What I Learned: Thoughts from a Graduating Ph.D. Student

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“Every blossom exhibits an exquisite disorder of ragged petals finer than lace. But one needs a lens to judge of their beauty: it lies hidden from the power of our eyes, and menyanthes must have bloomed and passed a million times before there came any to perceive and salute her loveliness. The universe is full(...)

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Multiple Mechanisms Underlie Human Motor Learning

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How do musicians know how to move their arms and fingers — and in some cases, feet — to create beautiful chords and harmonics? How are athletes able to acquire skills that make them so awe-inspiring? How do humans generally learn a motor skill and learn how to control all of our limbs in a(...)

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A Promising Therapeutic Target for Heart Failure

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Approximately 50 percent of patients with heart failure die within five years of diagnosis due to lack of an effective cure. Scientists are working to improve this statistic. Heart failure can be caused by several of the most common medical conditions, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, which can compromise the(...)

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Levi Watkins Lecture Series to Feature Prominent Minorities in Science

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Marc Edwards, Ph.D., has a vision for an innovative kind of lecture series at Johns Hopkins. The postdoctoral research fellow is interested in featuring prominent minority biomedical scientists and clinician-researchers from across the nation in a new program that he calls the Levi Watkins Seminar Series. “When I first came to Hopkins, I felt isolated,”(...)

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Advocacy Through Occupational Therapy

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“The physicians are the natural attorneys of the poor,” said Rudolf Virchow, a German physician-anthropologist, in 1848. It was this framework for public health that motivated me in those early, molecule-based years of medical school. Ultimately, I thought my career would be more about empowerment than medications, with more attention given to social pathologies than(...)

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Suicide: A Disturbing but Preventable Problem

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Recently on Facebook, I saw a post from my friend about her sadness in reaction to two of her friends committing suicide. The situation was even more devastating because both of them were only in their late 20s. Suicide has become a prominent issue, especially for young adults in our society. Surprisingly, according to statistics(...)

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Locally Combating the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the last 30 years. In 2012, alone more than one-third of all children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese. As health professionals, we are aware that patterns of daily behavior begin in(...)

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