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2017 News Releases

  1. Diet Rich in Apples and Tomatoes May Help Repair Lungs of Ex-Smokers, Study Suggests

    A study found the natural decline in lung function over a 10-year period was slower among former smokers with a diet high in tomatoes and fruits, especially apples.
    Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:32:54 GMT
  2. Warning Labels Can Help Reduce Soda Consumption and Obesity, New Study Suggests

    Labels that warn people about the risks of drinking soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages can lower obesity and overweight prevalence, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study.
    Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:36:37 GMT
  3. Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests

    Study finds that children who were legally required to register as sex offenders were at greater risk for harm, including suicide attempts and sexual assault, compared to a group of children were not required to register.
    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:36:51 GMT
  4. Opioid Crisis: Criminal Justice Referrals Miss Treatment Opportunities, Study Suggests

    Medication treatment, usually consisting of methadone or buprenorphine, both of which are opioids, helps control symptoms of withdrawal and cravings that can cause relapse.
    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 20:03:04 GMT
  5. Male Circumcision, Antiviral Drugs Appear To Sharply Reduce HIV Infection Rate

    A steep drop in the local incidence of new HIV infections accompanied the rollout of a U.S.-funded anti-HIV program in a large East African population.  
    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:56:13 GMT
  6. Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic, Study Finds

    A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, and surgeons, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study.
    Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:27:00 GMT
  7. Genetic Mutation Could, If Altered, Boost FluMist Vaccine’s Effectiveness, Research Suggests

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have discovered a genetic mutation in the FluMist intranasal flu vaccine that has the potential to be altered to enhance the vaccine’s protective effect.
    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:47:43 GMT
  8. A Neighborhood’s Quality Influences Children’s Behaviors Through Teens, Study Suggests

    The quality of the neighborhood where a child grows up has a significant impact on the number of problem behaviors they display during elementary and teenage years, a study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests. 
    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:27:15 GMT
  9. News Brief: The 2017 APHA Meeting in Atlanta

    Three papers presented at the 2017 American Public Health Association Meeting in Atlanta.
    Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:45:21 GMT
  10. Breast Cancer Patients Forego Post-Surgery Treatment Due to Mistrust, Study Suggests

    Nearly one-third of women with breast cancer went against their doctor’s advice and chose not to begin or complete the recommended adjuvant anti-cancer therapy to kill residual tumor cells following surgery, per a new study.
    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:15:46 GMT
  11. In Landmark Report, Public Health Leaders Outline Steps for Urgent Action on Opioids

    Report, co-released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Clinton Foundation, details actionable, evidence-based recommendations as epidemic deepens.
    Sat, 28 Oct 2017 17:35:10 GMT
  12. Blood-Based Epigenetic Research May Hold Clues to Autism Biology, Study Suggests

    Using data from blood and brain tissues, researchers mine epigenetic data to reveal immune-response pathways that might prove critical to understanding autism.
    Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:07:01 GMT
  13. Diabetes Still on Rise, But New Study Suggests Major Progress in Screening and Diagnosis

    A new study suggests that far fewer cases of diabetes go undiagnosed than previously thought.
    Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:24:23 GMT
  14. Risk for Developing HPV-Related Throat Cancer Low

    A new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers shows that the risk of developing HPV-related throat cancer remains generally low.
    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:37:31 GMT
  15. Gaps Persist in Zambia’s Food Fortification System, Study Suggests

    Most fortified sugar sold at retail outlets in one Zambian community did not contain the minimum amount of vitamin A required by the government. Only 11 percent of sugar tested met the required minimum concentration of vitamin A.
    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:28:51 GMT
  16. Turnaround Tuesday Receives 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award

    Turnaround Tuesday, a program that helps formerly incarcerated individuals and others looking for a fresh start to reenter the workforce, was awarded the 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award on Oct. 7 in Baltimore.
    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:25:50 GMT
  17. State Laws Requiring Autism Coverage By Private Insurers Led To Increases In Autism Care

