July 20, 2010
Johns Hopkins Medicine said Tuesday that it plans to acquire a Florida children's hospital in a deal that industry experts said would bolster the prestigious Baltimore health system's visibility in the highly specialized pediatric field. The deal with All Children's Hospital & Health System of St. Petersburg, Fla., would put one of the nation's 45 standalone children's hospitals under the Hopkins banner and mark Hopkins' first acquisition outside the Baltimore-Washington region.
June 2, 2010
The NFL needs a "culture change" -- and perhaps major modifications to helmets, injury-reporting procedures and practice rules -- to better protect players from head injuries, two prominent neurosurgeons said Wednesday. "We're at that tipping point where there is probably going to have to be an enormous culture change that occurs that will happen over years," Richard G. Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL's Medical Committee on Head, Neck and Spine, told reporters after a one-day, league-financed educational conference.
April 12, 2010
Dr. Nicholas J. Fortuin, a Johns Hopkins Hospital cardiologist who did early research in cardiac ultrasound and was recalled as a gifted teacher, died Sunday near his home in the Caves Valley section of Baltimore County. Family members said he had been bicycling. He was 69. "For generations of cardiology trainees at Hopkins, he came to epitomize clinical judgment and skill, and he brought to their education a healthy skepticism of new fads in a technology-prone specialty," said a close friend, Dr. Thomas Traill, a Hopkins cardiologist.
March 17, 2010
We are hitting two important milestones this month: the one-year anniversary of the official introduction of the House of Representatives health care bill and the awaited passage of comprehensive health care reform legislation. Now, as this exhaustive debate reaches its conclusion, we look back a year, and back 120 years to our founding principles. And hence, we at Johns Hopkins Medicine believe we're affirming a core belief in supporting passage of HR 3590, the Senate's health care reform bill, as well as accompanying legislation that is expected to take the form of a reconciliation bill.
January 15, 2010
Joan Weiskittel Denny A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 16th, 11AM in the chapel for the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Center Stage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or the Johns Hopkins University Mood Disorders Center - Symposium, Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 100 North Charles Street, Ste...
December 11, 2009
The president and CEO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center is stepping down after a decade on the job to take over the helm of a hospital in Pennsylvania. Laurence M. Merlis is leaving GBMC HealthCare to become president and chief executive officer of Abington Health and Abington Memorial Hospital in Montgomery County, Pa. Over the course of his tenure, Merlis created an affiliation between the Towson health system and Johns Hopkins Medicine in such clinical areas as cardiology and pediatric surgery.
October 26, 2009
On October 24, 2009, RONALD WAYNE SMITH, SR., retired Maryland State Trooper of Abingdon, MD. Beloved husband of Sharon Lee Roz-Smith; devoted father of Ronald Wayne Smith, Jr. and wife Dawn P. Smith; stepfather of Anthony Joseph Spinnato, Jr. and wife Louise J. Spinnato; loving brother of R. Blaine and wife Ella, Barry K. and wife Cathy, and Bruce A. Smith, and wife Kelly and Trudy J. Smith and husband Robert, Deborah L. Mitchell and husband Granville, Christine...
October 24, 2009
For decades, medical students have been taught to treat the "standard" or "typical" patient, as if everyone reacts the same way to an illness or disease. But with the sequencing of the human genome, some medical educators have begun to adopt the view that there is no such thing as a "standard" patient and that everyone should be considered an individual with unique characteristics that influence his or her health, from age and genetic structure to their environment and place in society.
August 24, 2009
Gastroparesis, otherwise called "paralyzed stomach," affects about 25 percent of people with type 1 diabetes and 10 percent of people with type 2 diabetes. People diagnosed with a neurologic disease, such as Parkinson's, and those who have had stomach ulcer surgery may also be affected. However, the largest group of individuals with paralyzed stomach suffers solely from this condition, without additional illness; they have what is called "idiopathic" gastroparesis. Dr. Linda Lee, board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and the director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, explains the disease and provides insights on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments and prevention.
June 29, 2009
Erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, refers to the inability of the man to obtain and maintain erection of the penis sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual intercourse. About 18 million American men experience erectile dysfunction. Dr. Arthur L. Burnett II, medical director of the Johns Hopkins James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute's Male Consultation Clinic and professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, discusses causes, effects and treatment of the condition.