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‘Clever adaptation’ allows yeast infection fungus to evade immune system attack

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say they have discovered a new way that the most prevalent disease-causing fungus can thwart immune system attacks. The findings, published Sept. 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer new clues about how Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections and [...]

Physician support key to successful weight loss, study shows

Findings affirm value of physician involvement in changing unhealthy behavior A review of survey data from more than 300 obese people who participated in a federally funded weight loss clinical trial found that although the overall weight loss rates were modest, those who rated their primary care doctor’s support as particularly helpful lost about twice [...]

Research from Harvard and Johns Hopkins shows surge in journal articles on yoga therapy

During the last 10 years, the number of articles in peer-reviewed journals worldwide about clinical trials of yoga therapy to alleviate disease-related symptoms increased 3-fold. This large-scale analysis of published research studies spanning 46 years, 29 countries, and more than 28,000 study participants is published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed [...]

Hepatitis C infection may fuel heart risk

Results suggest need for vigilant monitoring in those infected with the liver-damaging virus People infected with the hepatitis C virus are at risk for liver damage, but the results of a new Johns Hopkins study now show the infection may also spell heart trouble. The findings, described online July 27 in The Journal of Infectious [...]

Survey reveals best practices that lead to high patient ratings of hospital care

Simple, low-tech practices, such as proactive rounds by nurses and hospital leadership, make a difference, Johns Hopkins study finds Fast Facts: Study reveals simple things hospitals can do to improve a patient’s experience, including ongoing rounds by nurses and hospital leadership. Study findings outline the following core practices that high-ranking hospitals employ: a devotion to [...]