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Released: February 22, 2017


There are neurons in your skin that are wired for one purpose and one purpose only: to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain, such as burning and stinging sensations. But when it comes to sending signals toward your brain through your spinal cord, itch and mild pain can go through the same set of spinal cord neurons, researchers report Feb. 22 in Neuron. This finding explains why pain often accompanies intense, chemical-induced itch.

Released: February 22, 2017

Opportunity to Drive Collaboration between Health System and Senior Care Providers


TOLEDO, Ohio-- Feb. 22, 2017– Welltower Inc. (NYSE: HCN) today announced a strategic collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine intended to promote innovative care and wellness for the aging population and to create programs that increase quality, value and connectivity across the health care continuum.

Released: February 22, 2017


Working with human breast cancer cells and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have identified a biochemical pathway that triggers the regrowth of breast cancer stem cells after chemotherapy.

Released: February 20, 2017

Tips and guidelines on keeping your heart in tip-top shape


When it comes to your heart health, it’s never too early or too late to start making meaningful changes to your lifestyle. Not only is it important to eat right and move more, but also to know your risks for certain heart diseases and understand your numbers. From learning the best diets for your heart to smart approaches to exercise, our experts provide guidance on keeping your heart in tip-top shape.

Released: February 16, 2017

The Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections


What: The Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

When: Feb. 13–16, 2017

Where: Seattle, Washington, Washington State Convention Center

(705 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101)

Released: February 14, 2017


Lung cancer specialist Benjamin Levy, M.D., has been named the new clinical director of medical oncology and medical director of thoracic oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, D.C.

Released: February 9, 2017

Researchers studying mouse proteins uncover part of “choreography of immunity”


Rearranging the genome is a risky endeavor, and human cells reserve it for special occasions, like making egg and sperm cells. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine announce they’ve learned how an enzyme that reshuffles DNA on one of those rare occasions — during the birth of new white blood cells — helps ensure the process doesn’t go haywire. Their results are described online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Released: February 7, 2017

All patients off immunosuppressive drugs more than a year after transplant in small clinical trial


Physicians at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center report they have successfully treated 16 patients with a rare and lethal form of bone marrow failure called severe aplastic anemia using partially matched bone marrow transplants followed by two high doses of a common chemotherapy drug. In a report on the new transplant-chemo regimen, published online Dec. 22, 2016, in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the Johns Hopkins team says that more than a year after their transplants, all of the patients have stopped taking immunosuppressive drugs commonly used to treat the disorder and have no evidence of the disease.

Released: February 6, 2017

Johns Hopkins researchers to bring surgical quality improvement initiative to hospitals nationwide


The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, has been awarded a nearly $4 million contract, with the option of $12 million over three years, for a total of about $16 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to improve the outcomes and experiences of surgery patients across the United States. The project, funded and guided by AHRQ, will enable more than 750 hospitals to implement enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols, which have been shown to reduce complications, decrease lengths of stay and boost patient experience.

Released: February 2, 2017

Chemical recalibration of brain cells during sleep is crucial for learning, and sleeping pills may sabotage it


Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have fortified evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory so the animals can “solidify” lessons learned and use them when they awaken — in the case of nocturnal mice, the next evening.

Released: February 2, 2017

ACO’s efforts to improve patient care and reduce health care costs met with success


The Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients (JMAP), the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announces that it has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to renew its participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for the next three years. The Shared Savings Program offers financial incentives to encourage ACOs to improve coordination, communication and overall care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries while also reducing health care costs.

Released: February 2, 2017

Results reinforce need to provide condoms to drug users, researchers say


Cocaine use has long been tied anecdotally to higher-than-usual rates of impulsive behavior, including risky sex, but the tie-in has been difficult to study with any scientifically controlled rigor.

Released: February 1, 2017

Mouse and human cell studies confirm a common link between proteins and loss of dopamine-making brain cells


Researchers report they have discovered how two problem proteins known to cause Parkinson’s disease are chemically linked, suggesting that someday, both could be neutralized by a single drug designed to target the link. A report on their discovery appears in the Jan. 24 issue of Cell Reports.

Released: January 31, 2017


Reporters, please join Newswise on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. ET for a live event featuring Johns Hopkins’ Vikram Chib and other experts who will scientifically analyze various aspects of this major pop culture event.

Released: January 31, 2017


Our experts, available for interview, can provide some insight on how to successfully start and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including advice on how to kick off the transition to a healthier you, pick the right diet and select strategies that actually help you keep the promises you’ve made.

Released: January 31, 2017


An international research group of 32 experts from nine countries has updated the guidelines for diagnosing the genetic disease cystic fibrosis.

Released: January 31, 2017


Results of a multicenter study of 129 women with advanced breast cancer show that a blood test that spots cancer-linked DNA correctly predicted that most of those patients with higher levels of the tumor markers died significantly earlier than those with lower levels.

Released: January 27, 2017

Study suggests that doctors spend less time with tardy patients in busy clinics


A study examining doctor and patient behavior at three Johns Hopkins Medicine outpatient clinics has found evidence that clinicians spend more face-to-face time with patients when the clinic is on schedule and less when the clinic is running late.

Released: January 27, 2017


The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group invites medical students from Maryland and Washington D.C. to the first annual PM&R Expo. This “PM&R 101” event will allow future health care providers to get a taste of the different clinical treatments available within physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Released: January 26, 2017


What: The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s 37th annual Pregnancy Meeting
When: Jan. 26–28, 2017
Where: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada