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Baltimore Sun (AP)
November 11, 2009
Analysis finds reports on Pfizer epilepsy drug studies misleading; drugmaker disputes review
Johns Hopkins angle: This Associated Press piece reports that experts at the SoPH and University
of California at San Francisco, in an analysis of a dozen published studies testing
possible new uses for a Pfizer Inc. epilepsy drug, found that reporting of the results was often
misleading, indicating the medicine worked better than internal company documents showed.

Reuters
November 11, 2009
Report shows Pfizer's hand in Neurontin studies
Johns Hopkins angle: Kay Dickersin of the SoPH is quoted in this Reuters story about an analysis
done by researchers at JHU and UC at San Francisco that concluded that reporting of results of the drug
were often misleading.

Forbes.com (HealthDay News)
November 11, 2009
Trial Data on Anti-Seizure Drug Might Have Been Manipulated: Report
Johns Hopkins angle: An unusual look at internal documents from a pharmaceutical company suggests
that clinical data was manipulated to make a popular anti-seizure drug, gabapentin (Neurontin),
look more effective than it actually was, thereby increasing possibilities for its off-label
usage, according to a new report by researchers at the SoPH and UC at San Francisco. Kay
Dickersin of the SoPH is quoted in this HealthDay News piece.

Bloomberg.com
November 11, 2009
Data From Studies of Pfizer Neurontin Drug May Have Been Skewed
Johns Hopkins angle: Researchers from the SoPH and University of California at San Francisco say
trials of Pfizer Inc.’s Neurontin epilepsy treatment for uses that were not yet approved may have
been skewed to emphasize favorable results.

New York Times Blogs
November 11, 2009
Where To Spend $100 Billion, Health or Helmand?
Johns Hopkins angle: This blog refers to JHU research that shows that children without health
insurance have a higher mortality rate than those who do have insurance.

New York Times
November 12, 2009
In Charity Tax Filing, a Glimpse of Goldman
Johns Hopkins angle: This story reports that JHU received $3.2 million from Goldman Sachs's
foundation.

Washington Post
November 12, 2009
Feeling the weight of war
Johns Hopkins angle: Eliot Cohen of SAIS is quoted.

National Public Radio
November 11, 2009
Does Long-Term Research Stimulate The Economy?
Johns Hopkins angle: This report on stimulus funded research includes an interview with Kerry
Stewart of the School of Medicine. Stewart is using stimulus money to underwrite two studies about
cardiovascular health.

National Public Radio
November 11, 2009
Success Boosting Monkey Muscle Could Help Humans
Johns Hopkins angle: This reports includes quotes from Se-Jin Lee of the SoM. Lee discovered the
myostatin gene.

National Public Radio
November 12, 2009
Baltimore Mayor Faces Trial On Corruption Charges
Johns Hopkins angle: This Morning Edition story quotes Matthew Crenson, a political scientist in
JHU’s Krieger School.

Wall Street Journal
November 12, 2009
A Sports Fan's Guide to Drug Testing
Johns Hopkins angle: This story mentions that Roberto Salvatori, an associate professor in the
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's division of endocrinology and metabolism, is a member of a
Wall Street Journal panel that studied various sports programs' drug policies.

Washington Post Blogs
November 11, 2009
The Answer Sheet: Why it is so important to read aloud to your kids
Johns Hopkins angle: Barbara Bosworth, a reading specialist at Haycock Elementary School in
Fairfax County Public Schools and a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University, offers advice
about the importance of reading aloud to children.

Washington Post Blogs
November 12, 2009
When the handwriting on the wall spells autism:A new and very small study shows that kids with
autism spectrum

Johns Hopkins angle: This blog mentions a study (conducted by researchers at the SoM and Kennedy Krieger) that found that kids with autism had trouble forming letter shapes correctly.

The Economist (United Kingdom)
November 12, 2009
See-through electronics - Seeing clearly
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature focuses on new research led by the Whiting School’s Howard E.
Katz, a professor of materials science and engineering.

The Sault Star (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada)
November 12, 2009
Can radiation treatment hurt others?
Johns Hopkins angle: This medical column refers to a Johns Hopkins report stating that patients,
following radiation, must be made aware that they can pass along radiation to others.

Frederick News-Post (Maryland)
November 12, 2009
New Market child has tick removed from eye
Johns Hopkins angle: This article about a child who had a tick removed from her eye at Johns
Hopkins Hospital’s Wilmer Eye Institute includes comments from Dan Paskowitz, the Wilmer
assistant resident who performed the procedure.

Wired Science
November 11, 2009
Pluto 2015: Journey to the Rim of the Solar System
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond is illustrated
with a photo of a JHU Applied Physics Laboratory bumper sticker that reads: “My other vehicle is
on its way to Pluto.”

Howard County Times (Maryland)
November 12, 2009
Bouncing Back
Johns Hopkins angle: This feature about an 11-year-old boy who received a heart transplant has
comments from Janet Scheel, a School of Medicine assistant professor who is the boy’s pediatric
cardiologist.

NorthFulton.com (Alpharetta, Ga.)
November 11, 2009
COMMUNITY NEWS
Johns Hopkins angle: This news brief mentions that Xu Michael Lou of Alpharetta, who is majoring
in molecular and cellular biology, was named to the Dean's list for the spring 2009 semester at
JHU.

Martha’s Vineyard Times Online
November 12, 2009
Town Column: Tisbury
Johns Hopkins angle: The column mentions that Carolee Stewart, dean of Peabody Conservatory’s
Preparatory Division, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the University of Michigan with the
Alumni Award from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater, and Dance.

Delaware Online
November 12, 2009
Test scores win students in Johns Hopkins program recognition
Johns Hopkins angle: A Newark resident, John Daniel Coburn, was one of 17 eighth-graders who won
Top in Country awards in annual testing by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented
Youth.

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USA Today
November 12, 2009
A feast of doubts for college freshmen come Thanksgiving
Homesickness, roommate conflicts, academic pressures, difficulty forming new friendships can
cause college freshmen to conclude they've chosen the wrong school and that transferring is the
answer.

Baltimore Sun
November 12, 2009
UM regents defy lawmakers' demand for porn policy
The University System of Maryland defied a request from lawmakers to create a policy regulating
the display of pornographic films on its campuses, concluding that it would provoke costly
free-speech lawsuits.

Baltimore Sun
November 12, 2009
Towson University to ban all smoking starting in August
It will be a smoke-free campus, becoming Maryland's first four-year college to ban an activity
once as commonplace as lounging on the quad.

New York Times
November 12, 2009
Two-Year Colleges, Swamped, No Longer Welcome All
A surge in applicants has forced all but one of the city’s two-year colleges to limit admissions
for the first time.

Time Magazine
November 12, 2009
The 10 Best College Presidents
College presidents are on the line as never before and must be accessible and accountable to the
public in a way that rivals or even surpasses what is required of public officials.

Time Magazine
November 12, 2009
The Big Man on Campus
A profile of Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, named the top college president by Time.

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