    Enactment of state laws mandating coverage of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was followed by sizeable increases in insurer-covered ASD care and associated spending.
    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:56:37 GMT
  18. Exposure to Safe Motherhood Campaign Associated with More Prenatal Visits, Birth Planning, Study Finds

    In Tanzania, pregnant women who were exposed to a national safe motherhood campaign designed to get them to visit health facilities were more likely to create birth plans and to attend more prenatal appointments, according to new research.
    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:47:40 GMT
  19. Promising Results for Two Genetic Weapons Against Malaria

    Two new papers by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Malaria Research Institute report successes for highly promising strategies against malaria.
    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:02:19 GMT
  20. Weight Loss For Adults at Any Age Leads to Cost Savings, Study Suggests

    Helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings at any age, with those savings peaking at age 50, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study.
    Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:11:53 GMT
  21. Global Food Expert Martin Bloem to Lead the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

    Martin W. Bloem, MD, PhD, a leading expert in global food and nutrition research and policy, will join the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) as Director.
    Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:37:12 GMT
  22. Long-Term Opioid Prescription Use Jumps Threefold Over 16-Year Period, Large-Scale Study Suggests

    Opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and that much of that increase stemmed from patients who’d been taking their medication for 90 days or longer, new study finds.
    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:57:55 GMT
  23. Assessment Tools, Relationships Key to Addressing Child Trauma

    Special issue of Academic Pediatrics highlights ways to better address trauma and build resilience.
    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:27:06 GMT
  24. Physical Activity in Midlife Not Linked to Cognitive Fitness in Later Years, Long-Term Study Suggests

    A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers that tracked activity levels of 646 adults over 30 years found that, contrary to previous research, exercise in mid-life was not linked to cognitive fitness in later years.
    Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:47:06 GMT
  25. Higher Rural Suicide Rates Driven by Use of Guns

    Suicide rates in rural areas of Maryland are 35-percent higher than in the state’s urban settings, a disparity that can be attributed to the significantly greater use of firearms in rural settings.
    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:14:26 GMT
  26. Review: Cholera Vaccines Effective for Adults, Much Less So for Children

    A new review of the research literature shows that cholera vaccines provide substantial protection for adults but provide significantly less protection for children under age 5, a population particularly at risk for dying from this diarrheal disease.
    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:29:50 GMT
  27. CCP Program in Nigeria Increases Modern Contraceptive Use, Study Suggests

    Over a four-year period, new research suggests, a program led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in six large Nigerian cities was associated with a 10 percentage-point increase in the use of modern contraception.
    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:28:16 GMT
  28. Trauma Care Expert MacKenzie Named Johns Hopkins Dean of Public Health

    Ellen J. MacKenzie, an expert on improving trauma care and a nationally renowned researcher, will be named dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Fri, 04 Aug 2017 15:56:03 GMT
  29. CCP Receives Five-Year, $300 Million Award From USAID

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs has received a five-year award with a $300 million ceiling from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead its social and behavior change programs around the world.
    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:48:22 GMT
  30. Saliva as Good as Blood for Diagnosing Hepatitis E, Study Suggests

    A saliva test developed by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health nearly matches the performance of a blood test widely used to assess recent or past hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, a new study reports.
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:44:48 GMT
  31. 19-Year-Olds As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds, Study Suggests

    Physical activity among children and teens is lower than previously thought, and, in another surprise finding, young adults after the age of 20 show the only increases in activity over the lifespan.
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:04:59 GMT
  32. Safe Space for Illegal Drug Consumption in Baltimore Would Save $6 Million a Year

    A new cost-benefit analysis suggests that $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single “safe consumption” space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore.
    Thu, 25 May 2017 14:45:04 GMT
  33. Path To End HIV Could Be Within Reach for United States

    Research reveals that 2025 could mark turning point toward a declining HIV epidemic.
    Mon, 15 May 2017 14:13:37 GMT
  34. Making Drug Use a Crime Makes HIV Prevention, Treatment More Difficult

