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News from and about our graduates.

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Circling the Dome

Clothes that help heal, modeling best practices in Ebola preparedness, the generic difference, making the pitch, standout scientists and more.

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Medical Rounds

An artful diagnosis, gaze power, identifying physician impairment, defusing a triple threat, post-bariatric behavior, sickle cell meets kidney disease and more.

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Hopkins Reader

Jeremy Greene charts the rise of generic drugs. Plus: A new handbook for craniomaxillofacial surgery and a testament to the influential career of Tinsley R. Harrison.

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Letters

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

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Second Opinion

Why medical school students must be included in efforts to solve our primary care shortage.

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Post-Op

Tight funding for biomedical research requires creative planning for tomorrow.

In Focus

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Prothetists Meet Printers

For children missing a hand or fingers, the cost of prosthetics can be prohibitive — particularly since they are quickly outgrown. That’s changing, thanks to advances in 3-D printing technology and the efforts of a group of volunteers and professionals who are joining forces to put more durable, less constrictive and much less expensive prosthetic hands within the grasp of thousands of children, all for free. Nearly 500 people gathered at Johns Hopkins for a symposium this fall, where Johns Hopkins trauma surgeon Albert Chi, the e-NABLE organization, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and other leaders in medicine and industry donated 3-D printed prosthetics to kids with upper limb differences.

To view a video of 5-year-old Griffin receiving a new glow-in-the-dark, 3-D printed prosthetic hand from surgeon Albert Chi, view the video.

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Horizons

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Suiting Up to Fight Ebola

An advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, devised by a Johns Hopkins team of medical experts, engineers and students, is one of the first five awardees—chosen from 1,500 submissions—in a federal funding contest aimed at quickly devising new tools to combat the disease.

Enhancements of the Johns Hopkins prototype include a large, clear visor in the hood, which is integrated into the suit; air vents in the hood; a rear zipper to reduce infection risks while removing the garment; a cocoon-style doffing process that requires far fewer steps than existing garments; and a small battery-powered, dry air source to cool the user by blowing air into the hood. Team members aim to do some fine-tuning in order to get some elements of the design ready for mass production perhaps as early as April.

Learn more about the advanced protective suit prototype, developed under the auspices of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design and Jhpiego, a nonprofit Johns Hopkins affiliate that focuses on international health programs.

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At the upcoming meeting, the Association will consider and vote upon whether to continue in its current form as a separate legal entity and 501(c)(3) organization.

For more details, please visit: www.hopkinsmedicine.org/jhmsa/

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