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David J. Linden gets to the bottom of touch, in all its implications. Plus: the latest options for hysterectomy and the story of one woman’s mission to bring healing to Cairo’s poorest neighborhoods.

Class Notes

News from and about our graduates. Plus: A wrap-up of the 2015 Biennial Reunion

Circling the Dome

Into the shark tank, on track with primary care, new pathways for medical residents, opening more doors for Ph.D. grads and more.

Medical Rounds

An electrifying approach to epilepsy, aggressive end-of-life treatment persists, unraveling Sjogren’s mystery, beyond Milan, comfort on the menu in the ICU, a blood test for traumatic brain injuries and more.



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

Second Opinion

Patients deserve a higher standard of care when it comes to blood clot prevention.


Balancing cutting-edge medicine with the need for listening and the human touch.

In Focus


Cultivating Opportunity

Earlier this summer, pathobiology grad student Alyssa Walker joined other Johns Hopkins grad students in digging trenches and raising beds to help out at Civic Works’ Real Food Farm at Perlman Place, just north of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Real Food Farm promotes green space and trains youth and adults in agricultural and horticultural jobs in some of Baltimore’s most blighted neighborhoods. The day of service was organized by SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center).


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Barrier Breaker

The mucus barrier in the lungs keeps foreign materials and bacteria from entering and infecting the lungs. But it also prevents many inhaled therapeutics from reaching their target. Now scientists have designed a DNA-loaded nanoparticle that can penetrate the hard-to-breach barrier—proving the concept, they say, that therapeutic genes may one day be delivered directly to the lungs to treat cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and other life-threatening lung diseases. The research team, including Johns Hopkins researchers and scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, reported its findings in the June 29 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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