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April 2, 2020
USA Today

The first coronavirus patients are being treated with convalescent plasma therapy. Will it work? Not even the doctors know.
Whether the plasma, derived from the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19, will help them fight off the devastating disease is still unknown. But in less than 3 weeks, the effort to find out has gone from an idea to a worldwide program entirely self-organized by medical researchers.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Why do more men die of Covid-19 than women?
As the world faces the most serious public health crisis in a century, scientists and professionals are scrambling to understand who is most vulnerable to Covid-19 and why.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

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March 30, 2020

Survivors Of COVID-19 May Hold The Key For Everyone Else — In Their Blood
This week, researchers in New York City started collecting blood from COVID-19 survivors. The hope is that their immunity can be shared with others.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

.March 30 2020
The Washington Post

Blood from people who recover from coronavirus could provide a treatment
Plasma is being studied as a way to fight off the virus
Arturo Casadevall and Evan Bloch are quoted

March 27, 2020
The Washington Post

Men are getting sicker, dying more often of covid-19, Spain data shows [Paywall]
Pneumonia cases, hospitalizations, ICU visits, death and even basic symptoms were more frequent in males.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

March 26, 2020

FDA Expedites Treatment Of Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients With Experimental Plasma
The FDA is facilitating access to COVID-19 convalescent plasma for use in patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
Arturo Casadevall, who co-championed the idea, is featured.

March 26, 2020

How blood from coronavirus survivors might save lives
Hospitals in New York City are gearing up to use the blood of people who have recovered from COVID-19 as a possible antidote for the disease.
Arturo Casadevall who has been fighting to use blood as a COVID-19 treatment since late January, is featured.

March 26, 2020
The Guardian

Men are much more likely to die from coronavirus—but why?
Behavioural factors that differ across genders may have a role in fatality rates of the coronavirus. However, there is a growing belief among experts that more fundamental biological factors are at play.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

March 24, 2020
NBC News

New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients
Hoping to stem the toll of the state’s surging coronavirus outbreak, New York health officials plan to begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered and injecting the antibody-rich fluid into patients still fighting the virus.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted

March 23, 2020
The Washington Post

Major universities suspend most lab research—but not into coronavirus [Paywall]
A growing number of universities are suspending nonessential research, another sign of the vast disruption the pandemic is wreaking, with faculty members and graduate students racing to close labs.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

March 23, 2020

This Coronavirus Patient Dodged A Bullet With Hydroxychloroquine. Is She A Harbinger or Outlier?
Given the life and death situation of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 and the possibility that hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin may be helpful, it is valuable and ethical for authors of drug-testing studies to report results.
Ying Zhang is quoted

March 20, 2020
The Washington Post

The coronavirus is killing far more men than women
Upwards of 70 percent of deaths in Italy have been men. The question is: Why?
Sabra Klein is quoted.

March 20, 2020
Fox News

More men dying from coronavirus than women, data suggests
More than 10,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus, with men seemingly hit harder by the virus than women, according to early data.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

March 19, 2020
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (USA Today Network)

Possible coronavirus treatment could be in clinical trials within weeks, using plasma from recovered patients, if doctors get FDA approval
The Johns Hopkins University doctor coordinating a nationwide effort to launch emergency clinical trials of plasma from patients who've recovered from coronavirus said he expects to forward a plan to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Wednesday and to start treating the first patients in about four weeks.
Arturo Casadevall, who has been organizing the convalescent sera efforts nationwide, is quoted.

March 18, 2020
The Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins experts are learning more about the coronavirus. Here’s what they want you to know.
As much of Maryland and the United States hunker down at home to help stop spread of the coronavirus, scientists are making progress in understanding how the virus is transmitted, how it affects humans and, most importantly, how it can be stopped.
Experts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offered some updates and things people can do now. This Q&A is adapted from a webcast moderated by Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, and includes Andy Pekosz and Caitlin Rivers.

