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Released: June 19, 2018


Reviewing medical information gathered on more than 6,000 adults over a 10-year period, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that lower than normal blood levels of vitamin D were linked to increased risk of early signs of interstitial lung disease (ILD).
Released: June 18, 2018


J. Alex Haller Jr., M.D., a trailblazing pioneer in pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma treatment and biomedical ethics who transformed the practice of pediatric care at Johns Hopkins and throughout the nation, died on June 13 in Glencoe, Maryland. He was 91.
Released: June 14, 2018

Josie the dog is first to complete clinical trial for deadly dog cancer


At 12 years old (84 in dog years), the Robertson family’s beloved terrier mix, Josie, had been through it all. She had a tattoo of the phone number from the “last chance” shelter where her family rescued her, she had had both knees repaired, was injured when a bigger dog attacked her, and was losing her sight and hearing with age — all before she was diagnosed with one of the deadliest cancers known to dogkind, hemangiosarcoma.
Released: June 14, 2018

Johns Hopkins scientists advance knowledge of prurigo nodularis


An international team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has conducted what is believed to be the largest detailed published study of people with a poorly understood skin condition known as prurigo nodularis (PN). Such studies collect information on a whole subset of people at once and at a particular point in time.
Released: June 14, 2018


Working with hundreds of time-lapse videos of mouse tissue, a team of biologists joined up with civil engineers to create what is believed to be the first 3D computer model to show precisely how the tiny tubes that funnel milk through the breasts of mammals form.
Released: June 13, 2018


In a small study of ambulatory surgical centers across the country, Johns Hopkins quality care researchers found that publicly listing the prices of common operations, such as uncomplicated labor and delivery and tonsillectomies, generally increased business, revenue and patient satisfaction.
Released: June 12, 2018


Erectile dysfunction (ED) indicates greater cardiovascular risk, regardless of other risk factors, such as cholesterol, smoking and high blood pressure, according new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.
Released: June 11, 2018


Researchers with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine received a $3 million grant to use computational modeling and software to understand biological data, in combination with unique in vitro and animal studies, to better treat liver cancer.
Released: June 7, 2018


The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and more than 70 National Cancer Center-designated cancer centers across the country endorsed the goal of eliminating cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) with the use of gender-neutral HPV vaccination and evidence-based cancer screening in an open letter to patients and medical providers.
Released: June 7, 2018


By screening 250 user reviews and comments for a once popular -- but proven inaccurate -- mobile app claiming to change your iPhone into a blood pressure monitor, Johns Hopkins researchers have added to evidence that a high “star rating” doesn’t necessarily reflect medical accuracy or value.
Released: June 6, 2018


Yesterday the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the American Society of Anesthesiologists published new consensus guidelines on the use of IV ketamine infusions for chronic and acute pain management. The new guidelines were published in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

Released: June 5, 2018

Acidosis related to use of metformin seen only in those with severely decreased kidney function


Results of a large-scale study suggest that the oral diabetes drug metformin is safe for most diabetics who also have chronic kidney disease (CKD). The study of more than 150,000 adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators found that metformin’s association with the development of a life-threatening condition called lactic acidosis was seen only among patients with severely decreased kidney function.
Released: June 1, 2018


Agricultural antibiotics are responsible for roughly 20 percent of resistant infections in humans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, its urgency as a public health concern has been understated. Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, insists that doctors start leading the way for antibiotic-free foods in the same way they advocate for smoking cessation.

Released: May 31, 2018

Johns Hopkins study finds some outpatient centers have infection risks 100 times higher than expected


The rates of infection following colonoscopies and upper-GI endoscopies performed at U.S. outpatient specialty centers are far higher than previously believed, according to a Johns Hopkins study published online this month in the journal Gut.
Released: May 30, 2018


The American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting brings together more than 32,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.
Released: May 29, 2018


The 16 awardees from The Johns Hopkins University — representing research ranging from basic sciences to clinical sciences — are among 25 scientists who will share the $7.1 million award approved by The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission.

Released: May 29, 2018


Results of a study of nearly 2,000 U.S. citizen children and their mothers add to growing evidence of the multigenerational, beneficial effects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy on children who are citizens, illustrating increased participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) among citizen children whose mothers are likely eligible for DACA.
Released: May 29, 2018

Findings may provide new insights into the connections between movement and touch


Scientists report they have uncovered a previously overlooked connection between neurons in two distinct areas of the mammalian brain. The neurons, they say, control the sense of touch, and their experiments in mice offer insights into mapping brain circuitry that is responsible for normal and abnormal perception and movements linked to touch.
Released: May 29, 2018


In an analysis of data collected from more than 2,800 women after menopause, Johns Hopkins researchers report new evidence that a higher proportion of male to female sex hormones was associated with a significant increased relative cardiovascular disease risk.
Released: May 24, 2018


A study of more than 7,000 low-income, urban mothers enrolled in the Boston Birth Cohort found that fewer than 5 percent of them started folic acid supplementation and used it almost daily before pregnancy, a widely recommended public health measure designed to prevent potentially crippling birth defects.