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2001 Press Releases

Press release summary for 2001

Johns Hopkins Press Releases: 2001

DECEMBER
12/24/01 Method Quickly Surveys Yeast Genome By Gene Function, Not Sequence
Combining a decade of research advances, scientists have implemented a new method that essentially searches the entire yeast genome in an instant, looking for what the genes do rather than what they look like, say the researchers from Johns Hopkins and Rosetta Inpharmatics, Inc.
12/21/01 Johns Hopkins Researchers Find More Extensive Bone Defects Caused by Bladder Exstrophy
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and St. Vincent de Paul's Hospital in Paris have learned that bone defects associated with classic bladder exstrophy are more extensive than previously thought. Their findings, reported in this month's Urology, will enable surgeons to better correct these bone defects that cause the bladder to develop outside of the body.
12/18/01 Eat Your Veggies: Indirect Anti-Oxidants Provide Long-Term Protection
A cancer-preventing compound in broccoli, first isolated a decade ago at Hopkins, may prove to protect against a much broader spectrum of diseases. A new study shows that the compound, sulforaphane, helps cells defend themselves for days against highly reactive and toxic molecules called oxidants.
12/18/01 Suppressing Entire Immune System Unlikely to Be Best Way To Treat Autoimmune Diseases, New Findings Show
Suppressing the immune system is one way to treat autoimmune diseases, frustrating conditions in which the body's tissues are attacked by "friendly fire." But a new study shows that such blanket defenses are probably not the best way, say scientists from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
12/17/01 Hopkins Merges Physician Groups at Bayview and East Baltimore Campus
In a move to further unify its physician faculty, streamline its operations and improve patient access, The Johns Hopkins University will complete the merger of its two faculty physician groups – at Bayview Medical Center and the Hopkins East Baltimore campus -- on January 1, 2002.
12/17/01 Glaucoma Among Mexican-Americans
Glaucoma is more common among U.S. Hispanics than previously thought and is the leading cause of blindness in this growing ethnic group, according to a national study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.
12/14/01 Magnetic Tag Lets Scientists Track Stem Cells In Living Rat
Using tiny rust-containing spheres to tag cells, scientists from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have successfully used magnetic resonance imaging to track stem cells implanted into a living animal, believed to be a first.
12/7/01 Johns Hopkins Scientists Find Brain's Nose Plug
Scientists from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and elsewhere have found the brain's "nose plug" - the switch in the brain that lets us stop smelling something, even though the odor is still there.
12/04/01 Wilmer Eye Institute Named Top Program by Ophthalmology Times Sixth Time
For the sixth year running, the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins has been named the best overall ophthalmology program in the country by Ophthalmology Times magazine. The survey rankings were compiled from a poll of ophthalmology department chairmen and directors of residency programs across the United States.
12/03/01 A Psychiatric View of Terrorism
In the wake of Sept. 11, psychiatry's contribution to America's response is to defend not against bombs, but against confusion. What is needed now more than ever is a realistic view of what terrorists do, how they think and how to stop them, according to Paul R. McHugh, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and formerly psychiatrist in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
NOVEMBER
11/30/01 Hopkins, Transplant Resource Center Honor Families of Organ & Tissue Donors
Robert Vernon Watts wanted to be an organ donor. But when he died Aug. 23, 1999, he didn't meet the criteria. His parents, Thomas and Dottie Watts, arranged to donate his tissues but also wanted to provide a second enduring gift. They approached the Organ Donor Council at Johns Hopkins and Jane Knapp, Hopkins' former organ donor advocate, about creating a permanent memorial wall to honor all organ and tissue donors.
11/27/01 East Baltimore Couple Receives House Refurbished by Hopkins
On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 1:30 p.m., Carrie and Hoover Whitaker will accept the keys to their new home, a six-room rowhouse at 841 Washington St., during a ceremony marking the close of an unusual public service project of Hopkins employees.
11/26/01 New Bacteria Target Cancers in Mice
Scientists from the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins have created bacteria that selectively target large advanced tumors in mice. Results of their experiments are reported in the November 27, 2001 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
11/19/01 Tether for Water Channels Found: May Impact Research on Brain Swelling
A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere has discovered that a protein involved in muscle-wasting diseases plays a role in moving water in and out of brain cells. The finding opens new avenues of inquiry for treating potentially lethal brain swelling from injury and stroke.
11/19/01 Hopkins Pharmacy Expanded
At more than double its former size, The Johns Hopkins Hospital's new Central Pharmacy combines upgraded facilities and efficient design with a customized robot that fills prescriptions and automatically restocks its own supplies.
11/16/01 Hopkins' Emergency Extended Care Unit Reduces Overcrowding
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found a possible solution to the nationwide crisis of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments. By opening a 14-bed acute care unit, where patients can be managed for up to 72 hours before being discharged or formally admitted to the hospital, the Hopkins Emergency Department (ED) is better equipped to handle more patients.
11/16/01 International Health Expert To Lead Hopkins' Department of History of Science, Medicine and Technology
Randall M. Packard, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert in the study of international health and non-Western medicine, will be the new William H. Welch Professor and Director of the Department of History of Science, Medicine and Technology at Johns Hopkins, as of January 1, 2002.
11/16/01 Hopkins Names Vice Dean For Clinical Investigation
Underscoring its enhanced commitment to excellence in clinical investigation and the safest possible conduct of human subjects research, Johns Hopkins Medicine has named Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H., to the newly created position of vice dean for clinical investigation.
11/15/01 Mother's Herpes Virus Infection Associated With Schizophrenia In Her Offspring Hopkins Researchers Find
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and six other research centers have found that mothers who have had a herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection at the time of birth are more likely to give birth to children who develop schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted disease that differs from its common, cold sore-causing cousin, HSV-1.
11/15/01 Mice With Human Protein, Cox-2, Exhibit Age-Related Memory Loss, Similar To Alzheimer's Disease
A new player is emerging in the complex world of the brain. This player, a protein called COX-2, appears to be critically important in the brain's normal functioning, as evidenced by its ability to wreak havoc in mice that have too much of it.
11/14/01 Sidney Kimmel Gives $150 Million To Hopkins For Cancer Research and Patient Care
The Johns Hopkins University today announced that Sidney Kimmel, founder and chairman of Jones Apparel Group, has donated $150 million for cancer research and patient care - the largest single gift ever to the University. With more than a third of the gift already received, the Hopkins Cancer Center officially will be called The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
11/14/01 Arsenic and Old Telomerase: Hopkins Researchers Unravel Effects of Arsenic on Human Cells
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report discovering a mechanism that may account
for the paradoxical effects of arsenic, which is both a treatment for cancer
and a carcinogen.
11/13/01 Nitroglycerin Not Foolproof In Diagnosing Heart Disease
For years, hospital emergency physicians have used nitrogylcerin as a gold standard for identifying heart disease as a cause of chest pain. If a patient presents with chest pain, and a nitroglycerin pill or spray under the tongue relieves the pain within a few minutes, the likely diagnosis is coronary artery disease (CAD).
