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News and information from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  1. Johns Hopkins Gets FDA OK to Test Blood Therapies for COVID-19 Patients

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a clinical trial Friday that will allow Johns Hopkins University researchers to test a therapy for COVID-19 that uses plasma from recovering patients.
    Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:57:54 GMT
  2. Infants Introduced Early to Solid Foods Show Gut Bacteria Changes that May Portend Future Health Risks

    Infants who were started on solid foods at or before three months of age showed changes in the levels of gut bacteria and bacterial byproducts measured in their stool samples, according to a study from JHSPH researchers.
    Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:33:09 GMT
  3. Bloomberg Philanthropies, State of Maryland to Fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 Treatment Research

    Bloomberg Philanthropies, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Johns Hopkins University announced today a joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, led by infectious disease expert Arturo Casadevall.
    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:02:22 GMT
  4. U.S. Autism Rates Up 10 Percent 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 1 in 54 among children aged 8 years in 2016 (or 1.85 percent).
    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 19:32:27 GMT
  5. Survey Data Confirm Increases in Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Thinking Among U.S. Adolescents

    Nationwide survey data over the period 2005–2018 suggest that anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other “internalizing” problems account for an increasing share of the adolescent mental health burden, according to a study from JHSPH researchers.
    Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:00:43 GMT
  6. Infectious Disease Experts Recommend Using Antibodies from COVID-19 Survivors as Stopgap Measure to Treat Patients and Protect Healthcare Workers

    Countries fighting outbreaks of coronavirus should consider using the antibodies of people who have recovered from infection to treat cases and provide short-term immunity to critical health care workers, argue two infectious disease experts at JHSPH.
    Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:11:53 GMT
  7. New Study on COVID-19 Estimates 5.1 Days for Incubation Period

    An analysis of publicly available data on infections from the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19 yielded an estimate of 5.1 days for the median disease incubation period, according to a new JHSPH-led study.
    Mon, 09 Mar 2020 21:06:10 GMT
  8. Antidepressant Harms Baby Neurons in Lab-Grown "Mini-Brains"

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have demonstrated the use of stem cell-derived “mini-brains” to detect harmful side effects of a common drug on the developing brain.
    Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:42:15 GMT
  9. Firearm Purchaser Licensing Laws Linked to Fewer Fatal Mass Shootings

    Firearm purchaser licensing laws that require an in-person application or fingerprinting are associated with an estimated 56 percent fewer fatal mass shootings in states that have them.
    Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:13:50 GMT
  10. Political TV Ads Referencing Guns Increased Eightfold Over Four Election Cycles

    The number of political candidate television advertisements that refer to guns increased significantly across four election cycles in U.S. media markets, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 03 Feb 2020 19:46:27 GMT
  11. A Fundamental Discovery About How Gene Activity Is Regulated

    Researchers at JHSPH have discovered a fundamental mechanism that regulates gene activity in cells. The newly discovered mechanism targets RNA, or ribonucleic acid, a close cousin of DNA that plays an important role in cellular activity.
    Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:10:39 GMT
  12. With High Fiber Diets, More Protein May Mean More Bloating

    People who eat high fiber diets are more likely to experience bloating if their high fiber diet is protein-rich as compared to carbohydrate-rich, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:18:30 GMT
  13. Family Caregivers Are Rarely Asked About Needing Assistance With Caring for Older Adults

    Family caregivers usually are not asked by health care workers about needing support in managing older adults’ care, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:44:13 GMT
  14. Less Active Infants Had Greater Fat Accumulation, Study Finds

    Less physical activity for infants below one year of age may lead to more fat accumulation which in turn may predispose them to obesity later in life, suggests a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:13:35 GMT
  15. Analysis of FDA Documents Reveals Inadequate Monitoring of Key Program to Promote Safe Opioid Use

    Review of internal FDA documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act suggests limited FDA and drug company oversight of risk management program.
    Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:15:58 GMT