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Medical Rounds

A bloodless infant surgery lighting up prostate cancer, more than cosmetic, heart CT scans: the jury is in, close the door and more.

Circling the Dome

Building a better Baltimore, (not) put to the test, READY to build on the 3 R's, surpassing 200 women and professors and more.

Hopkins Reader

Daniel Muñoz shares his heart-earned wisdom on the making of a cardiologist.

Class Notes

News from and about our graduates.

Forum

Post-Op

When it comes to promoting diversity, let’s keep talking—and doing.

Second Opinion

Too many unknowns leave children in medical foster care vulnerable.

Letters

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

IN FOCUS

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Creature Comforts

View a video to find out how canines like Olive, a 3-year-old Dalmatian, are helping to bring healing to patients at The Johns Hopkins Hospital through the Pet Partners therapy program. “I’m just her driver,” says Olive’s owner, Stephanie Cooper Greenberg, foreground. “She knows exactly what to do and how to approach a patient. Universally, dogs are very, very tuned in to someone’s emotional needs.”

Horizons

EpiWatch

An App for Epilepsy

A new app developed by Johns Hopkins researchers aims to improve seizure detection and medication adherence while boosting quality of life for more than 2.5 million people living with epilepsy in the United States.

EpiWatch, which runs on Apple Watch and iPhone, is the first app created for Apple Watch using Apple’s open source software called ResearchKit. Patients who experience warning symptoms before a seizure can tap the EpiWatch icon. The app relies on the accelerometer and heart rate monitor in Apple Watch to record physiological changes and prompts users to play a memory game to gauge patient responsiveness during the seizure. The software works with patients who experience auras before having a seizure—and it can also be activated by caregivers.

EpiWatch’s inventors, neurologists Nathan Crone and Gregory Krauss, have launched a study with the data collected by their EpiWatch users to better understand the disorder. Within one to two years, they hope to develop an app that detects most seizures and alerts emergency services or caregivers—something that could help people with epilepsy live more independently.

“We want to be at the forefront of [the] revolution in patients gaining control of their conditions through mobile devices,” says Crone.

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