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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 7A

'U' study reveals vitamin D
link with high blood pressure

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suggest that the vitamin D deficien-
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"There may be something we
By DYLAN CINTI could do in younger age that has
For the Daily an impact on the trajectory of our
health," Griffin said.
min D deficiency in young- She added that one way to
men may be linked to an stave off high blood pressure is
ed risk of high blood pres- by increasing vitamin D intake by
ter in life, according to an getting more sun and eating foods
g study conducted by Uni- like fatty fish, milk, eggs and mush-
researchers. rooms.
trding to the Michigan Bone She added that in regions like
and Metabolism Study, sub- Michigan - where itis often cloudy
ho had a vitamin D deficien- - it could be difficult to get healthy
93 were three times as likely amounts of ultraviolet rays.
developed high blood pres- "It's important to start supple-
hen they were tested again menting, especially if there's a
7. possibility that failing to do so
ic Health student Flojaune could have a negative impact on
, a co-investigator of the our cardiovascular health," she
and doctoral candidate in said.
iology, said the longitudinal The study was based on annual
of the study allowed for cer- check ups of 559 Caucasian females
velopments to come to light. in Tecumseh, Mich. The main
was actually over time that objective was to document physi-

cal changes in women as they aged,
with a particular emphasis on bone
health. The relationship between
vitamin D and heart health was an
indirect finding.
Today, Griffin and Dr. Crystal
Gadegbeku, the study's co-author
and internal medicine associate
professor in the Medical School,
are presenting the study's findings
at the American Heart Associa-
tion's annual High Blood Pressure
Research Conference in Chicago.
While Griffin is optimistic
about the study's findings, she said
more research needs to be done
to account for racial disparities in
blood pressure.
"Future studies need to be done
to really flesh out what's going on,"
Griffin said.
Griffin is also currently investi-
gating the disparity in high blood
pressure between black and white
women in a separate study called
the Study of Women's Health
Across the Nation.
Griffin said more research will
"help develop nuanced public
health messages to ensure that we
are optimizing health."

AARON AUGSBURGER/Daly
University President Mary Sue Coleman meets with members of SACUA, the leading faculty governing body, yesterday.

COLEMAN
From Page 1A
President's 100 NewFacultyInitia-
tive, Coleman dodged the question
saying she would talk about the
program at her State of the Univer-
sity address on Oct. 5.
"Come to the State of the Uni-
versity address, because I'm going
to be talking about it," Coleman
said with a laugh.
Coleman did tell SACUA mem-
bers that she felt the University
was in a good position to be hiring
the new, interdisciplinary faculty
because so many other universities

aren't currently hiring.
Coleman also said she would
update the University community
on the North Campus Research
Complex as part of her State of the
University address.
"You'll be hearing more about
that," Coleman said. "It's certainly
been a major focus of mine."
Coleman also reassured SACUA
members that she will make imple-
mentation of the Recreational
Sports Task Force a top priority in
the upcoming year.
"We need to figure out a way
that we can tackle it," Coleman
said. "We haven't quite come to
grips with how we're going to do

that, but it is high on my agenda for
issues totake on this year."
Coleman said two logical
approaches would be to either
increase the number of recreation-
al facilities across campus or to
build larger, centralized facilities.
"One of the things that worries
me about a big, new central facility
is that I don't know how we would
fund it right now," Coleman said,
adding that additional facilities
spread across campus may be the
prudent thing to do with the Uni-
versity's tightbudget.
- Cassie Belfour
contributed to this report.

