Health Sciences

Geographic disparities in lower extremity amputation rates

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that peripheral artery disease affects Black people and those of low socioeconomic status, and the U.S. health system is missing opportunities to slow or stop the progression.

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Scientific American

Four success stories in gene therapy

Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire of the Perelman School of Medicine developed a gene therapy to treat blindness in patients with retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. “These people can now do things they never could have dreamed of doing, and they’re more independent and enjoying life,” said Bennett.


ABC News

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s no guarantee that a booster shot retooled to target the delta variant would work better than a general COVID-19 vaccine booster.


The New York Times

Data from federal scientists raise questions about J.&J. booster shots

Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on which vaccines should offer an mRNA booster and how much data the F.D.A. needs before making that recommendation.



Same vaccines, but different fatality rates: Why are some COVID outbreaks worse than others?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “We’ve learned more in the last year and a half about human immunology and human vaccine responses than we probably learned in the previous several decades.”


The Hopkins doc vs. the vaccine consensus

The School of Nursing’s Melanie Kornides says that it is hard to determine how much impact a professional basketball player’s anti-vaccine stance will have on vaccination rates.