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Peter O. Kwiterovich Jr., M.D., professor emeritus of pediatrics and medicine at Johns Hopkins, one of the world’s foremost authorities on lipid disorders and a leading advocate for routine cholesterol screening in children, died on Aug. 15 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.
By finding a way to bind a slippery molecule naturally found in the fluid that surrounds healthy joints, Johns Hopkins researchers have engineered surfaces that have the potential to deliver long-lasting lubrication at specific spots throughout the body.
A genetic variation linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression wreaks havoc on connections among neurons in the developing brain, a team of researchers reports. The study, led by Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., and Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and described online Aug. 17 in the journal Nature, used stem cells generated from people with and without mental illness to observe the effects of a rare and pernicious genetic variation on young brain cells. The results add to evidence that several major mental illnesses have common roots in faulty “wiring” during early brain development.
Internationally renowned pediatric surgeon and scientist David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., will become the new pediatric surgeon-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers at Johns Hopkins have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the errors made the first time.
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:
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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.
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