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Medical Rounds

Michael Blaha is all heart. Plus: Improving round two, Alzheimer’s early warning, staying off the fat track, a quicker rebound, sleep script, eat now and more.

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Circling the Dome

“The Lane” turns 61, AMEN to that, in good company, partnering with Kaiser, changing of the guard and more.

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Hopkins Reader

Kelly Parsons’ first foray into fiction is a spine-tingler. Plus: Exploring the mind of Adolph Meyer, and the guide to diabetes gets an update.

Kevin Johnson

Class Notes

News from and about our graduates.

Forum

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Second Opinion

Why patients will benefit from the new movement to make medical visit notes available to them.

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Post-Op

Efforts are afoot to advance women in their careers here.

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Letters

This issue’s letter from the editor and reader responses.

In Focus

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An Icy Affair

August was quite a month for ALS research, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the world by storm, raising awareness and money on an unprecedented level. At Johns Hopkins, the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research saw an 800 percent increase in donations compared to the same time period in 2013. “All I can say is that the power of social media is wonderful,” says center director Jeffrey Rothstein. In a video filmed on Aug. 13, he and nearly two dozen ALS researchers and clinicians doused themselves in front of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, challenging colleagues at other research institutions to join the effort. 

To view the video: hub.jhu.edu/2014/08/21/als-ice-bucket-challenge

Horizons

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All Lit Up

A Wilmer Eye Institute research team led by M. Valeria Canto-Soler has created a miniature “human retina in a dish” that has the ability to sense light through rod photoreceptors (seen here in green). The team reported on the breakthrough in the June 10 issue of Nature Communications.

For more on other efforts at Johns Hopkins to create human tissues in a dish, read “A Gutsy Endeavor.”

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