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How Cells in the Developing Ear ‘Practice’ Hearing


Before the fluid of the middle ear drains and sound waves penetrate for the first time, the inner ear cells of newborn rodents practice for their big debut. Researchers have figured out the molecular chain of events that enables the cells to make...
20-Nov-2015 4:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

How Cells ‘Climb’ to Build Fruit Fly Tracheas


Fruit fly windpipes are much more like human blood vessels than the entryway to human lungs. To create that intricate network, fly embryonic cells must sprout “fingers” and crawl into place. Now researchers have discovered that a protein called...
20-Nov-2015 5:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

'Orphan Drug' Loophole Needs Closing, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say

Health experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine are calling on lawmakers and regulators to close loopholes in the Orphan Drug Act they claim give drug companies millions of dollars in unintended and misplaced subsidies and tax breaks and fuel skyrocketing...
19-Nov-2015 1:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

Animal Study Shows How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function

As we age or develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, our brain cells may not produce sufficient energy to remain fully functional. Researchers discovered that an enzyme called SIRT3 that is located in mitochondria — the cell's...
17-Nov-2015 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Study Advances Potential Test to Sort Out Precancerous Pancreatic Cysts from Harmless Ones

In a “look-back” analysis of data stored on 130 patients with pancreatic cysts, scientists at Johns Hopkins have used gene-based tests and a fixed set of clinical criteria to more accurately distinguish precancerous cysts from those less likely...
17-Nov-2015 4:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

Study Quantifies Risk of Cardiac Arrest in Children During Spine Surgeries

Although the vast majority of pediatric spine surgeries are safe, a handful of neuromuscular conditions seem to fuel the risk of cardiac arrest during such operations, according to research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s...
17-Nov-2015 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Ranibizumab Found Effective Against Diabetic Retinopathy

In a randomized clinical trial of more than 300 participants, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that ranibizumab — a drug most commonly used to treat retinal swelling in people with diabetes — is an effective alternative to...
17-Nov-2015 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Child with Drug-Resistant TB Successfully Treated at Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center specialists report they have successfully treated and put in remission a 2-year-old, now age 5, with a highly virulent form of tuberculosis known as XDR TB, or extensively drug-resistant TB.
10-Nov-2015 3:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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