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  • ICU Communication study reveals complexities of family decision-making. | think:blog
    died According to Daly the discussions are important because up to 40 of these ICU patients do not survive beyond two months if they have spent more than five days on a mechanical ventilator For survivors the most likely outcome is for long term care which raises issues about the quality of life that the patient might want to have she said Overall the researchers found no significant differences between the control and intervention groups in length of stay in the ICU or in limitations of aggressive interventions The Boston study had been the ideal situation where the director of the ICU was conducting the study and the ICU staff accepted the intervention as part of its routine practices said Daly professor of nursing and clinical ethics director at University Hospitals Case Medical Center We took the study into real life situations Daly attributes the varying effectiveness of the new communication system to different ages and needs of patients in the medical compared to surgical units and to differences in clinical staff attitudes towards decisions to limit aggressive interventions such as feeding tubes and tracheostomy In the medical units the patients generally are older and chronically ill many suffering several chronic illnesses The other ICUs generally serve younger patients who are more likely to have suffered a sudden acute health crisis such as an emergency surgery or trauma from a motor vehicle accident Daly said many treatments in the medical ICU will not sustain life and families face complicated end of life decisions to stop or continue ineffective treatments The research group also tracked conversational interchanges between family members and doctors All families received medical updates About 86 of the meetings covered treatment plans 94 prognosis 78 percent preferences and goals and only 68 milestones Daly said analyses of the

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2011/01/05/icu_communication_study_reveals_complexities_of_family_decisionmaking (2015-11-11)
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  • ANGRY AT GOD? IF SO, YOU’RE NOT ALONE, SAYS CWRU PSYCHOLOGIST | think:blog
    people to acknowledge their anger toward God Many people are ashamed and don t want to admit their feelings she says In particular people who are highly religious may believe that they should focus only on the positive side of religious life But religion and spirituality are like other domains of life such as work and relationships Exline says They bring important benefits but they can bring difficulties as well Anger with God is one of those struggles she adds According to Exline s findings Protestants African Americans and older people tend to report less anger at God people who do not believe in God may still harbor anger and anger toward God is most distressing when it is frequent intense or chronic Overcoming anger at God she says may require some of the same steps needed to resolve other anger issues People may benefit from reflecting more closely on the situation and how they see God s role in it Exline suggests For example they may become less angry if they decide that God was not actually responsible for the upsetting event or if they can see how God has brought some meaning or benefit from a painful situation People who feel angry toward God also need to be reassured that they are not alone Many individuals experience such struggles she adds She suggests that people try to be open and honest with God about their anger rather than pulling away or trying to cover up their negative feelings Readers who would like to participate in an online study of anger toward God can go to this web address http psychology case edu research god index html Exline a noted expert in forgiveness issues is a licensed psychologist and a spiritual director trained by the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2011/01/04/angry_at_god_if_so_youare_not_alone_says_cwru_psychologist (2015-11-11)
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  • Newly Formed PolymerPlus Emerges from Layered Polymers Research at Case Western Reserve University | think:blog
    applications There is a strong technology transfer aspect to PolymerPlus said Jim Pae Operations Director at Case Western Reserve s Institute for Advanced Materials Films made of extremely thin and varying layers can produce unique even unexpected benefits Applications are being explored in such areas as optics and electronics PolymerPlus provides a lower risk approach to developing long range ideas that companies might have related to multilayer polymer film products and technology said Charles Bush PolymerPlus president Should the right opportunity present itself we might manufacture a product but at this point our strategy is primarily to be a research and technology company PolymerPlus has obtained an exclusive license to develop CLiPS gradient refractive index GRIN lens technology as part of a multi million dollar development program centered on pilot scale GRIN lens production for strategic lightweight imaging and energy collection devices The lead production engineer of the new PolymerPlus LLC facility is Michael Ponting a 2010 alumnus of the CLiPS graduate research programatCaseWesternReserve The PolymerPlus laboratory is in CRADLE the Sherwin Williams Co incubator in the Cleveland suburb Valley View Sherwin Williams established CRADLE Creative Research And Development Laboratory Environment in a 12 000 square foot facility primarily to accommodate startup companies that require laboratory space PolymerPlus is the second CLiPS startup AdvancedHydro founded in 2008 is in Austin Texas where it is utilizing polymer coatings to extend water filtration membrane lifetime and throughput by reducing membrane fouling For more information about CLiPS research go to http clips case edu clipsresearch html print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available on our site Posted by Marvin Kropko December 21 2010 05 09 PM News Topics Official Release advertising archives letters to