.March 17, 2020
The New York Times

How Long Will the Coronavirus Outbreak and Shutdown Last? [Paywall]
Public health officials say a coronavirus vaccine won’t be ready for widespread public use for at least a year to 18 months, taking us well into 2021.
Andrew Pekosz is mentioned.

March 16, 2020

How Bad Will the COVID-19 Coronavirus Epidemic Get In the U.S.? Health Experts Weigh In
How bad might the COVID-19 outbreak get in the United States, and what measures are needed to contain it? We reviewed statements from government health officials and surveyed infectious disease experts to forecast the coming weeks.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

March 16, 2020
The Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins researcher wants to fight coronavirus with a serum made from the blood of recovered patients
In an article published Friday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researcher Arturo Casadevall argues that blood injections from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 might help protect at-risk people — including health care workers and family members caring for sick relatives — from falling prey to the disease

March 5, 2020

The Difference Between a Surgical Mask and a Respirator Mask
There are two types of masks used in preventing infections: surgical masks and respirator masks. It’s important to know the difference, and which situations they’re useful in.
Andrew Stanley Pekosz is quoted.

March 3, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer

How a Pennsylvania doctor stopped a virus outbreak in 1934—with blood
J Roswell Gallagher took a decisive step in 1934 to tackle a measles outbreak that has relevance for how the world responds to the new coronavirus.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

March 3, 2020
Maryland Public Television

Direct Connection
Andrew Pekosz is featured for the full show, hosted by Jeff Salkin, discussing the latest coronavirus/COVID-19 news.

March 3, 2020
CBS News

The passengers in his cab were coughing but wearing but wearing face masks. He still caught the coronavirus
A taxi driver in Thailand likely caught the coronavirus from Chinese tourists who were passengers in his cab. The tourists were coughing but wearing face masks, the driver said. He still caught the virus, despite the masks.
Andrew Pekosz is featured.

March 2, 2020

How A Coronavirus Blood Test Could Solve Some Medical Mysteries
As the coronavirus spreads more widely around the globe, scientists are starting to use a powerful new tool: a blood test that identifies people who have previously been exposed to the virus. This kind of test is still under development in the United States, but it has been rolled out for use in Singapore and China.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

February 28, 2020
The Wall Street Journal

[Opinion] How a Boy’s Blood Stopped an Outbreak
A school physician’s approach to measles in 1934 has lessons for the coronavirus.
Arturo Casadevall wrote the article.

February 28, 2020
CBS News

The No. 1 way to prevent coronavirus isn’t wearing a face mask
As fears over the coronavirus spread, thousands of Americans are clamoring to buy face masks in an effort to protect themselves, sending prices soaring and leading manufacturers like 3M to ramp up production. However, experts say stocking up on face masks is actually misguided — and there's a much simpler thing you could be doing right now to protect yourself.
Andrew Stanley Pekosz is quoted.

February 28, 2020

How A Coronavirus Blood Test Could Solve Some Medical Mysteries
As the coronavirus spreads more widely around the globe, scientists are starting to use a powerful new tool: a blood test that identifies people who have previously been exposed to the virus.
Andrew Stanley Pekosz is quoted.

February 21, 2020
The New York Times

Why the Coronavirus Seems to Hit Men Harder Than Women [Paywall]
The coronavirus that originated in China has spread fear and anxiety around the world. But while the novel virus has largely spared one vulnerable group—children—it appears to pose a particular threat to middle-aged and older adults, particularly men.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

February 10, 2020
FOX News
Chernobyl shocker as fungi that eats radiation found inside nuclear reactor
A type of black fungus that eats radiation was discovered inside the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
A paper co-authored by Arturo Casadevall is cited.

February 5, 2020

Coronavirus vaccines in development aren't a short-term cure
There are a dozen research projects underway to try to come up with a vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

February 3, 2020
VOA News

New Tech Could Make Coronavirus Vaccine in Record Time
According to recent reports, a vaccine against the new Wuhan coronavirus may start testing in as little as three months.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

January 31, 2020

Andrew Pekosz explains the current state of the coronavirus
Professor Andrew Pekosz highlights the importance of tracking possible mutations by having virus data available earlier and warns of the dangers in mild infectious cases.

