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Biomedical engineers at Johns Hopkins report they have worked out a noninvasive way to release and deliver concentrated amounts of a drug to the brain of rats in a temporary, localized manner using ultrasound. The method first “cages” a drug inside tiny, biodegradable “nanoparticles,” then activates its release through precisely targeted sound waves, such as those used to painlessly and noninvasively create images of internal organs.
Daniel O’Connor, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is among 102 winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, which were announced by the White House on Jan. 9. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Albert H. Owens Jr., M.D., a Johns Hopkins oncologist who played a leadership role in developing oncology as a scientific discipline and clinical specialty — and who also served as president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital — died Jan. 13 at the age of 90.
Using data from a national study, Johns Hopkins researchers determined that using heart CT scans can help personalize treatment in patients whose blood pressure falls in the gray zone of just above normal or mild high blood pressure. Previously, the appropriate blood pressure treatment for these patients used risk calculations and some guesswork, potentially leaving many vulnerable to heart disease or taking drugs they don’t need. Nearly one in three adults in the U.S. has prehypertension, blood pressure higher than normal but not considered high yet.
A multicenter team of researchers reports that a full genomic analysis of tumor samples from a small number of people who died of pancreatic cancer suggests that chemical changes to DNA that do not affect the DNA sequence itself yet control how it operates confer survival advantages on subsets of pancreatic cancer cells. Those advantages, the researchers say, let such cancer cells thrive in organs like the liver and lungs, which receive a sugar-rich blood supply.
Media Relations and Public Affairs
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of Media Relations and Public Affairs is Johns Hopkins Medicine's official communications link to local, national and international media. The media relations staff supports The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with centralized, coordinated communications, providing round-the-clock services and products for print, online and electronic media and is the official JHM institutional, faculty and staff link to news media.
The Media Relations staff is available to respond to journalists' inquiries and requests. In addition to providing news releases and tip sheets, we also provide:
- Photographs and digital images
- Interview scheduling
- Studio for on-site radio taping or remote interviewing
- Background information on research and faculty
- Health NewsFeed
Health NewsFeed, a daily radio news service offering one-minute "packages" of Hopkins-vetted medical information to millions of listeners via satellite and the Web, is also produced and distributed by the Media Relations team.
Johns Hopkins Medicine is pleased to present its new health podcast, a lively discussion of the week’s medical news and how it may affect you. This seven to ten-minute free program features Rick Lange, M.D., chief of clinical cardiology, and Elizabeth Tracey, director of the Hopkins Health NewsFeed, a radio news service program.
- RSS Service: Johns Hopkins Medicine press releases
Johns Hopkins Medicine science and medical news is now available through an RSS service, free of charge.
Through the appropriate media representative, Johns Hopkins experts can be interviewed at a local satellite-capable video studio for live or live-to-tape television interviews. The studio is available 24/7. Please contact your media representative to make the arrangements.
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Reporters calling before or after regular business hours, should call 410-955-6070 and ask the operator to page the Media Relations representative on-call.
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