The particles that produce haze, or a reduction in visibility due to air pollution, contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. The Cleveland Hazecam, originated by Sumita Khatri, MD, Pathobiology, aims to raise awareness of air pollution and help citizens monitor the quality of the air they breathe. The camera takes real-time photographs of the Cleveland skyline, and visitors to the Hazecam website can view changes in visibility from day to day and learn more about the health effects of air pollution. An article describing Hazecam was recently featured in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the article; Visit the website
Richard Ransohoff, MD , Neurosciences, was quoted in USA Today about the effects of a stressful lifestyle on patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), including Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Dr. Ransohoff explains that individuals tolerate stress differently, and that stress does not necessarily worsen MS symptoms, as previously believed. Read the story
Pedaling for Parkinson’s—a program developed by Jay Alberts, PhD, Biomedical Engineering—uses assisted exercise to alleviate some of the tremors and shaking experienced by patients suffering from the disease. The program began at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and, due to its popularity, has now branched out to several satellite locations in Washington, Illinois, and Michigan. Read the story
The research of Ranjan Dutta, PhD, Neurosciences, was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of MS Connection, the quarterly newsletter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Ohio Buckeye Chapter. The article explains Dr. Dutta’s research using postmortem brain tissues to understand the mechanisms that lead to demyelination and remyelination. He says, “Our work deals with finding clues from MS brain tissues and then trying to mimic these changes in animal models and in vitro experiments.” Dr. Dutta recently received a research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for these studies; Dr. Dutta recently received a research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for these studies.