11/13/01 Depressed Heart Attack Survivors Unlikely To Change Behavior
Some depressed heart attack survivors are so convinced they'll never be healthy again that their belief becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. A Johns Hopkins study demonstrates that defeatist attitudes lead to unwillingness to alter unhealthy habits and that this, more than physical status, puts them at risk for early death. Results will be presented Nov. 13 at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif.
11/13/01 New Analysis Promises To Speed Application of Human Genome Draft
A small team of scientists has dramatically improved "gene chip" technology, for the first time making it a practical method rapidly determining sequence of genetic building blocks. advance, likely to speed search disease-related changes, is reported in November issue journal Genome Research.
11/12/01 Study Helps Identify Key Step In Simple Motor Learning
Neuroscientist David Linden, Ph.D., is excited about his latest research findings, even though the experiments' results echo his four-year-old son's tendency to answer questions with a resounding "No, no, no."
11/12/01 Gout Drug Could Offer Hope For Heart Failure Patients
A medication commonly used for gout holds possibilities for the treatment of heart failure, Johns Hopkins researchers report. It's a drug that works by a new principle, namely, directly decreasing heart muscle's need for energy and making it contract more efficiently.
11/12/01 Positive Attitude Is Best Prevention Against Heart Disease
A positive outlook may offer the strongest known protection against heart disease in adults at risk, according to a Johns Hopkins study. The report, which looked at nearly 600 adults with a family history of heart disease, will be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, Calif.
11/5/01 Hopkins Family Day Care Center Grand Opening
On Nov. 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the new Johns Hopkins Day Care Center will host a grand opening ceremony featuring remarks by Edward D. Miller, M.D., CEO and dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Ronald. R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Roger Brown, co-founder and president of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the organization that operates the center.
OCTOBER
10/29/01 Johns Hopkins To Host International Planning Conference for Global AIDS and Health Fund
As United Nations members struggle to address the global AIDS pandemic, the Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research is hosting a two-day conference for the world's public health and HIV experts to develop the blueprint for controlling AIDS and other epidemic infectious diseases. Attendees at the Hopkins conference, Oct. 30-31, are expected to determine the most feasible and cost-effective strategies for using the $1.5 billion Global AIDS and Health Fund in the developing world.
10/29/01 Movement of Single Molecules Imaged In Live Organism
Understanding attraction is difficult enough, but it's a little less so these days, at least in amoeba living in the lab of Johns Hopkins scientist Peter Devreotes, Ph.D.
10/25/01 Hopkins Transplant Center Names New Directors For Kidney/Liver Programs
The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center has named new leaders for its adult kidney/pancreas transplant and living related liver transplant programs.
10/24/01 Two Hopkins Faculty Members Receive "Genius" Awards
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded two Johns Hopkins faculty members MacArthur Fellowships. The so-called "genius awards" go to Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, and Geraldine Seydoux, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular biology and genetics, both in the School of Medicine. Each award provides $500,000 over a five year period. Hopkins is the only institution with two fellows in this year's "class" of 23.
10/22/01 Two Separate Controls Regulate Chromosome Copying in Yeast
The crucial job of ensuring that just one copy of a genome gets made during cell division turns out to be shared by two independent "controllers," researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine report in the Oct. 23 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
10/19/01 Hopkins Dean/CEO, Eight Faculty Join Institute of Medicine
Two Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty members have joined the ranks of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM), a prestigious body that brings together national leaders in the fields of health and medicine, social and behavioral sciences, law, administration and economics to develop solutions to a broad range of health policy issues.
10/18/01 Prevalence of ICU Nurses Has Strong Link To Patient Outcomes
Patients undergoing high-risk surgeries are more likely to have post-operative complications, including difficulty breathing, if their hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) isn't sufficiently staffed by nurses, according to a Johns Hopkins study of Maryland hospitals.
10/17/01 Embryonic Stem Cell Stance Should Be Reviewed, Hopkins Physician Says
As debate circles around the human embryonic stem cell lines President George W. Bush said could be studied using federal funds, one physician at Johns Hopkins is already proposing discussions to broaden and strengthen the policy.
10/16/01 Morphine-like Drugs Could Offer Relief for Amputees
Fifty to 80 percent of all amputees experience pain in their stumps or what
feels like the missing limbs long after surgical wounds have healed. Now new
research from Johns Hopkins suggests the two pains have different sources, bringing
us a step closer in understanding what types of drugs might help.
10/16/01 Say What? Neurons and Fat Cells Have A Dialogue in the Lab
Growing fat cells and nerve cells in the same dish has produced what is believed to be the first demonstration of two-way communication between the cell types, say Johns Hopkins scientists.
10/15/01 Tobacco Settlement Funds More than $2 Million in Cancer Research Projects at Hopkins
Does exposure to certain metals promote prostate cancer? What is the risk of getting cancer from second-hand smoke? Can a vaccine prevent cervical cancer? Johns Hopkins scientists will look for answers to these questions and others with the first distribution of funds from Johns Hopkins' share of the State of Maryland's settlement with cigarette manufacturers.
10/14/01 Johns Hopkins' Seventh Annual Women's Health Symposium Slated for Nov. 3
National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm will give the keynote address at Johns Hopkins Medicine's seventh annual symposium on women's health and new medical advances. This year's A Woman's Journey will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. More than 1,000 attendees from 15 states are expected.
10/12/01 Hopkins Researchers Find Missing Link Between Major Proteins In Parkinson's Disease
A new study identifies an important link between the two main inherited forms of Parkinson's disease (PD), and might also connect them to non-inherited versions, Hopkins scientists report in the October issue of Nature Medicine.
10/11/01 Settlement with Roche Family
Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to mourn Ellen Roche's loss and wishes to acknowledge once again her courageous contributions to medical science and her community. Hopkins also greatly appreciates her family's generosity of spirit throughout their time of grief, as well as their magnanimous support of mutual efforts to reach a satisfactory agreement with Hopkins, without the need for lawsuits and court trials.
10/12/01 Vitamins May Reduce Risk of Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration
Antioxidant vitamins and zinc may reduce the impact of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute and 10 other institutions throughout the United States.
10/8/01 Joseph Coppola Named Vice President, Corporate Security For Johns Hopkins Medicine
Joseph R. Coppola, chief of Corporate Security Services for the Johns Hopkins Health System since 1994, has been promoted to the newly created post of vice president of Corporate Security for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In his new role, Coppola will have responsibility for providing security oversight for all of Johns Hopkins Medicine as well as overseeing parking and transportation operations at the East Baltimore campus.
10/3/01 Trent Stockton Joins Hopkins Public Affairs Office
Trent Stockton, M.A., has joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior media relations representative.
10/3/01 Trent Stockton Joins Hopkins Public Affairs Office
Trent Stockton, M.A., has joined the Office of Communications and Public Affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine as a senior media relations representative.