For Obama, Olympics plea a gamble

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From Page 1A
put together a very strong response
to the challenge," Assanis said.
The Michigan Memorial Phoenix
Energy Institute, which was found-
ed in 1948 as a World War II memo-
rial, was initially intended to explore
peaceful uses of nuclear energy but
has since broadened its scope to
all energy research. Recently, the
MMPEI has pursued education
ABROAD
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tracted the virus, because not all
students were tested for the flu.
LeBlanc wrote that a small num-
ber of students exhibited H1N1
symptoms during the summer,
and OIP responded by directly
contacting them.
"We communicate with stu-
dents on an individual basis once
we are aware they are ill, and try
to ensure they have what they
need for a safe and complete
recovery," she wrote.
LeBlanc added that OIP takes
the health and safety of students
studying abroad "very seriously."
The office constantly moni-
tors international areas through
the World Health Organization
and Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention websites. OIP
also seeks advice from University
medical officials.
When the H1N1 virus broke out
in April, the University cancelled
and suspended abroad programs
in Mexico - where the virus orig-
inated. As compensation, the Uni-
versity offered alternate locations
for students to study, in other
Spanish-speaking countries like
the Dominican Republic, Costa
Rica and Spain.
LeBlanc wrote that there has
been less of a concern about H1N1
since the virus emerged in the
spring.
"In addition to the information
shared by medical professionals
at (the University), we are aware
that the current status of H1N1
influenza outbreaks in most inter-
national locations is less severe
now than it was in April/May of
this year, or even later in the sum-
mer," she wrote.
According to the World Health
Organization, as of Sept. 20,
the H1N1 virus has caused 3,917
deaths in 191 countries - with
more than 300,000 confirmed
cases worldwide.
In an interview last month,
Chief Health Officer Robert Win-
field said there has been a "con-
tinuing level" of H1N1 across the
world, particularly in the south-
ern hemisphere.
"It's been quite active in the
southern hemisphere in Austra-
lia, South America (and) southern
Africa," Winfield said. "That's
because this is the winter time,
which is the typical time for influ-
enza."
LSA senior Allison Grekin said
she believes she contracted the
H1N1 virus when she was study-
ing abroad at the University of
Oxford in England this summer.
Out of 40 students in the pro-
gram, Grekin said 10 of them
had the flu. Although she was

projects focused on improving the
design of batteries, electric motors
and electric vehicles.
"As the fate of Michigan and
other states are emerging in these
new industries, we're going to
need people with these new skills,"
Assanis said. "Someone will need
to educate and change the future
workforce."
Duderstadt said the growing
importance of energy sustainabil-
ity and its connection to global
climate change may be the next

significant shift in research focus.
Faculty, he said, will follow the
path of funding and will be reac-
tive to the decisions made by the
Obama administration as it col-
laborates with Congress.
"Over the next 10 to 20 years,
as a nation and as a world, we're
going to have make some really
tough decisions," Duderstadt said.
"Right now, we don't have either
the scientific information or the
technological capability to make
those decisions wisely."

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nmark to lobby there seemed to be increasing
confidence that the votes could be
Chicago's bid to stacking up Chicago's way to host
the 2016 Summer Games. If ChM-
host games cago does come away the victor in
the four-way race - Madrid, Rio
HINGTON (AP) - Presi- de Janeiro and Tokyo are the other
rack Obama's decision to fly contenders - Obama could get a
mark to support Chicago's political boost for helping to deliver
cs bid elevates the Games the Games to his adopted home-
sue of national importance town and for handing the U.S. a
xposes him to political risks fresh source of national pride.
as rewards at a critical point If the U.S. loses, he still might get
residency. points for trying. But he would be
na's presentation in Copen- visibly tied to a failed effort - and
on Friday will be the first to the spending of political capi-
U.S. president has appeared tal on an endeavor many Ameri-
the International Olympic cans might consider unworthy of
ttee to lobby for an Olym- so much of a president's time and
bama initially had said he energy.
t make the trip because he , This is something Obama can,
to tend to the health care ill afford when the public already
at home. shows signs of fatigue with his'

major efforts on so many fronts at
once, many so far unfulfilled.
"If you actually go to Copenha-
gen and meet with the Olympic
committee, you're really on the
line to deliver," said Darrell West, a
politicalanalyst at the Washington-
based Brookings Institution.
The president already has a lot
on the line.
He's re-examining his adminis-
tration's strategy in Afghanistan,
managing the shaky U.S. economy
and pushing hard for health care
overhaul.
Aides say Obama didn't make
the decision to travel until this past
weekend, after he returned home
from the G-20 economic summit in
Pittsburgh and consulted with first
lady Michelle Obama and senior
adviser Valerie Jarrett. They both
were already planning to:traveltwo
Copenhagen as the U.S. delegation
leaders, due to depart Tuesday.

