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Researchers at Johns Hopkins are constantly advancing science through basic, translational and clinical investigations. Here are highlights of our most current findings.
Gene Hunters Find Rare Genetic Errors Linked To Bipolar Disorder
Researchers identified 84 inherited gene mutations that may contribute to the most severe forms of bipolar disorder. They hope the genes will shed light on what causes the condition.Learn more
Bacteria in Saliva Reveal Head and Neck Cancer
In a preliminary study, researchers found an association between the variety of bacteria in an individual’s saliva and head and neck cancer. The finding could lead to earlier and more accurate cancer diagnosis and therapy.Learn more
Blocking Key Enzyme Halts Parkinson's Symptoms in Mice
Researchers have gleaned two important new clues in the fight against Parkinson’s disease that could point toward a more effective therapy for the disease, and a way of better monitoring its course.Learn more
Special Sugar Could Help Prevent Lung Damage in Preemies
Up to 10 percent of premature babies develop a disorder that damages the lining of their intestines, and almost half of those also suffer lung damage. Studying mice, researchers figured out that a single protein is to blame in both cases, and the sugar C34 can ease its effects.Learn more
Blood Test Predicts Colon Cancer’s Return
Scientists used a genetic test to look for certain bits of DNA circulating in the blood of patients with early-stage colon cancer whose tumors had been removed surgically. In some cases, the DNA correctly predicted the cancer’s return, indicating those patients likely needed chemotherapy.Learn more
Cellular Racetrack Accurately Blocks Brain Cancer Cells
Researchers have developed an experimental laboratory test that accurately clocks the speed of human brain tumor cell movement along a small glass “track.” The test has the potential to predict how quickly and aggressively a given cancer will spread.Learn more
Lab Grown nerve Cells Make Heart Cells Throb
Researchers figured out how to get lab-grown human nerve cells to partner with heart muscle cells to stimulate their contractions. The researchers believe the heart-thumping nerve cells will help them replicate and study disorders of the nervous system.Learn more
How Fat Becomes Lethal - Even Without Weight Gain
New research in mice adds to evidence that other tissues can step in to make glucose when the liver’s ability is impaired, but it also reveals that the liver’s ability to break down fats and make glucose protects it from being overwhelmed by those fats.Learn more
Long-term Opiods May Not Be Best for Sickle Cell Patients
In a small study of adults with sickle cell disease, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in terms of pain, fatigue and reduced daily activities than those not on long-term opioids.Learn more
Blood Tests Estimates High Blood Pressure's Severity
A new study links rising blood levels of a particular protein with increasingly severe pulmonary arterial hypertension, a form of damaging high blood pressure in the lungs. The finding could lead to a noninvasive test that helps doctors plan better treatment options for their patients.Learn more
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