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News From and About Johns Hopkins Scientists at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

The following Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty are scheduled to speak at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11-15. To arrange interviews, or for other information, call or email the media contacts listed above.

Survey finds pediatric doctors attempts to address parental health issues are limited by barriers

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A national survey of more than 200 pediatric primary care physicians found that while over three-quarters addressed at least one parental health issue, such as maternal depression or parental tobacco use, during child health visits and a majority recognized the impact of such issues on children's health, fewer felt responsible for addressing them.

Topical gel made from oral blood pressure drugs shown effective in healing chronic wounds

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) An international team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins has shown that a topical gel made from a class of common blood pressure pills that block inflammation pathways speeds the healing of chronic skin wounds in mice and pigs.

New function in gene-regulatory protein discovered

(Umea University) Researchers at Umeå and Stockholm universities in Sweden and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US have published a new study in the journal Molecular Cell. In the article, they show how the protein CBP affects the expression of genes through its interaction with the basal machinery that reads the instructions in our DNA.

Experts recommend fewer lab tests for hospitalized patients

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a review article publishing this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, physicians at Johns Hopkins, along with experts from several other institutions across north America, compiled published evidence and crafted an experience-based quality improvement blueprint to reduce repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients.

New function in gene-regulatory protein discovered

Researchers at Umeå and Stockholm universities in Sweden and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the U.S. have published a new study in the journal Molecular Cell. They show how the protein CBP affects the expression of genes through its interaction with the basal machinery that reads the instructions in our DNA.

Mouse studies shed light on how protein controls heart failure

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A new study on two specially bred strains of mice has illuminated how abnormal addition of the chemical phosphate to a specific heart muscle protein may sabotage the way the protein behaves in a cell, and may damage the way the heart pumps blood around the body.

Johns Hopkins scientists develop experimental 'nano-chemo' particle to treat bladder cancer

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Working with mice and rats, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to successfully deliver nano-sized, platinum-based chemotherapy drugs to treat a form of bladder cancer called nonmuscle-invasive that is found in the lining of the organ and has not invaded deeper into bladder tissue. Show More Summary

Mitochondrial DNA could predict risk for sudden cardiac death, heart disease

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins researchers report that the level, or 'copy number,' of mitochondrial DNA -- genetic information stored not in a cell's nucleus but in the body's energy-creating mitochondria -- is a novel and distinct biomarker that is able to predict the risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths a decade or more before they happen.

Hispanic children and exposure to adverse experiences

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A new study of national survey information gathered on more than 12,000 Hispanic children from immigrant and U.S.-native families found that although they experience more poverty, those from immigrant families reported fewer exposures to such adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as parental divorce and scenes of violence.

Research team preserves therapeutics in powder form in proof-of-concept experiment

A team of biological engineers from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have discovered a way to store and transport at high temperatures certain types of medicines that would typically require freezing and cold storage. Their proof-of-concept experiment has significant implications for medical access in the developing world.

Fruit fly muscles with a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy mutation don't relax properly

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Using fruit flies, Johns Hopkins researchers have figured out why a particular inherited human heart condition that is almost always due to genetic mutations causes the heart to enlarge, thicken and fail. They...Show More Summary

Alcohol use affects levels of cholesterol regulator through epigenetics

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In an analysis of the epigenomes of people and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the National Institutes of Health report that drinking alcohol may induce changes to a cholesterol-regulating ge...

Drones carried blood samples over the Arizona desert, and it could change the future of medicine

Researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine used drones to transfer human blood samples, traveling over 160 miles across the Arizona desert. This is a new distance record for unmanned aircraft transportation of medical samples and it could improve the speed of the diagnoses for remote patients.  Read more... More about Tech, Mashable Video, Drones, Medicine, and Medical

$3 million collaboration to develop new approaches for HIV therapy

(University of Liverpool) A collaboration between the University of Liverpool and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSM) has been awarded a further $3m (£2.2m) to develop sophisticated new medicines for HIV.

Study advances efforts to screen all children for Type 1 diabetes

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Stanford University and the University of Florida report the development of a novel antibody detection technology that holds promise for improving the accuracy of diagnostic tests for type 1 diabetes in young children and making populationwide screening practical.

DNA and protein 'liquid biopsy' for early pancreatic cancer better than either alone

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Johns Hopkins scientists say they have developed a blood test that spots tumor-specific DNA and protein biomarkers for early-stage pancreatic cancer.

Inflammation required for 'smell' tissue regeneration

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a mouse study designed to understand how chronic inflammation in sinusitis damages the sense of smell, scientists at Johns Hopkins say they were surprised to learn that the regeneration of olfactory tissue requires some of the same inflammatory processes and chemicals that create injury and loss of smell in the first place.

Understanding Caribbean mammal extinctions of the past spurs renewed focus on conservation

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) A Johns Hopkins paleontologist and her collaborative team of scientists report they have clear evidence that the arrival of humans and subsequent human activity throughout the islands of the Caribbean were likely the primary causes of the extinction of native mammal species there. Show More Summary

CHORI's Dan M. Granoff Awarded Prestigious Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Senior Scientist Dr. Dan M. Granoff, has been awarded the 2017 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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