    Systematic review finds overwhelming evidence supporting negative health effects related to the so-called ‘War on Drugs."
    Mon, 15 May 2017 13:36:04 GMT
  35. Wasted Food Means Wasted Nutrients

    Study estimates nutritional value of discarded food, highlighting need for programs and policies that prevent food waste.
    Mon, 15 May 2017 13:08:33 GMT
  36. Helping Clinicians Through Traumatic Events Also Helps the Bottom Line, Cost-Benefit Analysis Shows

    A peer-support program launched six years ago at Johns Hopkins Medicine to help doctors and nurses recover after traumatic patient-care events such as a patient’s death probably saves the institution close to $2 million annually, according to an analysis.
    Wed, 10 May 2017 15:11:33 GMT
  37. Bloomberg Fellowships Awarded to Eight Students from Organizations Around the Country

    The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced its inaugural class of fellows: eight students will receive full scholarships to earn a master of public health degree from the Bloomberg School.
    Tue, 09 May 2017 14:59:35 GMT
  38. Cost of Zika Outbreak in the United States Could Be High

    Even a relatively mild Zika outbreak in the U.S. could cost more than $183 million in medical costs and productivity losses, an analysis by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.
    Wed, 03 May 2017 14:15:14 GMT
  39. Modest Increases in Kids’ Physical Activity Could Avert Billions in Medical and Other Costs

    Increasing the percentage of elementary school children in the U.S. who participate in 25 minutes of physical activity three times a week from 32 percent to 50 percent would avoid $21.9 billion in medical costs and lost wages over their lifetimes.
    Mon, 01 May 2017 19:59:34 GMT
  40. State of the Science: Malaria Vaccines

    More than 300 malaria vaccine experts from all over the world convened on World Malaria Day at a symposium sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.
    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:26:58 GMT
  41. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Awards Two Scholarships to Displaced Syrians

    Two Syrian medical doctors receive full tuition to the Bloomberg School’s Master of Public Health program
    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:18:54 GMT
  42. Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute Awarded Seven-Year Grant

    Renewal of original grant will enable continuation of malaria control and elimination research in southern Africa, new site to be added in central Africa.
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:33:00 GMT
  43. El Nino Shifts Geographic Distribution of Cholera Cases in Africa

    During the warmer, wetter weather, 50,000 additional cases occur in East Africa as compared to years without El Niño.
    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:57:25 GMT
  44. Former White House Drug Czar To Join Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School

    Michael Botticelli, MEd, former White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will join the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its Distinguished Policy Scholar beginning in June.
    Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:13:55 GMT
  45. Most Dengue Infections Transmitted In and Around Home

    Transmission of the mosquito-borne dengue virus appears to be largely driven by infections centered in and around the home, with the majority of cases related to one another occurring in people who live less than 200 meters apart,.
    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:06:56 GMT
  46. Loss of Spouse or Partner to Suicide Linked to Physical, Mental Disorders

    People who lose a partner to suicide are at increased risk for a number of mental and physical disorders, including cancer, depression, herniated discs and mood disorders than those in the general population.
    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:06:50 GMT
  47. More Transparency at FDA Needed, Researchers Say

    As the new administration considers the future direction of the Food and Drug Administration, a group of leading researchers has created a Blueprint for Transparency at the agency to advance the development of safe and effective new products.
    Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:24:59 GMT
  48. Severe Hypoglycemia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in People With Diabetes

    Within three years of dangerously low blood sugar episode requiring emergency department visit, one-third of those in study died
    Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:12:00 GMT
  49. Rapid Blood Pressure Drops In Middle Age Linked to Dementia in Old Age

    Temporary episodes of dizziness or light-headedness when standing could reduce blood flow to the brain with lasting impacts.
    Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:20:40 GMT
  50. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health To Offer Three New Online Graduate Programs

