Case Western Reserve Researchers Discover Treating Gum Disease Helps
Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Not yet convinced about keeping your teeth healthy? Here's another reason.

People who suffered from gum disease and also had a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis reduced their arthritic pain, number of swollen joints and the degree of morning stiffness when they cured their dental problems. Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland reported on this new intervention for arthritis in the Journal of Periodontology.

"It was exciting to find that if we eliminated the infection and inflammation in the gums, then patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis reported improvement on the signs and symptoms of that disease," said Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics at the dental school. Read more.

Campus News

A start date has been set for the renovation project taking place in the School of Medicine Garage (Lot 55). Lot 55 will shutdown at midnight, Sunday, June 14, and remain closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to last six to eight weeks. All vehicles must be moved out of Lot 55 by midnight on Sunday. Construction will begin the morning of Monday, June 15. All Lot 55 permit holders will be temporarily displaced to the Veale Center Garage (Lot 53) for the duration of construction. Individuals driving university or service vehicles, courtesy parking pass holders, and those with after hours access for Lot 55 will need to seek alternative parking arrangements during the renovation period. Parking permit holders are advised to check their e-mail for information and updates. Questions or concerns should be addressed to Access Services by e-mail at


Outdoor yoga on the quad meets every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. through July 16. Free and open to the campus community. Rain site: Nord Hall 310B. Refer to the summer yoga Web site for more information, or send an e-mail to Marcia Camino. Coupons good toward the purchase of a medium hot or iced tea for only $1 at the SAGES Cafe will be distributed after each yoga class. In addition, participants who bring a friend new to outdoor yoga can enter themselves and their friends in a drawing to be held the last week of yoga. The top prize (winner must be present to win) is a free lunch at the SAGES Cafe.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program is continuing to host free online workshops and open houses. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join David and Alice Kolb from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, June 15, for "Team Learning." The workshop will be followed by an online open house about the master's program in organization development with Harlow Cohen, program director. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) announces the July 1 quarterly competition for pilot funding of up to $10,000 to support activities provided by any of the CTSC Core facilities. This program is being supported by Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center, and investigators whose primary appointments are based at these sites are eligible for this competition. Investigators at the Cleveland Clinic have access to internal pilot funds for clinical and translational research through the RPC Program. Information and details can be found online. Click "Apply" on the right sidebar for the online application. Contact Charlotte Bhasin with any questions about the Cleveland Clinic program. Additional details and instructions will be posted online.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is starting its summer sessions with one of its journal club meetings, where participants discuss some of the bigger issues in academia using provocative articles as starting points. The topic of "Should We End the University as We Know It?" will be discussed from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 11, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will be based on an article by Mark C. Taylor, chair of the religious studies department at Columbia University, who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, "End the University as We Know It." Pizza and beverages will be provided at the session. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


As part of its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Lecture Series, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present a talk on "Social Work, Advocacy and Lobbying at the Federal Level" from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Mandel School, Room 320. Susan White (SAS '80) of Susan J. White & Associates, and Art Lifson (SAS '69) of Art Lifson Consulting LLC, will be the speakers. Mark Chupp, visiting assistant professor, will moderate. Free, but reservations are required by contacting Pamela Carson by e-mail or by phone at 368-2281. Continuing education units are available.

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.

June 10, 2009

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Case in the News

Giving patients brighter days to help them sleep at night

The Plain Dealer, June 9, 2009, 2009
Turns out that being outside during the day and better sleep are probably linked. So researchers at Case Western Reserve University and General Electric are using that bit of knowledge to see if special lighting in a nursing facility will help capture some of the benefits of blue-sky days for people who can't get outdoors. Blue-white fluorescent lights made by engineers at GE's Nela Park campus stand in for blue sky and may soon replace yellow fluorescent lighting in daytime recreation areas of nursing homes. The hope is to improve sleep patterns in patients. Patricia Higgins, a registered nurse and professor at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, comments.

Challenges of raising technology-dependent children

Advance for Nurses, June 8, 2009
As a PICU nurse early in her career, Valerie Toly cared for many children dependent on technology for their breathing, nutrition and cardiovascular function. Toly never forgot those families, and decided to pursue the question as part of her dissertation from Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. In collaboration with co-investigators Carol M. Musil, professor of nursing, and John C. Carl, attending physician in pediatric pulmonology at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Toly interviewed 103 mothers of children between the ages of 7 months and 16 years who were dependent on several technologies.

Treating gums helps rheumatoid arthritis

United Press International, June 2, 2009
Patients suffered fewer rheumatoid arthritis symptoms when their gum disease was treated, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals found. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, found treating gum disease was linked with reduced joint pain, fewer swollen joints and less morning stiffness in patients suffering from a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. Nabil Bissada, chair of the department of periodontics at the dental school, comments.

Sleep may be your secret to better health and a slimmer summer: a NetWellness column

The Plain Dealer, June 10, 2009, 2009
This week's NetWellness column is authored by Dennis Auckley, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center. For millions of Americans, shedding unwanted pounds is a top priority, especially in the summer swimsuit season. That's why the National Sleep Foundation is reminding Americans that spending more time asleep may be part of the secret to slimming down and looking great on the beach or by the pool.

Higher Ed News

10 University-Press Directors Back Free Access to Scholarly Articles

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, June 5, 2009
In a move that puts them at odds with the official stance of the Association of American University Presses, a group of university-press directors yesterday issued a position statement that endorses "the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication."