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  1. Study Identifies Risk Factors for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Mortality Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents

    Risks of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection for long-stay nursing home residents were mainly dependent on factors in their nursing homes and surrounding communities.
    Wed, 31 Mar 2021 15:28:23 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/study-identifies-risk-factors-for-covid-19-infection-hospitalization-and-mortality-among-us-nursing-home-residents.html
  2. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Again Tops U.S. News & World Report Ranking

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has again been named the top public health school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
    Tue, 30 Mar 2021 12:16:20 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-again-tops-us-news-and-world-report-ranking.html
  3. Drug Coupons and Vouchers Cover Only a Sliver of Prescription Drugs

    Use of vouchers and coupons offered by pharmaceutical companies to defray patients’ out-of-pocket drug costs is concentrated among a small number of drugs.
    Mon, 29 Mar 2021 15:20:21 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/drug-coupons-and-vouchers-cover-only-a-sliver-of-prescription-drugs.html
  4. UCSF and Johns Hopkins University Launch Digital Trove of Opioid Industry Documents

    The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Johns Hopkins University today announced the launch of the Opioid Industry Documents Archive.
    Wed, 24 Mar 2021 16:09:02 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/ucsf-and-johns-hopkins-university-launch-digital-trove-of-opioid-industry-documents.html
  5. Snapshot of COVID-19 Vaccine Intentions Highlights Challenges of Achieving Community Immunity Goals

    Ahead of the first U.S. emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, only half of Americans said they were likely to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
    Wed, 24 Mar 2021 14:04:34 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/snapshot-of-covid-19-vaccine-intentions-highlights-challenges-of-achieving-community-immunity-goals.html
  6. Telehealth Consults Increased More Than 50-Fold Among Privately Insured Working-Age Patients During First Phase of the Pandemic

    A study co-authored by Bloomberg School researchers found telehealth consults among privately insured working-age patients accounted for almost 24 percent of outpatient consults with health care providers during the early phase of the pandemic.
    Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:09:42 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/telehealth-consults-increased-more-than-50-fold-among-privately-insured-working-age-patients-during-first-phase-of-the-pandemic.html
  7. Surveys Find Strong Support for COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Over Time, With Differences By Age, Beliefs, and Party Affiliation

    A set of surveys fielded last year found that a large majority of U.S. adults support COVID-19 mitigation measures, including indoor mask wearing, social distancing, and contact tracing, with significant differences across certain groups.
    Thu, 18 Mar 2021 20:52:54 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/surveys-find-strong-support-for-covid-19-mitigation-measures-over-time-with-differences-by-age-beliefs-and-party-affiliation.html
  8. Scientists Discover Cellular Stress Enzyme That Might Play Key Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases Such as ALS

    An enzyme called MARK2 has been identified as a key stress-response switch in cells in a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 11 Mar 2021 18:15:41 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/scientists-discover-cellular-stress-enzyme-that-might-play-key-role-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-such-as-als.html
  9. As Cases Spread Across U.S. Last Year, Pattern Emerged Suggesting Link Between Governors’ Party Affiliation and COVID-19 Case and Death Numbers

    The per-capita rates of new COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 deaths were higher in states with Democrat governors in the first months of the pandemic last year, but became much higher in states with Republican governors by mid-summer and through 2020.
    Wed, 10 Mar 2021 13:24:44 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/as-cases-spread-across-us-last-year-pattern-emerged-suggesting-link-between-governors-party-affiliation-and-covid-19-case-and-death-numbers.html
  10. Study Finds Low Awareness of PrEP, the Highly Effective Medication That Protects Individuals from HIV

    Survey also reveals racial disparities surrounding PrEP awareness but finds patients at two sexual health clinics were highly receptive to learning more about PrEP.
    Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:25:31 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/study-finds-low-awareness-of-prep-the-highly-effective-medication-that-protects-individuals-from-hiv.html
  11. Antibiotic-Resistant Strains of Staph Bacteria May Be Spreading Between Pigs Raised in Factory Farms and People in North Carolina