January 29, 2020
Medical researcher calls strain of coronavirus ‘serious threat’
This strain of coronavirus is new, unknown, and appears to be very efficient in its movement. The changing virus needs to be closely monitored in case it becomes even better at infecting humans.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

Coca-Cola’s New Drink Innovations [Audio]
William Moss
, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses developing vaccine strategies for measles on the featured podcast.
The segment begins at the 10:27 mark.

There’s Been a Global Resurgence of Measles [Video]
William Moss
discusses the resurgence of measles outbreaks on “Bloomberg Markets.”

Early Flu Season Cases Much Higher Than Average: Johns Hopkins [Video]
Andrew Pekosz
, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance, discusses the tracking of regional influenza outbreaks and the importance of vaccinations to avoid the infection.

WBUR 90.9
‘Immune Amnesia’: Why Measles Is Dangerous For Years After Catching It, Study Shows
Research finds that measles, which kills more than 100,000 children a year around the globe, is an even more dangerous germ than previously thought. It can cause what the scientists call "immune amnesia:" Children who catch the measles can lose resistance they had built up to other illnesses.
William Moss is quoted.

The Scientist
Measles Leaves the Immune System Vulnerable to Other Diseases [Opinion]
Two studies present biological evidence that measles infections in unvaccinated children wipe out immune memories of other pathogens, putting the kids at risk of other deadly diseases. William Moss is quoted.

Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Children Against Measles Risk ‘Destroying’ Their Immune Systems, Scientists Believe
Parents who don't vaccinate their children against measles risk the virus "destroying" their immune systems and making them vulnerable to other diseases, scientists have warned. William Moss is quoted

Scientists have learned that the measles virus gives the immune system amnesia
The measles virus may be even more harmful than previously thought, causing potentially deadly damage to immune memory, according to new research.
William Moss is quoted.

A 1964 Earthquake Might Have Unleashed a Deadly Fungus on the Pacific Northwest
Two decades ago, a rare but deadly fungal infection began killing animals and people in the U.S. and Canada. To this day, no one has figured out how it arrived there in the first place. Now a pair of scientists have put forth their own theory: Tsunamis, sparked by a massive earthquake in 1964, soaked the forests of the Pacific Northwest with water containing the fungus.
A paper co-authored by Arturo Casadevall is cited

BBC News
Tsunamis linked to spread of deadly fungal disease
A major earthquake in Alaska in 1964 triggered tsunamis that washed ashore a deadly tropical fungus, scientists say.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

ABC 7 Chicago
The US eliminated measles in 2000; Current outbreak could change that
There's a "reasonable chance" the United States will lose its measles elimination status in October because of ongoing measles outbreaks in New York, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
William Moss and Paul Spiegel is quoted.

Science Mag
Eradication goal splits malaria community
On 9 September, the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication, a group of 26 academics from around the globe, will publish a study recommending that the world set a 2050 target for eradication.
William Moss is quoted.

Science Magazine
Is setting a deadline for eradicating malaria a good idea? Scientists are divided
The debate is about more than just the usefulness of bold goals in global health. The focus on eradication has skewed scientists’ and funders’ priorities, says Brian Greenwood, a malariologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
William Moss is quoted.


Computer Simulation Just Predicted A Huge Measles Outbreak in Texas, With 4,000 Percent Increase Predicted In Some Communities
Texas could be hit by large measles outbreaks in which up to 400 people fall ill at a time, according to a forecast by researchers investigating low vaccine rates. Between 2003 and 2018, the number of children exempt from vaccines before attending school spiked from 23,000 to 64,000, according to existing research.
William Moss is quoted.


Aging Narrows Gender Gap in Flu Vaccine Response
Aging reduces the stronger immune response that women typically have to vaccination, a new study finds.
Sabra Klein, senior author of the study, is quoted.

