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Orange Element Expands Relationship with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Over the past several years, Orange Element has been fortunate to work collaboratively with the editor and team at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to redesign and continue development of their seasonal Nursing Magazine. Since the beginning, and twice overhauled, the magazine highlights the School’s many great advancements and showcases why it is nationally ranked as the No. 1 graduate nursing school program by U.S. News & World Report.

Sometimes Dogs Make the Best Therapists


Here’s your awww for the day: last week, students at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing traded TLC pointers with some of the nation’s most in-demand therapists:  volunteer therapy dogs from Pets on Wheels. The volunteer organization brings therapy dogs to places like Sandy Hook Elementary School, where they help heal trauma by, well, just being themselves. (The two golden retrievers in the photos were part of the Sandy Hook pet therapy team.)


Former Johns Hopkins Nurse & Husband Among Boston Bomb Victims


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More sad news in the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings:  the Wall Street Journal reports that a Johns Hopkins School of Nursing alum and her husband both lost their left legs below the knee as a result of injuries sustained in the blast. Jessica Kensky, a 2009 graduate, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, Patrick Downes. Kensky worked as a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two years after graduating, and is currently employed by Mass General. A fund has been set up for the couple; send messages of good will and/or donations here.

This Week in Research: Worm Sex, Seal Spit, and Insomnia


Sometimes — like, say, when you’ve had a fight with your significant other — hermaphrodite life seems like the way to go. Back in the day, nematodes (aka roundworms) reproduced through male-female mating, but it didn’t take them long, evolutionarily speaking, to get over that; nowadays, they self-fertilize. Sounds very neat and uncomplicated — except that self-fertilization creates its own set of problems, according to recent research out of the University of Maryland.

This Week in Research: In Praise of Limes and Spit


Spit. We don’t think about it much — or I don’t, at least — but it turns out to be incredibly helpful stuff, according to the salivary researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Think of it this way:  what if instead of collecting your blood, your doctor just had to collect a mouthful of saliva? (Needle-phobes everywhere breathe a sigh of relief.) For one, the researchers found that spit can be used to measure CRP, a standard way to test for cardiovascular problems. This might lead to a convenient home test — no needles! no blood! no hospitals! — to check for cardiovascular risks.

Spit can also be used to measure stress by looking at certain enzymes in saliva — something other researchers are using to measure stress in mothers-to-be. When the body feels psychological distress, the heart pounds faster, adrenaline surges, and — who knew?! — the salivary gland gets stimulated. And since plenty of other research has shown that women’s emotional state during pregnancy effects the development of the fetus, it’s helpful for doctors to be able to measure just how stressed these pregnant women are, as well as how those stress levels are evolving throughout the pregnancy. Thank god for spit.