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Released: February 4, 2016

A look-back analysis of HPV infection antibodies in patients treated for oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancers linked to HPV infection suggests at least one of the antibodies could be useful in identifying those at risk for a recurrence of the cancer, say scientists at the Johns Hopkins University. A report on the study is published in the February issue of Cancer Prevention Research.
Released: February 2, 2016

David J. McConkey, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, whose members include experts from the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, and the school of medicine’s departments of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Surgery, and Pathology.

Released: February 1, 2016

Traveling cells may be intrinsically resistant to chemotherapy, cell study suggests

There’s apparently safety in numbers, even for cancer cells. New research in mice suggests that cancer cells rarely form metastatic tumors on their own, preferring to travel in groups since collaboration seems to increase their collective chances of survival, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Released: February 1, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the Henry Ford Health System report evidence that higher levels of physical fitness may not only reduce risk of heart attacks and death from all causes, but also possibly improve the chances of survival after a first attack.

Released: January 29, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say an online “pop quiz” they developed in 2009 shows promising accuracy in predicting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young women, although not, apparently, in young men.

Released: January 28, 2016

During an animal’s embryonic development, a chemical chain reaction known as Hippo directs organs to grow to just the right size and no larger. Now Johns Hopkins researchers working with laboratory flies report that this signaling pathway also plays a role in revving up the insects’ immune systems to combat certain bacterial infections.

Released: January 28, 2016

When practicing and learning a new skill, making slight changes during repeat practice sessions may help people master the skill faster than practicing the task in precisely the same way, Johns Hopkins researchers report.

Released: January 19, 2016

3-D structures could lead to more potent fluoroquinolones for the fight against other disease-causing bacteria too

Biophysicists have discovered why the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB) are naturally somewhat resistant to antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Their findings also reveal why some TB drugs are more potent than others and suggest how drug developers can make fluoroquinolones more efficacious against mutations that make the lung disease drug resistant.

Released: January 19, 2016

Compound counteracts the process

Working with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have contributed significant new evidence to support the idea that high doses of cocaine kill brain cells by triggering overactive autophagy, a process in which cells literally digest their own insides. Their results, moreover, bring with them a possible antidote, an experimental compound dubbed CGP3466B.

Released: January 13, 2016

Kathy DeRuggiero, R.N., D.N.P., a 32-year Johns Hopkins Medicine nursing veteran and leader, has been named vice president of patient services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Released: January 12, 2016

Compound already tested in humans for other purposes and found nontoxic

The compound CGP3466B, already proven nontoxic for people, may effectively and rapidly treat depression, according to results of a study in mice.

Released: January 7, 2016

Researchers show that stroke conditions may increase brain plasticity and recovery in some cases

Using mice whose front paws were still partly disabled after an initial induced stroke, Johns Hopkins researchers report that inducing a second stroke nearby in their brains let them “rehab” the animals to successfully grab food pellets with those paws at pre-stroke efficiency.

Released: January 6, 2016

The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy of justice, equality and peaceful activism.

Released: January 5, 2016

Preliminary study suggests new rules also increased transplantation rates for adults under 50 but significantly lowers them in those over 50

Year-old changes to the system that distributes deceased donor kidneys nationwide have significantly boosted transplantation rates for black and Hispanic patients on waiting lists, reducing racial disparities inherent in the previous allocation formula used for decades, according to results of research led by a Johns Hopkins transplant surgeon.

Released: December 30, 2015

Taking a high dose of vitamin D3 is safe for people with multiple sclerosis and may help regulate the body’s hyperactive immune response, according to a pilot study published by Johns Hopkins physicians in the Dec. 30 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: December 28, 2015

Marmosets shed light on our evolutionary history, become model for studying musical ability and tone deafness

The specialized human ability to perceive the sound quality known as “pitch” can no longer be listed as unique to humans. Researchers at Johns Hopkins report new behavioral evidence that marmosets, ancient monkeys, appear to use auditory cues similar to humans to distinguish between low and high notes. The discovery infers that aspects of pitch perception may have evolved more than 40 million years ago to enable vocal communication and songlike vocalizations.

Released: December 23, 2015

Short daily exposure to “asynchrony” using a pacemaker may jump-start a suite of recovery mechanisms, experiments suggest

Johns Hopkins has demonstrated in animals that applying a pacemaker’s mild electrical shocks to push the heart in and out of normal synchronized contraction for part of each day may be an effective way to slow down the progression of heart failure, a disorder that afflicts millions of Americans.”

Released: December 23, 2015

Johns Hopkins Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., to the position of senior vice president for medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Released: December 22, 2015

2015 Winners Announced Across the Health System

Johns Hopkins Medicine launched its first awards program aimed to recognize physicians and care teams in all of its member hospitals and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians locations who embody the best in clinical excellence.

Released: December 22, 2015

Baltimore (Dec. 22, 2015) – In celebration of her efforts to push patient-centered care to the forefront of health care reform, The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Department of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing have launched the Karen B. Haller Endowed Scholarship. Haller previously served as the chief nursing officer for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and recently took on the role of vice president of nursing and clinical affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine International.