begin construction this year of Johns Hopkins at White Marsh, a 50,000-square-foot outpatient facility that will house a wide range of medical services including primary care and specialty care, a radiology facility and a medical laboratory.
10/21/98 Election to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine
Five faculty from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions have joined the ranks of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine.
10/20/98 Additional Damage From Heart Attack Occurs Within 48 Hours of Recovery
The tiniest blood vessels nourishing the heart are at risk of damage not only during a heart attack but also after normal blood flow returns through the region, a Johns Hopkins-led animal study has found.
10/9/98 Developmental Neurovirology Specialty Unveiled At The Johns Hopkins Children's Center
At a ceremony today, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center will dedicate the first pediatric research center designed to pinpoint links between severe mental illness and early childhood viral infections.
10/8/98 Hopkins Tests Gene Therapy For Early Heart Disease
Like beltways designed to allow traffic to bypass clogged city streets, a gene therapy treatment to help the body's own blood vessels build "detours" around blocked or congested arteries in the heart is being tested by Johns Hopkins researchers.
10/7/98 Surgical Experience Improves Thyroidectomy Outcome
Maryland surgeons who perform the greatest number of thyroidectomies have the lowest complication rates, according to results of a statewide study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the September 1998 issue of Annals of Surgery.
SEPTEMBER
9/29/98 Hopkins and International Team Maps First Major Cancer Gene To X Chromosome
Johns Hopkins researchers, collaborating with an international team of geneticists, have pinpointed the site of the first gene for a major cancer located on the human X chromosome.
9/28/98 "Best-Dressed" Sale: Fashion's Finest At Bargain Prices Sponsored By The Women's Board Of The Johns Hopkins Hospital
In what has become an annual fashion rite, expensive designer dresses, chic contemporary fashions, classic styles, enduring vintage clothing and accessories of all kinds will be on the racks at bargain basement prices during the Johns Hopkins' Best Dressed Sale and Boutique.
9/16/98 Experienced Medical Centers Produce Best Clinical and Economic Outcomes For Pancreatic Cancer Patients
Some surgeries for cancer are safer, easier on the patient -- and less costly -- when performed at medical centers that do the lion's share of them in any region, according to the results of a Johns Hopkins study.
9/14/98 Hopkins Study Reveals Key Details On How We Get Energy
Biochemists at Johns Hopkins report they have solved a major mystery surrounding the way most organisms -- including people -- get energy.
9/10/98 Screening In Women Army Recruits Shows High Chlamydia Infection Rates
Nearly one in 10 female new recruits in the Army is infected with Chlamydia trachomatis, according to a study reported in today's New England Journal of Medicine.
9/9/98 Study Shows Potential For Quelling AIDS Nerve Pain
A recent multicenter trial shows a natural factor that encourages nerve growth may bring relief from one of the more common effects of HIV infection: sensory neuropathy.
9/9/98 Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation Scores High In Accreditation Survey
Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation (JHMSC), the organization providing primary outpatient health care through 18 medical facilities in Maryland, earned a nearly perfect score of 99 out of 100 from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) during JCAHO's recent survey.
9/8/98 New Medical, Nursing Students Enter Hopkins
One was a professional football player in the NFL; one spent a year in Kenya as a health care aide for children with HIV. Others were Peace Corps volunteers, class presidents, musicians, authors, all-American athletes and team captains. All are members of the Class of ‘02 at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
9/4/98 Hopkins Researchers Discover Key Target in Molecular Pathway that Initiates Colon Cancer
In the latest of a series of discoveries about colon cancer genes, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have discovered a connection between two of them, APC and c-MYC, that conspires to initiate almost all colon cancers.
9/1/98 Simple Signs Help People Take Steps To Get In Shape and Lose Weight
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center have found that inexpensive signs can encourage stair use, as reported in the September issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
9/1/98 Study Shows First Significant Genetic Evidence For Schizophrenia Susceptibility
A 15-year study in more than 100 families and 1,000 subjects provides the first reliable evidence of genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia, within a stretch of DNA on human chromosome 13.
AUGUST
8/31/98 Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Honors Living Organ Donors at Hopkins at August 31 Ceremony
Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., assistant surgeon general of the United States whose wife's and daughter's deaths in separate auto accidents influenced his work as an organ donor advocate, will honor people who have donated organs at Johns Hopkins during a ceremony Monday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.
