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  1. Scientists Engineer Mosquitoes That Resist Malaria Parasite with Combination of Anti-Parasite Molecules

    Malaria parasite is seen as unlikely to evolve defenses against the multi-attack approach, research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.
    Fri, 22 May 2020 13:11:10 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/scientists-engineer-mosquitoes-that-resist-malaria-parasite-with-combination-of-anti-parasite-molecules.html
  2. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Announces Fourth Class of Bloomberg Fellows

    Fifty MPH fellows and eight DrPH fellows from 27 States and D.C. will receive public health training to tackle critical health issues across the country.
    Thu, 21 May 2020 13:54:50 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-announces-fourth-class-of-bloomberg-fellows.html
  3. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Appoints Shelley Hearne Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Advocacy

    Shelley Hearne, DrPH, MPH, has joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the new director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Advocacy.
    Thu, 21 May 2020 13:01:22 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-appoints-shelley-hearne-director-of-johns-hopkins-center-for-public-health-advocacy.html
  4. Class of 2020: 980 Students Graduate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recognized graduates of the Class of 2020 in a pre-recorded Convocation ceremony broadcast.
    Wed, 20 May 2020 14:21:54 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/class-of-2020-980-students-graduate-from-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health.html
  5. Genome Study Links DNA Changes to the Risks of Specific Breast Cancer Subtypes

    An analysis of genetic studies covering 266,000 women has revealed 32 new sites on the human genome where variations in DNA appear to alter the risks of getting breast cancer.
    Mon, 18 May 2020 16:55:23 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/genome-study-links-dna-changes-to-the-risks-of-specific-breast-cancer-subtypes.html
  6. In Memoriam: Laurie Schwab Zabin, 1926-2020

    Laurie Schwab Zabin, PhD, a professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an internationally recognized expert on adolescent pregnancy, abortion, and sexual behavior, has died.
    Wed, 13 May 2020 19:45:49 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/in-memoriam-laurie-schwab-zabin-1926-2020.html
  7. Johns Hopkins and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with New York State, Launch Online Course to Train Army of Contact Tracers to Slow Spread of COVID-19

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with Bloomberg Philanthropies, today launched a free online course to help train a new cadre of contact tracers to reach and assist people exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
    Mon, 11 May 2020 11:45:25 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/johns-hopkins-and-bloomberg-philanthropies-with-new-york-state-launch-online-course-to-train-army-of-contact-tracers-to-slow-spread-of-COVID-19.html
  8. Persistent and Worsening Insomnia May Predict Persistent Depression in Older Adults

    Older adults with depression may be at much higher risk of remaining depressed if they are experiencing persistent or worsening sleep problems, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:06:39 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/persistent-and-worsening-insomnia-may-predict-persistent-depression-in-older-adults.html
  9. Nearly One-Third of Primary Care Providers Do Not View Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder as Effective

    A new survey of U.S. primary care physicians from researchers at JHSPH found that nearly one-third, 32.9 percent, do not think treating opioid use disorder with medication is any more effective than treatment without medication.
    Wed, 29 Apr 2020 14:59:59 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/nearly-one-third-of-primary-care-providers-do-not-view-medication-treatment-for-opioid-use-disorder-as-effective.html
  10. Study from Chinese City of Shenzhen, Outside Hong Kong in Southern China, Provides Key Insights on How Coronavirus Spreads

    Epidemiological surveillance, isolation of infected patients, and quarantines used in the Chinese city of Shenzhen in early months of the COVID-19 outbreak allowed scientists to estimate important characteristics of this now-pandemic infectious disease.
    Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:11:26 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/study-from-chinese-city-of-shenzhen-outside-hong-kong-in-southern-china-provides-key-insights-on-how-coronavirus-spreads.html
  11. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Appoints Shima Hamidi as New Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health welcomes Shima Hamidi, PhD, as a Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in Environmental Challenges in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering.
    Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:18:47 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-of-public-health-appoints-shima-hamidi-as-new-bloomberg-assistant-professor-of-american-health.html
  12. The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof Names Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health a Key Global Responder to Coronavirus Pandemic

    Kristof highlights Center based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as marshaling a “heroic” national effort to provide public health leadership, supplies, and relief for COVID-19 in Indian Country.
    Sat, 25 Apr 2020 19:07:16 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/new-york-times-nicholas-kristof-names-johns-hopkins-center-for-american-indian-health-key-global-responder-to-coronavirus-pandemic.html
  13. Majority of U.S. States and Territories Do Not Require Day Care Providers to Inform Parents of Firearms on Premises

    Home- and center-based child care providers are not required by most states or U.S. territories to inform parents when guns are stored on the premises, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:07:18 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/majority-of-us-states-and-territories-do-not-require-day-care-providers-to-inform-parents-of-firearms-on-premises.html
  14. Would-Be Purchasers of Firearms in Baltimore's Underground Gun Market Face Obstacles

    A small survey conducted by researchers at JHSPH found that more than half of respondents who reported having attempted to acquire a firearm in Baltimore’s underground firearm market in the prior six months were unsuccessful.
    Thu, 16 Apr 2020 13:47:57 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/would-be-purchasers-of-firearms-in-baltimore-underground-gun-market-face-obstacles.html
  15. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Announces Melissa Walls as New Bloomberg Associate Professor of American Health

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health welcomes Melissa Walls, PhD, as a Bloomberg Associate Professor of American Health.
    Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:32:37 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/jhsph-announces-melissa-walls-as-new-bloomberg-associate-professor-of-american-health.html
  16. Experts Warn High Rates of Positive COVID-19 Tests Show U.S. Not Ready to Relax Restrictions; Also Note Signs in Africa of “Silent” Spread of Disease

    The high percentage of positive results from COVID-19 tests indicates the United States has “not yet found the edges of the outbreak” and is not ready to transition from a stay-at-home strategy to a cautious return to normalcy.
    Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:05:55 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/positive-covid19-tests-show-us-not-ready-to-relax-restrictions.html
  17. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/hopkins-gets-FDA-ok-to-test-blood-plasma-therapies-for-COVID-19-patients.html
  18. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/infants-introduced-early-to-solid-foods-show-gut-bacteria-changes-that-may-portend-future-health-risks.html
  19. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/bloomberg-philanthropies-state-of-maryland-to-fund-johns-hopkins-university-led-covid-19-treatment-research.html
  20. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/us-autism-rates-up-10-percent-in-new-cdc-report.html
  21. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/survey-data-confirm-increases-in-anxiety-depression-and-suicidal-thinking-among-u-s-adolescents.html
  22. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/infectious-disease-experts-recommend-using-antibodies-from-covid-19-survivors-as-stopgap-measure.html
  23. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/new-study-on-COVID-19-estimates-5-days-for-incubation-period.html
  24. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/antidepressant-harms-baby-neurons-in-lab-grown-mini-brains.html
  25. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/firearm-purchaser-licensing-laws-linked-to-fewer-fatal-mass-shootings.html
  26. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/political-tv-ads-referencing-guns-increased-eightfold-over-four-election-cycles.html
  27. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/a-fundamental-discovery-about-how-gene-activity-is-regulated.html
  28. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/with-high-fiber-diets-more-protein-may-mean-more-bloating.html
  29. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/family-caregivers-are-rarely-asked-about-needing-assistance-with-caring-for-older-adults.html
  30. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/less-active-infants-had-greater-fat-accumulation-study-finds.html
  31. 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 GMThttps://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2020/analysis-of-fda-documents-reveals-inadequate-monitoring-of-key-program-to-promote-safe-opioid-use.html