10/2/01 Drug Therapy Leads To Long-Term Remissions In Aplastic Anemia Patients
Researchers at Johns Hopkins, Hahnemann University, and University of Maryland report sustained, treatment-free remissions in studies of a novel drug therapy approach to treating a deadly blood disorder known as aplastic anemia.
10/1/01 Ketogenic Diet Reduces Seizures In Many Children, Hopkins Researchers Find
Johns Hopkins neurologists report that a rigorously high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet not only reduces the number of seizures in children with severe seizure disorders, but also keeps the frequency of attacks lower years after the diet is stopped.
SEPTEMBER
9/29/01 Brooks Jackson Named New Director of Hopkins Pathology
J. Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., an internationally recognized researcher in HIV diagnostics, prevention and treatment, is the new director of the department of pathology at Johns Hopkins. Jackson succeeds Fred Sanfilippo, M.D., Ph.D., who was the department's director for seven years.
9/28/01 Johns Hopkins University Offers Mini-Med School
Get through medical school in 12 hours for less than $150? No quite, but a new program featuring leading physicians and researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health comes pretty close. Participants get eight 1.5-hour sessions with leading medical experts discussing everything from cancer to genetics to mysteries of the mind to human health and environmental change.
9/27/01 Hopkins Urban Health Institute Awards First Community Grants
The Amazing Grandmothers, and three similar programs designed to fight the epidemic substance-abuse problem in East Baltimore, are the first community-based participatory research projects funded by the new Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.
9/25/01 Novel Means For Stopping Transcription Found, Hopkins Scientists Report
Researchers have discovered what is believed to be a novel method in yeast for governing gene expression at the end, rather than the beginning, of transcription, the process of reading DNA to make RNA. They report in the September 20 issue of the journal Nature that a protein called Nrd1 helps an enzyme, RNA polymerase II, recognize an as yet unknown "stop sign" for certain genes.
9/23/01 Johns Hopkins Hospital Consumer Choice Award Winner in Baltimore and D.C.
For the sixth straight year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation (NRC). Hopkins also ranked number one among consumers in the Washington, D.C. region, the second time the hospital has taken this honor. While several market areas nationally had more than one Consumer Choice Award winner, Hopkins was the sole hospital to be selected as the top choice for health care by consumers in a dual market region: Baltimore-Washington.
9/20/01 Hopkins Scientist Evaluates Latest Findings On The Ancestry of Whales
From Moby Dick to Shamu, whales have long fascinated humans. Their remarkable status as ocean-dwelling mammals, along with dolphins and porpoises, at once makes them related to us and yet inconceivably different from us. Thus their evolution -- the developmental steps required to leave solid ground for a life in the water -- has long fascinated scientists, including Kenneth Rose of the Program for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
9/17/01 Pressure Measures During Exercise Can Indicate Unhealthy Hearts
A blood pressure reading taken during exercise is a more accurate test for early heart disease than one taken at rest, according to a study presented Sept. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in Minneapolis.
9/17/01 Kennedy Krieger, Hopkins, UMMS and Others Ask Court of Appeals to Reconsider Issues in Lead Paint Study Decision
In what Johns Hopkins believes to be an unwarranted, unnecessary, paralyzing and precipitous action, the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) has today suspended all federally supported medical research projects involving human subjects at almost all of our institutions.
9/15/01 Pressure Measures During Exercise Can Indicate Unhealthy Hearts
A blood pressure reading taken during exercise is a more accurate test for early heart disease than one taken at rest, according to a study presented Sept. 14 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) in Minneapolis.
9/13/01 Hopkins Brings Big-Business Technology to Local Church Computer Lab
Johns Hopkins announces the opening of the first of four community computer labs in East Baltimore at a kickoff celebration Friday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. at Trinity A.M.E. Church at 2030 E. Hoffman St.
9/11/01 Dealing With Crisis: Advice To Parents in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks
Violence or the threat of violence at home and abroad can cause extreme anxiety in children. Johns Hopkins Children�s Center psychologist John Walkup, M.D., presents the following advice for parents to help children cope with recent terrorism in New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
9/11/01 National Emergency Preparations
In response to the catastrophic events in New York City and Washington D.C., Johns Hopkins Medicine has made all of its personnel and resources available to assist in any way possible during this unprecedented crisis. As part of this effort, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, including the Bayview Medical Center and the Howard County General Hospital, have activated their respective Disaster Emergency Plans.
9/10/01 Gene Therapy May Be A Tool To Prevent Blindness
Gene therapy may one day be used to halt or even prevent the overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye that blinds patients with macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, according to two recent studies led by researchers at Johns Hopkins� Wilmer Eye Institute.
9/10/01 Alternative Therapy Use By Parkinson�s Patients
In a study of more than 200 patients with Parkinson�s disease, 40 percent used at least one type of alternative therapy, such as vitamins/herbs, massage and acupuncture. Over half of the patients failed to inform their physicians about the use of alternative therapies.
9/8/01 Guilt-free shopping
Now for the 37th year, the Women's Board invites all bargain-seeking shoppers in search of top-notch clothing and accessories at rock-bottom prices to the Johns Hopkins 2001 Best Dressed Sale and Boutique. The sale features delicately used designer fashions, vintage clothing, elegant furs and evening wear, maternity clothes, sport coats, children's clothes, shoes and accessories for the entire family.
9/10/01 The Johns Hopkins Hospital Employee Recognition Ceremony
Nearly 500 employees of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation will be recognized for their contributions to Hopkins on Wednesday, Sept. 12, starting at 1 p.m. in the Turner Auditorium on Rutland Ave., continuing a tradition that began in 1949.
9/7/01 Hopkins Response To FDA Observations
Johns Hopkins officials said today that receipt of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report on the agency�s observations of the events surrounding the death of a healthy research volunteer reinforces Hopkins� commitment to improving its research protection system.
9/7/01 Kennedy-Krieger Institute Lead-Based Paint Study Fact Sheets
The Kennedy-Krieger Institute, an affiliate institution of The Johns Hopkins University, is a world leader in developing methods to safely reduce and control residential lead-based paint hazards before they cause poisoning in children, as well as in treating lead poisoned children.
9/5/01 Experimental Drug Decreases Age-Related Blood Vessel Stiffening
An experimental drug may reverse stiffening of the cardiovascular system that occurs with aging, according to a national study led by Johns Hopkins physicians.
9/4/01 Peripheral Artery Disease Is Underdiagnosed and Undertreated
Only half of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition where blood vessels in the arms and legs can become clogged with cholesterol, are appropriately diagnosed and treated, a Johns Hopkins expert says.
9/4/01 New Medical Students Enter Hopkins
A banker, a sculptor, three former Peace Corps members and two legacies. All are members of the Class of �05 at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
9/4/01 All-New September Edition of @Hopkins Medicine Now Online
The Class of 2005 Arrives...Saving Voice: New Approach to Larynx Cancer...Mike Weisfeldt: New Chairman of the Department of Medicine. These stories and more now are posted on the Web in the all-new September edition of Hopkins� online magazine, @Hopkins Medicine
AUGUST
8/29/01 External Review Committee Submits Report, Addendum to Hopkins
The external review committee appointed by Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody to help evaluate Hopkins� research policies and procedures has submitted a report with some substantial criticisms of research oversight at the institution, along with an addendum that affirms the corrective action plan advanced by Hopkins following the tragic death of a research volunteer.