8/26/98 Sunlight Poses Universal Cataract Risk
Exposure to sunlight increases risk of getting cataracts, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
8/14/98 Women's Shame Stalls Abuse Disclosure To Physicians
Shame, denial and fear of others' reactions keep many abused women from confiding in their physicians, a Johns Hopkins study among Baltimore women has found.
8/13/98 Thomas Elkins, Head Of Gynecologic Specialties At Hopkins, Dies at 48
Thomas E. Elkins, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Specialties at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an advocate for gynecologic education and training in Africa, died Wednesday of a heart attack.
8/12/98 Grant Named VP, General Services, For The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Kenneth Grant has been named vice president of general services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
8/12/98 Groundbreaking Ceremony For East Baltimore Medical Center Renovations
U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes, Baltimore City Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC) chair and 45th district delegate Hattie N. Harrison, State Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden and Hopkins officials will participate in a ceremony marking the start of major renovations to the East Baltimore Medical Center (EBMC).
8/11/98 Hopkins Researchers Urge Regular Chlamydia Testing For All Sexually Active Teenage Women
All sexually active adolescent females should be tested by family doctors not once but twice a year for chlamydia infection, a significant preventable cause of pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility in women in the United States, say Johns Hopkins researchers.
8/11/98 Hopkins Study Shows Languishing Addictions Drug Really Works
A longer-acting alternative to methadone that never quite caught on following its FDA approval in 1993 may now greatly increase the number of addicts who stick with treatment, thanks to a new Johns Hopkins study.
8/7/98 Hopkins, "Patient First" Open New Immediate Care Center In Perry Hall
The second of a planned 12-center network of immediate medical care centers for central Maryland developed by Patient First Corporation of Richmond, Va., in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine will open Friday, August 7 in Perry Hall.
8/5/98 Hopkins Transplant Center Adds Two Heart and Lung Experts
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has recruited two additional heart and lung transplant surgeons, boosting the size and scope of Hopkins' adult and pediatric cardiothoracic transplant programs.
8/4/98 Hopkins Study Shows High Prevalence of Domestic Violence
Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and other institutions report that nearly 4 in 10 female emergency room patients have been victims of physical or emotional domestic abuse sometime in their lives, and 14 percent have been physically or sexually abused in the past year.
8/3/98 NCI Awards Hopkins $3.8 Million For Cancer Genetics Network
The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Hopkins Oncology Center, has received a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to establish an innovative cancer genetics network in the Mid-Atlantic region.
JULY
7/28/98 Dunn New Chairman of Johns Hopkins Medicine Board
Edward K. Dunn Jr., chairman of the board of Mercantile Mortgage Corporation, has been elected chairman of the board for Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), The Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective July 1.
7/27/98 Hopkins Signs Agreement With Contract Pharmaceutical Firm To Expand Clinical Trials Enterprise
In a move designed to substantially expand its corporate-sponsored clinical drug research, Johns Hopkins Medicine has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Quintiles Transnational Corp., the world's largest contract pharmaceutical organization (CPO).
7/21/98 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Fitness Forum To Develop Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinics
Johns Hopkins Medicine and Fitness Forum, a Syracuse-based health care provider and consulting firm, have signed an agreement to establish a network of rehabilitation facilities throughout metropolitan Baltimore.
7/17/98 Johns Hopkins Hospital #1 Eight Years In A Row
For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American hospitals has placed The Johns Hopkins Hospital at the top of the list.
7/12/98 Depression A Risk Factor For Coronary Artery Disease In Men
Men with clinical depression are more than twice as likely to develop coronary artery disease (CAD) as their non-depressed counterparts, a Johns Hopkins study has shown.
7/8/98 Maryland's Death Rate For Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Reduced By Medical Regionalization
A move in Maryland toward regionalization -- centralizing particular medical services at centers performing the greatest number -- decreased the death rates for one of the most complex operations for cancer, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the July 7, 1998 issue of Annals of Surgery.