The Atlantic
Lyme Disease Is Baffling, Even to Experts
But new insights are at last accumulating.
Ying Zhang is quoted

Could the world see a resurgence of polio? Experts fear a cautionary tale in measles
As measles case counts have exploded around the globe this year, public health officials doggedly trying to rid the world of another disease scourge have watched the numbers rise with some concern.
William Moss is quoted.

Kenosha News
Commentary: The problem with the ‘superbug’ label
Bacterial drug resistance is a major public health problem that potentially affects all of us. Using accurate language is necessary to keep the public optimally informed about this important threat. Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

The Baltimore Sun
The problem with the ‘superbug’ label | Opinion [Paywall]
Bacterial drug resistance is a major public health problem that potentially affects all of us. Using accurate language is necessary to keep the public optimally informed about this important threat. Arturo Casadevall co-wrote the Op-Ed piece.

Star Tribune
Deadly fungal disease may be linked to climate change
Candida auris has become a global health threat since it was identified a decade ago, especially for patients with compromised immune systems.
Arturo Casadevall, co-author of the study, is quoted

The Desperate Race to Neutralize a Lethal Superbug Yeast
Candida auris has spread rapidly around the globe, seemingly springing from nowhere and exposing the weaknesses in our defenses against new diseases.
Arturo Casadevall, co-author of a featured paper, is quoted.

Business Insider
A mysterious and deadly fungal infection is spreading across the globe, and no one knows how to stop it
A deadly, drug-resistant fungus called candida auris is spreading on a global scale and causing what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "urgent threats."
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

The Baltimore Sun
Dr. Keerti Shah, Johns Hopkins scientist who helped create a cervical cancer vaccine, dies
Dr. Keerti V. Shah, a retired Johns Hopkins scientist who helped established the causality of cervical cancer, died of kidney failure Sunday at his home in Ponce Inlet, Florida.
A quote from a statement by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is featured.

New study warns climate crisis may have been pivotal in rise of drug resistant superbug
Research argues Candida auris may be the first example of a new fungal disease emerging from climate change.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.


Deadly new fungal superbug is worrying doctors — here's what you need to know
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about a deadly new fungal superbug called Candida auris fungus, which was first seen in a patient in 2009 in Japan. Scientists say it can be hard to identify with standard lab tests, and now a new study suggests climate change may be fueling it.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

Washington Post
Deadly fungal disease may be linked to climate change, study suggests
Researchers in the United States and the Netherlands have a new theory: They propose that global warming may have played a key role and suggest that this may be the first example of a new fungal disease, Candida auris, emerging from climate change, according to a study published Tuesday in mBio, a journal of the American Society of Microbiology.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.
NOTE: The study was also covered by: CNNNBC NewsThe Baltimore SunNewsweek and Medical Express.

Infection Control Today
Women’s Stronger Immune Response to Flu Vaccination Diminishes With Age
A study suggests that women tend to have a greater immune response to a flu vaccination compared to men, but their advantage largely disappears as they age and their estrogen levels decline.
Sabra Klein, study senior author, is quoted

The Atlantic
A Groundbreaking Study Is Good News for Cats—And People
Researchers studying the cat-poop parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, made a breakthrough that will spare a lot of felines from research.
Isabelle Coppens is quoted.

The Science Times
Genetically-Modified Fungus May Stop the Spread of Malaria
Over the years, various experiments and researches have been put to motion in the hopes of finding a cure that can put an end to Malaria. This time, scientists have decided to use the spider gene to genetically produce a fungus that will, in turn, produce the venom that can quickly put these mosquitoes down.
Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena is quoted.

May 31, 2019

Scientists Genetically Modify Fungus To Kill Mosquitoes That Spread Malaria
In the hope of finding a new way to fight malaria, scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer a fungus to produce a venom that can quickly kill mosquitoes.
Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena is quoted.