8/27/01 Weisfeldt To Head Hopkins' Department of Medicine
Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., a past president of the American Heart Association who spent the first decades of his academic career at Johns Hopkins before becoming head of the Department of Medicine at Columbia University, returns to his alma mater October 1 as William Osler Professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Hopkins.
8/23/01 Reforming Psychiatry�s DSM
Modern psychiatry has become mired in a system of disease classification that defines mental disorders by the way they look and not on biological or psychological processes, according to Paul R. McHugh, M.D., Henry Phipps Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University.
8/16/01 Hopkins Starts Paired Kidney Exchange Program
Physicians at Johns Hopkins� Comprehensive Transplant Center have established a paired kidney exchange program, helping patients get a kidney when they have a willing, designated donor whose blood type is incompatible.
8/15/01 Church-Based Programs Lower Heart Disease Risk For African-American Women
Church-based nutrition and exercise programs can move African-American women to adopt healthier habits, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.
8/15/01 Genetic Mutation May Be Key to Onset of Deadly Skin Cancer
A Johns Hopkins scientist and a team of collaborators have discovered how precancerous moles may progress to melanomas, the most deadly type of skin cancer. The preliminary report, in the August 15 issue of Cancer Research, describes a link between two genes that trigger skin cancers and could serve as early diagnostic markers for the disease.
8/14/01 Food Allergy Reactions In Schools: Improvements Needed To Reduce and Respond
Parents, add this to your back-to-school to-do list: meet with teachers to discuss food allergies. According to a recent Hopkins study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, roughly one in five food-allergic children will have an allergic reaction while in school, and teachers may not know how to handle an attack properly.
8/10/01 Statement from John D. Gearhart, Ph.D., in Response to President Bush's Stem Cell Decision
The 10th edition of the Hopkins guide to AIDS care, Medical Management of HIV Infection, by John G. Bartlett, M.D., and Joel E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H, mirrors a decade's history of medical successes and challenges.
8/8/01 Orioles Skybox Seats Available for 'Lou Gehrig's Disease' Fund-Raiser Celebrating Ripken Retirement
The 10th edition of the Hopkins guide to AIDS care, Medical Management of HIV Infection, by John G. Bartlett, M.D., and Joel E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H, mirrors a decade's history of medical successes and challenges. ">
JULY
7/01 Research Volunteer Death
7/30/01 Special Notice For All Medical School Applicants Regarding Problems With The AMCAS 2002 Application
While the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is experiencing start-up problems with its Web-based applications to medical schools, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is providing special transition admissions procedures as a service to all prospective applicants.
7/30/01 Tenth Edition of Hopkins Guide To AIDS Care Marks Historic Milestone In Battle Against AIDS
The 10th edition of the Hopkins guide to AIDS care, Medical Management of HIV Infection, by John G. Bartlett, M.D., and Joel E. Gallant, M.D., M.P.H, mirrors a decade's history of medical successes and challenges.
7/25/01 New Gene-Targeted Therapy Promises Improved Cure Rates for Deadly Type of Leukemia
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center have developed a new gene-based therapy that they hope will transform one of the most lethal types of adult leukemia to one of the most treatable. The test-tube findings, related to the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), also the most common form of adult leukemia, are reported in the August 1, 2001, issue of Blood.
7/24/01 Researchers Discover New Way to Block HIV Transmission by Removing Cholesterol from Cell Membrane: Hopkins Study Finds HIV Requires Cholesterol to Infect
Cholesterol is instrumental in HIV�s ability to infiltrate cells, and removing this fatty material from a cell�s membrane blocks infection, according to a Johns Hopkins study reported in the July 20th issue of AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. The discovery may provide new opportunities to stop HIV transmission.
7/23/01 Donald Shaffner, M.D., Named Pediatric Anesthesiology Director
Anesthesiologist Donald Shaffner, M.D., a member of the Johns Hopkins Children�s Center faculty since 1990, has been named director of the pediatric division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
7/23/01 Federal Office Allows Hopkins Research To Resume
Officials from Johns Hopkins and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) worked together intensively over the weekend to address OHRP�s concerns and enable Hopkins� valuable research studies to continue as soon as possible
7/19/01 Hopkins Responds to OHRP Suspension of Research
In what Johns Hopkins believes to be an unwarranted, unnecessary, paralyzing and precipitous action, the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) has today suspended all federally supported medical research projects involving human subjects at almost all of our institutions.
7/18/01 Exploding Frog Eggs and People with Rare Disorder Help Researchers Unravel Mysteries of Water Regulation in Humans: Discovery May Lead to Treatments for Kidney Disorders
Acting on a scientific hunch, Hopkins medical sleuths set out to find individuals with an extremely rare disorder affecting their ability to internally process water. Using international blood banks, the investigators identified two such persons, confirming their belief that the absence of a certain protein interferes with the body�s ability to regulate its water levels.
7/17/01 New "Mighty Mice" Research Brings Muscle Growth Closer To Reality
The Johns Hopkins scientists who first created "mighty mice" by genetically engineering animals with a missing growth regulator called myostatin have now created a second group of mice whose genetic makeup shows it�s possible to get the same effect by blocking the gene for myostatin, rather than entirely knocking it out.
7/13/01 The Johns Hopkins Hospital Tops U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" 11 Years In A Row
For the 11th 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.
7/13/01 Research Volunteer Death Reports and Briefing
Johns Hopkins will brief the press on Monday, 11:30 a.m. EDT, on information related to the death of a research volunteer last month.
7/10/01 Therapy Hinders AIDS Virus From Evolving Drug Resistance, Hopkins Researchers Find
A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins Children�s Center and two other institutions have found that low levels of HIV-1 virus in the blood of children and adults undergoing a common combination drug therapy does not necessarily indicate the virus is becoming resistant to these life-prolonging medications.
7/8/01 Asthmatic Blacks Get Less High-Quality Asthma Care
The care of asthmatic African Americans falls short of many recommendations contained in national guidelines, compared to whites, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers, reported in the July 9th issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
7/2/01 Hopkins� Ophthalmologists Warn About Fireworks Safety
Ophthalmologists with the Eye Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins� Wilmer Eye Institute urge Baltimore residents to attend professionally sponsored public fireworks displays this July 4 and not to experiment with fireworks at home.
7/2/01 Cheney Has Hopkins to Thank for His Heart Device
The ability of the U.S. Vice President�s heart to take a licking and keep on ticking is in part due to medical advances made 20 years ago by heart specialists at Johns Hopkins.
