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  1. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative Releases Special Public Health Reports Supplement

    With U.S. life expectancy now on the decline for two consecutive years, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative is releasing a supplement to Public Health Reports, the scholarly journal of the U.S. Surgeon General.
    Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:06:00 GMT
  2. Study of Two Tribes Sheds Light on Role of Western Influenced Diet in Blood Pressure

    A South American tribe living in near-total isolation with no Western dietary influences showed no increase in average blood pressure from age one to age 60.
    Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:18:52 GMT
  3. Inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit To Convene Leaders, Innovators Tackling Nation’s Most Pressing Public Health Challenges

    The inaugural Bloomberg American Health Summit in Washington, D.C., will bring together innovators and policymakers who are creatively working to address some of the toughest challenges facing public health in the U.S.
    Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:00:22 GMT
  4. Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss Incur Higher Health Care Costs Over Time

    Longitudinal study of claims data shows that older adults with untreated hearing loss generated an average of 46 percent more in total health care costs over 10 years versus those who don’t have hearing loss.
    Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:02:12 GMT
  5. Mutation Associated With ALS Causes Sugar-Starved Cells To Overproduce Lipids, Study Shows

    A genetic defect tied to a variety of neurodegenerative diseases and mental illnesses changes how cells starved of sugar metabolize fatty compounds known as lipids, a new JHSPH study shows.
    Tue, 30 Oct 2018 15:22:33 GMT
  6. Religious Leaders' Support May Be Key To Modern Contraception Use

    Women in Nigeria whose clerics extol the benefits of family planning were more likely to adopt modern contraceptive methods, highlighting the importance of engaging religious leaders to help increase stubbornly low uptake of family planning services.
    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:58:19 GMT
  7. During A Flu Epidemic, Dispensing Vaccines at Pharmacies Could Save Lives and Costs

    Adding pharmacies to the mix, along with physicians’ offices and hospitals, and extending their hours could streamline administering vaccinations in the event of a flu epidemic.
    Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:01:36 GMT
  8. Health Insurer Policies May Discourage Use of Non-Opioid Alternatives for Lower Back Pain

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study: Insurers have inconsistent policy terms for non-opioid-drug treatments, and provide little or no coverage for treatments for acupuncture and psychological counseling.
    Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:58:16 GMT
  9. Maryland Health Enterprise Zones Linked to Reduced Hospitalizations and Costs

    Maryland’s Health Enterprise Zones, state-funded initiatives designed to reduce hospitalizations in underserved communities, were linked to large reductions in inpatient stays.
    Mon, 01 Oct 2018 21:23:16 GMT
  10. Baltimore Liquor Stores Linked More to Violent Crime Than Bars and Restaurants

    A new study found that alcohol outlets in Baltimore that sell alcohol for off-premise consumption have a stronger association with incidences of violent crimes than alcohol outlets in Baltimore where alcohol is bought and consumed on-site.
    Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:54:02 GMT
  11. Cost of Clinical Trials For New Drug FDA Approval Are Fraction of Total Tab

    Clinical trials that support FDA approvals of new drugs have a median cost of $19 million, according to a new study by a team including researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:17:47 GMT
  12. ACA Health Insurance Ads Targeted Younger, Healthier Consumers From 2013 to 2016

    Analysis of television ads also found a sharp decline in mentions of “Obamacare” or “Affordable Care Act” over three enrollment periods.
    Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:55:24 GMT
  13. Consumers Cite Health Concerns, Cost As Reasons They Eat Less Meat

    Two out of every three participants in a U.S. consumer survey report that they are eating less of at least one type of meat, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
    Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:42:34 GMT
  14. Bloomberg School Program Awarded $20.5 Million From Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Focus on Urban Youth and Reproductive Health

    A global program that addresses the reproductive health needs of people living in poor urban communities has been awarded a $20.5-million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    Mon, 10 Sep 2018 15:23:57 GMT
  15. More Daytime Sleepiness, More Alzheimer’s Disease

    A study of aging adults shows that those who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn’t to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that’s a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, years later. 
    Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:27:10 GMT
  16. Commentary: More Malaria Nets Likely Needed Between Campaigns

    A new study published in the Lancet journal EClinical Medicine suggests that more mosquito nets are likely needed between mass campaigns to keep malaria cases in check.
    Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:42:58 GMT
  17. The Long-Term Financial Toll Of Breast Cancer

    The financial fallout from breast cancer can last years after diagnosis, particularly for those with lymphedema, a common side effect from treatment, causing cumulative and cascading economic consequences for survivors, their families, and society.
    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:13:43 GMT
  18. Tamar Mendelson Named Bloomberg Professor of American Health

