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This Pill Dispenser Is Designed To Fight Addiction

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World released 16 award-winning public service announcement videos in 2009 exposing the endemic problems of prescription drug abuse. Six years later, four Johns Hopkins students decided to take matters into their own hands. Show More Summary

Animal Study Shows Experimental Drug Combined with Standard Chemo May Shrink Treatment-Resistant Ovarian Cancers

Working in cell cultures and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that an experimental drug called fostamatinib combined with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel may overcome ovarian cancer cells' resistance to paclitaxel.

Student-designed pill dispenser uses fingerprint scanner to avoid overdosing

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

And you thought that regular pill bottles were hard to open... a new overdose-proof medication dispenser developed by a team of mechanical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University can't be opened even with the help of a hammer or drill. Show More Summary

DNA Shed from Head and Neck Tumors Detected in Blood and Saliva

On the hunt for better cancer screening tests, Johns Hopkins scientists led a proof of principle study that successfully identified tumor DNA shed into the blood and saliva of 93 patients with head and neck cancer. A report on the findings is published in the June 24 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Study Identifies Multiple Genetic Changes Linked to Increased Pancreatic Cancer Risk

In a genome-wide association study believed to be the largest of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered four regions in the human genome where changes may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.

Johns Hopkins Scientists Restore Normal Function in Heart Muscle Cells of Diabetic Rats

Working with heart muscle cells from diabetic rats, scientists at Johns Hopkins have located what they say is the epicenter of mischief wreaked by too much blood sugar and used a sugar-gobbling enzyme to restore normal function in the glucose-damaged cells of animal heart muscles.

Geography Is Destiny in Deaths from Kidney Failure, Study Shows

The notion that geography often shapes economic and political destiny has long informed the work of economists and political scholars. Now a study led by medical scientists at Johns Hopkins reveals how geography also appears to affect the very survival of people with end-stage kidney disease in need of dialysis.

The Case for Regulating Pot Brownies

Medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but since it's not legal nationwide, the drug isn't subject to federal regulation. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine set out to see how well medical marijuana companies were self-regulating their edible products. The answer: not... More »

Medical Marijuana 'Edibles' Mostly Mislabeled, Study Shows

In a proof-of-concept study, a team led by a Johns Hopkins researcher reports that the vast majority of edible cannabis products sold in a small sample of medical marijuana dispensaries carried labels that overstated or understated the...Show More Summary

Fail Again

Having kicked off his career with a book of poetry, it’s not surprising that Ben Lerner is interested in the late Johns Hopkins professor Allen Grossman, who theorized that people dislike poetry because poems are — by definition — failures. In a piece for the LRB, he runs through the implications of Grossman’s theory, touching on poets […]

Amino acid that stops seizures in mice identified

An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins. In a series of experiments, the amino acid D-leucine, found in...Show More Summary

Raining science on a popular delusional meme

That’s what Paul McHugh, the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School does with the notion of “transgenderism”.  McHugh has spent 40 years, 26 as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital, “studying people who claim to be transgender. ” The larger issue is the meme itself. The idea that one’s sex […]

Tamper-Resistant Pill Dispenser Aims to Stamp Out Medication Misuse

Prescription drug abusers take note: students at Johns Hopkins University built a device that will limit the number of pills you can draw from it at any one time. Moreover, it will only dispense the medication to the patient that was prescribed the meds. Show More Summary

Scientists Identify Amino Acid that Stops Seizures in Mice

An amino acid whose role in the body has been all but a mystery appears to act as a potent seizure inhibitor in mice, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins.

Brain-zapping headwear designed to treat Parkinson's

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

A team of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University has created a prototype device that delivers non-invasive brain stimulation to sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The brain-zapping headwear, dubbed STIMband, helps to reduce the...Show More Summary

Studies show link between hearing loss, mental decline

Hearing loss is so common that it's long been considered a normal part of the aging process and no great cause for alarm. But studies from Johns Hopkins University have found links between hearing loss, cognitive decline and dementia. That means that it may be a greater health threat than imagined...

Cosmetic Lip Surgery May Ease Facial Paralysis, Small Study Suggests

A cosmetic surgery that uses injections of hyaluronic acid to make lips appear fuller could also improve the lives of people with facial paralysis, according to results of a small study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities.

Scientists Identify Protein That Sustains Heart Function Into Old Age

Now research conducted in fruit flies, rats and monkeys by scientists at Johns Hopkins, UC San Diego, and other institutions reveals that levels of a protein called vinculin increase with age to alter the shape and performance of cardiac muscle cells -- a healthy adaptive change that helps sustain heart muscle vitality over many decades.

Easing Parkinson’s Symptoms in a Patient’s Home

Parkinson’s disease patients experience symptoms such as tremor, muscle stiffness, and slowed movement. Medication can help, but over time it tends to become less effective. To give patients an in-home treatment option, Johns Hopkins...Show More Summary

Just because poor fathers refuse to pay child support doesn’t mean they’re ‘deadbeat dads’

Kathryn Edin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, traveled the country for six years, asking single moms in poor neighborhoods: How do you make ends meet? She wasn't interested in the children's dads, who appeared to offer little help. "They seemed like scummy characters," Edin said. "Disreputable types." But then she met Sam, a poor father in Philadelphia -- and […]

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