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Lorilei Barsh

It seems like everyone has a cell phone these days. What used to be a luxury is now a tool that many people have in the palm of their hands. Smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy make it easy for us to find directions, navigate the Internet for local restaurants or product reviews or even play games. The possibilities seem endless. Many of us are seemingly attached at the hip with these devices. In fact, in the 2013 movie, Her, actor Joaquin Phoenix portrays a man who falls in love with the operating system on his mobile device. But, do you remember a time before cell phones? What did you do if you were driving and got a flat tire, or if you wanted to call your mother for her birthday when she was out of town? How did you find your way around and know where to eat? And, what did you do for entertainment? Share your stories about life before cell phones and how they have changed the way that you proceed with daily activities in this weeks’ Throwback Thursday.

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March is self-harm awareness month. According to Mental Health America, it is estimated that two million people in the U.S. injure themselves in some way. Self-harm, such as cutting, burning or scratching usually serves as a mechanism to express emotions or to feel a sense of control. While it may lead to a difficult conversation, offering support may be something that is needed. People who suffer from borderline personality disorder may be at risk for self-harm. Visit Johns Hopkins’ Health Library to learn more. If you or a loved one is suffering from self-harm, the experts in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences may be able to help.

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Dr. Stephen Milner in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was nominated by his peers to present the Sushruta-Guha lecture at the Annual Meeting of the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in November 2013.  This award was given by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and recognized Dr. Milner’s exceptional and innovative work in burn treatments and surgery.

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Take this week’s quiz to test your knowledge on how you can reduce your risk of heart disease, what the main cause of high blood pressure is, how much sodium Americans consume on an average day and more.

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Every four years since 1924, athletes gather from around the world to compete in the Winter Olympics. Spectators enjoy sports such as ice hockey, snowboarding, bobsleighing, figure skating, curling and more. Are you one of them? Which sports will you be watching in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics?  Or, do you prefer not to watch the Winter Olympics at all?

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Dr. Kimberley Steele is awarded the 2013 ASMBS Foundation Research Grant

The 2013 recipient is Dr. Kimberley E. Steele, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, who will receive $50,000 to conduct research on “Neurobiologic Alterations Induced by Bariatric Surgery: The Gut Brain Axis and its Relationship to Weight Loss,” after receiving IRB approval. Dr. Steele will accept the award at the 30th Annual Meeting of the ASMBS at ObesityWeek in Atlanta.

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Marjorie Shorter-Ervin graduated cum laude, and was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.  Shorter-Ervin was able to continue her education with the help of Johns Hopkins education program and the encouragement of Louise Thompson, the director of medical records, and Linda Carson, the assistant director of medical records, who made it possible for Shorter-Ervin to attend college by allowing her to work around her school schedule.  Shorter-Ervin has just completed 21 credits in graduate school and she plans to continue until she receives her Doctorate in Education.

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John has recently been recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as a Fellow by the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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This week, social media giant, Facebook, turned 10 years old. What intiailly started as a website for college students to connect with one another, has turned into a platform that 757 million people use on a daily basis. Has Facebook changed the way that you interact with friends, family or even brands? Share your stories about life before Facebook and how it has changed the way that you communicate over the past 10 years.

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Rebecca (Becky) Owens RD, LDN, CNSC has attained the Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) designation.  This is a nation examination which demonstrates expertise and knowledge in Enteral and Parenteral support.  Only 3,809 individuals have this certification and  The Nutrition Department is proud of Becky for her accomplishment.

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