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  1. Statement from Public Health Experts on Announcement of Opioid Settlement

    Members of a coalition of 50+ leading public health groups who issued a set of five guiding principles for spending opioid settlement funds in January are reacting to the announcement of the $26 billion settlement deal.
    Wed, 21 Jul 2021 19:22:00 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/statement-from-public-health-experts-on-announcement-of-opioid-settlement.html
  2. Brain Organoid Study Highlights Potential Role of Genetic and Environmental Interaction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have shown in a brain organoid study that exposure to a common pesticide synergizes with a frequent autism-linked gene mutation.
    Wed, 14 Jul 2021 13:26:50 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/brain-organoid-study-highlights-potential-role-of-genetic-and-environmental-interaction-in-autism-spectrum-disorder.html
  3. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Honored for COVID-19 Communications Efforts

    The Communications and Marketing team in the Office of External Affairs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has won three awards in recognition of its work across content platforms and with the media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Wed, 23 Jun 2021 14:55:34 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-honored-for-covid-19-communications-efforts.html
  4. Higher Selenium and Manganese Levels During Pregnancy May Protect Babies From Future High Blood Pressure

    Children who were exposed to higher levels of trace minerals manganese and selenium during their mothers’ pregnancy had a lower risk of high blood pressure in childhood.
    Wed, 23 Jun 2021 13:16:56 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/higher-selenium-and-manganese-levels-during-pregnancy-may-protect-babies-from-future-high-blood-pressure.html
  5. Chef José Andrés and His World Central Kitchen to Receive Goodermote Humanitarian Award

    Chef and restaurateur José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen will receive the 2021 Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Humanitarian Health.
    Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:57:42 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/chef-jose-andres-and-his-world-central-kitchen-to-receive-goodermote-humanitarian-award.html
  6. Major Study of Diabetes Trends Shows Americans’ Blood Sugar Control is Getting Worse

    Blood sugar control among adults with diabetes in the United States declined significantly in the past decade, according to a nationwide study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Wed, 09 Jun 2021 21:10:35 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/major-study-of-diabetes-trends-shows-americans-blood-sugar-control-is-getting-worse.html
  7. Drop in Convalescent Plasma Use at U.S. Hospitals Linked to Higher COVID-19 Mortality Rate

    A new study suggests a slowdown in the use of convalescent plasma to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients led to a higher COVID-19 mortality during a critical period during this past winter’s surge.
    Mon, 07 Jun 2021 16:49:46 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/drop-in-convalescent-plasma-use-at-us-hospitals-linked-to-higher-covid-19-mortality-rate.html
  8. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Announces Fifth Class of Bloomberg Fellows

    The Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announces its 2021 cohort of Bloomberg Fellows.
    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:55:10 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-announces-fifth-class-of-bloomberg-fellows.html
  9. Report: Analysis of Baltimore City’s Urban Farms and Gardens Finds Safe Levels of Metals at Vast Majority of Sites

    A new report that examined soil, water, and produce from urban farms and gardens in Baltimore City found low levels of lead and other metals that pose no reason for concern at the majority of growing sites.
    Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:10:08 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/report-analysis-of-baltimore-citys-urban-farms-and-gardens-finds-safe-levels-of-metals-at-vast-majority-of-sites.html
  10. Class of 2021: 908 Students Graduate From Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recognized the Class of 2021 in a pre-recorded Convocation broadcast on May 25.
    Wed, 26 May 2021 15:43:01 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/class-of-2021-908-students-graduate-from-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health.html
  11. Researchers Identify Proteins That Predict Future Dementia, Alzheimer’s Risk

    The development of dementia, often from Alzheimer’s disease, late in life is associated with abnormal blood levels of dozens of proteins up to five years earlier.
    Mon, 17 May 2021 15:58:53 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/researchers-identify-proteins-that-predict-future-dementia-alzheimers-risk.html
  12. Ingredient in Common Weed Killer Impairs Insect Immune Systems, Study Suggests

    The chemical compound glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, can weaken the immune systems of insects.
    Thu, 13 May 2021 13:10:00 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/ingredient-in-common-weed-killer-impairs-insect-immune-systems-study-suggests.html
  13. Organic Meat Less Likely To Be Contaminated with Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Suggests

    Meat that is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is less likely to be contaminated with bacteria that can sicken people, including dangerous, multidrug-resistant organisms, compared to conventionally produced meat.
    Wed, 12 May 2021 13:16:27 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/organic-meat-less-likely-to-be-contaminated-with-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-study-suggests.html
  14. Report: “Safe System” Approach Could Dramatically Reduce Road Deaths While Improving Equity

    A new approach to road safety that relies on design and engineering principles—the “Safe System” approach—could lead to dramatic reductions in vehicle-related deaths and injuries if implemented in the U.S.
    Tue, 11 May 2021 13:24:48 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/report-safe-system-approach-could-dramatically-reduce-road-deaths-while-improving-equity.html
  15. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Co-Hosts: “Bridging Faith And Science To Combat The Overdose Crisis” With President Bill Clinton and Faith Leaders

    This inaugural discussion will focus on understanding and addressing the role of racial and ethnic disparities in the addiction and overdose crisis as well as the role faith and science leaders can play in finding solutions.
    Mon, 03 May 2021 16:56:19 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-co-hosts-bridging-faith-and-science-to-combat-the-overdose-crisis-with-president-bill-clinton-and-faith-leaders.html
  16. Statement from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control on a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

    We welcome and support the FDA’s plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars announced this week. This action is an important step in preventing deaths, improving health outcomes, and addressing health disparities, especially for Black Americans.
    Fri, 30 Apr 2021 20:54:46 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/statement-from-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-and-the-institute-for-global-tobacco-control-on-a-ban-on-menthol-cigarettes.html
  17. In-Person Schooling with Inadequate Mitigation Measures Raises Household Member’s COVID-19 Risk

    Large study suggests that symptom screening, other measures can eliminate most or all excess risk of developing COVID-19-like symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19
    Thu, 29 Apr 2021 18:20:22 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2021/in-person-schooling-with-inadequate-mitigation-measures-raises-household-members-COVID-19-risk.html
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. “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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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