Nursing Professor Studies Therapies to Address Effects of Long-term Bed Rest


After weeks of bed rest during pregnancy, new mothers need to rebuild muscles and strengthen their stamina. Now a group of women will test new interventions in aiding that recovery during a pilot study at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

"Putting people in bed is not a benign kind of thing," says Judith Maloni, a professor of nursing. She has been studying the effects of bed rest for nearly two decades.

Maloni will test a set of exercises and educational programs that help women learn to manage their recovery after both bed rest and birth.

The study is supported by the Bolton School's Center for Excellence for Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART). It is among four projects the center is piloting to learn more about teaching individuals how to manage their own health care. Read more.

Two Law Professors Release New Books



Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Michael P. Scharf has written a new book, Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, while Professor of Law Wendy Wagner has co-authored Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research.

Of Scharf's book, co-authored with Michael A. Newton, Publishers Weekly says, "they candidly summarize the difficulties posed to courts and lawyers intent on bringing Hussein's crimes to light and exposing him to fair and unbiased judgment."

Wagner, who joined the environmental law program in July, co-authored her book with Thomas McGarity. They offer an in-depth and eye-opening view into the world of corporate and governmental abuse and the efforts made to prevent scientific discoveries from going public. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University will take part in 10,000 Visions of Cleveland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 6 at the Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E. Ninth Street. The event, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Partnership and 10,000 Little (micro) Ideas to Keep You Believing in Cleveland, will feature projects and organizations that have helped spark economic development in Northeast Ohio. Case Western Reserve will not only showcase its economic development contributions but also lifestyle and sustainability initiatives. A block party on West 6th Street immediately follows the event from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Admission is free to students with a valid university ID. Details on the university's participation in the event are forthcoming. Go to the event Web site for additional information.


Learn more about WISER (the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable), its mentoring program and its schedule of events for the new academic year at an informational meeting beginning at 8 p.m., September 2 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Pizza and snacks will be provided.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety promotes the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve University community and its environment. Six times a year, the department publishes its Safety Newsletter. The current edition, as well as newsletters dating back to 1993, can be accessed online.

For Faculty and Staff

New faculty are invited to attend a University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) forum on library resources from 12:30-1:30 p.m., August 29 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Kelvin Smith Library provides comprehensive resources and immediate access to electronic journals and databases covering a variety of academic disciplines. Come learn about the library's visual and audio resources, teaching materials, copyright information and patent searches, as well as fun resources including films and music. During the session, Reference Librarian Catherine Wells and Social Sciences Librarian Mark Eddy will provide an overview of these and other sources. Pizza and beverages will be provided. RSVP to

For Students

The Department of Bioethics is offering three-credit fall and spring short-term study abroad opportunities to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes courses in Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina, France, the Netherlands or Belgium during winter and spring breaks. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377, or visit one of the upcoming information sessions being held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., August 29, September 2 and 3, and September 5 in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A.



In honor of the Great Lakes Brewing Company's (GLBC) 20th anniversary, the next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature the brewery's Pat Conway and Mark Hunger, and Cleveland Clinic Hepatologist Anthony Tavill on the topic of "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Beer" at 6:30 p.m., September 2 at the GLBC's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

August 28, 2008

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Case in the News

Magnesium cuts risk of cerebral palsy, according to study in New England Journal of Medicine

The Plain Dealer, August 28, 2008
Doctors still can't definitively say how it helps, but they know that magnesium given to pregnant women before they deliver prematurely cuts down on the chances of their baby developing cerebral palsy. The findings of a seven-year study conducted by MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University—part of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Network Unit—are being published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Sharing information about 'struggling' med students

Inside Higher Ed, August 28, 2008
The September issue of Academic Medicine includes a report on a survey and three editorials about medical schools' policies regarding the sharing of information about students who struggle during required "clerkships" in internal medicine in their third and fourth years of medical school. The study was conducted by researchers at several colleges, including Case Western Reserve University.

Academy launches online international update newsletter

American Family Physician, August 27, 2008
The American Academy of Family Physicians's Center for International Health Initiatives has launched a Web-based newsletter, International Update, for family physicians, faculty members, family medicine residents and medical students to share their global medicine experiences, projects and interests. The inaugural issue includes an article about Andrew Ibrahim, a student at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Classical Guitar Weekend returns for 9th season

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2008
The ninth season of Classical Guitar Weekend is Sept. 5-7 under the auspices of Guitars International, the local organization run by Armin Kelly, in cooperation with Cleveland Institute of Music and supported by Case Western Reserve University Department of Music.

Higher Ed News

Ohio college students get discounts on electronic books

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2008
Ohio college students will get discounts on electronic books and faculty members will get money if they offer discounted electronic books under a plan just announced by the University System of Ohio.

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