JUNE
6/28/01 Hopkins� McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine Holds Inaugural Annual Symposium on Human Genetics and Genomics
Many of the world�s leading geneticists will convene at Johns Hopkins at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine�s first Symposium on Human Genetics and Genomics June 29. Sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Wood Basic Science Building on the campus of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
6/21/01 Hopkins First In U.S. To Get Commercial PET/CT Scanner
Hailed by some experts as an important advance in cancer detection, the first commercially available combination PET/CT scanner to be installed in a U.S. hospital will go to the Johns Hopkins Medicine�s Department of Nuclear Medicine this month.
6/20/01 Johns Hopkins Medicine, Toshiba Establish Joint Research Program, Training Center, In Interventional Radiology Department
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and Toshiba Corporation Medical Systems Company have formed a joint research program at Hopkins to develop new, minimally invasive procedures using combinations of CT scans and fluoroscopy.
6/20/01 Faulty Bee Tests Make For Stinging Surprises
Summer has arrived and so have the bees. So what�s the latest buzz on the matter? According to a recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, even the usually reliable bee allergy tests may leave some people fear-free when, in fact, they are allergic to the nectar-gathering insects.
6/20/01 Mexican-Americans At High Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy
Hispanics over the age of 40 are twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. This population also is at high risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness.
6/20/01 Novel Measure of Blood Cholesterol Better Predicts Death From Heart Disease
The amount of non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol circulating in the blood predicts whether a person is likely to die of heart disease, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers.
6/20/01 Women Facing Cancer Treatment May Still Have Fertility Options
Young women today are more likely to beat cancer and should be advised about ways to preserve their fertility before undergoing treatment, a Johns Hopkins study suggests
6/19/01 William P. Tew, Ph.D., Named Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Licensing and Business Development for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
William P. Tew, Ph.D., executive director of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Office of Licensing and Business Development, has been promoted to assistant dean and executive director for licensing and business development for the SOM.
6/18/01 Hopkins Selected To Participate In First Major Study of Digital Mammography
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology has been selected to take part in the first major study assessing the value of digital mammography versus standard mammography. The study, called the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) study, is funded with a $25 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
6/15/01 Update on Death of Research Volunteer
After notifying a representative of the family of the volunteer who died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center following participation in a research study, Hopkins officials are releasing copies of the application sent to the Bayview Institutional Review Board for review, the approval notice to the faculty investigator and the approved version of the consent document for the hexamethonium study.
6/15/01 Cancer Researcher Receives Prestigious International Award
Bert Vogelstein, M.D., is the recipient of the 2001 Harvey Prize from the American Technion Society. which supports the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The $50,000 international award was presented to Vogelstein during a trip to Israel in June for his work on tumor formation and progression.
6/15/01 Hopkins Hematologist/Oncologist Named First James B. Murphy Professor In Oncology
Richard Ambinder, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, has been named the first James B. Murphy Professor of Oncology.
6/15/01 Breast Cancer Caregiver Honored By The American Cancer Society
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.S., director of outreach and education for the Breast Center, has received the 2001 Lane A. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring from the American Cancer Society (ACS) at its national meeting in Atlanta on June 8.
6/15/01 V Foundation Awards Cancer Researcher $100,000 Grant
Jonathan Powell, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, has been selected as a V Foundation Scholar and will be awarded a $100,000 grant for his identification of novel T-cell receptor-induced genes used as targets to induce tumor immunity.
6/15/01 Hopkins Physician Receives Grant In Initiative To Accelerate Cancer Breakthroughs
A Johns Hopkins clinician-scientist is one of five physicians worldwide selected to receive the 2001 Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company.
6/14/01 Hopkins Researchers Combat Sickle Cell Anemia In Mice With "Mini-Transplant"
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children�s Center report success in treating sickle cell disease in mice with a modified bone marrow transplant. The finding adds further support to human trials now under way at the Children�s Center.
6/14/01 Hopkins Researcher Receives Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award
Charles G. Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D., a postdoctoral scientist at Johns Hopkins, has won a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences. The award provides $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service.
6/14/01 Wilmer Eye Institute Invention I.D.'s Diabetics At Risk For Vision Loss
An automated camera developed at Johns Hopkins� Wilmer Eye Institute is as effective in identifying potentially blinding disease among diabetics as the favored "gold standard" technique � seven-field color stereo-photography of the back of the eye, according to a study by researchers at Hopkins and two other institutions.
6/13/01 Obituary: Robert Heyssel, Hopkins Hospital Presidnet Emeritus
Robert M. Heyssel, M.D.,72, former president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, founder and first CEO of the Johns Hopkins Health System, and widely recognized as the chief architect of the institution�s emergence as a diversified, modern health care delivery enterprise, died Wednesday, June 13, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, Del., of lung cancer.
6/13/01 Volunteer Dies After Participation in Research Study
Johns Hopkins officials report, with deep regret, the recent death of a volunteer research subject. The exact cause of death has not been determined.
6/8/01 Drug Bottles Containing Natural Rubber Stoppers May Place Latex Allergic Patients at Risk for Reactions: Hopkins Researchers Encourage FDA and Pharmaceutical Companies to End Natural Rubber Stopper Use
Armed with evidence from a recent study of latex allergy skin reactions in patients, scientists at Johns Hopkins encourage the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and drug makers to label all current vials as "containing natural rubber" where appropriate and convert to using synthetic rubber for all medicine bottle stoppers.
6/7/01 Neurosurgeon Avellino Performs 100th Hemispherectomy at Hopkins -- Procedure Refined by Benjamin S. Carson M.D.
June 5, 2001, Johns Hopkins Children�s Center pediatric neurosurgeon Anthony Avellino, M.D., performed the 100th hemispherectomy at Johns Hopkins, an operation in which half of the brain is removed to relieve severe seizure disorders medications can not control.
6/6/01 Women�s Health on Wheels: Johns Hopkins, Department of Defense, Indian Health Service, Susan Komen Foundation, GE Develop High-Tech Mobile Breast Care Center
On July 13, an 18-wheeler will leave Maryland, bound for the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. On board will be an astonishing array of the latest in digital breast mammography equipment and sophisticated satellite systems for relaying the mammography images back to expert radiologists at the U.S. Army�s Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland and to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
6/5/01 Resistance Training Complements Aerobic Exercise for Women
Resistance training burns calories for more than an hour after a workout and may be as important as aerobic exercise for women in the fight against fat, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and Arizona State universities.
6/4/01 Johns Hopkins� Biennial Meeting to be Held June 7-10
Physicians from around the world will gather in Baltimore June 7 through 10 for the Biennial Meeting of The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association.
6/1/01 Johns Hopkins First in AIDS NIH Funding for FY 00
For the first time, Hopkins is the top earner of AIDS research funding from the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2000.
