Saturday, September 09, 2000

Tristate A.M. Report

Brain surgery easier with MRI device

        After completing 100 brain surgeries with guidance from a specially designed MRI machine, doctors at University Hospital's Neuroscience Institute say the imaging equipment has improved care.

        In 1998, University Hospital was the first center in North America to install a Hitachi Interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging System. The device allows surgeons to run MRI scans while the patient is on the operating table. The machine helps guide needle biopsies with more precision and can spot tumor tissue that doctors sometimes can't see.

        In 53 percent of patients with glioma tumors, the MRI system found removable tumor tissue that was missed by looking through an operating microscope. The MRI also guided surgeons to additional tumor tissue in 62 percent of patients with pituitary tumors.

        Prior to installing the Hitachi machine, doctors checked patients with MRI scans one or more days after completing surgery, which meant that some patients required second procedures. Avoiding second procedures reduces risks to patients, lowers surgical expenses and is expected to improve long-term outcomes, said Dr. Ronald Warnick, a neurosurgeon with the Neuroscience Institute.

Seminars explore election process

        Journalists and political leaders will take part in seminars on the electoral process at the Union Institute, 440 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills.

        Topics will include voters, campaign costs, media images and messages, and questions of election reform.

        The free, public programs will be 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16, 23 and 30 and Oct. 7. Information, 861-6400.

Installer charged in computer theft

        NEWARK — A man was charged Friday with grand theft after computer equipment thought to belong to Columbus Public Schools was found at his home, Licking County authorities said.

        Dean S. Cochrun, of Newark, was an employee of the company hired to install the equipment for the school district. He was arraigned Friday in county Municipal Court.

        More than 200 new Dell personal computers couldn't be accounted for during an inventory this year, Columbus school officials said. The computers were part of a $30 million deal for installation of 30,000 classroom machines.

        Dell delivered replacements after the inventory showed the 200 computers had not been installed.

        A dozen computers, along with hard drives, keyboards, monitors and software valued at more than $100,000, were found at Mr. Cochrun's home, authorities said. One computer had a tag identifying it as part of the Dell installation, said schools spokesman Harvey Martin.

        “Our belief is most, if not all, the computers and software and components taken were from the Columbus Public Schools,” said sheriff's Col. Randy Thorpe.

        Some of the equipment was sold to computer dealers and individuals, authorities said.

        The sheriff's office became involved when a computer technician told a sheriff's sergeant that software he had loaded into the sergeant's personal computer might have been stolen, Col. Thorpe said.

Brochure is for Lasik consumers

        In response to an explosion of interest in and advertisements about Lasik eye surgery, the Federal Trade Commission and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have published a “consumer alert” about the procedure.

        The new brochure Basik Lasik: Tips on Lasik Eye Surgery offers questions consumers should ask doctors before sitting for the laser surgery along with details of who should avoid the procedure.

        For free copies, call the FTC at (877) FTC-HELP.

Tew resigns as UC neurosurgery head

        Dr. John Tew has announced he will resign as chairman of the University of Cincinnati's department of neurosurgery effective July 2001.

        Dr. Tew will remain medical director of the recently formed Neuroscience Institute, vice chairman of the Mayfield Clinic and a professor at UC's College of Medicine.

        After holding the chairmanship since 1982, Dr. Tew said he wanted to reduce his administrative duties to devote more time to his practice.

Teachers strike, students stay home

        RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — About 1,000 students stayed at home on Friday as more than 60 teachers and about 40 nonteaching staff members went on strike.

        Teachers and representatives of the school district, about 10 miles east of Cleveland, failed to reach a contract agreement by a deadline of 12:01 a.m. Friday.

        No additional negotiations were scheduled. Board of Education President Rob Verner said it would be up to a federal mediator to call the two sides together.

        Mr. Verner said the school board would file an appeal with the School Employment Relations Board in Columbus claiming the strike is illegal.

        Mr. Verner could not say whether schools will remain closed on Monday if the strike continues.

        “We will continue throughout the work stoppage to negotiate in good faith,” Phil Schmook, president of the Richmond Heights Education Association, said early Friday.

        Mr. Schmook said the main issues centered on student and employee safety, teacher training, job security and wages.

        Neither side has commented on what specific proposals have been made.

        Classes began on Aug. 30.

Bishop with rights focus visits here

        Bishop Mario Enrique Rios Mont, coordinator of the human rights office for the Catholic Church in Guatemala, will visit Cincinnati.

        Bishop Rios Mont carries on the work of his predecessor, Bishop Juan Geradi of Guatemala City. Bishop Geradi was killed two years ago after publishing a report accusing military and government officials of civil war atrocities.

        Bishop Rios Mont will celebrate Mass featuring Guatemalan musicians and Mayan Indians in native dress and report on the work of his office. The Mass is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, at St. Ignatius Church, 5222 North Bend Road, Monfort Heights, followed by a reception.

Drowned dancer was under influence

        CLEVELAND — A nightclub dancer who drowned in the Cuyahoga River last month had alcohol and drugs in her system, according to the coroner.

        Toxicology reports showed Andrea Kacludis had ecstasy and ketamine in her body and a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, Cuyahoga County Coroner Elizabeth K. Balraj said Thursday.

        Ecstasy is a stimulant and mild hallucinogen.

        Ketamine hydrochloride, known as “special k” and “k,” can affect the senses, judgment and coordination for 18 to 24 hours, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

        Ms. Kacludis, 25, of suburban Fairview Park, had ignored no-trespassing signs near the river's west bank docks and fell or dove into the water, police said after she drowned on Aug. 19.

        Police are still investigating her death.


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