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will offer three new online, part-time graduate programs beginning this fall.
    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:10 GMT
  51. Don’t Be Distracted: The Real Issues in Autism Are Threats to Funding, Services

    Researchers argue that renewed debate about debunked science is diverting attention from real risks to crucial care and services for autism.
    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:15:32 GMT
  52. Study Identifies Common Gene Variants Associated With Gallbladder Cancer

    Researchers say they have found several gene variants which may predispose individuals to develop gallbladder cancer.
    Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:06:48 GMT
  53. Many Patients Receive Prescription Opioids During Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    More than two in five people receiving buprenorphine, a drug commonly used to treat opioid addiction, are also given prescriptions for other opioid painkillers – and two-thirds are prescribed opioids after their treatment is complete.
    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:59:04 GMT
  54. Zika May Cause Miscarriages, Thin Brain Tissue in Babies Carried to Term

    In mice, Zika virus appears to lead to a high percentage of miscarriages and to babies born with thin brain tissue and inflammation in brain cells.
    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:28:43 GMT -term.html
  55. Pilot Study Finds Youth More Likely Than Adults To Report Seeing Alcohol Marketing on the Internet

    Underage youth are nearly twice as likely to recall seeing alcohol marketing on the internet than adults, with almost one in three saying they saw alcohol-related content in the previous month,
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:31:27 GMT
  56. Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Linked to Reduction in Suicide Attempts Among High School Students

    The implementation of state laws legalizing same-sex marriage was associated with a significant reduction in the rate of suicide attempts among high school students – and an even greater reduction among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents.
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:56:42 GMT
  57. Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes With Children, Survey Finds

    Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study finds.
    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:23:23 GMT
  58. Open Philanthropy Project Awards $16 Million to Center for Health Security

    The Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a three-year, $16 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project for work on preventing and preparing for the most serious global biological risks.
    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:01:24 GMT
  59. Study: Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquids

    A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.
    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:03:12 GMT
  60. Federal Equity Law Has Increased Use of Services for Autism Without Raising Out-of-Pocket Costs

    A federal law aimed at requiring equal insurance benefits for both physical and mental health care has increased the use of services by children with autism spectrum disorder without increasing the out-of-pocket costs to their families.
    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:02:20 GMT
  61. Researchers Identify Mechanism in Chikungunya Virus That Controls Infection and Severity

    Researchers led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have identified a mechanism by which the chikungunya virus infects healthy cells and controls how severe the disease it causes will be.
    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:53:26 GMT
  62. Cervical Cancer Death Rates Higher Among Older and Black Women

    A woman’s risk of dying of cervical cancer is higher than long believed, particularly among older and black women, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:48:36 GMT
  63. Patients Face ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills From Out-of-Network Specialists

    Privately insured consumers are often stuck with surprise medical bills that are much higher than they anticipated.
    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:14:30 GMT
  64. More With Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Have Health Insurance

    Significantly more people with mental illness and substance use disorders had insurance coverage in 2014 due to the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many barriers to treatment remain.
    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:55:00 GMT
  65. In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

    Teens who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others.
    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:56:17 GMT
  66. Evidence Growing of Link Between Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing and Youth Drinking

    First review of long-term studies since 2008 finds youth who are more exposed to alcohol marketing are at higher risk of drinking across continents, cultures
    Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:52:03 GMT
  67. Ignition Interlock Laws Reduce Alcohol-Involved Fatal Crashes

    State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes
    Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:06:24 GMT
  68. Cynthia Schaffer Minkovitz Named Bloomberg School Department Chair

    Cynthia Schaffer Minkovitz, MD, MPP, an international expert on pediatric preventive care, has been appointed chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:51:40 GMT
  69. Fewer See E-Cigarettes as Less Harmful Than Cigarettes

    The perception that e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes fell between 2012 and 2014, a sign that fewer people see them as a safe alternative to smoking tobacco.
    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:06:10 GMT
  70. Colleen Barry Appointed Chair of Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:00:38 GMT