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An Artful Diagnosis

“What does your headache feel like? Show me in a drawing.” That’s the gentle request made by pediatric neurologist Carl Stafstrom to many of his young patients who suffer from recurring headaches.

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Gaze Power

For patients in the intensive care unit who are unable to talk or move, the inability to communicate can be extremely frustrating.

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Identifying Physician Impairment

Two years ago, the directors of a large group medical practice approached Johns Hopkins psychologist Jason Brandt about providing neuropsychological assessments — not for their patients, but for their staff physicians.

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Post-Bariatric Behavior

Medical professionals who treat eating disorders are seeing a new type of patient. In the last year alone, 8 percent of patients admitted to the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program had a history of bariatric surgery, says the program’s director, psychiatrist Angela Guarda. Some patients developed an eating disorder after surgery. Others had a pre-existing eating disorder that worsened after surgery.

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Defusing a Triple Threat

Triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for about 20 percent of all breast cancers in the United States, is as bad as it sounds. The cells that form these tumors lack three proteins that would make the cancer respond to powerful, customized treatments.

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Sickle Cell Meets Kidney Disease

Sickle cell trait, an inherited condition marked by having a single copy of the sickle cell gene but not the two copies needed to cause sickle cell disease, may raise the risk of chronic kidney disease, according to results of a large study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins and several other institutions.

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Sickle Cell Meets Kidney Disease

History of Bariatric Surgery

Patients admitted to the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program with a history of bariatric surgery

From the surgical management of metastatic neuroendocrine cancer to “the spirit of neurosurgery” under department director Henry Brem, this new portal offers a one-stop shop for physicians and others looking to remain current on clinical innovations and advances in patient care at Johns Hopkins.

To help people gain insight into the risk of developing late-life cognitive impairment for themselves or a loved one, memory disorders expert Jason Brandt has launched version 2.0 of a free online questionnaire he developed that takes only about 10 minutes to complete. Called the Dementia Risk Assessment, the updated and improved survey is not meant to replace in-person evaluation by a qualified physician or other dementia specialist, but to help guide health care decision making.  

Sickle Cell Meets Kidney Disease

Value of Thrown Away Supplies

The value of unused operating room surgical supplies thrown away annually by U.S. hospitals that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries, according to a Johns Hopkins-led report that recently appeared in the World Journal of Surgery. “We hope the results of our study will be a wake-up call for hospitals and surgeons across the country to rectify this wasteful practice by developing systems that collect and ship unused materials to places that desperately need them,” says lead investigator Richard Redett