Silent Killer Often Undiagnosed in Children


High blood pressure or hypertension is often called a silent killer because its symptoms are not always noticeable, but it can lead to potentially deadly problems. In a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), MetroHealth physicians used electronic medical records to examine the charts of 14,000 children. They discovered hypertension was undiagnosed in three-quarters of the pediatric patients.

High blood pressure is increasing in prevalence with the pediatric obesity epidemic. Diagnosing hypertension in children is much more difficult than the simple blood pressure check required in adults, because abnormal blood pressures in children vary with age, sex, and height.

David Kaelber, internist and pediatrician, The MetroHealth System and senior instructor at Case Western Reserve University, says that as many as 1.5 million children nationwide could have undiagnosed high blood pressure. Read more.

Make History: Register now to attend Fall Convocation and Investiture

Barbara R. Snyder will officially be installed as the next -- and the first woman to serve as -- president of Case Western Reserve University at the 2007 Fall Convocation and Investiture ceremony. To learn more on the history of the university's presidents, view the University Archives online exhibit.

All faculty, staff and students who plan to attend this year's Fall Convocation and Investiture program and be a part of history in the making need to register online by August 28. Tickets to the ceremony, set for at 4:30 p.m. August 29 at Severance Hall, will be available at the Severance Hall Box Office on August 27. Faculty who plan to be a part of the processional can order academic regalia through the University Bookstore. Questions: Contact the Convocation and Investiture Office at 368-6280.

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For Faculty & Staff

The Squire Valleevue Farm staff is asking university departments and offices to donate outdated office supplies for use with children's programs conducted at the farm. Hundreds of Cleveland-area K-12 students visit University Farm for educational programming year round. For more information about donating items, send an e-mail to Ana Locci, or call 368-0274.

For Students

University Counseling Services is sponsoring a welcome party for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) students beginning graduate and professional school programs this year at 6:30 p.m. on August 27 at Point East, 27500 Cedar Road. Come meet GLBT staff, faculty and former students. Contact Jane Daroff via e-mail, or call 368-5872 for directions and to RSVP.


Today marks the beginning of Welcome Days! Join in and welcome the class of 2011 for their first all-class event today at 5 p.m. on the football field (rain site: Veale Center). Participants can watch a special orientation leader dance performance, playfair, and the Case class photo. Read more for a schedule of events.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

August 22, 2007

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Case in the News

Kids' high blood pressure goes untreated

Yahoo News, August 21, 2007
More than one million U.S. youngsters have undiagnosed high blood pressure, leaving them at risk for developing organ damage down the road, a study suggests. Lead author David Kaelber of Case Western Reserve University and Harvard Medical School comments.

Trust, teamwork needed for proper planning

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 20, 2007
Where should people turn to for estate planning? Timothy Fogarty, associate dean for undergraduate and integrated programs in Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, offers answers.

The science of soft skills

Canadian Technology News, August 22, 2007
Emotional intelligence and "soft" skills are musts for today's corporate denizens. Research shows it's your soft skills and emotional intelligence that determines everything from whether you get promoted to how happy you are at work. Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Course shopping and its meaning

Inside Higher Ed, August 21, 2007
One of the largest studies ever of students' "course shopping" behaviors is just out. Although some of the information may not translate to four-year institutions, the study suggests that course shopping is widespread, comes in different identifiable patterns, and that in moderation it's not always harmful.

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