Month-old giraffe calf Julius is still in critical condition, but at least he’s eating again. That development was enough to convince zoo staff to put off a planned “major procedure” for the giraffe that was set to take place yesterday.
According to a newly published study from JHU researchers, many children who remain sedated in hospitals are better off moving around if they want to become stronger and healthier.
No hospital in the U.S. has ever performed an organ transplant from an HIV-positive patient to another HIV-positive person — until now.
Have you noticed the new construction going on at the corner of Fayette Street and North Broadway in East Baltimore? In a little more than two years, that building site will be transformed into a cutting-edge $100 million cancer treatment center.
Advancements in medical care increasingly involve computers. Medical technology helps physicians make diagnoses, track symptoms, and analyze outcomes. For the eager undergraduate who wants to be at the forefront of such innovations, Johns Hopkins’s new program of study in computational medicine sounds like a perfect bet.
Anton Chekhov was a doctor; so was poet William Carlos Williams. These days, though, things are more difficult if you’re a poetry-loving pre med. With all the science and math requirements, many students feel as though they have to choose either the humanities or medicine. But now, thankfully, Johns Hopkins is changing that or into an and.
Forget the high pay, societal admiration, and life-saving: Being a doctor is actually “a miserable and humiliating undertaking,” according to a recent Daily Beast article. So miserable, in fact, that medicine was recently ranked the second-most suicidal occupation (after marine engineers — who knew?!). But are physicians really that unhappy?
On March 28, 2013, Dr. Ted Houk was commuting to work, as usual, with a morning run. For years, the Lutherville doctor had become a familiar face to commuters on Charles Street as he jogged past traffic in black bicycle shorts, briefcase in hand, with a long braid down his back. But that March morning nearly six months ago, he was jogging down Charles Street when he was hit on the right leg by the bumper of a car, cracked the car’s windshield, and was immediately flown to Maryland Shock Trauma. The accident left him with numerous fractures in his right leg, two fractures in his right collarbone, four cuts around the left knee, and a chip fracture in his left hip.
Since the accident, Dr. Houk, an internist who practiced independently, has endured surgeries, therapy and more. After months of tender care from his wife – and office manager – Pamela Jenkins, he’s been making a wonderfully rapid recovery. He will return to practicing medicine in January 2014, and hopes to be up and running by 2015.
When it comes to medical care, those of us who live in Baltimore are lucky to have some of the finest institutions to turn to for help. Just recently, The Berman Brain & Spine Institute’s Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital
was awarded a Target: Stroke designation by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in recognition of its excellence in delivering timely critical care to patients with acute stroke. The designation was earned because Sinai met the criteria of providing IV tPA, a clot-busting drug, to at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, also known as “door-to-needle time.” That was the rate over the last six months of 2012. To date, Sinai Hospital has increased the rate even more, to over 75 percent.
Sure, the sick need good doctors and nurses to get better. Medicine helps. But do you know what else can have a healing effect? Warm, slobbery kisses from your favorite canine. While many hospitals bring in therapy dogs to help cheer patients up, a stranger-dog — no matter how polite and friendly — will never quite be the same as your own pup. Which is why one Baltimore hospital is among the dozen or so nationwide where family pets can visit patients (once they’ve met certain requirements, of course).