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/21/newly_formed_polymerplus_emerges_from_layered_polymers_research_at_case_western_reserve_university (2015-11-11)
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  • Suzanne Rivera Joins Case Western Reserve University’s Research Management Team | think:blog
    In her current position Rivera oversees policy development and implementation regulatory affairs grants and contracts scientific core facilities and other aspects of UT Southwestern s research programs She also has taught courses on research regulation and public policy and medical ethics At Case Western Reserve Rivera will be responsible for managing sponsored projects administration overseeing sponsors funds and compliance with external regulations She hopes to increase and enhance research programs by bringing together faculty external sponsors and others to develop proposals that build on the research strengths of the university I am pleased to join an institution with such a wide ranging record of research achievement Rivera said I am eager to contribute to Case Western Reserve s efforts to increase research in particular in interdisciplinary areas At UT Southwestern Rivera served in research administration positions of increasing responsibility since 2005 She also worked in research administration programs at the University of California at Irvine Sue Rivera has a very successful track record and vast research administration experience said Mark E Coticchia vice president for economic development industry research and technology management at Case Western Reserve We are fortunate to have her lead and manage this function for the university Rivera earned her doctorate at the University of Texas at Dallas where her dissertation focused on social inequality in biomedical research She also has a master s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor s degree in American civilization from Brown University print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available on our site Posted by Marvin Kropko December 17 2010 07 26 PM News Topics Official Release advertising archives letters to the editor story tips

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/17/suzanne_rivera_joins_case_western_reserve_universityas_research_management_team (2015-11-11)
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  • Isogenic Cell Models for Cancer Research Now Licensed Exclusively to Horizon Discovery in UK | think:blog
    drug therapies and various outcomes These cell lines provide unique tools for drug discovery because they are cells that best represent human cancers Further research based on these cells may lead to development of new cancer therapies Wang said The lines will be added to Horizon Discovery s rapidly expanding library of X MANTM gene X Mutant And Normal cell models which are used to successfully predict which patient groups will respond to currently available and future drug treatments Research involving Horizon Discovery s proprietary rAAV GENESIS gene editing platform seeks to enhance drug development leading to personalized cancer therapies Chris Torrance Horizon Discovery s co founder and chief scientific officer said that the cell lines will help researchers decipher how disease associated genes work and will open up new routes to develop novel targeted therapies In partnering with Horizon we gain a tremendous opportunity to bring these unique cancer cell lines to the market said Stacy Fening licensing associate for life sciences in Case Western Reserve s Technology Transfer Office Commercial deployment of these cell lines allows them to be used to their full potential to advance academic and pharmaceutical research in the cancer field Horizon Discovery Executive Chairman Darrin M Disley said he is delighted that the company is now able to provide a commercial outlet for the research at Case Western Reserve s School of Medicine Disley said the freshly licensed panel of cell lines will enable our customers to better understand the endogenous proteins that are activated expressed when a human cell picks up the mutations implicated in the onset and progression of human cancers Founded in 2007 Horizon Discovery builds on gene engineering cancer research and translational medicine and it draws on intellectual property and know how from major research universities print e mail feeds

