Perspectives in Research

Competition in an Age of Collaboration

Competition in an Age of Collaboration

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The competitive drive is a double-edged sword: Fighting for success or superiority sharpens our mental acuity and increases motivation, while concurrently inducing anxiety and decreasing inhibitions. Success in fast-paced. Intensive careers such as business, law, science and medicine require using this competitive spirit to drive higher performance and production. Yet this drive to succeed can(...)

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Hopkins Mood Disorders Symposium: Gaining Perspectives and Generating Conversations

Hopkins Mood Disorders Symposium: Gaining Perspectives and Generating Conversations

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A sizeable crowd of over two hundred attendees gathered in Turner Auditorium on April 18, 2017, to hear discussions on mood disorders at the 31st Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. Mood disorders, which encompass major depression, anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder, as well as a spectrum of(...)

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Engaging Medical Students in Outpatient Clinics

Engaging Medical Students in Outpatient Clinics

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As a fourth-year medical student at Johns Hopkins, I have had the privilege of working with attending physicians in a number of outpatient clinics. My roles in the clinic have varied. In most clinics, I see the patient independently, take a history, and perform a physical exam. I then describe the course of the illness,(...)

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In Search of a Cure for Tissue Injury: The Rise of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine

In Search of a Cure for Tissue Injury: The Rise of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine

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Regenerative medicine has been dubbed the vanguard of 21st-century health care. This emerging field places an emphasis on curing rather than treating injured or impaired tissues, and seeks to repair damaged tissues in vivo (in the living body) using techniques that trigger cells’ intrinsic healing ability. In the event that the body is unable to(...)

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Double Duty: Repurposing Drugs for Novel Cancer Treatment

Double Duty: Repurposing Drugs for Novel Cancer Treatment

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What do an anti-parasitic drug used to treat pinworms and a frequently used anti-malarial drug have in common? According to recent studies from the labs of Johns Hopkins and University of Kentucky investigators, both mebendazole and chloroquine could be promising medicines to combat cancer. Mebendazole has been in use as an anti-helminthic drug since 1971.(...)

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From ‘Devil’s Lettuce’ to Prescription Drug: The Acceptance of Medical Marijuana

From ‘Devil’s Lettuce’ to Prescription Drug: The Acceptance of Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana, for years a controversial pipe dream throughout the United States, is embroiled in an entirely new debate in 2017. For decades, the discussion over legalized marijuana usage has centered on ethics and morality, conflicting desires between freedom and protection. These arguments are still robust today, but the terms have shifted — from medical(...)

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Bugs Resistant to Drugs: What Can We Do?

Bugs Resistant to Drugs: What Can We Do?

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In September 2016, a Nevada woman died of a bacterial infection. The woman, in her 70s, had been hospitalized previously in India due to a fracture of her right leg, which led to bone infections and more subsequent hospitalizations. During these infections, she almost certainly received antibiotics to help her recover, especially given that in(...)

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