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Rare Type of Immune Cell Responsible for Progression of Heart Inflammation to Heart Failure in Mice

A new study in mice reveals that eosinophils, a type of disease-fighting white blood cell, appear to be at least partly responsible for the progression of heart muscle inflammation to heart failure in mice.

The Luck of the Match

The wait is almost over for students who will soon graduate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: At noon on Friday, March 17, they will gather together and open the envelopes that let them know where they will spend the next chapter of their lives training for careers in the medical field of their choosing.
 

City Living Can Make Asthma Worse for Poor Children, Study Finds

Results of a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers using national data add to evidence that living in inner cities can worsen asthma in poor children. They also document persistent racial/ethnic disparities in asthma.

Hepatitis C Mutations ‘OUTRUN’ Immune Systems, Lab Study Shows

Unlike its viral cousins hepatitis A and B, hepatitis C virus (HCV) has eluded the development of a vaccine and infected more than 170 million people worldwide. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a novel laboratory tool that lets them find virus mutations faster and more efficiently than ever before has identified a biological mechanism that appears to play a big role in helping HCV evade both the natural immune system and vaccines.

Low Levels of ‘Anti-Anxiety’ Hormone Linked to Postpartum Depression

In a small-scale study of women with previously diagnosed mood disorders, Johns Hopkins researchers report that lower levels of the hormone allopregnanolone in the second trimester of pregnancy were associated with an increased chance of developing postpartum depression in women already known to be at risk for the disorder.

Experts Find Strong Case for Over-The-Counter Oral Contraceptives for Adults and Teens

After reviewing decades of published studies, a team of pediatric, adolescent and women’s health experts concludes that regulatory, behavioral and scientific evidence supports switching oral contraceptives from prescription-only status to over-the-counter (OTC) availability.

Cellular ‘Garbage Disposal’ Has Another Job

A subset of protein complexes whose role has long been thought to consist only of chemically degrading and discarding of proteins no longer needed by cells appears to also play a role in sending messages from one nerve cell to another, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report.

First Fully Artificial Yeast Genome Has Been Designed

Working as part of an international research consortium, a multidisciplinary team at The Johns Hopkins University has completed the design phase for a fully synthetic yeast genome.

‘Recycling Protein’ Shown to Affect Learning and Memory in Mice

Learning and memory depend on cells’ ability to strengthen and weaken circuits in the brain. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine report that a protein involved in recycling other cell proteins plays an important role in this process.

Memo to Doctors: Family History-Taking Still a Keystone in Identifying High-Risk Patients

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a new analysis of health information drawn from a national database reaffirms the missed opportunity doctors have in recommending lifestyle interventions to people with a family history of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Miller-Coulson Academy Induction Set for April 17

The 2017 class of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence will be inducted on Monday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium. The event will be held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Chevy Chase Bank Auditorium in the Sheikh Zayed Tower.
 

In-Home Occupational Therapy Curbs Depression in Visually Impaired Patients

Johns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision.

Mouse Arrest

The results of a new study reveal that a professional pest management intervention was no better in decreasing asthma symptoms in children allergic to mice than teaching families how to reduce the level of allergens shed by mice in the home on their own.

Media Alert: Johns Hopkins inHealth Hosts Event About the Challenges Surrounding the Future of Immunotherapy and Precision Medicine

Johns Hopkins inHealth, an initiative of Johns Hopkins aimed at moving the field of individualized health forward, will kick off a brand-new event series called On the Road to Precision Medicine Health Care Leader Series. The series will address some of the challenges and obstacles faced in the field of precision medicine. The inaugural event taking place March 8 at the National Press Club will focus on the future of immunotherapy. Leading experts will gather to discuss topics such as cost, communication, research and health care delivery

In Cleaning Up Misfolded Proteins, Cell Powerhouses Can Break Down

Working with yeast and human cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have discovered an unexpected route for cells to eliminate protein clumps that may sometimes be the molecular equivalent of throwing too much or the wrong trash into the garbage disposal. Their finding, they say, could help explain part of what goes awry in the progression of such neurodegenerative diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

New Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System and Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Peter Hill, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, will become the senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, effective March 2.

Adults with Autism Overcome Childhood Language Challenges

Results of a small study of adults with autism at Johns Hopkins has added to evidence that their brains can learn to compensate for some language comprehension challenges that are a hallmark of the disorder in children.

Study Finds No Evidence Of Common Herpes Type Virus In Aggressive Brain Cancer Tissue

In a rigorous study of tumor tissue collected from 125 patients with aggressive brain cancers, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have found no evidence of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and conclude that a link between the two diseases, as claimed by earlier reports, likely does not exist.

Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe and Effective Option For Some with Rare and Severest Form of Epilepsy

In a small phase I and II clinical trial, Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues elsewhere found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was a safe and effective treatment option for the majority of adults experiencing a relatively rare, often fatal and always severe form of epilepsy marked by prolonged seizures that require medically induced comas to prevent them from further damaging the body and the brain.

Itch Neurons Play a Role in Managing Pain

There are neurons in your skin that are wired for one purpose and one purpose only: to sense itchy things. These neurons are separate from the ones that detect pain, and yet, chemical-induced itch is often accompanied by mild pain, such as burning and stinging sensations. But when it comes to sending signals toward your brain through your spinal cord, itch and mild pain can go through the same set of spinal cord neurons, researchers report Feb. 22 in Neuron. This finding explains why pain often accompanies intense, chemical-induced itch.