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Recent News Releases
Today, for the first time, a drug has been FDA-approved for cancer based on disease genetics rather than type. Developed from 30 years of basic research at Johns Hopkins and its Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute, pembroluzimab now can be used for colon, pancreatic, stomach, ovarian and other cancers if genetic testing reveals defects in so-called mismatch repair genes.
In a recent paper published online in the journal Critical Care Medicine, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality led a study that demonstrated that health care providers can take steps to curb ventilator-associated events.
You might remember him as Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H,” as Senator Vinick on “The West Wing,” or as the host of PBS’ “Scientific American Frontiers” for more than a decade. This Friday, Alan Alda will be visiting Johns Hopkins to share his thoughts on the importance of clear science communications to faculty, staff and students. Since 2009, he has been running the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stonybrook University, and has been a proponent of science communication and making science more accessible to everyone.
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified a new way that cells in the brain alert the rest of the body to recruit immune cells when the brain is injured. The work was completed in mouse models that mimic infection, stroke or trauma in humans.
In a small and preliminary clinical trial, Johns Hopkins researchers and their collaborators have shown that an experimental gene therapy that uses viruses to introduce a therapeutic gene into the eye is safe and that it may be effective in preserving the vision of people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting an estimated 1.6 million Americans. The disease is marked by growth of abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid into the central portion of the retina called the macula, which we use for reading, driving and recognizing faces.
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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