Monthly Archive:: April 2017

John Walley Littlefield, Pioneer of Amniocentesis for Diagnosing Prenatal Disorders, 1925-2017

Reading Time: 1 minutesJohn Walley Littlefield, M.D., a renowned physician-scientist whose work dramatically advanced the field of genetics and touched countless human lives, died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 91.

Counting the Cuts in Mohs Surgery: A Way to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn 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 (MMS), a procedure that progressively removes thin layers of cancerous skin tissue in a way

The High Cost of Surviving Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Reading Time: 1 minutesAccording to a new multicenter study, nearly half of previously employed adult survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome were jobless one year after hospital discharge, and are estimated to have lost an average of $27,000 in earnings.

Single Gene Encourages Growth of Intestinal Stem Cells, Supporting “Niche” Cells—and Cancer

Reading Time: 1 minutesA 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. The finding, reported in the Apr. 28 issue

Xiaoqin Wang Receives $12 Million Award to Lead Research on Speedier Learning

Reading Time: 1 minutesXiaoqin Wang, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering, neuroscience and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and director of the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology at The Johns Hopkins University, has won a $12 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for work with a multi-university

Media Advisory: Dedication Ceremony for John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice, a New Facility Bringing Together Services for Patients with Infectious Diseases

Reading Time: 1 minutesA dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting with Johns Hopkins leadership and an open house of the new John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Exercise and Vitamin D Better Together for Heart Health

Reading Time: 1 minutesJohns 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.

Johns Hopkins Supporting Innovation With New Innovation Hub

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe Johns Hopkins University announced today the opening of its state-of-the-art innovation hub, FastForward 1812. The 23,000-square-foot space near Johns Hopkins’ flagship hospital and schools of medicine, public health and nursing provides Baltimore’s burgeoning innovation ecosystem and area startups sought-after office, co-working and wet lab space

Clearing Out Old Cells Could Extend Joint Health, Stop Osteoarthritis

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn 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.

Low Levels Of “Memory Protein” Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Reading Time: 1 minutesWorking with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say