May 30, 2019
The Wall Street Journal
‘Range’ Review: Late Bloomers Bloom Best [Paywall]
Journalist David Epstein says that late specialization demonstrably helped elite athletes in many sports. It can serve the rest of us well, too. In his latest book, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” Mr. Epstein makes a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

May 29, 2019
Lyme Disease Can Be Avoided Naturally. Here’s How
Of the 35 essential oils used in a 2018 study as effective forms of treatment against Lyme disease, garlic, myrrh, thyme, cinnamon, allspice berries, cumin and eucalyptus were proven to kill off B. burgdorferi better than standard Lyme antibiotics.
Ying Zhang, lead author of the study, is quoted.

May 20, 2019
The Associated Press
Vaccine rates rise on long-wary ‘hippie’ island near Seattle
The Vashon Island School District has seen a significant increase in fully immunized children. The number of kindergartners who received the required set of state-mandated vaccines jumped by 31% in the past six years, from 56% to nearly 74% in the 2017-18 school year.
William Moss is quoted.

May 14, 2019
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Social media, vaccine exemptions to blame for measles outbreak, researcher contends

To fight the measles outbreak that has spread to 23 states, authorities must reduce vaccine exemptions and fight a tide of social media disinformation, a national expert told more than 200 students and faculty Monday at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Diane Griffin is quoted.

May 8, 2019
The Scientist
Eye for Manipulation: A Profile of Elisabeth Bik [Opinion]
The microbiologist has turned her attention full-time to unearthing problematic figures in papers- for free.
Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

May 8, 2019
NBC News
For cancer patients, fear of measles has upended daily routines
With measles scares happening everywhere from movie theaters to cruise ships to planes, individuals with compromised immune systems and their families are upending their daily routines to avoid getting the highly contagious disease.
William Moss is quoted.

May 7, 2019
The Baltimore Sun
Immunization complacency threatens to undo progress [Opinion]
State and local public health officials are urging parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date before the start of school.
William Moss is a co-author of the op-ed

May 1, 2019

There’s a measles outbreak. Do you need another shot?
If the U.S. loses its “measles elimination” status, it will join Venezuela as the only other country in North and South America with this distinction. Measles was declared eliminated across the Americas in 2016, but within a year, an outbreak sparked in Venezuela that has persisted up to the current day.
William Moss is interviewed.

May 1, 2019
The Washington Post

Promising treatment emerges for ‘persistent’ Lyme bacteria
About 300,000 people a year are infected with Lyme disease through tick bites, and for up to 20 percent of them the condition persists after a course of antibiotics. But just in time for tick season, researchers are now onto a promising treatment for those sufferers.
Ying Zhang, the study’s senior author, is quoted.

April 26, 2019

First proven malaria vaccine rolled out in Africa— but doubts linger
The RTS,S vaccine is up to 40% effective at preventing malaria in young children.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

April 26, 2019
Contagion Live
World Malaria Day 2019: New Innovations, Same Targets: Public Health Watch
World Health Organization (WHO) officials have announced plans for a pilot study in Malawi of a new vaccine—called RTS,S—to significantly reduce the disease in children. Experts from around the world gather at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI) in Baltimore, Maryland, for a scientific symposium entitled “Malaria Elimination in Africa” for the 13th World Malaria Day on April 25th.
William Moss is quoted.

April 26, 2019

UNICEF: The Ground for the Global Measles Outbreaks We Are Witnessing Today Was Laid Years Ago
UNICEF announced that 21.1 million children had missed their first dose of the measles vaccine every year over the last eight years.
William Moss is quoted.

April 24, 2019
World’s First Malaria Vaccine Launches In Sub-Saharan Africa
Health officials are rolling out the first approved vaccine aimed at stopping a human parasite. It's for malaria — and the hopes are that one day the vaccine could save the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.
William Moss is quoted.

March 26, 2019

The measles virus was down and out. Now it’s primed for a comeback
Some experts believed the world was ready to rid itself of measles once and for all. These days, with massive outbreaks in the Philippines and Ukraine, more than 80,000 cases in the past year in Europe, and ongoing epidemics in New York, Washington, Texas, Illinois, and California, measles does not feel like an endangered virus.
Williams Moss is quoted.

