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Rep. Andy Harris Reportedly Being Considered to Lead the NIH

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Another conservative Maryland doctor might be up for a position in Donald Trump’s administration, and this time the individual has experience serving in office. Rep. Andy Harris is reportedly being considered by Donald Trump for a top leadership role at the National Institutes of Health.

It’s Hard Out There for Young Scientists

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Johns Hopkins gets more research money than any other university in the country (and has, for 34 years running). So why is Hopkins president Ronald Daniels making such a stink about there not being enough research funding?

Nina Pham Cured of Ebola at Md. Hospital

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Nina Pham (via NBC News)
Nina Pham (via NBC News)

Nina Pham, the first nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in Dallas, was released from a NIH hospital in Maryland on Friday, and declared Ebola-free.

Ebola Scare at Port of Baltimore, Nurse Who Has Disease Transferred to Md. Hospital

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Nina Pham (photo via ABC News)
Nina Pham (photo via ABC News)


A nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient in Texas, will be moved to a Maryland hospital. Nina Pham is being transferred to a section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Bethesda, according to a news release. Meanwhile, dock work stopped this morning at the Port of Baltimore after an Ebola scare.

Johns Hopkins Finds a Better Way to Track the Flu

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Google Flu Trends was supposed to revolutionize the way we approached public health in this country. By tracking flu-related search terms across the country, the idea went, GFT could pinpoint where an outbreak was taking place even before people started flocking to the doctor. (I guess the idea was that they’d search “why do I feel so crappy” before they’d finally go in for an appointment.) But by many accounts, that experiment failed. According to an article in the journal Science, GFT consistently and dramatically overestimated the number of flu cases.

There’s got to be a better way — which is presumably why the National Institutes of Health has decided to partner up with Johns Hopkins to create a brand-new center for influenza tracking, which will help identify and track developing viruses. Ideally, researchers will be able to use the data they collect to rapidly identify any new strains that might cause a global pandemic.

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