    Associate Professor Tamar Mendelson, PhD, an expert in adolescent mental health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been appointed as a Bloomberg Professor of American Health.
    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:40:08 GMT
  19. Study Reveals Broad 'Genetic Architectures' of Traits and Diseases

    Scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a powerful method for characterizing the broad patterns of genetic contributions to traits and diseases.
    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:33:10 GMT
  20. Elderly Patients On Dialysis Have A High Risk Of Dementia

    Older kidney disease patients who are sick enough to require the blood-filtering treatment known as dialysis are at high risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study.
    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:18:55 GMT
  21. Support Increases When Opioid 'Safe Consumption Sites' Called 'Overdose Prevention Sites'

    “Safe consumption sites,” where people can use pre-obtained drugs with medically trained personnel on hand to treat overdoses, garner higher public support when they are called “overdose prevention sites,” according to a study.
    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:00:18 GMT
  22. Microbes Go Dark To Stay Warm in Cooler Climates

    Microorganisms in colder climates darken themselves to capture more heat from the sun and improve their ability to survive, according to a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:00:38 GMT
  23. Sequencing A Malaria Mosquito's Motherline

    A team led by scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has sequenced and annotated the first complete mitochondrial genome of Anopheles funestus, one of the main vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.
    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 16:08:47 GMT
  24. Survey: Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Cuts to SNAP Program

    A majority of registered voters oppose recent efforts to scale back Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits and believe the government should be doing more to meet the needs of people facing food insecurity and other challenges,
    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:57:56 GMT
  25. Why Men Might Recover From Flu Faster Than Women

    Men may recover more quickly from influenza infections because they produce more of a key lung-healing protein, a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests.
    Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:37:42 GMT
  26. Database Analysis More Reliable Than Animal Testing For Toxic Chemicals

    Advanced algorithms working from large chemical databases can predict a new chemical’s toxicity better than standard animal tests, suggests a study led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:35:57 GMT
  27. Developmental Screening and Surveillance Rates Remain Low, New Study Suggests

    1/3 of children in the U.S. receive recommended screenings designed to catch developmental delays. Findings reveal wide variations in rates, w/ as few as %17 of children under age 3 receiving developmental screening in the lowest performing state.
    Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:16:38 GMT
  28. Dangers of Pregnancy Among Older Women and Those With Many Children Rarely Discussed

    Harmful gender, religious and cultural norms contribute to risky pregnancies in older women and women who already have five or more children, endangering the lives of these women and their babies.
    Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:42:27 GMT
  29. Breast Cancer Studies Ignore Race, Socioeconomic Factors

    Studies of breast cancer risk and treatment outcomes are not taking sufficient account of race/ethnicity, economic status, education level, health insurance status and other social factors.
    Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:03:36 GMT
  30. Health Insurance Plans May Be Fueling Opioid Epidemic

    Health care insurers including Medicare, Medicaid and major private insurers have not done enough to combat the opioid epidemic, suggests a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:00:21 GMT
  31. Are You Sticking to Your Diet? Scientists May Be Able to Tell From a Blood Sample

    An analysis of small molecules called “metabolites” in a blood sample may be used to determine whether a person is following a prescribed diet.
    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:43:29 GMT
  32. Diagnosing Diabetes From A Single Blood Sample

    Diagnosing type 2 diabetes in clinical practice may require only a single blood sample, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:31:19 GMT
  33. 1.45 Million Children's Lives Saved By HiB and Pneumococcal Vaccines Since 2000

    Childhood deaths from two leading bacterial causes of pneumonia and meningitis, pneumococcus and Hib, declined sharply during the period 2000 to 2015, especially as vaccines against these pathogens were introduced in high-burden countries.
    Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:22:23 GMT
  34. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Awards Scholarship to Displaced Syrian Pharmacist

    A Syrian pharmacist who fled his country due to persecution he faced as a relief worker has received a full tuition scholarship to attend the MPH program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:46:44 GMT
  35. Recorded Calls Beat Facebook Ads in Getting Residents to Request Free Smoke Alarm, Study Suggests

    A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found automated phone calls were far more effective than Facebook ads in getting Baltimore City residents to request a smoke alarm through the city’s free installation program.
    Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:43:08 GMT
  36. Public Support For Needle Exchange Programs, Safe Injection Sites Remain Low in U.S.