7/2/98 Paul Lietman, M.D., Ph.D, To Head Research Component of Johns Hopkins Singapore
Paul S. Lietman, M.D., Ph.D., Wellcome Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and professor of medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology and molecular sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named director of research for Johns Hopkins Singapore (JHS), the new Asian medical center under joint development by the Singapore government and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
7/1/98 Treating Anemia Reduces Risk of Death For People With HIV
New data presented at the 12th World AIDS Conference in Geneva show that untreated anemia alone can significantly increase the risk of death in people with HIV/AIDS.
7/1/98 Hopkins, Howard County General Conclude Merger, Unveil Name
Completing merger plans swiftly, Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) formally became a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine at 11:59 p.m. yesterday and today will unveil HCGH's modified name and logo -- Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
JUNE
6/30/98 Controlling Sexually Transmitted Diseases May Not Lower HIV Infection Rate
A large clinical trial in a Ugandan population heavily infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has shown that despite reductions in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV incidence was not reduced by STD control measures.
6/30/98 Novel Liver Steroid Slows Brain Tumor Growth
Laboratory studies at Johns Hopkins have dramatically confirmed the power of a chemical discovered from the liver of sharks to slow the formation of new blood vessels destined to feed brain cancers as well as other tumors.
6/29/98 Local Physicians Form New Community Health Collaboration With Hopkins
Flagship Health/Physicians Quality Care (PQC), a group of 160 community physicians in Central Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) have signed a letter of intent to develop a doctor-controlled, community health collaborative.
6/29/98 Tiny Molecular Channels Key To Protecting Heart During Attack
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have come one step closer to understanding the chain of events that protects the heart against injury during a heart attack, paving the way for the development of a new class of drugs to treat people at risk.
6/28/98 Hopkins Co-sponsors First International Congress on the Genetics of Neuroscience
Basic and clinical researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md., USA, and the S. Maria Hospital of Terni, Italy, will co-sponsor the first International Congress of the Genetics of Neuroscience from Sunday, June 28, through Wednesday, July 1, in Terni.
6/24/98 Pediatric Anesthesiologists Risk Halothane-Related Liver Injury
Some anesthesiologists may be accidentally inhaling too much of the potent anesthetic gas halothane when they tend to their patients, possibly putting themselves at high risk for liver injury, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.
6/22/98 Brain Antibodies Provide New Clues To Origins of Tourette's
Johns Hopkins researchers have found evidence that Tourette's syndrome, which causes involuntary muscle contractions and bursts of words and noise, may be triggered in part by an infection.
6/9/98 FDA Approves Hopkins-Designed Implants To Restore Lost Voices
Johns Hopkins physicians have designed a series of implants that restore bulk to weakened vocal cords, returning the power of speech to those who have lost their voices from paralysis associated with throat cancers, strokes or other conditions.
6/8/98 Hopkins and General Electric Partner To Develop New MRI
In a new form of corporate and academic partnership for Johns Hopkins, researchers from Johns Hopkins and General Electric (GE) Corp. will develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based rapid imaging machine to speed diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks and strokes, reduce mortality, and even lower health care costs
6/2/98 Hopkins Medical Institutions Appoints New Neurology Director
John Griffin, M.D., professor of neurology and one of the world's leading experts in peripheral nerve disorders, has been named director of the Department of Neurology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine effective June 1.
6/1/98 Vaccine Kills Spreading Cancer In Animal Model
Johns Hopkins scientists have developed a vaccine that, in mice, can alert the immune system to the presence of stray cancer cells and significantly reduce their blood-borne spread.
MAY
5/31/98 PSA Levels Mean More Extensive Prostate Disease In Older Men
In a study of prostate cancer at different ages, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that at diagnosis, older men have more extensive disease than younger men even if their prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels are the same. PSA is a protein made by the prostate; rising blood levels suggest that the prostate is enlarged or even cancerous.
5/26/98 Surgical Removal Seems Best Treatment For Prostate Cancer
Despite technical refinements in the use of radioactive "seeds" to treat prostate cancer, a study by Johns Hopkins investigators casts doubt on its effectiveness in curing the disease. The radioactive pellets are put into the prostate in a procedure called interstitial radiotherapy.
5/25/98 Hopkins Scientists Clock The Speed Of Comprehension
Capitalizing on an opportunity presented by a patient scheduled for tests using electrodes surgically placed on his brain, Johns Hopkins scientists have clocked the speed of thought, measuring the time the patient took to understand what everyday objects are in pictures.
