Category: Health

Mitochondrial DNA Could Predict Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, Heart Disease

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. In the future, testing blood for this genetic information could not only help physicians more accurately predict a risk for life-threatening cardiac events, but also inform decisions to begin—or avoid—treatment with statins and other drugs. read more

Johns Hopkins Scientists Develop Experimental “Nano-Chemo” Particle to Treat Bladder Cancer

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. The tiny drug-infused particles, they say, potentially offer a less toxic clinical alternative to standard chemotherapy delivered intravenously or through a catheter inserted into the bladder. read more

Tip Sheet: Johns Hopkins Convenes Doctors from 70 Academic Centers to Improve Quality and Decrease Costs of Health Care

On October 8 and 9, 2017, Johns Hopkins will host the inaugural National Research & Education Conference of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, a coalition created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Faculty and trainees from more than 70 academic institutions representing multiple medical specialties and subspecialties will come together to share oral presentations and posters depicting quality improvement projects that have safely improved health care value. read more

Johns Hopkins Go Team Embarks on Medical Humanitarian Mission to Help Victims of Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies

A team of medical experts from Johns Hopkins Go Team is on the island of St. John to provide and support patient care in the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma. In collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, this humanitarian mission brings much-needed supplies, medicines and medical personnel to the badly damaged clinic and triage center on the island. 
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