Medical School Researchers Find Ibuprofen Associated with Slower Lung Function Decline in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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Treatment with ibuprofen is associated with a significantly slower rate of decline in lung function in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis, according to a new study from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Researchers led by Michael W. Konstan professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, found that patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who took high doses of ibuprofen had a 29 percent reduction in loss of lung function compared to those who did not use the anti-inflammatory drug twice daily over a period of two to seven years.

The study, which concluded that the benefits of ibuprofen therapy outweigh the small risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, appears in the first issue for December 2007 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society. Read more.

Case, CMA Mark 40 Years of Preparing Art History, Museum Studies Professionals

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The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and Case Western Reserve University's art history and museum studies program has been transforming students' lives and careers for 40 years. Friends and alumni marked this historic milestone and the collaborative academic program's longstanding success during a special anniversary event held recently at the museum.

Since the inception of the program, nearly 200 graduates with Master of Arts degrees and more than 70 alumni with doctorates have gone on to teach at universities and/or work in museums around the country. Read more.

Campus News

Today is the final day to give input on the University Plan. All faculty, staff and students are urged to complete the online Strategic Planning Survey to help capture the ideas and insights of the university community regarding the future of the institution and its strategic plan.

The Fifteenth Annual Academic Happy Hour is scheduled from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2008, in the Thwing Center ballroom. The annual event brings together the Case community for a conversation with the university's president on topics of importance to the university community. The Academic Happy Hour Planning Committee is currently accepting suggestions for topics for this year's discussion. Send topic ideas to the committee by December 3.

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The Share the Vision Committee (STV) is compiling an online promotional calendar of events for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance. Persons planning events and programs the week of January 21, 2008, that honor the spirit and legacy of King are asked to submit the information to Mayo Bulloch, STV committee chair, by Wednesday, December 5.

For Faculty & Staff

Today is the final day to enroll in the university's 2008 benefits program during the open enrollment period. Employees must use the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system. Vendor applications, which are required if changes in coverage elections are made, must be received in the human resources office by 5 p.m., December 7. Stop by Crawford Hall, Room 209 by 5 p.m. today to speak with a human resources representatives or to use computer terminals to enroll. Questions: Call the Benelect Hotline at 368-1234.

For Students

A new student group, the Case Pre-Dental Society, will have its first meeting from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, December 2 in Thwing Center, Bellflower Lounge. Pre-dental students and those interested in dental medicine should attend. Send questions by e-mail to Jaclyn Danoff.

Events

The Cleveland Institute of Music will present the Cavani String Quartet at 5 p.m., December 1 in a Chamber Music Festival Master Class at the institute. The concert is free.

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Students in the SAGES USNA 235 course have developed a sense of place by studying photography and writing about the Doan Brook Wathershed, that winds through campus. View the results of their efforts, December 3-10 in Thwing Center atrium in the "Sense of Place Exhibit: The Doan Brook Through Photography and Writing." The exhibit is free.

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.

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Dave Poerschke, a senior in materials science and engineering, received the FEF Ronald and Glenn Birtwistle Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded at the annual College Industry Conference of the Foundry Educational Foundation on November 8-10, in Chicago.

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For the second time in four years, Greg Debeljak and his coaching staff—assistants Marcus Macalla, Dereck Slesh, Tom Kaufman, Mickey Iliano, Jim Michals, Ben Taylor, James Rosenbury, Mike Jones, Ryan Jones and Dave DiCarlo—won the University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year award after guiding the Spartans to their first UAA Championship, their first national ranking, the most wins in school history (10-0) and their first-ever trip to the NCAA postseason. Read more about other UAA awards the team earned.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University have appointed an international authority on stroke, Anthony J. Furlan, as the new chair of the Department of Neurology. He joins University Hospitals (UH) from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the associate director of the Cerebrovascular Center, associate director of the Bakken Heart Brain Institute and director of the Primary Stroke Center. Read more.

November 30, 2007

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Case in the News

Arteriocyte secures $800,000 from feds

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 29, 2007
Stem cell company Arteriocyte Inc., an offshoot business of Case Western Reserve University in 2004, will receive $800,000 from the U.S. government to develop a cellular therapy that would help battlefield wounds heal.

UAW's retiree health benefits takeover could change way care is delivered

The Canadian Press, November 29, 2007
J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University, offers analysis about the recent health care retirement agreement between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp.

Depression, osteoporosis link

Health24 news.com, November 28, 2007
Depression should be added to the conditions that lead to osteoporosis in women, conclude the authors of a new study led by Farideh Eskandari, assistant professor of endocrinology at Case Western Reserve University, who found that low bone mineral density was more common among women with major depressive disorder.

Higher Ed News

New Study calls for 'paradigm shift' in social-science graduate education

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 30, 2007
Doctoral education in the social sciences requires a "paradigm shift" that takes into account significant changes in the job market and uncertain early career prospects, according to a new study that tracked the experiences of recent Ph.D.'s in six social-science disciplines.

In Graduate schools, boost for minorities

Inside Higher Ed, November 30, 2007
The percentage of graduate students who are members of minority groups continues to increase, according to the annual Survey of Graduate Enrollment report released on Thursday.

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