Johns Hopkins Scientists Discover a Novel Mechanism for β-Lactam Antibiotic Synthesis

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Some oft-prescribed antibiotics, including penicillin and cephalosporin, share a common motif in their chemical structure: a small group of atoms arranged in a ring, called a β-lactam. These β-lactam antibiotics utilize this unusual structure to disrupt the cell wall synthesis in bacteria, greatly inhibiting their ability to spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, how these ring(...)

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Can Tasty Food Reduce Stress?

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion adults in the world are overweight, making them candidates for chronic disease and disability. Many of these people have one thing in common: They unconsciously start eating sweet and high-calorie foods to deal with stress and anxiety. And though later detriments to health may ultimately(...)

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Hopkins MD/PhD student is a Kut above the rest

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While most graduate students are worried about their next exam or an upcoming experiment, Carmen Kut, an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is quietly immersed in her latest endeavors to create meaningful medical products for those in need. Since her time as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins(...)

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Class of 2015: Four Years a Family

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An earthquake shook Baltimore our first day of anatomy. Days later, a hurricane moved through. That was our first week of medical school, and Mother Nature welcomed us in perfect allegory. Almost four years later, we’ve arrived at the 2015 Match Day. Friday, more than 26,000 medical students learn where they will be training for the(...)

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To Reduce Youth Violence, Prescribe a Summer Job

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Troubling tales of race, poverty and violence seem to span the contours of today’s media. However, University of Pennsylvania criminologist Sara Heller’s research1, published last month in Science, contributes a hopeful voice to the dialogue. In a randomized controlled trial of disadvantaged youth in Chicago, her study shows a significant link between joblessness and youth(...)

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Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer via MicroRNAs

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Since their discovery in the early 1990s and 2000s, microRNAs have been implicated in a variety of human conditions. Most recently, however, microRNAs are being scrutinized under a different light: not as causative agents in human diseases, but rather as potential guides for cancer detection. The microRNA is a short nucleotide sequence, usually 21 to(...)

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