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Johns Hopkins Study Shows One of the Deadliest Hospital-Acquired Infections Is Preventable

In a recent paper published online in the journal Critical Care Medicine, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety and Quality led a study that demonstrated that health care providers can take steps to curb ventilator-associated events.

Gene sequencing study reveals unusual mutations in endometriosis

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Using gene sequencing tools, scientists from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of British Columbia have found a set of genetic mutations in samples from 24 women with benign endometriosis, a painful disorder marked by the growth of uterine tissue outside of the womb. Show More Summary

Helping Clinicians Through Traumatic Events Also Helps the Bottom Line, Cost-Benefit Analysis Shows

A peer-support program launched six years ago at Johns Hopkins Medicine to help doctors and nurses recover after traumatic patient-care events such as a patient's death probably saves the institution close to $2 million annually, according to a recent cost-benefit analysis.

Cancer cells shown to co-opt DNA'repair crew'

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In experiments with human colon cancer cells and mice, a team led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have evidence that cancer arises when a normal part of cells' machinery generally used to repair DNA damage is diverted from its usual task. Show More Summary

Helistroke service: Flying the physician to the stroke patient works

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Flying a stroke specialist by helicopter to a nearby stroke patient for emergency care is feasible, saves money and, most importantly, gets critical care to patients faster than transporting the patient to a hospital first, according to a single-patient, proof-of-concept study by a Johns Hopkins Medicine research team.

Johns Hopkins Opens John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice for Patients with Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announces the opening of the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Counting the cuts in mohs surgery: A way to improve care and reduce costs

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In an analysis of Medicare billing data submitted by more than 2,300 United States physicians, researchers have calculated the average number of surgical slices, or cuts, made during Mohs micrographic surgery...Show More Summary

Single gene encourages growth of intestinal stem cells, supporting 'niche' cells -- and cancer

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A gene previously identified as critical for tumor growth in many human cancers also maintains intestinal stem cells and encourages the growth of cells that support them, according to results of a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. Show More Summary

Dr. Fatima Sheikh named AGS Clinician of the Year

(American Geriatrics Society) The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has named Fatima Sheikh, MD, CMD, MPH, Medical Director at FutureCare in Maryland and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the 2017 AGS Clinician of the Year. Dr. Sheikh will be honored at the AGS 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas).

Exercise and vitamin D better together for heart health

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report that an analysis of survey responses and health records of more than 10,000 American adults for nearly 20 years suggests a 'synergistic' link between exercise and good vitamin D levels in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Clearing out old cells could extend joint health, stop osteoarthritis

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a preclinical study in mice and human cells, researchers report that selectively removing old or 'senescent' cells from joints could stop and even reverse the progression of osteoarthritis.

3D-printed head enables better training for "Nintendo Neurosurgery"

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For neurosurgeons, practicing a procedure before diving into the real thing is kind of like a golfer taking a practice swing. That's the analogy offered by Alan Cohen, professor of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Show More Summary

When Hollywood met neurosurgery

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A team of computer engineers and neurosurgeons, with an assist from Hollywood special effects experts, reports successful early tests of a novel, lifelike 3-D simulator designed to teach surgeons to perform a delicate, minimally invasive brain operation.

Low levels of 'memory protein' linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) This discovery, described online in the April 25 edition of eLife, will lead to important research and may one day help experts develop new and better therapies for Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive decline.

Physicians vastly underestimate patients' willingness to share sexual orientation, study finds

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A study that surveyed a national sample of emergency department health care providers and adult patients suggests that patients are substantially more willing to disclose their sexual orientation than health care workers believe.

Henrietta Lacks' Cells May Be Responsible For The Future Of Medicine

When Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old black woman from Virginia, sought treatment for stomach pain at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951, doctors discovered a fast-growing cancerous tumor on Lacks’ cervix. Doctors harvested Lacks’...Show More Summary

Discovering the basics of 'active touch'

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Working with genetically engineered mice -- and especially their whiskers -- Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a group of nerve cells in the skin responsible for what they call 'active touch,' a combination of motion and sensory feeling needed to navigate the external world. Show More Summary

New evidence: Defective HIV proviruses hinder immune system response and cure

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Researchers at Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities report new evidence that proteins created by defective forms of HIV long previously believed to be harmless actually interact with our immune systems and are actively monitored by a specific type of immune cell, called cytotoxic T cells.

Noninvasive Imaging Test Shown Accurate in Ruling Out Kidney Cancers

The latest in a series of studies led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that addition of a widely available, noninvasive imaging test called 99mTc-sestamibi SPECT/CT to CT or MRI increases the accuracy of kidney tumor classification. Show More Summary

Noninvasive imaging test shown accurate in ruling out kidney cancers

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) The latest in a series of studies led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that addition of a widely available, noninvasive imaging test called 99mTc-sestamibi SPECT/CT to CT or MRI increases the accuracy of kidney tumor classification. Show More Summary

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