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Take the quiz to learn about some interesting facts and figures about Johns Hopkins.

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Maryland passed legislation this year authorizing the use of marijuana for medical reasons in certain situations. Do you support medical marijuana? Cast your vote in the poll below and leave a comment to share your reasons.

Also, read a letter to the editor from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty about the topic of requiring continuing medical education for physicians prescribing medical marijuana.

Do You Support Medical Marijuana?

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Have you worked in a few positions with the same employer or changed jobs every couple of years? Looking back over your career from your first internship or paycheck to your current position, how many jobs have your worked in your lifetime? Take the poll below and leave a comment to share any traditional, unusual or unexpected turns your career has taken.

How Many Jobs Have You Had in Your Lifetime?

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a vending machine that’s stocked with bottles, pumps and other breastfeeding items for working mothers. Leave a comment to share what you’d like to see sold in a vending machine?

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Whether it’s the spicy Harley Burger from the Harley’s sandwich shop, a BLT from Hutzler’s Tea Room or crab cake from Haussner’s Restaurant, for which meal and restaurant are you most nostalgic? Leave a comment to share your fond recollections of meals at restaurants, eateries and bakeries that no longer exist.

 

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ROMERO maria_ATEDid you know your eyes can sunburn? What is the difference between UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation? Ophthalmologist Maria Soledad Romero of the Wilmer Eye Institute’s Bel Air office, shares preventive measures to protect your eyes during the summer. Read her advice and submit a comment to ask her a question.

What are the best preventive measures to protect your eyes during the summer?

Do not look directly at the sun for a prolonged period of time even during an eclipse, because of the extreme eye damage it may cause. Always wear sunglasses or a visor cap when outside in the sun to protect your eyes.

Who is at risk for UV (ultraviolet) eye damage?

Everybody is at risk (including children and seniors), when spending time outdoors. People specifically at risk include: water skiers or surfers; sunlamp or tanning bed users; fishers; gardeners and people who take any medication that can increase the sensitivity to UV radiation. If you are unsure about your risk level, ask your doctor to estimate your risk. Also at risk are patients with a history of prior cataract surgery. During cataract surgery, the natural lens is removed and replaced by an intraocular lens. Old models of intraocular lens are not UV-absorbent. If you are unsure what model of intraocular lens you have, wear sunglasses and a hat for protection.

What are some of the eye diseases that may be caused by exposure to UV radiation?

Some of the common diseases caused by exposure to UV radiation include: Pinguecula /pterygium (growths on the eye); cataracts of the lens (representing a clouding of the lens); photokeratitis or “sunburn of the eye” which causes redness, tearing and temporary blurred vision; certain types of malignancies of the eye; macular degeneration and solar retinopathy, which is an irritation of the retina due to high exposure to sunlight.

What is the difference between UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation?

UVA is more dangerous to the skin and eyes than UVB and both are at higher levels during the summer than during the winter. UVA radiation represents a spectral ultraviolet band at lower frequencies (lower energies) than UVB; however, both may be harmful to the eye.

How do I choose the right sunglasses?

The best sunglasses screen out 99 to 100 percent of the ultraviolet radiation of the sun and have good optical quality so the images through the lenses are not distorted. Don’t be fooled by color or price: the ability to block UV radiation is not dependent on the darkness or the lens price. Impact resistant lens will also protect your eyes from most of the eye injuries related to breaking of the glasses while you are wearing them. Plastic and polycarbonate materials are the best option.

Are there particular sun safety tips to protect the eyes of children?

Children also should wear sunglasses that will protect their eyes from UV radiation. Choose a wrap-around style that will protect their eyes from all angles. If they are too young to wear sunglasses, look for sunshades or umbrellas and avoid sun exposure from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Don’t be fooled by clouds, the sun rays can pass through the haze and still damage eyes.

For appointments, call 410-893-0480. For more information about Wilmer, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/wilmer.

 

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Miss Susie Slagle’s, a 1946 movie about the lives of Johns Hopkins medical students living in a Biddle Street boarding house before World War I, had an impact on a surgeon after whom a health facility is named. Find out about this and other movies in today's quiz.

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Johns Hopkins is working to improve patient- and family-centered care by reducing the number of patients who are discharged and then readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Take the poll and cast your vote for the best way to improve a patient's transition of care from the hospital to the home. Then share your thoughts.

What’s the most important factor in preventing unnecessary readmissions?

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The Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan has a goal to invest in and reward employees' healthy lifestyles. Do you count calories, participate in a weight management program, or eat vegetarian or vegan? Submit a comment below to share what you do to live a healthy life.

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The Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan has a goal to invest in and reward employees' healthy lifestyles. Do you count calories, participate in a weight management program, or eat vegetarian or vegan? Submit a comment below to share what you do to live a healthy life. 

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