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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Speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates Sheds Light on the Issue of Racism at the Inaugural JHU Forum on Race in America

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This past week, the first ever “JHU Forum on Race in America” took place with speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates at the forefront. Ta-Nehisi, a prominent writer for The Atlantic, is an active advocate for contemporary issues. Though scheduled months in advance, the talk could not have come at a more appropriate time in Baltimore, with recent(...)

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Snapshot of a DNA Photocopier in ‘Hibernate’ Mode Reveals Potential Origin for Dwarfism

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When attempting to elucidate the function of biological macromolecules, visual representations can be extremely useful tools. Often, these tools can help pinpoint the structural origin of a particular function and are invaluable for understanding how complex systems work. Sometimes it’s just easier to grasp something when you can see it. That said, obtaining these structures(...)

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Project Bridge: Simplifying Science for the Community

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How many times have you tried to explain your research to a friend, only to get a blank stare back? Such was the case with Daniel Pham, a graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience working in the Meffert lab. Daniel first realized his problem while trying to explain his research to his boyfriend and(...)

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