    Two strategies that research indicates would help alleviate America’s opioid crisis lack widespread public support, according to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:34:10 GMT
  37. Robin Scullin Named Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Director of Media and Public Relations

    Robin Scullin, a senior public relations professional and former C-SPAN producer, has been named the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health director of media and public relations.
    Mon, 04 Jun 2018 18:44:30 GMT
  38. Jennifer Wolff to Lead Lipitz Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Jennifer Wolff, PhD, MHS, has been named the third Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care.
    Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:35:01 GMT
  39. Handgun Purchaser Licensing Laws Linked To Fewer Firearm Homicides In Large, Urban Areas

    State laws that require gun purchasers to obtain a license contingent on passing a background check performed by state or local law enforcement are associated with a 14 percent reduction in firearm homicides in large, urban counties.
    Thu, 31 May 2018 15:00:03 GMT
  40. Class of 2018: 916 Students Graduate From Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of Public Health

    Graduates representing 61 countries received degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at Convocation in Baltimore. The 916 graduates earned 153 doctoral degrees and 763 master’s.
    Wed, 23 May 2018 16:08:22 GMT
  41. One Year's Losses for Child Sexual Abuse in U.S. Top $9 Billion, New Study Suggests

    A new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the annual economic impact of child sexual abuse in the U.S.includes costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence, crime, suicide (etc).
    Mon, 21 May 2018 15:59:33 GMT
  42. Little Difference Between Gun Owners, Non-Owners on Key Gun Policies, Survey Finds

    A new national public opinion survey from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds widespread agreement among gun owners and non-gun owners in their support for policies that restrict or regulate firearms.
    Thu, 17 May 2018 21:01:10 GMT
  43. Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and the Lancet Launch the Humanitarian Health Digest

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and The Lancet today published the first issue of the Humanitarian Health Digest, a quarterly bibliography of the latest published, peer-reviewed journal articles on humanitarian health work.
    Mon, 14 May 2018 16:13:33 GMT
  44. Many Airbnb Venues Lack Basic Safety Protections, New Study Suggests

    Many Airbnb venues in the United States fail to provide the critical carbon monoxide and fire safety protections that are legally required of hotels and motels, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Tue, 08 May 2018 14:14:54 GMT
  45. Most Academic Institutions Unprepared to Meet New HHS Clinical Trial Reporting Regs

    Academic institutions have been slow to adhere to new, stricter requirements by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) for clinical trial registration and reporting according to a news study.
    Thu, 03 May 2018 19:58:39 GMT
  46. U.S. Autism Rate Edges Up in New CDC Report

    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health contributed to a new CDC report that finds the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 11 surveillance sites as one in 59 among children aged 8 years in 2014 (or 1.7 percent).
    Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:39:21 GMT
  47. Smartphone App Successfully Promotes Child Car Safety

    A smartphone app designed to promote proper child car seat use among parents proved effective in a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:26:21 GMT
  48. Safety Measures Could Save 250,000 Lives a Year in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    Interventions such as speeding enforcement and formal swimming lessons for young children could potentially save more than 250,000 lives a year if they were implemented across populations living in extreme poverty.
    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:54:11 GMT
  49. A Foodborne Illness Outbreak Could Cost a Restaurant Millions, Study Suggests

    A single foodborne outbreak could cost a restaurant millions of dollars in lost revenue, fines, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs and staff retraining, a new study.
    Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:43:13 GMT
  50. Scientists Decry Lack of Science in ‘Forensic Science’

    Many of the “forensic science” methods commonly used in criminal cases and portrayed in popular police TV dramas have never been scientifically validated and may lead to unjust verdicts.
    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:08:04 GMT
  51. Poverty Increases Risk of Non-Communicable Diseases in Lower Income Countries

    Poverty increases the risk of death and disability from non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes in low- and middle-income countries, a new systematic review shows
    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:42:05 GMT
  52. Increasing Public Support for Mental Health Services Without Stigmatizing Mental Illness

    In public-health campaigns to boost support for improvements in the mental health system, messages that link mental illness to violence may be counterproductive, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:35:36 GMT
  53. Peer Influence, Better HIV Counseling Could Encourage More Boys in Africa To Be Circumcised

    With research showing that male circumcision reduces the odds of getting HIV through heterosexual sex by 60 percent, more boys and young men – primarily those between the ages of 10 and 19 – are having the procedure done.
    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:27:53 GMT
  54. Most Primary Care Offices Do Not Offer Reduced Price Care to the Uninsured, Study Finds

    A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the uninsured face significant barriers to primary care, highlighting a group that remains vulnerable even after the Affordable Care Act insurance expansions
    Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:43:29 GMT
  55. Better Communication Between Spouses May Equal Better Health Outcomes, New Research Suggests

    Couples in Mali who spoke to one another about family planning were significantly more likely not only to use modern contraception, but to adopt a series of healthy behaviors, new research suggests.
    Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:46:41 GMT
  56. Frequent, Public Drug Users May Be Good Candidates for Overdose-Treatment Training

