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Released: October 31, 2014

An evening of opera with special guest Marilyn Horne, iconic American opera singer, featuring performances by soprano Colleen Daly and tenor Rolando Sanz with direction and musical accompaniment by James Harp to benefit the Model Lyric Performing Arts Center and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. A multi-course menu with wine pairing will be prepared by Pazo, a Baltimore Harbor East southern Italian restaurant. Valet parking is included.

Released: October 27, 2014

Paying attention to the color of a newborn’s poop can mean the difference between life and death for babies with the rare liver disorder biliary atresia — the leading cause of liver transplants in children. The disease is almost universally heralded by white or clay-colored stools but is often diagnosed with woeful delays.

Released: October 27, 2014

Johns Hopkins surgeons urge salvage of syringes, sutures, gauze, towels to improve care in developing countries

A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries.

Released: October 27, 2014

Some people harboring the virus have subtle changes in cognitive function

Scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska have discovered an algae virus never before seen in the throats of healthy people that may subtly alter a range of cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial orientation in those who harbor it.

Released: October 27, 2014

Solution to 14-year mystery has implications for cancer therapies and drug delivery

Do blood vessels that feed tumors differ from other blood vessels? Fourteen years ago, experiments designed to answer that question led to the discovery of several genes that are more active in tumor-associated blood vessels than in normal blood vessels. New research now reveals the normal function of one of those genes and suggests it could be a good target for anticancer drug therapy.

Released: October 27, 2014

Two new studies shed light on how cells sense and respond to chemical trails

Amoebas aren’t the only cells that crawl: Movement is crucial to development, wound healing and immune response in animals, not to mention cancer metastasis. In two new studies from Johns Hopkins, researchers answer long-standing questions about how complex cells sense the chemical trails that show them where to go — and the role of cells’ internal “skeleton” in responding to those cues.

Released: October 24, 2014

Find could be central to treating channel-related diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy and Parkinson’s

A common protein plays a different role than previously thought in the opening and closing of channels that let ions flow in and out of our cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins report. Those channels are critical to life, as having the right concentrations of sodium and calcium ions in cells enables healthy brain communication, heart contraction and many other processes. The new study reveals that a form of calmodulin long thought to be dormant actually opens these channels wide. The finding is likely to bring new insight into disorders caused by faulty control of these channels, such as cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, the researchers say.

Released: October 24, 2014

Johns Hopkins Medicine has collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to design an interactive Web-based learning program that guides health care workers, nurses and physicians through government-approved protocols to aid clinicians as they provide care to patients who may be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus. The program trains health care providers in three critical areas: proper donning of personal protective equipment (PPE), the safe removal of gear and active monitoring skills. All three modules will be available for free on the CDC’s website in the coming weeks and later available to the millions of iOS users on iTunes U.

Released: October 23, 2014

Combination therapy appears most effective

A multicenter study of 169 men and women with a common form of neck pain suggests that both spinal steroid injections and conservative treatment with physical therapy and painkillers work equally well to relieve pain in the short term. But over time, a combination of the two appears to offer the most relief.

Released: October 22, 2014

The approach could improve treatment of drug-resistant infections

Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, Johns Hopkins researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with a class of dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. These increasingly drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for a range of diseases, including fatal pneumonias and various bloodstream or solid-organ infections acquired in and outside the hospital.

Released: October 22, 2014

New National Institutes of Health grant will fund training, research experience for undergraduates

Morgan State University has been awarded a $23.3 million grant, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The award, called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), is part of a program to increase diversity in the biomedical sciences and will fund a new center to equip top Morgan State undergraduates with research skills and experience, in partnership with professors and research labs at The Johns Hopkins University.

Released: October 20, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) has awarded the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Program a $1.7 million grant over five years to fund educational programs, enhance support and increase awareness for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Released: October 16, 2014

Johns Hopkins Medicine Demonstrates Hospital Preparedness

With the heightened media coverage of the Ebola virus disease outbreak, it’s only natural to feel anxious about it. It’s important to know the facts.  

Released: October 15, 2014

Completion of the construction project marks a significant step in campus redevelopment goals

Nelson/Harvey Building renovations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore are complete after a nearly 24-month construction project to completely modernize the two buildings originally built in 1977. The makeover adds 136 new private patient rooms, which will be used primarily for Department of Medicine, pulmonology, gastroenterology and cardiac medicine patients.

Released: October 15, 2014

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. 

Released: October 13, 2014

The Johns Hopkins Hospital celebrates with a ribbon-cutting ceremony the completion of another significant step in its East Baltimore campus redevelopment project. After nearly 24 months of construction, the Nelson and Harvey buildings, originally built in 1977, will reopen with 136 all-private patient rooms with sleeping accommodations for family members, family respite areas on each floor, updated software and equipment for caregivers, and many more modern amenities.

Released: October 13, 2014

Five bladder cancer experts will be awarded research grants totaling $250,000 from the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute on Oct. 15. The grant awards will be the centerpiece of a day-long board meeting. The event will culminate with the unveiling of a ceremonial plaque marking the establishment of the new institute that was made possible with a landmark gift from Baltimore-area commercial real estate developer Erwin Greenberg and his wife, Stephanie Cooper Greenberg.

Released: October 13, 2014

Improvements were seen within four weeks and generally persisted during treatment duration

Results of a small clinical trial suggest that a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts — and best known for claims that it can help prevent certain cancers — may ease classic behavioral symptoms in those with autism spectrum disorders.

Released: October 10, 2014

Health system limits sales of sugar-sweetened drinks on campuses

Johns Hopkins Medicine announces the start of its Healthy Beverage Initiative, a program designed to ensure that beverages containing relatively low levels of sugar are more readily available in the hospital cafeterias, vending machines and retail outlets on many Johns Hopkins Medicine campuses.

Released: October 9, 2014

Two Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty members have been approved for research funding totaling almost $5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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