MAY
5/30/01 Professional Mascots Likely To Suffer Heat Illness, Injure Knees
The furry- or feathered-costumed mascots at professional ball games may have more in common than entertaining the crowd: a high propensity for heat illness and other assorted injuries, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
5/30/01 Physically Fit, Leaner Older People Are Happier, Study Says
Older people who are more fit and have less body fat may also have a better outlook on life than their less active, less lean counterparts, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
5/25/01 Supervised Tuberculosis Preventive Therapy Works For Injection Drug Users
Spending more time and money up front to keep injection drug users with latent tuberculosis (TB) on strict, anti-TB regimens will improve patient outcomes and save money in the long run, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.
5/24/01 Senior Citizens At Risk For Untreated Asthma
A Johns Hopkins study of elderly persons found that many have either moderate or severe asthma that has been underdiagnosed or undertreated.
5/22/01 Physicians Miss Opportunities to Improve Care for Oldest Asthmatics
Approximately one in five older people � even those with good health insurance � misuse their asthma drugs, and doctors fail an even greater proportion by not managing their care aggressively or giving them enough information to manage symptoms on their own, according to a report from Johns Hopkins researchers expected at the American Thoracic Society�s annual meeting today.
5/21/01 Russell Nelson, Former Hopkins Hospital President, Dies At 88
Russell A. Nelson., M.D., former president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, died May 19 in Naples, Fla.
5/20/01 Johns Hopkins and Leading Medical Societies Announce Technology Consortium for Education and Collaboration
Johns Hopkins has joined with many leading professional medical societies to create the MedBiquitous Consortium, a group dedicated to creating technology standards and software for education and collaboration in online medical communities.
5/20/01 Scientists Identify First Gene Involved in Causing Crohn's Disease
In an advance announcement, the journal Nature is reporting the first discovery of a gene, Nod2, involved in causing Crohn�s disease, one of the two major inflammatory bowel diseases that affects nearly 500,000 Americans. The discovery, made by researchers at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and Johns Hopkins may help pave the way for new treatments and prevention strategies for this devastating disease.
5/20/01 Doctors Failure To Reevaluate Asthma Severity Hurts Wheezing Sufferers
Doctors who do not periodically reevaluate their patients� asthma severity are failing to provide good care to asthma sufferers, report Johns Hopkins physicians May 20 at the American Thoracic Society�s annual meeting.
5/20/01 Nature Sights and Sounds Can Ease Pain of Common Lung Procedure
Investigators at Johns Hopkins have proven that distracting patients during and after bronchoscopy with the gurgle of a brook and a colorful panorama of tranquil meadow improves pain control by approximately 43 percent.
5/14/01 New Prostate Cancer Drug Delays Progression of Advanced Disease
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pittsburgh report promising results in tests of a new prostate cancer drug known as ABT-627 made by Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL). In a phase II multinational clinical trial, the drug delayed progression of advanced prostate cancer with few side effects in men no longer responding to hormone therapy. Results of the study are expected to be announced at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in San Francisco on May 14, 2001.
5/12/01 'Save Your Voice' - New Hope For Laryngeal Cancer Patients
Results of an eight-year national clinical trial show that combining chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the same time offers patients with advanced cancer of the larynx, or voice box, better hope of preserving their voice. The findings are to be presented during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting on May 12, 2001. Results are published in abstract #4 in the ASCO Program/Proceedings.
5/9/01 Hopkins Names New Director For Radio Service
Award-winning freelance medical journalist Mat Edelson will be the new voice of the Johns Hopkins HealthNewsfeed radio service, a daily one-minute medical news program heard throughout the U.S. on public and commercial stations, and internationally over Voice of America.
5/4/01 Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Repair Vital Tissues and Organs
Research initiated by Johns Hopkins has found that a mouse bone marrow stem cell is capable of developing into the specialized cells lining intestines, lung and skin. This study provides some of the first clear evidence that a transplanted bone marrow stem cell can not only reconstitute bone marrow, but also may play a role in healing these other tissues and organs as well. The findings are reported in the May 4, 2001, issue of Cell.
5/4/01 Johns Hopkins Experts Launch Palm OS� Version of Digital Antibiotics and Infectious Disease Guide for Physicians
Johns Hopkins today announced the introduction of the Palm OS� version of its digital Guide to Antibiotics and Infectious Disease � the ABX Guide -- designed to give physicians free and up-to-the-minute information on antibiotics and their proper use. The ABX Guide offers information on more than 190 drugs and more than 140 diseases treated by both specialists and primary care physicians.
5/1/01 Even Specialists Read and Use Echocardiograms Differently, Hopkins Researchers Find
Johns Hopkins today announced the introduction of the Palm OS� version of its digital Guide to Antibiotics and Infectious Disease � the ABX Guide -- designed to give physicians free and up-to-the-minute information on antibiotics and their proper use. The ABX Guide offers information on more than 190 drugs and more than 140 diseases treated by both specialists and primary care physicians.
5/1/01 Hopkins Medicine Launches Online Magazine
Johns Hopkins Medicine today introduced @Hopkins Medicine, a regularly updated online magazine covering the patient care, research and educational activities and people of all components of Hopkins� medical and health care delivery enterprises.
APRIL
4/20/01 Annual Depression Symposium features Surgeon General, Ravens punter
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., and former Baltimore Ravens punter Greg Montgomery will be featured speakers at the annual symposium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic and DRADA, the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association.
4/20/01 Annual Depression Symposium features Surgeon General, Ravens punter
U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., and former Baltimore Ravens punter Greg Montgomery will be featured speakers at the annual symposium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Affective Disorders Clinic and DRADA, the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association.
4/19/01 JOINT STATEMENT BY Robert Moore, President, District 1199E-DC/Service Employees International Union, AFL/CIO, and Ronald R. Peterson, President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
We�re pleased to report that a tentative contract agreement reached by The Johns Hopkins Hospital and District 1199E-DC SEIU represents and reflects our shared commitment to the economic well being of workers, the care of patients, and the long-term economic health of the Hospital. The new three-year contract, which expires December 1, 2003, builds on the partnership we have enjoyed for nearly three decades.
4/19/01 Strike Coverage
Leaders of District 1199E-DC/ Service Employees International Union have announced a strike at The Johns Hopkins Hospital beginning at noon Thursday, April 19, and probably ending at midnight Saturday, April 21. The Union has not provided a firm end date for its strike, but has indicated the April 21 time in materials distributed to the press.
4/18/01 John Dorst, M.D., Longtime Hopkins Pediatric Radiology Director, 74
John Phillips Dorst, M.D. director of pediatric radiology at Johns Hopkins for more than two decades, died of complications from a brain tumor on April 17 at Brightwood Genesis Eldercare in Lutherville, Md.
4/17/01 Effective Acne Treatments Remain Elusive, Hopkins Researchers Find
After a half-century of looking at everything from Accutane to zinc, dermatologists still can�t prove which acne treatments and drugs work best, a team at Johns Hopkins Children�s Center finds after combing the scientific literature.
4/16/01 Clinical Research Conference: New Trends and Controversies
Johns Hopkins Medicine is hosting a three-day conference on new trends and controversies in clinical research. The fourth annual event, called the Clinical Research Conference, is being held April, 17, 18, and 19 from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.