March 21, 2019
Anti-Vaxxers Are Anti-Vaxxers for One of These Four Reasons
Scientists studying anti-vax posts on Facebook found that the movement doesn't stem from one fear, but rather a range of theories believed by people spanning demographics and the political spectrum.
William Moss is quoted

February 22, 2019
Anti-vax Religious Group Says Sorry For Helping Cause Massive Measles Outbreak
Japan has been undergoing its worst measles outbreak in at least a decade, and one religious order opposed to vaccinations has now apologized for its role in helping to spread the disease.
William Moss is quoted.

February 11, 2019
Palm Beach Daily News
A Woman’s Journey health conference in West Palm Beach draws 300 people
Six health care subjects were covered at “A Woman’s Journey” presented by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Palm Beach Daily News was one of the sponsors.
Sabra Klein was among the speakers at the 13th annual conference.

February 11, 2019
Children of Anti-Vaxxers Try To Get Vaccinated Without Their Parents Knowing
As Washington state deals with a measles outbreak that has caused at least 53 people—the majority of whom are unvaccinated children—to contract the potentially deadly disease, young people have asked how they can get vaccinated without their parents' knowledge. 
William Moss is quoted.

February 7, 2019
Measles Outbreak Predicted by Scientists a Year Ago
In a study published almost a year ago, scientists identified "anti-vaxx hotspots"—and the areas flagged include those where cases of measles are being reported. 
William Moss is quoted.

February 1, 2019
2019 Could Be Worst Year For Measles In U.S. For 30 Years: ‘Were Losing Ground To A Disease That Once Killed Millions’
Almost 20 years after measles was eliminated in the U.S., 2019 could see the highest rates of the dangerous disease in three decades, an expert has warned.  
William Moss is quoted.

January 30, 2019
‘In 12 Hours She Was Dead’: Read Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Letter to Anti-Vaxxers After His Daughter Died From Measles
A 1986 essay written by the late Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl about his daughter dying of measles has been shared widely online, as new outbreaks of the dangerous disease have given it fresh relevance.
William Moss is quoted.

December 21, 2018
Science Trends
How Do Living Cells Survive When Skipping A Paycheck?
Recent research on baker’s yeast uncovered a new way cells slow their growth down when nutrients are running low. This information from an improbable source provides new insight into a family of uncharacterized human genes, some of which cause severe neurological disorders, epilepsy, and possible autism when mutated.
J. Marie Hardwick wrote the piece.

December 3, 2018
Science News
Around the world, reported measles cases jumped 31 percent in 2017
Political unrest and refusal to vaccinate is driving the measles surge, health experts say.
Bill Moss is quoted.

November 13, 2018
Reader's Digest
Why the New Flu Drug Is a Game Changer
Everyone should still get their flu shots, but at least we're rolling into this year's flu season with a new weapon: a drug that stops the virus in its tracks.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted

September 28, 2018
Medical Daily
Flu Season Is Starting: 5 Tips To Avoid Falling Sick
Since flu season is right around the corner, it is important to start taking preventative measures. The CDC estimates that influenza has annually resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses.
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

September 26, 2018
Gene editing could eliminate mosquitoes, but is it a good idea?
Researchers have rendered a population of mosquitoes in a lab sterile using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 by homing in on a specific target in insect DNA -- the doublesex gene -- raising the possibility of eradicating disease-carrying species of the insect entirely, according to a new study
Conor McMeniman is quoted.

September 8, 2018
Consumer Reports

Is It Too Soon to Get the Flu Vaccine?
Last year’s season set new records both for numbers of children who died from flu and for flu-related hospitalizations. But should people get the shot now, before the flu even arrives in January and February?
Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

August 28. 2018
KJZZ 91.5 – Phoenix
Measles Cases Reach Record High In European Region, WHO Reports

The World Health Organization this week reported cases of measles have hit a record high in the European region.
Bill Moss joins the radio show and weighs in on the concerning increase in measles cases in some parts of the world.

