John Hopkins Archive

Cancer Risk Associated With Key Epigenetic Changes Occurring Through Normal Aging Process

Reading Time: 1 minutesSome scientists have hypothesized that tumor-promoting changes in cells during cancer development—particularly an epigenetic change involving DNA methylation—arise from rogue cells escaping a natural cell deterioration process called senescence. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center demonstrated that instead, tumor-associated epigenetic states evolve erratically

Five Novel Genetic Changes Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn what is believed to be the largest pancreatic cancer genome-wide association study to date, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute, and collaborators from over 80 other institutions worldwide discovered changes to five new regions in the human genome

Number of Obese Years Not — Just Obesity — A Distinct Risk Factor for Heart Damage

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn an analysis of clinical data collected on more than 9,000 people, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the number of years spent overweight or obese appear to “add up” to a distinct risk factor that makes those with a longer history of heaviness more likely

Hospital Charges For Outpatient Cancer Care Highly Variable, Medicare Billing Records Show

Reading Time: 1 minutesAn analysis of recent Medicare billing records for more than 3,000 hospitals across the United States shows that charges for outpatient oncology services such as chemo infusion or radiation treatment vary widely and exceed what Medicare will pay by twofold to sixfold.

Media Tip Sheet: Making the Call and Giving Out the Gold: How Our Brains Judge Value in an Instant

Reading Time: 1 minutesAs the Winter Olympics begin, the world will be marveling at feats performed by athletes at the top of their game. But how do judges distinguish, in just a split second, a gold medal-winning performance from a silver?

Johns Hopkins Brings Therapy Dogs into ICU

Reading Time: 1 minutesIn an editorial that draws on results of previously published studies and experiences in their medical intensive care unit (ICU), a team of Johns Hopkins Medicine professionals say that bringing specially trained dogs into ICUs can safely and substantially ease patients’ physical and emotional suffering.

Matters of the Heart: Story Ideas and an Expert Pitch for Heart Month and Valentine’s Day

Reading Time: 1 minutesBelow are brief summaries of story ideas for February’s Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month

Biomarker Predicts Success of Afib Treatment

Reading Time: 1 minutesJohns Hopkins researchers report successful use of heart imaging to predict the benefit or futility of catheter ablation, an increasingly popular way to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder.

Media Advisory: Free Community Health Screening

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Brancati Center will provide free community health screenings this Saturday, Feb. 10, at A Family Affair, an event hosted by Living Classrooms. RSVP encouraged: email tiztraining@livingclassrooms.org or call (443) 835-1463 x667 to register.

Lights, Camera, Action! New Endomicroscopic Probes Visualize Living Animal Cell Activity

Reading Time: 1 minutesJohns Hopkins researchers report they have developed two new endoscopic probes that significantly sharpen the technology’s imaging resolution and permit direct observation of fine tissue structures and cell activity in small organs in sheep, rats and mice