5/20/98 New Retinal Surgery May Reverse Legal Blindness
An eye operation that moves the most light-sensitive part of the retina away from an underlying diseased area has saved sight in several people with a common, age-related eye disease.
5/20/98 Cancer Test May Offer High-Risk Groups Quick, Affordable Screening For Tumors
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a new test that may allow doctors to regularly and quickly check for early cancers in patients at risk for developing cancer due to genetic or environmental factors.
5/20/98 New Test May Reduce Need For Some Prostate Cancer Biopsies
A new prostate specific antigen (PSA) test that measures the percentage of "free" PSA in the blood not bound to other proteins could spare up to 200,000 men a year in the United States the pain, anxiety and inconvenience of a surgical biopsy to detect cancer.
5/11/98 Just One Prenatal Visit Decreases Risk of Preterm Delivery
Women with a history of premature delivery reduce their risk of another if they seek even a single prenatal checkup, according to results of a Johns Hopkins study.
5/08/98 A. McGehee Harvey, Hopkins Medical Luminary, Dies

A. McGehee Harvey, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, mentor to generations of medical students, physician to world leaders and a prolific medical historian and archivist, died at The Johns Hopkins Hospital today following a stroke yesterday.

5/2/98 Hopkins Medical Students Hope Teddy Bears Can Take A Bite Out Of Crime
For the fourth consecutive year, Johns Hopkins medical students who are members of Physicians for Social Responsibility, are making Baltimore streets and households safer by trading guns for Teddy bears.
APRIL
4/29/98 Hopkins Receives Grant To Study Hospital Infections
The Johns Hopkins Hospital's Office of Infection Control and Epidemiology has been awarded $272,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the first year of a variety of three-year studies, including suspected links between the number of hospital nurses and the rate of bloodborne infections acquired by patients.
4/29/98 Asthma Patients' Histories Can Predict Future Risk
Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered a simple way to predict which adult asthma patients are likely to run into asthma problems within the next year and possibly could benefit from different strategies to manage their disease.
4/28/98 Video Diagnosis May Help Alzheimers Experts Reach New Patients
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions are testing a videotaped patient exam system designed to diagnose dementia and depression in patients without an in-person doctor visit.
4/8/98 Surgeons' Experience Helps Patients
A postdoctoral researcher has found that patients who undergo thyroid surgery do best if their doctors perform the operation frequently.
4/1/98 Scientists Fix Mutated Human Tumor-Stopping Gene In Yeast Cells
Johns Hopkins researchers have found a way to fix "broken" copies of p53, a gene that normally stops the development of pre-cancerous and cancerous cells.
MARCH
3/31/98 Molecular Defect Could Be Mysterious Cause of Blood Disorder
A unique molecular defect in an unusual blood disorder first identified and described at Johns Hopkins by the late Sir William Osler almost a century ago has now been discovered by a team of his professional descendants.
3/31/98 Echocardiography Is Effective In Measuring Microvascular Damage
Ultrasound waves may be as effective as magnetic resonance imaging at detecting small blood vessel blockage after a heart attack, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.
3/20/98 Gene-Reading Problem Linked To Lou Gehrig's Disease
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified genetic mutations that appear to cause or contribute to more than half of all non-inherited or sporadic cases of the deadly muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.
3/20/98 Vascular Surgeons Test New Treatment For Abdominal Aneurysms
Vascular surgeons at Johns Hopkins are participating in a nationwide test of a procedure that uses 3-D images and a metal-supported cloth tube to repair stretched and weakened abdominal arteries before they burst and kill.
3/20/98 Johns Hopkins Hospital Appoints Karen Haller VP of Nursing, Patient Care
Karen B. Haller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., will start her new position as vice president for nursing and patient care services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, March 25. As the 10th vice president for nursing in the hospital's history, she will take on a position expanded to include oversight of multiple operations focusing on patient care.
3/19/98 Hopkins Engineer Wins Smithsonian Award For "Computer That Thinks It's A Heart"
A computer-based, 3-D model of the human heart that serves as a powerful tool for testing new life-savings drugs has been selected for the Smithsonian Institutions's Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology Innovations at the National Museum of American History.