August 21, 2018
The Baltimore Sun

There is no wall against infectious diseases
Biological threats continue to evolve, even as public focus careens from one crisis to another. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) of 2013 funded the agencies that maintain a focus on biosecurity, and that act is now up for reauthorization.
Rachel Evans, a PhD student in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology, wrote the piece.

August 20, 2018
Video: The 7 Dwarfs Whistle While They Work To Fight Malaria
A Disney video details many of the important measures Americans took to protect themselves from malaria, getting rid of standing water, screening windows, papering over cracks in the walls, and even weeding ponds to make it easier for fish to eat mosquito larvae.
William Moss is quoted.

August 10, 2018

Graduate biomedical education needs an overhaul. Here’s our version
The training of new scientists has become a highly specialized endeavor that frequently emphasizes the acquisition of factual knowledge instead of skills that are essential for good scientific practice, such as critical thinking, rigorous research design, analysis, and philosophy of science.
Gundula Bosch and Arturo Casadevall wrote the article.

July 30, 2018
Everyday Health
FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Recurrent Malaria
Malaria caused by recurrent Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) is a difficult-to-treat and life-threatening condition that affects 8.5 million people a year. On July 20th, the FDA approved a new drug to help treat this problem.
David Sullivan is quoted

July 18, 2018
Men Might Recover Faster From Flue Than Women Thanks to a Special Molecule, Study Suggests
Due to a higher presence of a lung-healing protein, men may recover quicker from cases of the flu than women according to a recent study.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

July 13, 2018
The Scientist
Software-Based Chemical Screen Could Minimize Animal Testing
Worldwide, millions of animals are used for toxicity testing of compounds intended for human and environmental use. Now, toxicologists have developed software that can accurately predict the outcomes of assays.
Thomas Hartung is quoted.

July 12, 2018
One India
Zika virus infection may multiply risk of miscarriage, stillbirth
Zika virus could pose a far greater threat to pregnancy than recent studies of miscarriage and stillbirth in human infections have reported. This virus do not show any symptoms and thusraises concerns about the complications which are likely to arise from this condition.
Sabra Klein is quoted.

June 6, 2018
Measles vaccine recommended for those attending World Cup
Russia has also been heavily affected by the recent outbreak of measles, with more than 800 cases reported in 2018. Children and adults who are traveling to Russia for the World Cup -- which takes place between June 14 and July 15 -- should therefore make sure that they have received two doses of the measles vaccine.
Diane Griffin is quoted.

April 8, 2018
CBC (Canada)
The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World
Neither plants nor animals, fungi are the most underappreciated kingdom of the natural world. During a billion years of evolution, they’ve become masters of survival. And yet, fungi have also been integral to the development of life on Earth. In fact, neither land plants nor terrestrial animals would exist without them. Arturo Casadevall is quoted.

March 22, 2018
The San Diego Union Tribune
Common malaria resistance trait discovered in Scripps Research-led study
One-third of Africans carry a previously unknown mutation that appears to help them resist malaria, according to an international study led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute. If confirmed with more research, the discovery may lead to new malaria drugs, and have implications for the health of those who carry the genetic trait. Sean Prigge is quoted.

 March 14, 2018
The Genetic Literacy Project
CRISPR-edited mosquitoes could dramatically reduce more than 200 million annual cases of malaria
Swatting at mosquitoes is a great start, but if we really want to cut down on the hundreds of millions of malaria cases they cause every year, we're going to need some more effective weapons. Now, researchers from Johns Hopkins have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to engineer mosquitoes that are highly resistant to the malaria parasite, by deleting one specific gene. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is quoted.

March 13, 2018
Fox News
Johns Hopkins scientists genetically engineer malaria-resistant mosquitoes
Bloomberg School researchers engineered mosquitoes which are resistant to the malaria parasite, by deleting a gene called FREP1 which helps malaria survive in the mosquito’s gut. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is quoted.

March 8, 2018
ZME Science
CRISPR edit makes mosquitoes far less likely to pass malaria
Scientists used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique to deactivate a gene in order to make mosquitoes less likely to get infected by parasites that cause malaria in humans. George Dimopoulos, study lead, is mentioned.