4/11/01 Hopkins Researcher Finds Retroviral 'Footprint' In Brains Of People With Schizophrenia
A research team led by a Johns Hopkins Children's Center scientist has found the strongest evidence yet that a virus may contribute to some cases of schizophrenia.
4/10/01 Year 2000 Minority Access Alumnus Role Model Award to James Hildreth, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
James Hildreth, M.D., associate professor of pharmacology and molecular science and associate professor of pathology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Year 2000 Minority Access Alumnus Role Model award.
4/9/01 Hopkins' Young Investigators' Day Winners Shine In The Spotlight
For the past 23 years, The Hopkins School of Medicine has sponsored Young Investigators� Day, a sophisticated science fair for grown-ups, recognizing promising pre- and postdoctoral investigators in the School of Medicine well before most of them could tap sources of acclaim open to more established scientists.
4/2/01 Johns Hopkins Experts Launch Handheld Digital Guide To Antibiotics and Infectious Disease for Practicing Physicians
Johns Hopkins today launched a rigorously peer-reviewed database and a point of care decision- support system designed to give office and hospital-based physicians free and up-to-the-minute information on antibiotics and their proper use.
MARCH
3/30/01 U.S. News & World Reports Ranks Hopkins in Top Two Medical Schools
The attached letter from the Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine thanks his faculty and staff for once again making the School of Medicine one of the top rated in U.S. News & World Report�s annual ranking of the nation�s 125 accredited institutions.
3/28/01 Hopkins Medicine's New Parking Garage Latest To Ease Crunch
Johns Hopkins Medicine has opened a new parking facility, the 1500-space Caroline Street Garage, across from the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center.
3/28/01 Johns Hopkins Medicine, CEO Feted by Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Johns Hopkins Medicine and Edward D. Miller, M.D., its dean and chief executive officer, will be honored by the Maryland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Saturday, March 31, at its spring gala, "Party Gras."
3/27/01 Negotiations Update
Once again, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is flooding the press with misleading information.
3/28/01 Hopkins Targets Breast Cancer Research to Aid Minorities and the Poor with $2.2 Million Gift from Avon Products Foundation
The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center received a major boost to its arsenal in the fight against breast cancer with a gift award of $2.2 million from the Avon Products Foundation, from funds raised by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Hopkins scientists and clinicians will direct many of their studies to aid poor women and African-American women who have disproportionately high rates of breast cancer morbidity
3/27/01 Daniel Sauder Named New Director of Hopkins Dermatology
Daniel N. Sauder, M.D., an internationally acclaimed dermatologist, has been appointed the new director of dermatology at Johns Hopkins, effective July 1. Sauder succeeds dermatologist Grant Anhalt, M.D., who served as interim director.
3/26/01 Hopkins Researchers Show Elementary School Kids That Science Is Cool
Did you ever wonder what you could learn from worms? What do you think your own cells look like? On March 29, 87 elementary school students will find the answers to these and dozens more fascinating science questions at the first Johns Hopkins Community Science Day in the Preclinical Teaching Building located at 725 N. Wolfe Street.
3/22/01 Hopkins Scientists Discover How Huntington's Kills Cells: Block Death In Cultures
American hospitals with a shortage of "intensivists" to treat patients in their intensive care units (ICUs) could benefit from having such experts monitor their patients offsite via computer, Johns Hopkins researchers have found.
3/22/01 Quick, Easy, Color-Coded Technique Will Speed Identification of Drugs for Diseases
John Hopkins researchers have developed the first color-coded tracking system to see how receptors on the surface of a living cell transmit signals to the cell�s interior and regulate a wide range of biological processes. The technology, described in the March 23 issue of Science, should significantly speed up the search for drugs needed to treat heart disease, cancer, asthma and other ailments.
3/22/01 Human Trials of New Vaccine Technique Prove Promising for Allergy Sufferers
For years, efforts to develop improved vaccines for asthma and allergies have been thwarted because the vaccines themselves often cause the very symptoms a person is trying to avoid. Now, at the 57th Annual American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's meeting this week, researchers at Johns Hopkins announce that a novel method of modifying an allergen, such as ragweed, by attaching a synthetic piece of DNA to it, is showing promise in initial clinical trials. The finding may lead to a more effective vaccine for treating allergic diseases such as hay-fever or asthma.
3/21/01 Remote Monitoring of ICU Patients Lowers Mortality Rates, Complications
American hospitals with a shortage of "intensivists" to treat patients in their intensive care units (ICUs) could benefit from having such experts monitor their patients offsite via computer, Johns Hopkins researchers have found.
3/21/01 Hopkins Study Suggests Families Benefit From Raising Children with Chronic Illnesses
A new Johns Hopkins Children�s Center study reveals that caring for a chronically ill child can be a positive experience for many mothers and families.
3/21/01 The Envelope Please....School of Medicine Students Meet Their Match  Hugs, high-fives, cheers and kisses filled the roomtoday when Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine seniors find out which residency programs they will enter after graduation this spring.
3/20/01 Conference for Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
On Saturday, March 24, 2001, patients from across the nation will convene at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center for a conference on new therapies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
3/20/01 Men�s Health 2001 Symposium
From testosterone replacement therapy to drug abuse by pro athletes to guy-specific weight-loss strategies � Hopkins� Men�s Health 2001 Symposium covers a range of timely topics. For the past four years, Hopkins has held a day-long symposium that highlights the latest research advances and current areas of concern in men�s health.
3/19/01 Experimental Drug Decreases Age-Related Blood Vessel Stiffening
An experimental drug may reverse the stiffening of the cardiovascular system that occurs with aging, according to results of a clinical trial conducted at nine sites throughout the United States and led by Johns Hopkins physicians.
3/18/01 Arm Blood Flow Could Predict Heart Attack Risk
A lowered ability of blood vessels in the arm to respond to stress is associated with increased heart size � an important risk factor for heart disease, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
3/13/01 Lee H. Riley Jr., Former Orthopedics Chief At Hopkins, Dies At 68
Lee H. Riley, Jr., M.D., professor emeritus of orthopedic surgery and former chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine, died March 8 after a long illness. He was 68.
3/15/01 Talking Device Keeps HIV Patients on the Straight and Narrow
Sometimes the simplest things can make a dramatic difference in medicine. Johns Hopkins researchers report that a portable device that�s "a cross between a pager and your own mother" can, within half a year, lead to a significant drop in the amount of virus HIV patients carry in their blood or spinal fluid.
3/14/01 Strike Update
Once again, leaders of District 1199E-DC/ Service Employees International Union have ordered a one-day strike at The Johns Hopkins Hospital beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 15 and ending at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 16. We regret that the Union has chosen to again protract contract negotiations, and to keep us at an impasse, with no end in sight for its 1600 members, almost all of whom are in service and maintenance jobs.
3/8/01 Researchers Identify 170 Genes Involved in Crohn's Disease and Unlcerative Colitis
Researchers have developed the first genetic profile for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two types of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The feat, reported in the March issue of Human Molecular Genetics, is a key step toward understanding and defining new treatments for IBD, which afflicts millions of Americans.
