Perspectives in Research

The Relationship Between Age and Blood Pressure: Another Way Your Lifestyle Can Impact Heart Health

The Relationship Between Age and Blood Pressure: Another Way Your Lifestyle Can Impact Heart Health

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Many of us have likely experienced recent high blood pressure. Whether it’s from well-meaning but very inquisitive relatives, or the winding lines at the airport, most of us are acquainted with a temporary rise in blood pressure under stress. And unfortunately, high blood pressure (BP) is a common chronic issue for millions of people worldwide.(...)

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Do You Want to Write for Us?

Do You Want to Write for Us?

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Our medical students, residents, postdocs and fellows have a lot to share — from daily life in the classroom, tips on thriving during residency, new research that is pushing the boundaries of science and patient care, to the best places to grab a bite in Baltimore, they share it here on the blog. If you(...)

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Discussing the NIH Mandate to Study Sex as a Biological Variable in Basic Biomedical Research

Discussing the NIH Mandate to Study Sex as a Biological Variable in Basic Biomedical Research

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In one of my courses in the neuroscience Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins, we recently discussed the 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate requiring consideration of sex as a biological variable in grant applications to NIH agencies. Citing the success of the initiative to include both men and women in human clinical trials, the(...)

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Never a Dull Moment in Cardiology

Never a Dull Moment in Cardiology

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If it sounds like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. This proverb may come across as pessimistic; however, it seems to be ringing true for Piero Anversa. Anversa made waves in the field of cardiology with his studies on cardiac muscle regeneration and the proposed use of cardiac stem cells to(...)

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Are llamas the Key to Curing the Flu?

Are llamas the Key to Curing the Flu?

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Influenza kills up to 646,000 people worldwide each year. While we have all heard about the importance of receiving the annual flu vaccine, it reduces the risk of illness by approximately 60 percent at best. Last year, during one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent memory, the vaccine was only about 40 percent effective.(...)

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Thinking Outside the Brain

Thinking Outside the Brain

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Genetics began in the garden — Mendel’s pea experiments revolutionized and developed the field and principles we know and study today. Similarly, my scientific journey began with plants. In college, I studied the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, which is unique in its ability to thrive in total darkness, whereas most plants rely on photosynthesis. My(...)

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