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Fraction of U.S. outpatient treatment centers offer medication for opioid addiction

January 15, 2019 – Despite the mounting death toll of America’s opioid crisis, only a minority of facilities that treat substance use disorders offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone—the three FDA-approved medications for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public […]

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Where Martian Dust Comes From

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet’s equator, scientists have found. A study published in the journal Nature Communications found a chemical match between dust in the Martian atmosphere and the surface feature, called the Medusae Fossae Formation. “Mars wouldn’t […]

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Study shows evidence of severe and lingering symptoms in some after treatment for Lyme disease

February 1, 2018 – In a study of 61 people treated for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, Johns Hopkins researchers conclude that fatigue, pain, insomnia and depression do indeed persist over long periods of time for some people, despite largely normal physical exams and clinical laboratory testing. “Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) is a […]

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What’s in your wheat? Johns Hopkins scientists piece together genome of most common bread wheat

November 20, 2017 – Johns Hopkins scientists report they have successfully used two separate gene technologies to assemble the most complete genome sequence to date of Triticum aestivum, the most common cultivated species of wheat used to make bread. A report on the achievement was published in the Oct. 23 issue of GigaScience just a […]

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LOng-term opioid prescription use jumps threefold over 16-year period, large-scale study suggests

September 7, 2017 – A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and that much of that increase stemmed from patients who’d been taking their medication for 90 days or longer. Long-term use, which is associated with greater risk for […]

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Psilocybin, active compound in hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms,” eases existential anxiety in people with life-threatening cancer

In a small double-blind study, Johns Hopkins researchers report that a substantial majority of people suffering cancer-related anxiety or depression found considerable relief for up to six months from a single large dose of psilocybin — the active compound in hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms.” The researchers cautioned that the drug was given in tightly controlled conditions […]

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Medicare beneficiaries face high out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment

November 23, 2016 – Beneficiaries of Medicare who develop cancer and don’t have supplemental health insurance incur out-of-pocket expenditures for their treatments averaging one-quarter of their income with some paying as high as 63 percent, according to results of a survey-based study published Nov. 23 in JAMA Oncology. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School […]

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