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Released: March 23, 2017


Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists report data from a new study providing evidence that random, unpredictable DNA copying “mistakes” account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer. Their research is grounded on a novel mathematical model based on DNA sequencing and epidemiologic data from around the world.

Released: March 23, 2017


In a first-of-its-kind study published in the March 1, 2017 edition of Molecular Therapy, researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine showed that gene therapy was able to restore balance and hearing in genetically modified mice that mimic Usher Syndrome, a genetic condition in humans characterized by partial or total hearing loss, dizziness, and vision loss that worsens over time. The hearing loss and dizziness is caused by abnormalities of the inner ear.

Released: March 16, 2017


A new study in mice reveals that eosinophils, a type of disease-fighting white blood cell, appear to be at least partly responsible for the progression of heart muscle inflammation to heart failure in mice.

Released: March 15, 2017

This Friday, March 17, at noon, fourth-year medical students around the country will open their envelopes and find out where they have matched to continue their medical training next year


The wait is almost over for students who will soon graduate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: At noon on Friday, March 17, they will gather together and open the envelopes that let them know where they will spend the next chapter of their lives training for careers in the medical field of their choosing.
 

Released: March 15, 2017


Results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers using national data add to evidence that living in inner cities can worsen asthma in poor children. They also document persistent racial/ethnic disparities in asthma.

Released: March 15, 2017

Study identifies mutations outside of traditional vaccine targets as barrier to vaccine development


Unlike its viral cousins hepatitis A and B, hepatitis C virus (HCV) has eluded the development of a vaccine and infected more than 170 million people worldwide. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a novel laboratory tool that lets them find virus mutations faster and more efficiently than ever before has identified a biological mechanism that appears to play a big role in helping HCV evade both the natural immune system and vaccines.

Released: March 14, 2017

Effect measured in women already diagnosed with mood disorders


In a small-scale study of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders, Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder.

Released: March 14, 2017

Public health and other experts add to evidence for switching “the pill” from prescription to over-the-counter sales


After reviewing decades of published studies, a team of pediatric, adolescent and women’s health experts concludes that regulatory, behavioral and scientific evidence supports switching oral contraceptives from prescription-only status to over-the-counter (OTC) availability.

Released: March 13, 2017

Newly discovered proteasome appears to play a role in nerve cell signaling, Johns Hopkins researchers report


A subset of protein complexes whose role has long been thought to consist only of chemically degrading and discarding of proteins no longer needed by cells appears to also play a role in sending messages from one nerve cell to another, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report.

Released: March 9, 2017


Working as part of an international research consortium, a multidisciplinary team at The Johns Hopkins University has completed the design phase for a fully synthetic yeast genome.

Released: March 9, 2017

Protein called GRASP1 is needed to strengthen brain circuits


Learning and memory depend on cells’ ability to strengthen and weaken circuits in the brain. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a protein involved in recycling other cell proteins plays an important role in this process.

Released: March 9, 2017


Johns Hopkins researchers report that a new analysis of health information drawn from a national database reaffirms the missed opportunity doctors have in recommending lifestyle interventions to people with a family history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Released: March 8, 2017


The 2017 class of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence will be inducted on Monday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium. The event will be held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Chevy Chase Bank Auditorium in the Sheikh Zayed Tower.
 

Released: March 8, 2017

Depression is common in patients with central vision loss, but study suggests that low vision rehabilitation and occupational therapy could decrease its severity


Johns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision.

Released: March 6, 2017

Professional pest management no more effective than do-it-yourself allergen reduction in improving asthma symptoms


The results of a new study reveal that a professional pest management intervention was no better in decreasing asthma symptoms in children allergic to mice than teaching families how to reduce the level of allergens shed by mice in the home on their own.

Released: March 6, 2017


Johns Hopkins inHealth, an initiative of Johns Hopkins aimed at moving the field of individualized health forward, will kick off a brand-new event series called On the Road to Precision Medicine Health Care Leader Series. The series will address some of the challenges and obstacles faced in the field of precision medicine. The inaugural event taking place March 8 at the National Press Club will focus on the future of immunotherapy. Leading experts will gather to discuss topics such as cost, communication, research and health care delivery

Released: March 1, 2017


Working with yeast and human cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered an unexpected route for cells to eliminate protein clumps that may sometimes be the molecular equivalent of throwing too much or the wrong trash into the garbage disposal. Their finding, they say, could help explain part of what goes awry in the progression of such neurodegenerative diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Released: March 1, 2017

Emergency medicine physician promoted to new leadership role within the health system and hospital


Peter Hill, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, will become the senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective March 2.

Released: March 1, 2017

Their brains appear to compensate for word processing problems in new ways, small study shows


Results of a small study of adults with autism at Johns Hopkins has added to evidence that their brains can learn to compensate for some language comprehension challenges that are a hallmark of the disorder in children.

Released: February 28, 2017

“Negative” findings question earlier reports of a link between CMV and brain cancers


In a rigorous study of tumor tissue collected from 125 patients with aggressive brain cancers, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found no evidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and conclude that a link between the two diseases, as claimed by earlier reports, likely does not exist.