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Estrogen Protective Against Flu in Women, Not Men, Study Finds
Estrogen, known to impede some viruses, dramatically reduced the amount of flu virus that replicated in infected cells from women but not from men, a new study led by JHSPH researchers suggests. Learn More
Fracking Linked to Premature Births
Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, new research suggests. Learn More
New Target May Boost Odds of Malaria Vaccine
Researchers discover a more potent target protein in the gut of malaria-carrying mosquitos, a finding that could accelerate vaccine development. Malaria kills up to 750,000 people a year, most of them children in sub-Sarahan Africa. Learn More
Keeping Legal Marijuana Out of the Hands of Kids
Policymakers could learn a lot from the successes – and failures – of the tobacco and alcohol industries in keeping legal marijuana products out of the hands of children and adolescents, JHSPH researchers write in the journal Pediatrics. Learn More
Raw Milk Consumption Dramatically Increases Risk for Foodborne Illness
Raw milk consumption is responsible for more than half of all foodborne illnesses, an analysis by Center for a Livable Future researchers finds. Learn More

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  1. Researchers Create ‘Mini-Brains’ in Lab To Study Neurological Diseases

    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they have developed tiny “mini-brains” made up of many of the neurons and cells of the human brain – and even some of its functionality – and which can be replicated on a large scale.
    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:38:37 GMT
  2. Public Health Researchers Map World’s ‘Chemical Landscape’

    Researchers have created a map of the world’s chemical landscape, a catalogue of safety data for 10,000 chemicals, that they say can predict the toxicity of many of the 90,000-plus substances in consumer products for which there is no such information.
    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:39:04 GMT
  3. Expanding Use of Vaccines Could Save Up to $44 for Every Dollar Spent, Study Suggests

    Vaccinations could have significant economic value that far exceeds their original cost, a new study has found.
    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:04:35 GMT
  4. Obesity, Diabetes in Mom Increases Risk of Autism in Child

    Children born to obese women with diabetes are more than four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder than children of healthy weight mothers without diabetes, new research suggests.
    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:03:09 GMT
  5. Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

    A smartphone app containing videos developed to help married rural women in India better understand contraceptive choices led to a dramatic increase in the number of women using modern family planning methods in just a few months.
    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:09:37 GMT
  6. Violent Crime Lower Near Drug Treatment Centers Than Other Commercial Areas

    New research suggests there may actually be less serious crime near drug-treatment clinics than other community businesses.
    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:49:56 GMT
  7. Life Expectancy Three Years Longer for Children Born Into Smaller Families in Developing World

    Children born into smaller families in the world’s poorest nations will live an expected three years longer than those born into larger families, new research suggests.
    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:35:18 GMT in-developing-world.html
  8. Better Access to Contraceptives Means More Sex for Married Couples

    Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research suggests.
    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:25:06 GMT
  9. Community-Level Violence Linked to Teens’ Risky Sexual Behavior

    Teens’ experiences with violence — either through fear, observation or being observing violent events, or being victims themselves — are associated with how likely they are to have sex and use condoms, new research suggests.
    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:14:13 GMT
  10. Survey: Most Americans Support Smart Guns

    Nearly 60 percent of Americans, if they buy a new handgun, are willing to purchase a smart or childproof gun, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:45:53 GMT