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March 29, 2012
Dengue Virus Turns On Mosquito Genes That Make Them Hungrier
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have, for the first time, shown that infection with dengue virus turns on mosquito genes that makes them hungrier and better feeders, and therefore possibly more likely to spread the disease to humans.
March 22, 2012
Bloomberg School to Receive Additional Funds to Fight Global Tobacco Use
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of five entities that will receive new funding in support of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Today, philanthropist and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that he will commit an additional $220 million to fight tobacco use around the world to stem the growing global public health crisis. In total, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed more than $600 million to fight global tobacco use.
March 15, 2012
In Developing Countries, Female Sex Workers 14 Times More Likely to Become Infected by HIV
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Female sex workers in low- and middle-income countries are nearly 14 times more likely to be infected by HIV compared to the rest of country’s population, according to an analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings suggest an urgent need to scale up access to quality HIV prevention programs in these countries. The study was published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
March 9, 2012
First Guidelines Issued for Getting People Newly Diagnosed with HIV Disease Into Care and Keeping Them on Treatment
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Leading AIDS experts at Johns Hopkins and other institutions around the world have issued new guidelines to promote entry into and retention in HIV care, as well as adherence to HIV treatment, drawn from the results of 325 studies conducted with tens of thousands of people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
February 20, 2012
Do the Numbers Add Up? Questions about an Afghan Health Study
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: In one piece of shockingly good news, the survey—funded by USAID and other international agencies and carried out by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and local institutions—reported that from 2004 to 2010 the maternal mortality rate fell from 1,600 deaths for every 100,000 deliveries to 327 deaths for every 100,000 deliveries.
February 17, 2012
Public Health Experts to Hold International Conference on Black Health in the Western Hemisphere
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has now opened registration for the International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012. The conference will be held July 4-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
February 7, 2012
Chlorhexidine Umbilical Cord Care Can Save Newborn Lives
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Cleansing a newborn’s umbilical cord with chlorhexidine can reduce an infant’s risk of infection and death during the first weeks of life by as much as 20 percent, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
February 6, 2012
"Test and Treat" Model Offers New Strategy for Eliminating Malaria
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: As researchers work to eliminate malaria worldwide, new strategies are needed to find and treat individuals who have malaria, but show no signs of the disease. The prevalence of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic malaria can be as high as 35 percent in populations with malaria and these asymptomatic individuals can serve as a reservoir for spreading malaria even in areas where disease transmission has declined.
January 26, 2012
Protein Discovery Could Lead to New HIV Drugs
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: A team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently discovered a new protein that enables HIV to destroy human cells. The finding provides scientists with a critical glimpse into the complex interactions between HIV proteins and human proteins, a discovery that could potentially lead to new HIV drug therapies.
January 24, 2012
Discover Magazine Ranks Hopkins Malaria Research in Top 100 Stories of 2011
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Discover Magazine, a U.S. monthly publication that focuses on science topics, has ranked a recent breakthrough in malaria research as #13 in its listing of the top 100 science stories of 2011.
January 23, 2012
Non-Certified Providers Provide Initial Care for Pregnancy-Related Complications in Rural Bangladesh
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: In rural Bangladesh, non-certified providers such as village doctors and untrained birth attendants are the first-line providers for women with severe obstetric complications, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
January 20, 2012
Reality Show Reduces Stigma Around Family Planning in India
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: The Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently created a reality television game show to promote modern methods of family planning in underserved urban neighborhoods in Uttar Pradesh, India.
January 19, 2012
U.N. Urged to Hold Special Session on Mental Health
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: An international group of health experts is calling on the United Nations to convene a special session of the General Assembly to focus global attention on mental health issues. In a commentary published January 17 in the journal PLoS Medicine, the group argues that mental, neurological and substance use disorders are core development issues that require commitment and investment to improve global access to care and to promote human rights.
January 19, 2012
Beyrer Receives Honorary Doctorate from Chiang Mai University
From the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School and director of the Johns Hopkins University Fogarty AIDS International Training & Research Program, received an honorary doctorate in health science from Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand on January 19, 2012.