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‘Real-Time’ Feedback and ‘Pay for Performance’ Improve Physician Practice and Hospital Safety

Research at Johns Hopkins suggests hospitals may reach higher safety and quality levels with programs that give physicians real-time feedback about evidence-based care and financial incentives for providing it.
17-Apr-2015 2:55 PM EDT

Molecular Spies Sabotage a Protein's Activities in Specific Cellular Compartments

Cell biologists at Johns Hopkins designed several molecular tools that allowed them to watch, measure and manipulate the activity of the enzyme AMPK in individual compartments within the cell. The new tools have confirmed that at least some of...
14-Apr-2015 4:05 PM EDT

Tumor-Only Genetic Sequencing May Misguide Cancer Treatment in Nearly Half of All Patients, Study Shows

A study by Johns Hopkins scientists strongly suggests that sequencing tumor genomes for clues to genetic changes might misdirect treatment in nearly half of all patients unless it is compared first to a genetic readout of their noncancerous tissue.
14-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Paternal Sperm May Hold Clues to Autism

In a small study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that DNA from the sperm of men whose children had early signs of autism shows distinct patterns of regulatory tags that could contribute to the condition.
13-Apr-2015 12:00 PM EDT

A New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients’ Brain Cells

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have transformed skin cells from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), into brain cells affected by the progressive, fatal disease and deposited those human-made cells...
14-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT

Spinal Surgery: Right on Target


Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to...
13-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Touch-Sensing Neurons Are Multitaskers


Two types of touch information — the feel of an object and the position of an animal’s limb — have long been thought to flow into the brain via different channels and be integrated in sophisticated processing regions. Now, with help from a...
7-Apr-2015 7:15 AM EDT

Few Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Show Reliable Evidence of Effectiveness, Johns Hopkins Researchers Report


In a bid to help physicians guide obese and overweight patients who want to try a commercial weight-loss program, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 4,200 studies for solid evidence of their effectiveness but concluded only a few dozen of...
1-Apr-2015 2:25 PM EDT

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