    DNA sequencing of bacteria found in pigs and humans in rural eastern North Carolina, suggests that multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains are spreading between pigs and people, representing an emerging public health threat.
    Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:13:20 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/antibiotic-resistant-strains-of-staph-bacteria-may-be-spreading-between-pigs-raised-in-factory-farms-and-people-in-north-carolina.html
  12. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Appoints Javier Cepeda as New Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has appointed Javier Cepeda, PhD, MPH, as a Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in the Department of Epidemiology.
    Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:29:55 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-appoints-javier-cepeda-as-new-bloomberg-assistant-professor-of-american-health.html
  13. Johns Hopkins Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Receives $10.3 Million Grant for Global Prevention Program

    The Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded $10.3 million from Oak Foundation for the Center’s new “Global Perpetration Prevention: Translating Knowledge into Action” program.
    Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:25:04 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-moore-center-for-the-prevention-of-child-sexual-abuse-receives-10.3-million-grant-for-global-prevention-program.html
  14. Requests for Brand Name over Generic Prescription Drugs Cost the Medicare Program an Additional $1.7 Billion in a Single Year, Study Finds

    The Medicare Part D program would have saved $977 million in a single year if all branded prescription drugs requested by prescribing clinicians had been substituted by a generic option.
    Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:20:47 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/requests-for-brand-name-over-generic-prescription-drugs-cost-the-medicare-program-an-additional-1.7-billion-in-a-single-year-study-finds.html
  15. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Falling Globally and in the U.S., Survey Finds

    Data collected in 23 countries in last two weeks of January reveal overall drop in COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, with increased acceptance in nine countries.
    Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:56:46 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/covid-19-vaccine-acceptance-falling-globally-and-in-the-us-survey-finds.html
  16. New Blood Pressure-Lowering Guidelines Could Benefit 25 Million Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease

    A recommendation for more intensive blood pressure management from an influential global nonprofit that publishes clinical practice guidelines in kidney disease could, if followed, benefit nearly 25 million Americans.
    Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:48:15 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/new-blood-pressure-lowering-guidelines-could-benefit-25-million-americans-with-chronic-kidney-disease.html
  17. Low-Income Middle-Aged African-American Women with Hypertension Are Likely to Suffer from Depression

    Low-income middle-aged African-American women with high blood pressure very commonly suffer from depression and should be better screened for this serious mental health condition.
    Thu, 11 Feb 2021 15:30:12 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/low-income-middle-aged-african-american-women-with-hypertension-are-likely-to-suffer-from-depression.html
  18. “Prediabetes” Diagnosis Less Useful in Older Patients

    Older adults who are classified as having “prediabetes” due to moderately elevated measures of blood sugar usually don’t go on to develop full-blown diabetes.
    Mon, 08 Feb 2021 15:31:19 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/prediabetes-diagnosis-less-useful-in-older-patients.html
  19. Public Health Researchers Call for New Measures to Protect Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

    Shortages of many essential drugs amid the COVID-19 crisis reveal serious vulnerabilities in the systems for supplying and distributing pharmaceuticals in the United States.
    Thu, 04 Feb 2021 14:58:04 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/public-health-researchers-call-for-new-measures-to-protect-pharmaceutical-supply-chain.html
  20. Coalition Releases Principles to Guide State and Local Spending of Forthcoming Opioid Litigation Settlement Funds

    New guidelines endorsed by more than 30 leading health groups, including the American Medical Association, call for focus on addiction treatment and prevention, avoid diversion of funds to close budget gaps.
    Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:48:30 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/coalition-releases-principles-to-guide-state-and-local-spending-of-forthcoming-opioid-litigation-settlement-funds.html
  21. Survey: Frequent Reports of Missed Medical Care in U.S. Adults During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Two out of five individuals delayed or missed medical care in the early phase of the pandemic—from March through mid-July 2020.
    Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:07:41 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/survey-frequent-reports-of-missed-medical-care-in-us-adults-during-the-early-phase-of-the-covid-19-pandemic.html
  22. COVID-19 Outcomes for Patients on Immunosuppressive Drugs on Par with Non- Immunosuppressed Patients

    People taking immunosuppressive drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection or to treat inflammatory or autoimmune diseases do not fare worse than others on average when they are hospitalized with COVID-19.
    Thu, 07 Jan 2021 16:45:05 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/covid-19-outcomes-for-patients-on-immunosuppressive-drugs-on-par-with-non-immunosuppressed-patients.html