3/8/01 A Nasty Disease and a Spunky Kid:  Donation from14-year-old Cody Unser � of Racing Family Fame � Sparks National Network of Transverse Myelitis Centers
A Johns Hopkins neurologist, inspired by the plight of a young patient, has established a nationwide consortium of Centers of Excellence for research and treatment of the often-paralytic neurological disease transverse myelitis (TM).
3/5/01 A Paradox Helps Explain How Aspirin Works
Even though aspirin�s pain-killing capacity was well known to Hippocrates in the fifth century B.C., exactly what it does remains somewhat of a mystery. Now, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that aspirin inhibits interleukin-4, a protein involved in allergic reactions and inflammation.
FEBRUARY
2/28/01 Tops in NIH Funding
The National Institutes of Health annual summary of grants to medical schools has, for the 9th year in a row, ranked The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine chief among earners of federal research dollar in the United States.
2/28/01 Hopkins Appoints Two To New Posts
Peter Greene, M.D., Named Associate Dean for Emerging Technologies; Steven Thompson. M.B.A., Vice Dean for Ambulatory Services Coordination
2/27/01 Study: Specialization Affects Recommendation of Kidney Failure Treatment
Pediatric kidney specialists are 60 percent more likely than their peers who treat adults to recommend peritoneal dialysis over hemodialysis, report Johns Hopkins Children�s Center researchers in this week�s Journal of the American Medical Association. Although most of the approximately 5,000 children and teens living with end_stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States are seen by pediatric nephrologists, many are treated by adult nephrologists.
2/27/01 Hopkins Researcher Awarded $1 Million To Study Hepatitis In Children
Children�s Center gastroenterologist Kathleen Schwarz, M.D., received a $1 million research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study viral hepatitis in the children of injection drug users. These children are known to be at risk for hepatitis B and C infection via maternal-fetal and possibly other means of transmission.
2/22/01 Johns Hopkins-Led Team Discovers Gene Defect Linked To Lung Disease
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children�s Center and Children�s Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati have discovered a genetic defect associated with lung disease in infants and adults.
2/20/01 One In Three Fatal Bicycle Accidents Linked To Alcohol
Drinking alcohol and bicycling don�t mix well, say Johns Hopkins researchers, whose study of 466 Maryland bicyclists found that a third of fatally injured riders had elevated blood alcohol levels at the time of their accident. In addition, a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 grams per deciliter � the legal level of drunkenness in most states � was found to increase the rider�s risk of fatal or serious injury by 2,000 percent.
2/15/01 Acurian Names Johns Hopkins Consumer Health Content Partner
Acurian, a company focused on helping new drug therapies more quickly reach patients, today announced a consumer health content licensing agreement with the Johns Hopkins University and Health System. Under the undisclosed terms of the two-year agreement, Hopkins will provide the Pennsylvania-based company branded editorial services to create customized information.
2/15/01 Hopkins Trauma Surgeon Edward Cornwell to Deliver Black History Month Keynote Address at Boys and Girls Club
Johns Hopkins Medicine is co-sponsoring a Black History Month celebration with the Boys and Girls Club of Pleasantview Gardens on Saturday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m.
2/10/01 Community HIV Urine Testing Program Proves Powerfully Effective
Working with Baltimore churches, homeless shelters and food kitchens, Johns Hopkins researchers have proven that community-based testing programs are powerfully effective in reaching people at high risk for HIV. In a report prepared for this week�s 8th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Hopkins researchers said tests of nearly 1,000 people at community sites over a year and a half identified 122 who were HIV-positive. Ninety-seven did not know they had the disease or were spreading it
2/9/01 Twenty Percent May Outgrow Peanut Allergy, Scientists Reveal
People who live in fear of their peanut allergy, anxiously avoiding numerous products and worrying that accidental exposure could cause a severe or even fatal reaction, may be cheered to learn that they may outgrow it, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers reported in the February issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
2/5/01 Isolated Barbados Population Helps Researchers Zero In On Asthma and Allergic Disease Genes
The Johns Hopkins team that first unearthed two chromosomes as the site of genes for asthma and allergic disease has moved closer to identifying those genes with the help of a unique Barbados island population.
2/1/01 Vinegar Plus HPV Test Identifies Women At Risk For Cervical Cancer
A lab test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) combined with a visual inspection of the cervix could identify pre-cancerous lesions and vastly reduce the number of false positives among women at high risk for cervical cancer in developing countries, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Zimbabwe.
JANUARY
1/31/01 Hospital Strike Update
Regrettably, Local 1199E of the Service Employees International Union has notified The Johns Hopkins Hospital that its members will stage at 25-hour strike beginning at 6 a.m. January 31, and ending at 7 a.m., February 1.
1/30/01 Hopkins Launches Cell Engineering Institute With $58.5 M. Gift
With a $58.5 million gift from an anonymous donor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is launching an Institute for Cell Engineering (ICE), fostering research that not long ago would have been marked as science fiction. The new Institute�s scientists will focus on selecting, modifying and reprogramming human cells, molding them into therapeutic transplants for everything from Parkinson�s, ALS and diabetes to heart failure, stroke and spinal cord injury.
1/24/01 Hopkins "Heart Health" Offers Ultrafast CT Scanning
Physicians at Johns Hopkins now have an added weapon in the fight against heart disease � a scanner that detects potential problems before symptoms occur
1/22/01 Hospital Negotiations Update
Despite a good-faith effort on the part of The Johns Hopkins Hospital over the past two months to reach a settlement with District 1199E, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the Union has notified us of its intent to engage in a strike. As required by federal law, the Union has formally announced its plans to stage the strike on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 beginning at 6:00 a.m. Based on earlier communications from the Union, we expect the strike to be for one day only.
1/8/01 Fewer Airline Crashes Linked To "Pilot Error"
A scientific study of aviation crashes in the United States concludes that "pilot error" is a decreasing cause of crashes involving major airlines.
1/12/01 Researchers Design New Way To Squelch Errant Enzymes
Scientists at Johns Hopkins, New York University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have found a way to block the action of specific enzymes with a pivotal role in triggering cancers, hardening of the arteries and certain autoimmune diseases.
1/8/01 Fewer Airline Crashes Linked To "Pilot Error"
A scientific study of aviation crashes in the United States concludes that "pilot error" is a decreasing cause of crashes involving major airlines.
1/3/01 Healthy Diet, Less Salt Dramatically Reduces Blood Pressure
Together, a healthier diet and less salt dramatically lower blood pressure in people with and without high blood pressure, according to a nationwide study at Johns Hopkins and four other academic medical centers.
1/1/01 Brain Damage In Autism: Not What Scientists Once Thought
Deepening the mystery of autism�s origins, a Johns Hopkins Children�s Center study has failed to link the typical autistic child�s fixation on spinning objects and constant whirling around to long-suspected damage to the brain�s control center for movement, balance and equilibrium.

 

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