not officially tested for H1N1,
Grekin said she believed she had
it because she exhibited the virus'
symptoms, which include a fever
over 100.4 degrees, coughing, a
sore throat, aching muscles and
vomiting.
In line with the University of
Michigan's current policy, the
University of Oxford told ill stu-
dents to isolate themselves in their
rooms, where resident advisors
brought them meals. Students
there were also prohibited from
going to a doctor because health
officials feared contagious patients
would spread the flu.
After missing one week of
classes, Grekin said she fell far
behind with her coursework.
"My professors had to cre-
ate special assignments for me
because I couldn't complete what
was on the syllabus," she said,
adding that her professors were
understanding and willing to
make adjustments.
"The flu destroyed the regular
syllabus and the regular amount
of studying we had to do," she
said.
But even healthy students ran
into problems while studying
overseas this summer.
LSA junior Grayson Smith
traveled to China this summer
with about 15 other students from
across the country. When they
arrived at the airport in Haikou,
medical officials boarded the
plane to take every passenger's
temperature.
According to Smith, one boy in
the group had a slightly elevated
temperature and was sent to the
hospital for the night. The rest
of the students were taken to
Hainan University, where they
were supposed to study for nine
weeks, but they were quaran-
tined in a building on the edge of
campus.
At specific times twice per day,
people came to check their tem-
peratures. Smith said they were
discouraged from socializing
with each other and had to isolate
themselves in their rooms for one
week.
"We had to relax and take it
easy, which was kind of a bummer
because everyone was so excited
to get there," he said.
Since people worldwide had
concerns about the H1N1 virus,
Smith said what happened to
him wasn't "completely out of the
blue," but that the steps taken for
healthy individuals were unex-
pected.
"What surprised us more was
how we were treated," he said.
"We were sort of held in the dark
about exactly what was going
on and how exactly this was an
effective way to prevent us from
infecting she Chinese commu-

nity."
The U.S. Department of State
has placed a travel alert to all U.S.
citizens traveling to China. The
message - warning of China's
stric toeasuresof quarantining
passengers who have fevers or
influenza symptoms - expires
Dec. 30, 2009.
According to LeBlanc, this is
not an issue for OIP because there
are no students traveling to China
through University programs this
fall.
Other students traveling this
semester, like LSA junior Katrina
Lewis, have been told to practice
good health habits so they don't
get sick.
Lewis is studying at L'Institut
d'Etudes Politique d'Aix-en-
Provence in France. She wrote
in an e-mailinterview that the
university has taken measures
to inform students how to stay
healthy.
"I have seen many 'cover your
cough' posters and other posters
detailing hand washing or other
useful prevention techniques,"
she wrote.
Although Lewis said she has
not heard of anyone getting the
virus on campus, she said the uni-
versity plans to close for a week if
three or more cases appear.
LSA seniors Chelsea Roth and
Leah Hoffheimer were studying
together at John Cabot University
in Rome when the first cases of
H1N1 surfaced in Mexico.
Roth said many Europeans
were not nervous about the flu
because "it was something that
was kind of far away."
Hoffheimer said the hype they
experienced came from talking to
their parents and listening to the
news.
"We became obsessed with
American news, and we all made
CNN our homepage," she said.
"We were constantly checking to
see what was going on."
According to Roth, American
students were mostly worried
about flying back to the United
States, especially when govern-
ment officials advised against
traveling on airplanes.
"The day before we left, Vice
President (Joe) Biden made that
target comment that he wouldn't
fly or have his family get on a
plane," she said.
But everyone made it home safe
safely and healthy.
LeBlanc wrote that the H1N1
virus is still on OIP's radar, but
there are also other concerns to
follow.
"We continue to carefully mon-
itor all areas of the world, and
try to keep an eye on the bigger
picture in terms of health, safety
and security, not just the flu," she
rote.

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