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What will it take to move cancer research forward? That’s the focus of a summit convened by Vice President Joe Biden at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on June 29. The gathering will include patients, cancer clinicians, scientists, industry leaders and others to discuss topics including how to accelerate the pace of cancer research discoveries and data sharing, improve access to care, remove regulatory barriers, and foster collaboration among scientists and industry partners.
Review of case reports uncovers rheumatologic disease in 13 patients taking checkpoint inhibitors
Case reports on 13 cancer patients suggest that a small number of cancer patients taking the immunotherapy drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab may be at some higher-than-normal risk of developing autoimmune joint and tissue diseases, including inflammatory arthritis, according to a preliminary study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.
Pioneering Public-Private Cancer Initiative with Unified Leadership Committed to Changing the Course of Cancer Care
In a proof-of-principle study, a team of physicians and bioinformatics experts at Johns Hopkins reports they were able to diagnose or rule out suspected brain infections using so called next-generation genetic sequencing of brain tissue samples.
Levels of a growth factor rise predict survival, study shows
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that rising blood levels of a protein called hematoma derived growth factor (HDGF) are linked to the increasing severity of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a form of damaging high blood pressure in the lungs.
Small study shows some on opioids reported more pain, fatigue
In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins says overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and curtailed daily activities than those not on long-term opioids.
Study in mice teases out important role of the liver in balancing fats and sugars
Sugar in the form of blood glucose provides essential energy for cells. When its usual dietary source — carbohydrates — is scarce, the liver can produce it with the aid of fat. But new research from Johns Hopkins now adds to evidence that other tissues can step in to make glucose when the liver’s ability is impaired, and that the breakdown of fats in the liver is essential to protect it from a lethal onslaught of fat. The new research findings, from studies in mice, are likely to help researchers better understand a growing class of often-deadly metabolic diseases, which affect how the body processes nutrients, the investigators say.
Cells grown from pluripotent stem cells connect to and control heart muscle cells
Researchers at Johns Hopkins report that a type of lab-grown human nerve cells can partner with heart muscle cells to stimulate contractions. Because the heart-thumping nerve cells were derived from induced pluripotent stem cells that in turn were made from human skin cells, the researchers believe the cells — known as sympathetic nerve cells — will be an aid in studying disorders that affect the nervous system — that is, scientists will be able to grow nerve cells in the lab that replicate particular patients’ diseases.
A Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study of insurance coverage of more than 28,000 people with HIV concludes that a decades-old program that offers free medical care remains a critical necessity despite the availability of coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In the wake of a tragic event like the massacre that occurred in Orlando last weekend, parents are often faced with a challenge: What, how and how much should they tell their children?
Children have nearly impeccable radars for parental anxiety, a condition that can have a trickle-down effect. In the aftermath of a stressful event — whether it’s a natural disaster, a shooting or public unrest — children can feel confused, frightened and upset.
Tina Cheng, M.D., M.P.H., has been named the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, director of the Department of Pediatrics for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Lab test may predict glioblastoma aggression and spread
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have developed an experimental laboratory test that accurately clocks the “speed” of human brain tumor cell movement along a small glass “track.” The assay, so far tested on the cells of 14 glioblastoma patients, has the potential, they say, to predict how quickly and aggressively a given cancer might lethally spread.
In an effort to identify a simple, reliable way to track the course of nasal polyps in chronic sinus disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they’ve linked rising levels of immune system white blood cells, called eosinophils, with regrowth of polyps removed by surgery.
Patient Discharge Summary Delays Can Lead to Readmissions
A team of Johns Hopkins clinicians and researchers today published a study linking the length of time it takes a physician to complete a patient’s discharge report with the risk of that patient’s readmission to the hospital.
Guidelines to keep people protected during the upcoming months
It’s that time of year again where the living is a little more carefree and many are taking advantage of the warmer weather. But with more outdoor activities, there tend to be more dangers. Whether it be the sun or pesky insect bites, our experts have some tips on how to stay safe outside and keep the fun all summer long.
A few show promise, but more research is needed
Johns Hopkins scientists who indirectly investigated the blood sugar effects of 10 (out of 32 selected) commercial weight loss programs say a few show promise of benefit for diabetic patients, but far more rigorous research is needed before doctors can wholeheartedly recommend them.
Study highlights potential benefits of formal diagnosis as early as possible
A Johns Hopkins study on data from more than 7,000 older Americans has found that those who show signs of probable dementia but are not yet formally diagnosed are nearly twice as likely as those with such a diagnosis to engage in potentially unsafe activities, such as driving, cooking, and managing finances and medications.
Cells enable easier study of genetic variations among patients
Johns Hopkins researchers report they have inadvertently found a way to make human muscle cells bearing genetic mutations from people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
This year, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission awarded 21 of its 26 grants to Johns Hopkins researchers. The grants will support projects contributing to cures for a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions, including heart failure, stroke, multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and cancer. In all, this year’s grants to researchers in Maryland will total more than $8 million.
Theodore DeWeese, M.D., assumes additional responsibilities as vice president of interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this capacity, he will work with other directors to develop new service lines across the enterprise. In concert with faculty members, physicians, nurses, and clinical and administrative staff members, Dr. DeWeese will help lead ongoing pursuits to improve care for the patients and families Johns Hopkins serves.