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Marketplace Morning Report
July 22, 2009
Congress Against Rushing Health Care
Johns Hopkins angle: Bradley Herring, a health economist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, is interviewed by Marketplace Morning Report host Steve Chiotakis in a preview of President Obama’s news conference on health care reform.

The Washington Post
July 23, 2009
Preventive Medicine for A Shortage Of Nurses
Johns Hopkins angle: This article mentions that the School Nursing is one of several area colleges that will receive funding to help stave off a  predicted shortage of nurses.

Wall Street Journal
July 23, 2009
FDA Panel Backs Novel Heart Valve
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about a new heart valve that can be implanted without open-heart surgery, quotes Jeffrey Brinker, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

New York Times
July 23, 2009
The Unchilled Life
Johns Hopkins angle: Kerry Stewart of the School of Medicine comments in this story about people getting along without air conditioning.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 23, 2009
State's high school graduation rate in 'crisis'
Johns Hopkins angle: Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center at CSOS, comments in this story about a study, released yesterday, stating that Georgia’s dismal high school graduation rate has reached a “crisis” level.

Wall Street Journal Blogs
July 23, 2009
FDA Panel Backs Novel Heart Valve
Johns Hopkins angle: Jeffrey Brinker of the School of Medicine is quoted in this story about the FDA's approval of a heart valve which can be implanted without open-heart surgery.

Reuters
July 23, 2009
Both hepatitis C drugs work about the same: study
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that a landmark hepatitis C virus study, conducted by Johns Hopkins and other institutions, concludes that the top two treatment options are equally effective and safe. Mark Sulkowski, medical director of Johns Hopkins’ Center for Viral Hepatitis, is quoted.

KTVN-TV (Reno)
July 23, 2009
Top Hepatitis C Treatments Equally Effective
Johns Hopkins angle: This HealthDay News story reports that a landmark hepatitis C virus study shows that the top two treatment options are equally effective and safe and quotes Mark Sulkowski, medical director of Johns Hopkins’ Center for Viral Hepatitis.

Red Orbit
July 23, 2009
Hepatitis C Infection
Johns Hopkins angle: Piece quotes Mark Sulkowski, medical director of Johns Hopkins' Center for Viral Hepatitis.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2009
CAREGIVERS AS HELPFUL AS DRUGS, REPORT FINDS
Johns Hopkins angle: This health news brief reports that researchers at JHU and Utah State University found that a close relationship with caregivers gives people with Alzheimer's disease a marked edge in retaining mind and brain function.

Daily India
July 23, 2009
Emotional closeness with caregivers can slow Alzheimer's progression
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI story reports that researchers at JHU and Utah State University found that a close relationship with caregivers gives people with Alzheimer's disease a marked edge in retaining mind and brain function.

Thaindian News
July 22, 2009
Animal TB ‘tracker’ created to speed up drug and vaccine studies
Johns Hopkins angle: This ANI piece reports that a team led by Sanjay Jain of the School of Medicine has developed a TB tracker that can monitor in real time the behavior of the TB bacterium in mouse lungs and non-invasively pinpointing the exact location of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

The State Journal (W.Va.)
July 23, 2009
Morgantown Company to Partner with Johns Hopkins University on Heart Disease Tests
Johns Hopkins angle: Protea Biosciences of Morgantown announced July 21 that it has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Johns Hopkins University to develop new tests for faster diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

London Evening Standard
July 23, 2009
WORLD: Obama heralds health reforms for 47m poor
Johns Hopkins angle: Lillie Shockney, director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center, is quoted in this article.

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Calif.)
July 23, 2009
As Americans get fatter, military prospects get leaner
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature story about the increasing number of young adults who are too heavy to be accepted for military service mentioned that according to a joint study conducted by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Buffalo, about one in six young Americans are heavy enough to fail the weight requirements for all four military services.

Lakeland Ledger (Fla.)
July 23, 2009
Where's the Beef? On Mondays Some Says, "Who Cares?"
Johns Hopkins angle: Meatless Monday, a national campaign supported by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with nearly 30 other schools of public health throughout the country, is the topic of this feature story.

The Guardian (Nigeria)
July 23, 2009
Turmeric, garlic, others offer protection against aflatoxin 'damage', breast cancer
Johns Hopkins angle: This story notes that Johns Hopkins researchers have tested the effectiveness of chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll that is used as an over-the-counter dietary supplement and food colorant, in reducing the risk of liver cancer in aflatoxin-exposed individuals.

VOV News (Vietnam)
July 23, 2009
US universities provides reproductive health care training
Johns Hopkins angle: Jhpiego is providing technical assistance on a project that will help train numerous Vietnamese doctors and university lecturers in reproductive health.

New York Times
July 22, 2009
Buying a Train Ticket, and Being Taken for a $23 Quadrillion Ride
Johns Hopkins angle: Story features Lydia Alcock, a sophomore in the Krieger School, who was mistakenly charged $23 quadrillion for a train ride.

Dallas Morning News
July 23, 2009
Dallas researcher to lead study on lung cancer in nonsmokers
Johns Hopkins angle: Story notes that JHU will be part of a $2 million study on lung cancer in people who have never smoked.

Tampa Bay Tribune
July 23, 2009
Report says Florida is in high-school graduation crisis
Johns Hopkins angle: This story notes that a report by an education think tank at the university says a crisis of low high school graduation rates in Florida and a handful of other states is dire enough to warrant the same kind of aggressiveness by the federal government.