    The most frequent and public opioid users may be the best available candidates for naloxone training, according to a new study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:09:11 GMT
  57. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Offers Six New Online Graduate Programs

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will offer six new fully online, part-time graduate programs through its Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) program beginning in the fall of 2018.
    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:50:24 GMT
  58. Study Suggests That Cancer Survivors Are More Easily Fatigued

    Adults who have undergone successful cancer treatment years or decades previously become fatigued more quickly than their peers who don’t have cancer histories.
    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:14:55 GMT
  59. Gene Knockout Using New CRISPR Tool Makes Mosquitoes Highly Resistant to Malaria Parasite

    Deleting a single gene from mosquitoes can make them highly resistant to the malaria parasite and thus much less likely to transmit the parasite to humans, according to a new paper from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:07:46 GMT
  60. Scientists Discover a Key Function of ALS-Linked Protein

    The protein FUS, whose mutation or disruption causes many cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), works as a central component of one of the most important regulatory systems in cells.
    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:12:46 GMT
  61. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Launches Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announces the launch of the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, a research center that will study the effects of hearing loss, particularly among older adults.
    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:36:49 GMT
  62. Focusing on Cholera Hotspots Could Cut Africa's Cholera Burden in Half

    Better targeting at the district and neighborhood level could make anti-cholera efforts much more effective and dramatically reduce the burden of this disease, according to two new studies.
    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:18:10 GMT
  63. Researchers Discover Receptor That Protects Against Allergies, Asthma

    A special receptor on cells that line the sinuses, throat and lungs evolved to protect mammals from developing a range of allergies and asthma, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:56:16 GMT
  64. Survey: More Than Half of U.S. Gun Owners Do Not Safely Store Their Guns

    More than half of gun owners do not safely store all their guns, according to a new survey of 1,444 U.S. gun owners conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  
    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:09:08 GMT
  65. Study: Lead and Other Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette ‘Vapors’

    Significant amounts of toxic metals, including lead, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils and are present in the aerosols inhaled by users, according to a study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:18:30 GMT
  66. Report: 1,500 Lives Saved by WHO-Led Trauma Response in Battle of Mosul

    Unprecedented involvement by humanitarian organizations in a conflict saved as many as 1,500 to 1,800 lives, both civilian and military, according to new report
    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:33:57 GMT
  67. NIH Funding Fewer Clinical Trials, Study Suggests

    The number of clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health has declined since 2005, and average trial sizes were observed to be smaller with only 10 percent of trials enrolling more than 500 participants.
    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:18:12 GMT
  68. Hearing Loss Linked to Poor Nutrition in Early Childhood, Study Finds

    Young adults who were undernourished as preschool children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss as their better- nourished peers, a new study suggests.
    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:09:50 GMT
  69. Farmed Seafood and Livestock Stack Up Differently Using Alternate Feed Efficiency Measure

    A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future found that farmed fish and shrimp convert protein and calories in feed to edible seafood at rates similar to livestock.
    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:51:25 GMT
  70. Low-Tech, Low-Cost Test Strips Show Promise for Reducing Fentanyl Overdoses

    The highly accurate strips hold potential for a public health approach to the overdose crisis, a study suggests.
    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:33:06 GMT
  71. Life Expectancy Gains Are Slowing in Both Rich and Poor Countries

    Increases in human life expectancy have slowed dramatically across the world since 1950, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:22:26 GMT
  72. Deans for Schools of Public Health Issue Statement on The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    17 deans at schools of public health in the U.S. and Canada have issued a joint statement on the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.
    Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:35:32 GMT
  73. Prosecuting Background Check and Straw Purchase Violations Depends on State Law

    Study examined prosecutions following tougher sentencing for ‘straw arm’ purchases in Pennsylvania and a Maryland court decision that redefined private firearm transfers
    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:42:40 GMT
  74. Daniel Webster Named First Bloomberg Professor of American Health

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has appointed a leading national expert in gun violence prevention, Daniel Webster, as its first Bloomberg Professor of American Health.
    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:17:19 GMT
  75. Report: ‘Food Desert’ Gets a Name Change in Response to Baltimore Community Feedback

    In a new report, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future (CLF) detail the rationale behind replacing the term “food desert” with “Healthy Food Priority Areas.”
    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:30:24 GMT
  76. Perspective: Let’s Put the ‘Ph’ Back in Science PhD Programs

    Today’s graduate biomedical science education system is in need of comprehensive reform, two researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health argue in a new paper.
    Wed, 03 Jan 2018 17:31:43 GMT