3/18/98 Howard Health System Unites With Johns Hopkins Medicine
In what is being characterized as a "reunion," Howard Health System has ended its search for a strategic partner by selecting nationally-acclaimed Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the founders of Howard County General Hospital 25 years ago.
3/16/98 Allergies To Rubber Affect 12.5 Percent of Health Care Workers
One in 10 health care workers frequently exposed to rubber surgical and examination gloves is on the cusp of developing allergy symptoms that could seriously affect both their health and their careers, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
3/16/98 Deep Breaths Reduce Wheezing, But Only In Non-Asthmatics
Johns Hopkins researchers have new evidence supporting a controversial theory that asthma is partially caused by the failure of deep breaths to relax constricted lung muscles enough to let in more air.
3/13/98 Non-Surgical Treatment Ends Pelvic Pain In Women
Pelvic congestive syndrome, a painful disorder in women, which often goes undiagnosed and untreated, can usually be cured by plugging blood vessels in the ovaries, according to a study by a Johns Hopkins radiologist.
3/9/98 Edward Cornwell III Named New Trauma Chief At Hopkins
Edward E. Cornwell III, M.D., has been appointed chief of trauma at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and associate professor of surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
3/6/98 Stroke-Preventing Operation Is Safe Even For The Elderly
A widely used operation to prevent stroke by removing blockages from blood vessels in the neck is safe even for the elderly -- and safest and least expensive when done in hospitals performing the greatest number, a Johns Hopkins study has found.
3/6/98 New Imaging Technique Pinpoints Dead Heart Muscle
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have developed the first precise, noninvasive means of measuring a chemical in the heart tied to the extent of muscle damage from a heart attack.
3/5/98 New Imaging Technique Pinpoints Dead Heart Muscle
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have developed the first precise, noninvasive means of measuring a chemical in the heart tied to the extent of muscle damage from a heart attack.
3/4/98 Condom Use In Thailand Dramatically Cuts HIV Infection
A five-year educational campaign to increase condom use in Thailand has led to a fivefold decrease in HIV infection among young army draftees in northern Thailand and a tenfold decrease in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) overall, according to Johns Hopkins researchers.
3/3/98 MRI Scans Following Heart Attack Could Determine Future Health
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart after a heart attack may help determine which patients do well and which ones will later suffer complications such as recurrent heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke or death, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.
3/3/98 Richard Stauffer, Head Orthopaedic Surgeon At Hopkins, Dies
Richard N. Stauffer, M.D., the Robert A. Robinson professor, chairman and director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died Friday after a short illness. He was 59.
3/2/98 Hopkins Radiologist Receives Research Fellowship
John Eng, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, is one of three in the United States to win a 1998 Radiology Research Academic Fellowship.
3/2/98 Researchers Closing In on Gene for Paralytic Disorder
Scientists at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania have tracked down the gene responsible for a paralyzing disease that has plagued at least eight generations of a Maryland family, the Mattinglys.
FEBRUARY
2/27/98 New Math, High-Tech Imaging Solving Old Riddle
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Finland are showing that fancy mathematical footwork plus detailed magnetic resonance imaging pictures of the brain may add up to a better understanding of the experience of thinking.
2/25/98 Hopkins Alzheimer's Researcher Wins Met Life Foundation Award
Sangram Sisodia, Ph.D., professor of pathology and neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named one of two winners of the Metropolitan Life Foundation's Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer's Disease.
2/17/98 Immune Response To HIV May Be Better Than Previously Thought
A Johns Hopkins study using genetically engineered cells strongly suggests that long-term survivors' immunity to HIV is more robust than previously thought.
2/16/98 Cancer Cells Self-Destruct When "Sweet Tooth" Is Thwarted
Johns Hopkins researchers have found evidence that some cancer cells are such incredible sugar junkies that they'll self-destruct when deprived of glucose, their biological sweet of choice.
2/13/98 Women's Board Lecture Features NASA Physician and Hopkins Inventor
The Women's Board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital is sponsoring the first annual New Frontiers Lecture, Monday, Feb. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Tilghman Auditorium, 720 Rutland Avenue.
2/12/98 Hopkins Opens $2.5 Million, High-Tech Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Johns Hopkins Medicine will host an open house on Friday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the opening of a 14-bed comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital that resembles a home more than a hospital.
