COMBINES 31 YEARS OF STUDY
'U' professor has new theory on hyj
By BETH ROSENBERG
Thirty million Americans - 15 per
cent of the U.S. population - suffer
from some form of hypertension, and
half of them don't know it, according to
Dr. David Bohr, physiology professor
at the University Medical School.
Bohr has studied the causes of hyper-
tension, or high blood pressure, at the
University for 31 years and has
requested $3.7 million from the
National Institute of Health so he can
continue hypertension research for
another five years. Bohr said his next
study, scheduled to begin in 1981, will
center on his latest hypothesis concer-
ning smooth muscle found surrounding
BLOOD PRESSURE rises because
constriction of the blood vessels causes
increased resistance. The doctor ex-
plained that genetic abnormalities or
induced hormonal changes might affect
the smooth muscle and cause it to
become more excitable. When the cell
muscle becomes excited it contracts
more and causes increased resistance
to blood flow through the tube surroun-
ding the cell, according to Bohr.
"The hypothesis of basic abnor-
malities says that it (the abnormality)
is inherited and can be made to take
place in experimental animals or does
take place in humans exposed to kidney
damage or hormones," Bohr stated.
Bohr said if his hypothesis proves to
be correct, the next logical step in his
research is to find the nature of change
in the membrane and what causes the
"ONCE WE find one answer, it will
open up new ones to be answered," he
Hypertension is a general term en-
compassing several different diseases
which result in elevated blood pressure.
Hypertension can result from problems
involving the kidneys, hormones, diet,
or unknown causes.
Dogs, pigs, rab
genetic strain of hyp
been used in Bohr's
crease the blood p
intake in the diet, a
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bits and a special some cases, Bohr said. He added that.
pertensive rats have some drugs, including diuretics, are ef-
experiments. To in- fective in lowering hypertension.
pressure in the ex- A person suffering from hypertension
s, Bohr successfully should see a physician, Bohr said. The
including kidney doctor will decide what type of hyper-
ages in the sodium tension the patient has.
and hormonal injec- "High blood pressure itself doesr't
hurt anything," Bohr explained. "Tbe
ey .and hormonal danger is the secondary effects of
available, while damaged blood vessels causing a stroke
F from the disease in or heart attack."
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There was little discussion by the
'Aculty concerning the possible in-
;Clusion of the ACT in University ad-
mnissions criteria. Gordus stressed that
the issue is currently under discussion,
and no action is planned until more in-
.ormation about the effectiveness of the
tests is obtained.
THERE WAS some concern ex-
pressed that neither the SAT nor the
ACT adequately measure a student's
ability to do college work.
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The key to achieving inner peace, he
said, was in discovering "the nature of
the mind" and "the functions of con-
sciousness," in destroying con-
sciousness so that the true nature of the
mind would be revealed.
The Dalai Lama, launching into a
detailed, academic exposition on
Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices,
explained that meditation was the key
to breaking through one's con-
sciousness. In the short-term such inner
peace, he said, would provide one with
clear thinking, and more tranquilized
thoughts. In the long-term it would link
the individual with the essentially
common nature of all people, which
would then lead logically to a valuing of
speace and an end to selfishness, he said.
THE EXILED religious leader said
he felt that he and Pope John Paul II
shared "common ground."
"Christians and Buddhists have the
same basic emphasis on love. We are
the same in that we are working for the
benefit of humankind," he explained.
The Dalai Lama's visit to America is
seen by many as a result of changes
recently in Chinese-American
relations. Although for years he has
asked to tour the United States, he was
refused an entry visa, many say,
because his visit might have infuriated
Now that diplomatic relations with
China have been established, the State
Department felt secure in issuing a
The Dalai Lama particularly ex-
pressed a desire to visit Ann Arbor, af-
ter local architect Rich Ahearn began
corresponding with the exiled Tibetan
leader after a visit to his Dharmsala,
India refuge in 1971.
ECB Chairman Fader outlined the
success of the ECB program, which in-
cludes assessment of writipg skills of
incoming students, placement into ap-
propriate composition classes, and
research into the effects of the program
on writing ability.
Fader said that the program has met
with wide acclaim across the country.
English Prof. Richard Bailey, who is
responsible for the ECB research
program, said, "At no other com-
parable institution is an entire faculty
devoting such an effort to writing."
Both Bailey and Fader cited the ECB
Outreach program, in which University
professors. visit Michigan high schools
to help establish composition
programs, as widely praised and highly
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