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/09/isogenic_cell_models_for_cancer_research_now_licensed_exclusively_to_horizon_discovery_in_uk (2015-11-11)
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  • Professors and students at Case Western Reserve University School of Law Provide Assistance to Kenya Piracy Court | think:blog
    Court Rosemelle Mutoka will be sharing the results of Case Western s research with the Kenya Court of Appeals which will be considering the matter in February Meanwhile the U N Security Council is examining options to bolster the Kenya Piracy Court or establish a new international tribunal to handle the growing number of Somalia piracy cases The legal assistance to the Kenya Piracy Court is a part of a pilot program by the Law School s War Crimes Research Office and the Public International Law and Policy Group a non profit organization co directed by Scharf The legal issues related to piracy are not so different from those we have worked on for the international war crimes tribunals over the past eight years Scharf says The law school has provided more than 200 legal research memos to 6 international tribunals since Scharf established the War Crimes Research Office in 2002 Kimberly Brown a second year Case Western Reserve law student helped draft one of the memos for the Piracy Court It was fantastic to get to work on such a cutting edge international law question that may have a significant impact in the real world I came to Case Western Reserve because of my interest in international law but I never thought I d get to work on something this exciting and important as a law student says Brown Scharf has provided training and legal assistance to the tribunals that have tried Saddam Hussein Charles Taylor Radavan Karadzic and the leaders of the Khmer Rouge The Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone nominated Scharf and the Public International Law and Policy Group for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 Before returning to his family back in Cleveland for the holidays Scharf flew from Mombasa to Kigali

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/08/professors_and_students_at_case_western_reserve_university_school_of_law_provide_assistance_to_kenya_piracy_court (2015-11-11)
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  • Headlines to integrate Major League Baseball in Cleveland ended the National Negro Baseball League | think:blog
    Americans played ball on the fields near East 55th and Central or at League Park the old Lexington Avenue home of the Cleveland Indians But as the Buckeyes succeeded on the field and even integrated with the hiring of a white player named Eddie Klepp in 1946 Call and Post sports writer Doc Young and Wendell Smith from the Pittsburgh Courier strongly advocated for integration of the major leagues When Jackie Robinson became the first black major league player and joined the Brooklyn Dodgers Smith pursued Robinson around the country and reported about his career successes fueling integration efforts Liscio writes that reporters wavered between pro integration stances and vigorously supporting the Negro League teams It was as though they could not make up their minds she says In the end integration of the major leagues trumped As more black athletes took to the major leagues Negro League talents were lost to predominantly white teams After Robinson Lawrence Larry Doby who was 22 years old at the time picked up the bat for the Indians on July 5 1947 Later the great Satchel Paige an older star pitcher joined him Liscio said the papers wanted young black talent to go to the major leagues where they potentially had years to play The fear was if they didn t do well and didn t survive then baseball would use it as an excuse to resegregate to all white teams Liscio said Just as the talent left the black ballfields the spectators in the stands at League Park migrated to the Cleveland Municipal Stadium Attendance dwindled from highs in the 20 000s to fewer than 3 000 by the 1950s the year the Buckeyes folded Integration brought an end to Negro League teams said Liscio who is also president of the Cleveland

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/07/headlines_to_integrate_major_league_baseball_in_cleveland_ended_the_national_negro_baseball_league (2015-11-11)
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  • Longtime Faculty Member Stephen Wotman’s Estate to Fund Public Health Professorship | think:blog
    private celebration of his generosity on Oct 12 a few days before his death from an illness A memorial service for Wotman took place Nov 10 at Amasa Stone Chapel at Case Western Reserve Stephen was an important mentor and friend to many and is missed both professionally and personally said Jerold S Goldberg dean of the School of Dental Medicine His vision energy and commitment are largely responsible for the strong public health orientation that is emblematic of our school today He worked hard to ensure the quality of the faculty and students and he played an important role in planning and implementing our current curriculum Wotman came to the School of Dental Medicine from Columbia University He was also the principal investigator on the first National Institutes of Health funded dental practice based research network grant print e mail feeds connect Get in touch with Case Western Reserve University s media relations team Contact information photos news releases and more are available on our site Posted by Marvin Kropko December 6 2010 06 20 PM News Topics Official Release advertising archives letters to the editor story tips subscribe search more to think about What makes you think Share

    Original URL path: http://blog.case.edu/think/2010/12/06/longtime_faculty_member_stephen_wotmanas_estate_to_fund_public_health_professorship (2015-11-11)
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