2/11/98 Women Younger Than 30 Need To Be Screened For Chlamydia
Inexpensive screening of all sexually active young women under 30 for Chlamydia trachomatis infection would vastly reduce infertility and the costly medical complications of this sexually transmitted disease, according to results of a Johns Hopkins study.
2/11/98 Noted Guests To Help Open New Children's Eye Center
The new Zanvyl Krieger Children's Eye Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute opens Feb. 12 with a ceremony from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. featuring young patients, Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D., and a taped greeting from ABC News anchor Peter Jennings.
2/11/98 AIDS Question and Answer Web Site Moves To Hopkins
The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service will inaugurate a new interactive Internet forum to provide expert opinions and answers to questions from HIV-infected patients, their families and friends.
2/10/98 Kelly Ripken Establishes Thyroid Disorders Education and Patient Care Program
Kelly Ripken, wife of Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken, Jr., has established a program at Johns Hopkins that will provide education and patient care for people with Graves' disease and other thyroid disorders.
2/5/98 Organ Rejection Drug Also Shows Promise For The Treatment Of Kidney Disease
A Johns Hopkins evaluation of a drug commonly used to prevent rejection of kidney transplants has found that it also may help patients with severe symptoms of kidney disease.
2/5/98 Three-Day Treatment Cures Decades-Old Case of Malaria
A Johns Hopkins physician has discovered that a woman had a very mild case of malaria that lasted for as many as 70 years. Once he nailed down the cause of her symptoms, he cured her within three days.
2/3/98 Hopkins School of Medicine No. 1 in NIH Funding Again in FY 97
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is once again the top earner among medical schools of National Institutes of Health (NIH) biomedical research funding, according to recently released figures for fiscal year 1997.
JANUARY
1/29/98 Michael T. McCarty Named Senior Director, Network and Telecommunications Services For Johns Hopkins Medicine
Michael McCarty has been named senior director of network and telecommunications services for Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM).
1/26/98 Creating Channels Inside The Heart Could Bring Hope To People With Severe Chest Pain
Heart specialists at Johns Hopkins are testing laser surgery to relieve severe angina, or suffocating chest pain.
1/21/98 Hopkins Medicine Names Patricia Brown Senior Director Of Managed Care
Patricia M. C. Brown, J.D., has been named Johns Hopkins Medicine's first senior director of managed care.
1/20/98 Johns Hopkins, Singapore Forming Medical Center of Excellence
Officials of Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Singapore Government today signed an historic preliminary agreement that, when finalized, would result in Hopkins-led collaborative research, medical education and clinical trials in Southeast Asia.
1/15/98 Hopkins Neurosurgeon Separates Zambian Twins, Practiced With 3-D "Workbench"
A veteran surgeon at Johns Hopkins has achieved what is believed to be the first successful separation, without resulting neurologic deficits, of conjoined twins, in a 28-hour operation in South Africa.
1/14/98 Hopkins Bayview Researcher Chips Away at Olestra Controversy
According to research by a Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center physician, potato chips made with olestra don't cause any more digestive problems than regular-fat potato chips and, despite containing only half the calories, are just as filling.
1/14/98 Martin Luther King Celebration Featuring Hopkins' Own Drs. Levi Watkins And Ben Carson
Once again, Johns Hopkins will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes, music and community service awards. In keeping with the tradition of recognizing employee service to the community, six employees, three from the Hospital and three from the University, will receive Hopkins' Martin Luther King Award for Community Service.
1/13/98 Gene Hunt Begins At New NIH-Hopkins Inherited Disease Center
A high-speed search for genes that contribute to inherited manic-depressive disorder is under way at a new research center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
1/7/98 Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute Acquires Owings Mills Ophthalmology Practice
As part of an ongoing plan to broaden access to Wilmer Eye Institute experts, Johns Hopkins HealthCare has acquired the practice of Stan L. Coleman, M.D. Coleman's ophthalmology practice, located in the Valley Village Medical Center on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, has served area patients for 25 years.
1/7/98 Natural Estrogens May Help Protect Women From Brain Damage During Stroke
Natural estrogens may offer some protection to premenopausal women threatened with severe brain damage during stroke, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.

 
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