Student Wellness Initiative Promotes Self-Care

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Walking out of a lecture on mood disorders, one of my classmates made the striking remark, “Well, if that’s the definition of depression, then all medical students are depressed.” Even though his comment provoked laughter, I couldn’t help but wonder about the possible, sad truth in it. Like so many psychiatric disorders, the definition of(...)

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Visualizing the Salivary Gland of a Mosquito

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Buzzing. Biting. Itchiness. Mosquitoes can be annoying but can also be a carrier of many diseases, including malaria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 198 million cases of malaria were estimated to have occurred and 500,000 died of the disease worldwide in 2013. Most of these cases are caused by malaria parasites(...)

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New Technologies Bring Surgery into the World of Big Data

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“Robots are more accurate than humans, but humans are far smarter than robots. How do we bring these two together so that human intelligence and perception are complemented by robot precision and control?” says Greg Hager, professor of computer science and the director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare. As his statement above(...)

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Depression in Grad School: What You Need to Know

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While graduate research is often stimulating, fulfilling and rewarding, most graduate students will also experience periods of high stress and frustrating experimental failures or obstacles. Lifestyle choices, such as a healthy diet, exercise, sufficient sleep or meditation, can help students manage stress. However, many graduate students also have symptoms of clinical depression, a serious medical(...)

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E-Cigarette Vapors Linked to DNA Damage

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In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) among middle and high school students had tripled in just one year. Data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that the numbers jumped from 660,000 high school students in 2013 to 2 million in 2014. These e-cigs(...)

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Johns Hopkins Postdoc Explains the Bilingual Advantage

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If you’ve been interested in learning a second language or already speak more than one language, the concept of “bilingual advantage” may pique your interest. Many would agree that speaking more than one language helps us to more broadly communicate but it may also offer cognitive advantages in executive function (processes such as task flexibility,(...)

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Postdocs Seek Alternative Careers as Funding Declines

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It was a long-held belief that, after graduate school, newly conferred doctors would seek out postdoctoral openings in labs where they could focus on furthering their studies, eventually transitioning to a faculty appointment. Though designed to be a temporary position, postdocs came to represent one of the largest and most productive components of the biomedical(...)

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