Category: Health

Combination Low-Salt and Heart-Healthy “Dash” Diet as Effective as Drugs for Some Adults With High Blood Pressure

A study of more than 400 adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, found that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure test — especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings. read more

Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Speak on World’s First Comprehensive Sexual Health Care Recommendations for Men and Boys

Sexual and reproductive health around the globe often is viewed as a domain for women and girls because they bear the responsibility of contraception, yet due to stricter gender stereotypes, are not equally in charge of decision-making. In order to ensure sexual and reproductive health for all, an equal focus must be put on educating men and boys. read more

Researchers Reverse Heart Failure in Marfan Mice

In experiments with mice that have a rodent form of Marfan syndrome, Johns Hopkins researchers report that even modestly increasing stress on the animals’ hearts — at levels well-tolerated in normal mice — can initiate heart failure. The findings, described August 4 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight, revealed a novel cellular pathway in heart tissue that leads to heart failure and may serve as a model for a new standard of treatment for children with this aggressive form of Marfan syndrome.
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How the Skin Becomes Inflamed

Publishing online this week in Cell Host & Microbe, researchers at Johns Hopkins report the discovery of a key underlying immune mechanism that explains why to how our skin becomes inflamed from conditions such as atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema. Toxin-producing bacteria on the surface of our skin induces a protein that causes our own cells to react and cause inflammation. read more