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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 28, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 12

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An Rx for noisy hospitals
Acoustics experts take aim at sound pollution affecting patients, staff

Ilene Busch-Vishniac and James E. West, right, with microphones and an artificial head used to record stereo signals in a manner that simulates how humans hear. They are assisted in their acoustical engineering research by graduate student Colin Barnhill.

Announcements blare from overhead speakers. Electronic devices beep. Heating and cooling systems rumble. Employees and visitors speak loudly. This sound snapshot, researchers say, comes not from a factory or a sports stadium but from a typical hospital. In a new study, Johns Hopkins acoustical engineers found that hospital noise levels internationally have grown steadily over the past five decades, disturbing patients and staff members, raising the risk of medical errors and hindering efforts to modernize hospitals with speech recognition systems.
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Security is expanded at Homewood
Significant progress continues to be made for the enhancement of security at the Homewood campus, an effort that seeks to put Johns Hopkins at the forefront of campus protection nationwide.
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HopkinsOne to fast-track grants segment
HopkinsOne, the multiyear project to modernize Johns Hopkins' business and administrative systems, has decided to fast-forward the new system's grants proposal segment. The proposal development component is now scheduled to go live in July 2006, rather than July 2007, as originally planned.
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Experts discuss stem cell research at three-day event in D.C.

Alphabet on stone holds clues to 10th-century B.C.E.

Charles Phlegar named interim vp for development, alumni relations

Diets rich in protein, good fat, lower carbs linked to heart health

Historic houses ready for holiday visitors

Still 'sharp' older brains are not the same as younger brains

APL provides a unique close view of successful intercept test

Johns Hopkins study may change rules for treating heart failure

United Way Campaign and Lottery Winners

'Gap year' could become gulch for college delayers, study finds

Magnetic probe tracks implanted cells in cancer patients

JHPIEGO receives Gates grant for cervical cancer prevention programs

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