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As the Johns Hopkins Medicine Year in Review showed us, a year can bring so much promise and change. From detecting early cancers with a blood test to creating 3D printed prosthetic hands for children, these changes will undoubtedly lead to further advacements and innovation.

What will those changes be in 2015? Will there be changes in how the world communicates or travels? Will a new technology reshape education or medicine? Share and discuss how you believe the world will change in the comments below.

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Winter is now officially here and before the chilly climate truly takes form, you'll want to make sure your home is fully prepared for the season. Take note of some common and some little known tips on winterizing your home for the next three months.

  • Insulate! Insulating your water lines can help reduce hot water costs and can help decrease the chances of your pipes freezing. As water freezes inside a pipe, it expands, potentially causing damage to the pipe and serious water damage inside your home. Use pre-slit pipe foam and secure it with duct tape. The insulation check also goes for your walls and plug/switch outlets, which could release a ton of heat if the insulation within is not up to par.
  • Check your gutters to clear them of any clutter, which may include dirt and leaves, in order to help prevent stoppage that may lead to water damage to your roof, ceilings and walls.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy says that drafts that flow through under your doors can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Use a draft snake to help block this flow and save some money on your energy bills.
  • Many ceiling fans are able to reverse the direction of the blades. Switching the rotation of the blades to clockwise actually makes it warmer and helps curb a reliance on your heating system.
  • It may sound like common sense, but installing a storm door and windows can increase energy efficiency by shutting out the cold and letting light and ventilation enter your home at the same time.
  • Clean your deck.  Mold and mildew can form on deck surfaces, leading to wood rot. Cleaning and sealing these surfaces can help extend the life of your deck. Mildew-covered surfaces can become really dangerous as they freeze in the winter causing them to be extra slippery.
  • Check your furnace and change the filter regularly. New furnaces can go up to five years without professional maintenance, but keeping the filter changed regularly helps it perform best during the cold months. Older furnaces may need a professional check-up. You can have someone inspect your furnace and look for carbon monoxide leaks to insure that it’s performing at its best efficiency.

Hopefully these tips can help you enjoy a safe and - most importantly - warm winter in 2015!

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With a new year comes new opportunities to make a difference in your community and help people and families in need. As our 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration award winners have shown, there are many ways that you can give back.

How do you plan to give back in 2015? Will you volunteer with a local group or church? Will you start up a clothing or food drive? Pick from the examples in today's poll and leave a comment telling us your plans to give back in the new year.

How Will You Give Back in 2015?

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One way tou can help is to make a pledge today to the JHM United Way campaign. To learn more about the United Way and how you can make a difference by assisting families and communities in need, visit hopkinsmedicine.org/unitedway.

Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Which of This Year’s Johns Hopkins’ Discoveries Was the Most Groundbreaking?"

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As we look ahead to 2015 and the changes we might hope to make, think back to this time last year and the resolutions you declared for a promising 2014. What were those resolutions and did you manage to keep them through the year? If not, how far along did you get? Share your New Year's Resolutions stories in the comments below.

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With the holidays fast approaching, Corporate Security would like to remind you of some crime prevention tips. As we have monitored both criminal and non-criminal activity over the years, we’ve typically seen a slight increase in thefts and other crimes of opportunity on and around the East Baltimore campus during the holidays. Most recently, we have observed a slight uptick in attempted cell phone thefts north and east of our patrol boundaries. We would like to take this opportunity to share the following crime prevention tips in hopes you will partner with us in helping to create a safe environment for everyone.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • When out and about, stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
  • Do not use cell phones, iPods, or tablets as you move about. Doing so will distract you from what is occurring in your surroundings.
  • Whenever possible, travel with a partner or in groups.
  • Use Corporate Security’s escort services when on or around the East Baltimore or Bayview campuses. To request a security escort, call 5-5585 (East Baltimore campus) or 0-0333 (Bayview).
  • When parking, secure items or packages left behind in the trunk or cover them to keep them out of sight. As an alternative, leave these items at home or carry them with you as you leave your vehicle.
  • When leaving your office, secure property and lock office doors, even if you will only be gone for a short time.
  • If you become a victim of a crime, try to stay calm, surrender any property that is requested of you and immediately notify security or the police.

For more information and additional safety tips, please visit hopkinsmedicine.org/security_parking_transportation

All faculty, staff and students are reminded to alert Security Communications immediately (5 5585 – E. Baltimore; 0-0333 - Bayview) of any suspicious persons or activity.

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As shown in the video "Research Highlights from Johns Hopkins Medicine", this year saw a number of innovate biomedical research discoveries. As detailed in the JHM Strategic Plan, this is a key part of maintaining Johns Hopkins' reputation as a leader in the world of healthcare and education.

Revisit some of this past year's discoveries and vote for the one that you think was most groundbreaking.

Which of This Year's Johns Hopkins' Discoveries Was the Most Groundbreaking?

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Click here to view last week’s poll results from "Do You Think Physician-Assisted Death For Terminally Ill Patients Should Be Legal?"

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Last week, Time Magazine's annual Person of the Year was revealed to be "the Ebola fighters", those throughout the world that have helped fight the outbreak of the Ebola disease. If JHM's publication, Dome, were to select a Person of the Year from Johns Hopkins Medicine, who you would nominate to receive this distinction and why?

The floor is yours, so choose anyone from JHM that you feel deserves the recognition as the Person of the Year.

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One of the more enduring holiday traditions is the plethora of christmas songs that hit the airwaves of radios, shopping malls and elevators everywhere in December. From original ditties to modern pop updates, there are thousands of versions of holiday songs that have existed for decades. But only certain songs take you back to being "like a kid on Christmas" and the excitement and wonder that came with the season.

So in the holiday spirit, sing out and tell us which classic songs remind you of holidays from your youth and feel free to share any of those special memories in today's Throwback Thursday.

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