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ANCHOR LEAD: IN CONTRAST TO MANY INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS, JOHNS HOPKINS IS PLANNING A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP WITH MEDIMMUNE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Many relationships between academic institutions and industry are project-based, but not so a new endeavor between MedImmune, a biotech concern, and Johns Hopkins. Landon King, executive vice dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine, says the areas of overlap are many.

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ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT DO JOHNS HOPKINS AND A BIOTECH FIRM HAVE IN COMMON? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Can Johns Hopkins and the biotechnology firm MedImmune craft a mutually beneficial relationship? That’s the hope of a new enterprise between Hopkins and this subsidiary of the pharma giant AstraZeneca. Landon King, executive vice dean for Johns Hopkins Medicine, says such a partnership helps bring discoveries at the bench to the bedside.

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ANCHOR LEAD: DO ADVANCES IN THE TREATMENT OF BREAST CANCER OBVIATE THE NEED FOR MAMMOGRAMS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

There’s no question the treatment of breast cancer has improved a great deal, such that some people advance the opinion that regular mammography isn’t required, especially in light of recent studies calling the positive impact of this screening into question. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, frames the debate this way.

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ANCHOR LEAD: WHAT ARE THE UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES OF MAMMOGRAPHY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Mammography prevents death from breast cancer in only a few women screened, yet causes many more to undergo treatment that isn’t needed, and identifies hundreds who then must undergo additional assessment, an analysis published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine concludes. Does this mean most women should give mammography a miss? Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, weighs in on mammography in a fifty year old woman of average risk.

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ANCHOR LEAD: EYES ARE AFFECTED BY DIABETES, BUT FEW PEOPLE KNOW IT, ELIZABETH TRACEY
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If you have diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, and even if your blood sugar is well-controlled, your vision may be at risk because of a condition that causes swelling inside the eye known as diabetic macular edema. Neil Bressler, a retina expert and author of a recent study on diabetic macular edema, says many people don’t know they’re at risk.

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ANCHOR LEAD: EYE DISEASE THAT DEVELOPS AS A RESULT OF DIABETES CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Diabetic macular edema is a swelling in the back part of the eye that often develops in those with diabetes, even when they’re well-controlled with regard to blood sugar. Neil Bressler, author of a recent study on just how common this condition is and a retina expert at Johns Hopkins, says the good news is there’s effective treatment. [click to continue…]

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