February 22, 2018
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine
Outsmarting an Outbreak
Faculty Mention: Douglas Norris
Scientists may soon be able to predict potential outcomes of mosquito-borne illnesses, and quash new ones before they have a chance to spread.

February 17, 2018
Did Pox virus research put potential profits ahead of public safety?
In the brave new world of synthetic biology, scientists can now brew up viruses from scratch using the tools of DNA technology. The latest such feat, published last month, involves horsepox, a cousin of the feared virus that causes smallpox in people. Critics charge that making horsepox in the lab has endangered the public by basically revealing the recipe for how any lab could manufacture smallpox to use as a bioweapon.
Arturo Casadevall and Tom Inglesby are quoted. (Note: This story ran on NPR outlets across the country.)

February 14, 2018
Train PhD students to be thinkers not just specialists
Many doctoral curricula aim to produce narrowly focused researchers rather than critical thinkers. That can and must change, writes Gundula Bosch, director of the School’s R3 Graduate Science Initiative, where students learn to apply rigor to their design and conduct of experiments; view their work through the lens of social responsibility; and to think critically, communicate better, and thus improve reproducibility. Arturo Casadevall, who founded the R3 program, is mentioned. 

February 9, 2018
Blue dye kills malaria parasites – but there is one catch
It's hard to imagine that a blue dye sold in pet food stores in the U.S. to fight fungal infections in tropical fish could be a potent weapon against malaria. A study published this week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases showed that might be possible. Bill Moss is quoted.

January 31, 2018
New York Magazine
Everything You Can Do to Prevent the Spread of Flu
Start with getting the flu shot. However, getting it doesn’t mean you’re immune to the flu. The piece includes advice from experts about actions you can take (and things you can buy) to fight the flu this season and stay healthy throughout the year.
Andy Pekosz is quoted.

January 25, 2018
The Star

Handkerchief nightmare? Beat the common cold by blowing your nose
During the first three days of a common cold, the sufferer is contagious - he or she can pass the cold on to others - so it is recommended that the person stay at home and gets as much rest as possible. Sabra Klein’s research is mentioned.

January 24, 2018
Runner's World
Here’s why you can’t (and shouldn’t) run away from the flu in 2018
Even for strong and healthy runners, this year’s flu is no joke. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), anywhere between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu each year. And according to the CDC’s latest report, the virus is particularly dangerous this season. Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

January 23, 2018
Mosquito-packed drones could give extra bite to Zika fight
Spraying thousands of chilled, sterile mosquitoes from specially adapted drones could prove a cost-effective way to slash numbers of the insects and curb the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, say the backers of the technology. WeRobotics, a non-profit trialing the method, plans to start mosquito-release tests shortly in Latin America. Conor McMeniman is quoted.

Can You Get Sick from the Flu Shot? Here's What the CDC Has To Say

The CDC says that getting a flu shot does not cause the flu illness, since the vaccine is made either with an inactivated virus that's not infectious, or no virus at all. An inactivated virus means that the virus has been killed. The flu shot may cause a reaction, but it does not cause the flu. Andrew Pekosz is quoted.

January 19, 2018
Gates Foundation funds research for new synthetic malaria vaccine
The Wistar Institute will collaborate with the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) on the research initiative, which was created in the lab of David B. Weiner, Ph.D., executive director, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center, The Wistar Institute. Weiner is a molecular immunologist and considered a DNA vaccine pioneer. The Malaria Research Institute is mentioned.

January 4, 2018
Co-Authored Biomedical Papers List Men as First Authors More Frequently Than Women

Even papers that indicated authors had “contributed equally,” male-female listing was statistically more frequent than female-male listing, the study finds. Arturo Casadevall, study co-author, is quoted.

January 3, 2018
Biomedical science education needs a new philosophy
Perspective: Let’s Put the ‘Ph’ Back in Science PhD Programs

Pilot program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health aims to close gaps in graduate science education. Gundula Bosch and Arturo Casadevall, study co-authors, are quoted.