A team of investigators led by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that the tumor mutation load (TML) in a patient’s cancer biopsy varied by age and the type of cancer.
Georgetown autism specialists working with Latino families in Washington, D.C., have developed an effective screening program that identifies Latino infants who may be at risk for autism spectrum disorder.
A new master’s degree at Georgetown teaches health care professionals how to enhance patient safety and improve quality in an increasingly complex heath care system.
OPIOIDS: A NATIONAL EMERGENCY?
In an opinion published online in JAMA in August, Lawrence O. Gostin, professor of medicine and faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown, joined colleagues to make the case for declaring the U.S. opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. The action “authorizes public health powers, mobilizes resources, and facilitates innovative strategies to curb a rapidly escalating public health crisis,” the authors explain. Six states and several tribal governments have already declared public health emergencies for the opioid epidemic, but a national emergency declaration would create a critical, coordinated “surge response.” The authors note that with 180,000 opioid overdose deaths predicted by 2020, “Opioid abuse is among the most consequential preventable public health threats facing the nation.”
Running Helps Older Women
Running Helps Older Women regenerate bone density, offsetting bone loss during meno pause, says Georgetown Professor of Family Medicine Ranit Mishori, MD (M’02), in a recent article in the Washington Post. Herself a runner and former triathlete, Mishori adds that running can help reduce other adverse effects of menopause including hot flashes, circulation problems, and depression.
Health Policy and Kids
For the latest on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act, follow Georgetown’s popular “Say Ahhh!” health policy blog. The articles and reports are produced by the university’s Center for Children & Families (CCF), part of the Health Policy Institute at the McCourt School of Public Policy. CCF is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center with a mission to expand and improve highquality, affordable health coverage. Founded in 2005, the center is devoted to improving the health of America’s children and families, particularly those with low and moderate incomes.
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
For the last five years, incoming first and second-year Georgetown School of Medicine students live the spirit of cura personalis by planning and running a sports camp for homeless children living in the DC General Family Shelter.
“Trying new things and sharing in the laughter of the week requires a certain trust that these kids don't often get to develop in the chaotic environment of a family shelter,” says Jessica Haladyna (M’20), camp director. “The camp isn’t about the games that we play, but the sportsmanship and teamwork that grow into longlasting friendships and life lessons.”