School of Medicine, KSU Study Identifies Possible Cause of Salt-induced Hypertension

Blood pressure and saltNew research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Kent State University shows that salt intake raises blood pressure because it makes it harder for the cardiovascular system to simultaneously juggle the regulation of blood pressure and body temperature. A team of researchers led by Robert P. Blankfield, clinical professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a member of the Department of Family Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and Ellen L. Glickman, professor of exercise science at Kent State University, conducted the study.

For decades, medical researchers have sought to understand how salt causes salt-induced high blood pressure, to no avail. Some individuals, described as “salt sensitive,” experience an increase in blood pressure following the ingestion of salt, whereas others, termed “salt resistant,” do not. Until now, scientists have been unable to explain why some individuals are salt sensitive and others are salt resistant. This inability to explain why salt raises blood pressure in some individuals but not others has hampered the development of a comprehensive theory as to what causes most cases of high blood pressure. Read more about the study.

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Spartan Hall of Fame: Jim Sadowski

Jim Sadowski
Jim Sadowski

The Spartan Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame Banquet and Fundraiser April 30. Today is The Daily’s final look at the inductees—from their CWRU accomplishments to where they are today.

Jim Sadowski (CIT ’63) was a standout basketball player for the CIT Rough Riders during the early 1960s. During his freshman season, he scored a career-high 31 points versus rival Western Reserve University. Then in 1961, he helped lead the team to a 15-3 record and a PAC Championship. In 1963, he was a first-team All-PAC selection and the winner of the Joe Girlando Award (team MVP).

Sadowski also competed for one season on the track & field team, and he posted a career-best high jump of 6 feet in 1960. During his career, he had the honor of competing for two legendary head coaches in Bill Sudeck and Nip Heim. He graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and later earned his master’s of engineering from CIT in 1967. Read about Sadowski's career and how to attend the event.

Campus News

There’s a new space in Kelvin Smith Library for anyone who needs a quiet space to study or work: the Special Collections Reading Room, located on the second floor. This space provides another option for you to get some work done during the week, as a busy semester peaks along with the personal need for some quiet time.  Read more about room policy and hours for this newest open space at your library, on the KSL NewsBlog.

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On your mark, get set, think…fast. A new question of the week launches today on the Think news site. Members of the campus community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, anyone with a Case ID—can flex their intellectual muscle in this semester-long contest. The competition features weekly multiple-choice questions on subjects ranging from religion to rocket science. The winner gets an end-of-semester article in The Daily and, more important, some serious bragging rights. Join the competition and bookmark the page to play every week.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is offering a seminar on "Fundamentals of Feedback" April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Crawford Hall 209. The session will cover how to receive critical feedback, useful coping mechanisms for handling feedback and how to give constructive feedback fairly and effectively. Register online.

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The Employee Wellness Program will offer a free cooking demonstration on vegetarian cooking with Bon Appetit Chef Shawn Hock. During the demonstration, held April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, he’ll demonstrate how to prepare vegetarian dishes and provide samples. Register here.

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This month’s Women Inspiring Lunchtime Discussions (WILD) Wednesday session, sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will cover “Gardening in a Nutshell.” The event, held April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. on the quad at Nord Hall, will discuss the basics of gardening, tips for success and how to grow your own garden. The rain site will be Tomlinson Hall.

For Students

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Global Development (IJGD) is recruiting undergraduate students of all majors to serve on the 2011-2012 Editorial Board. IJGD is a peer-reviewed journal created by current medical students of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. For more information about the journal or for application materials, contact Rosalyn Gholston. Deadline to apply is April 22.

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Do you love dance? Then come see the 6th annual ExtravaDance, hosted by the Spartan Tappers, on April 20 at 7 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Styles include hip-hop, swing, ballroom and tap. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.

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Join Case Center for Inquiry April 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. for its annual Good Friday for a Barbecue at Leutner Pavilion and enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers and more.


CWRU Speakeasy

Speakeasy’s annual spring concert will be held in Strosacker Auditorium April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Find more information on Speakeasy’s Facebook page.

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Learn how your body works and how new medical breakthroughs may affect you in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Mini Med School. No math or science background is necessary. Lectures, led by School of Medicine faculty, are in plain English and there are no exams. Mini Med School sessions are on five consecutive Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning May 3. Topics for lectures include: Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss, Colon Cancer, Invitro Fertilization, How Wellness Works, Muscular Dystrophy, and Myasthenia Gravis. More information can be found online. To register, contact Nicole in the Continuing Medical Education Department at 216.983.1239 or by email.

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The CWRU Vocal Repertory Class Recital will be held April 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. Students will perform songs and arias they studied this semester, including works by Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Debussy and Fauré.

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The Case Baroque Chamber Ensembles Concert will perform The Mystery Sonatas of Heinrich Biber in a free, public show April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel.

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In celebration of Vergil Week, there will be a continuous public reading of the Aeneid in English and an Exhibition of Art Inspired by the Aeneid April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in SAGES Café in Crawford Hall. All are invited to take part in the reading.

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Jessica Berg
Jessica Berg

Jessica Berg, professor of law and bioethics, had a paper on “Ethical and Legal Issues in Enhancement Research on Human Subjects” published in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. Additionally, she presented at a series of conferences over the past few months: the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting in San Diego, the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Denver, the World Health Interest Group in Cleveland, the National Health Lung Blood Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Department of Pathology in Cleveland. She also was named the chair of the Callahan Distinguished Lecture Series and a member of the Stem Cell Research Oversight Board here on campus.

April 19, 2011

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In the News

How to Tell Alzheimer's Disease from 'Normal' Memory Loss

The Plain Dealer, April 18, 2011
To distinguish between “normal” memory loss or something more serious, such as Alzheimer’s disease, people need to note how often memory loss occurs and when it begins. “People are recognizing that the onset of late-life memory problems actually may go back decades, 10 or 20 years,” said Alan Lerner, professor of neurology and director of the Memory and Cognition Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Additionally, there is a list of 10 signs to watch.

The Bible Is Dead; Long Live the Bible

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 17, 2011
The Chronicle Review features an excerpt of Florence Harkness Professor of Religion Timothy Beal’s new book, The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. In it, he discusses the difficulty—and problem—with viewing the Bible as the one divinely authored book.

Fix the Tax Gap: Fewer Audits, Clearer Rules

Bloomberg Businessweek, April 18, 2011
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, penned an article on how underreporting income hurts the tax system. He also gives his suggestion on how to remedy the problem.

Higher Ed News

Presidential Doppelgängers Tweet

Inside Higher Ed, April 18, 2011
With more and more university presidents embracing Twitter as a strategic tool, more and more fake Twitter accounts are popping up impersonating the leaders—and many universities are filing complaints to get the faux accounts shut down.