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Released: April 17, 2015

Study shows hospitals also benefit from programs that help doctors practice better medicine

Research at Johns Hopkins suggests hospitals may reach higher safety and quality levels with programs that give physicians real-time feedback about evidence-based care and financial incentives for providing it.

Released: April 16, 2015

Researchers find key to a critical enzyme’s many roles

Cell biologists at Johns Hopkins designed several molecular tools that allowed them to watch, measure and manipulate the activity of the enzyme AMPK in individual compartments within the cell. The new tools have confirmed that at least some of AMPK’s ability to multitask comes from variations in its activity level in each cellular compartment.

Released: April 16, 2015

Funds will support research on autism

Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is one of 15 early career scientists named Searle Scholars this year. She will be awarded $300,000 in flexible funding to support her work over the next three years

Released: April 15, 2015

Johns Hopkins scientists say the genetic code of tumors must be compared to patients’ noncancer genome to get a true picture.

A study by Johns Hopkins scientists strongly suggests that sequencing tumor genomes for clues to genetic changes might misdirect treatment in nearly half of all patients unless it is compared first to a genetic readout of their noncancerous tissue.
Released: April 15, 2015

Institution’s brightest young minds will give talks, present posters on research

The 38th annual Young Investigators’ Day ceremony at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will recognize 20 junior researchers for their accomplishments in the laboratory. The Young Investigators’ Day celebration is the biggest event of the year honoring trainee researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Released: April 15, 2015

Tags on DNA from fathers’ sperm linked to children’s autism symptoms

In a small study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that DNA from the sperm of men whose children had early signs of autism shows distinct patterns of regulatory tags that could contribute to the condition.

Released: April 13, 2015

Funds will support work on influenza, autism

Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Eili Y. Klein, Ph.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine, are among 12 recipients of The Hartwell Foundation’s 2014 Individual Biomedical Research Award competition.

Released: April 13, 2015

New software helps improve surgical safety

Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show that the LevelCheck software achieves 100 percent accuracy in just 26 seconds.

Released: April 13, 2015

Researchers create a free public library of versatile stem cells from ALS patients

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have transformed skin cells from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), into brain cells affected by the progressive, fatal disease and deposited those human-made cells into the first public ALS cell library, enabling scientists to better study the disease.

Released: April 13, 2015

On April 1, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network presented one of its two 2015 Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Leadership Awards to Andrew Ewald, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The $50,000 award recognizes Ewald’s accomplishments in understanding the basic mechanisms of metastasis and will support his research.

Released: April 11, 2015

Levi Watkins Jr., a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights who implanted the first automatic heart defibrillator in a patient and was instrumental in recruiting minority students to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, significantly enhancing the institution’s diversity, died on Saturday, April 11, in The Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from a stroke. He was 70.

Released: April 9, 2015

Two types of touch information — the feel of an object and the position of an animal’s limb — have long been thought to flow into the brain via different channels and Be integrated in sophisticated processing regions. Now, with help from a specially devised mechanical exoskeleton that positioned monkeys’ hands in different postures, Johns Hopkins researchers have challenged that view. In a paper published in the April 22 issue of Neuron, they present evidence that the two types of information are integrated as soon as they reach the brain by sense-processing brain cells once thought to be incapable of such higher-order thought.

Released: April 8, 2015

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa has been awarded the Cortes de Cadiz Prize in the category of surgery by the city council of Cadiz, Spain.

Released: April 6, 2015

A handful of programs may help some dieters, but a new review of thousands of studies finds sparse evidence for long-term benefits

In a bid to help physicians guide obese and overweight patients who want to try a commercial weight-loss program, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 4,200 studies for solid evidence of their effectiveness but concluded only a few dozen of the studies met the scientific gold standard of reliability.

Released: April 6, 2015

Renowned cardiothoracic and heart-lung transplant surgeon Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D., M.S.H.A., will become the new surgeon-in-chief of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He will assume his new role July 1 as the William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery and director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Released: April 6, 2015

Primary visual cortex can inform decision-making

When managing, assigning each task to a specialist is often the most efficient strategy. Most researchers regard the brain as working similarly, with each region specialized to a given task. But Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have found, in rats, that the brain's primary visual cortex (VC) not only portrays the visual world but can also drive the timing of actions.

Released: April 3, 2015

Rare disorder can spring from common mutations that affect nerve development

Genetic studies in humans, zebrafish and mice have revealed how two different types of genetic variations team up to cause a rare condition called Hirschsprung’s disease. The findings add to an increasingly clear picture of how flaws in early nerve development lead to poor colon function, which must often be surgically corrected. The study also provides a window into normal nerve development and the genes that direct it.

Released: April 1, 2015

Johns Hopkins media statement regarding the U.S. government study in 1940s Guatemala.

Released: March 31, 2015

Research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery.

Released: March 30, 2015

Johns Hopkins report offers physicians tips to help patients make the right call

Cholesterol-lowering statins have transformed the treatment of heart disease. But while the decision to use the drugs in patients with a history of heart attacks and strokes is mostly clear-cut, that choice can be a far trickier proposition for the tens of millions of Americans with high cholesterol but no overt disease.

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