Lansing State Journal
July 23, 2009
Report: State poised to lift graduation rates
Johns Hopkins angle: This story notes that a report by an education think tank at the university says a crisis of low high school graduation rates in Michigan and a handful of other states is dire enough to warrant the same kind of aggressiveness by the federal government.

Broadway World
July 23, 2009
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Gets Extended Through 8/9 At Olney Theatre Center
Johns Hopkins angle: Cast member Curtis Bannister is currently a graduate student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

WBZ TV (Boston)
July 23, 2009
Debate Over Lyme Disease Treatment Heats Up
Johns Hopkins angle: Story quotes Paul Auwaerter is the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases Johns Hopkins University.

Sun Star (Philippines)
July 23, 2009
Hutcheson: Int'l cooperation brings new smiles to Jolo
Johns Hopkins angle: According to this story, doctors from Johns Hopkins are part of an international team providing cleft lip and palate surgeries to local children.

Charleston Post and Courier
July 23, 2009
Do you know Walter Rhett?
Johns Hopkins angle: This profile notes that Rhett, Owner and operator of Southern Perlo Tours, is a JHU alumnus.

Baltimore Sun
July 23, 2009
McGahee ready to challenge Rice at running back
Johns Hopkins angle: Raven's player Willis McGahee's foundation received a $5,000 check Wednesday from Boost Mobile, which will also donate $500 to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center for every touchdown McGahee scores this season.


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New York Times – Education Life supplement
July 26, 2009
The Other Side of ‘Test Optional’
When colleges announce they’re making entrance exams optional, they publicly embrace a holistic stance: standardized tests are incomplete scorecards on how a student will fare in college; they favor families who can afford test prep, while minority students tend not to do well. Cynics suggest there are also marketing and competitive issues at play. Dickinson, Gettysburg, Goucher, Gustavus Adolphus, Hobart and William Smith, Lake Forest, Muhlenberg and Lawrence University are among the schools discussed in the story.

Bloomberg
July 23, 2009
Cornell President Rides Bus, Barnard Dumps Limo in Budget Cuts
As universities fire staff, freeze professor pay and cancel construction to make up for endowment losses and fundraising declines, presidents of some U.S. schools are tightening travel, perquisites and their own pay.

Associated Press
July 23, 2009
Md. Medical Center to Take Part In NIH Swine Flu Vaccine Study
The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore is among a group of health facilities across the country chosen to participate in human trials for swine flu vaccines. Besides the U-Md. medical school, main study sites are University of Iowa, Iowa City; St. Louis University, St. Louis; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; Emory University, Atlanta; Group Health Cooperative, Seattle; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville.

Associated Press
July 23, 2009
Probe into Va. Tech shootings again questioned after mental health records of shooter surface
The potentially explosive evidence eluded authorities for more than two years until Seung-Hui Cho's files turned up at the home of a former university counseling official.

Baltimore Sun
July 23, 2009
Md. budget crisis could end O'Malley's tuition freeze
State officials are signaling that Gov. Martin O'Malley's hallmark tuition freeze at public universities could end soon as Maryland grapples with a budget crisis that shows few signs of easing.

Washington Post
July 23, 2009
U-Md. Shuttle May Allow More Outside Riders
The College Park City Council hopes to reduce traffic congestion by altering an agreement with the University of Maryland in order to double the number of residents able to ride a shuttle the university provides primarily for its students.

Duke University Office of Communications
July 22, 2009
Duke TIP Cancels Summer Session Following Flu Outbreak
Duke University's Talent Identification Program canceled the second of its two summer sessions Wednesday after more than 25 of the 260 participating students tested positive for flu or reported flu symptoms over the previous two days. All of the cases are mild to moderate, consistent with normal seasonal flu, and no student has been hospitalized.

Associated Press
July 23, 2009
Drive-by shooting at Texas Southern University wounds six
Gunfire on the Texas Southern University campus wounded six people, including one male student, and scattered the crowd at a community rally. Police are investigating whether a gang rivalry was behind the drive-by shooting.

Inside Higher Ed - Quick Take
July 23, 2009
U.S. Proposes New Rules on Student Loans
The U.S. Education Department proposed regulations today to carry out new federal laws governing student loans that were enacted when Congress renewed the Higher Education Act last summer. The proposed rules, which were published in this morning's Federal Register, emerged from two sets of Department-sponsored negotiations last winter.

Inside Higher Ed
July 23, 2009
Presidential Career Paths
According to a study by the Council of Independent Colleges, only 35 percent of first-time CIC presidents came from provost positions. Nationally the average was 40 percent.  At CIC member institutions, 33 percent came from non-academic officer positions, compared to 23 percent nationally. And another 13 percent of CIC presidents came from outside higher education.

New York Times
July 23, 2009
Harry Potter Is Their Peter Pan
The generation that ignited Pottermania as preadolescent readers is approaching college graduation or entering the workplace, and they have kept alive this flame of their early adolescence. Last fall, teams from Princeton, Vassar, Boston University and a dozen other schools competed in the Quidditch World Cup, in which students play a real-life version of the soccer-like contact sport featured in the books and films.

Newsweek
July 27, 2009
Drugs, Murder, Race, and Harvard
Chanequa Campbell rose from Brooklyn's gritty Bed-Stuy neighborhood to the pinnacle of the ivy league. Then somebody died in her dorm.

Chronicle of Higher Education
July 22, 2009
Online Campus Could Solve Many U. of California Problems, a Dean Says
Christopher Edley Jr., law dean on the Berkeley campus, says a "cybercampus" could ease both budget and enrollment problems.

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