News briefs – Aug. 22

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STUDY FINDS TESTS USED TO MEASURE INTERNAL BLEEDING FOR PATIENTS TAKING TWO POPULAR DRUGS MAY NOT BE RELIABLE – A recently-published study found that while internal bleeding may be uncommon as a result of taking blood thinners such as Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) and Eliquis® (apixaban), the normal coagulation tests physicians use to check for the side effect of bleeding may not be reliable.

The study, published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that in cases reported to Poison Centers, the routine labs used to monitor for clotting factors, such as prothrombin time (PT), PTT or INR commonly ordered to help diagnose internal bleeding may be elevated in a minority of cases, but appear unreliable to measure the risk of internal bleeding in patients.

“Blood thinners are helpful drugs and we do not want people to stop taking them,” said Henry Spiller, D.ABAT, a co-author of the study, toxicologist, and director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “We may need to get better about how we monitor patients on these drugs.”

This retrospective study collected data from more than 800 hospitals and eight regional poison centers covering nine states. Of the 223 patients involved in the study, bleeding was reported in only 15 (7 percent), and coagulation tests were normal in most patients with bleeding (PT 83 percent, PTT 83 percent and INR 44 percent).

BROADWAY STARS TO APPEAR AT UF – The University of Findlay is excited to present, “An Evening with Rebecca Luker, Featuring Phil Reno” as part of this school year’s Donnell Broadway Concert Series.

Luker, a gifted soprano, is a Tony-nominated Broadway star of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Mary Poppins,” “Nine,” “The Music Man,” “The Sound of Music,” “Showboat,” “The Secret Garden” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as Off-Broadway’s “Death Takes a Holiday.” She will be accompanied by Reno, a Grammy-nominated Broadway conductor and musical director who is currently the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!”

The concert will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Call (419) 434-5335.

FUTURE ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED – Kelly Services®(Nasdaq: KEYLA, KEYLB), is accepting applications for its annual “Future Engineers Scholarship”–a $5,000 award that will be presented to one eligible undergraduate student in December 2015. The scholarship award, which can be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board expenses for the 2016 calendar year, is awarded to one student based on a written essay, documented acceptance into a school of engineering, demonstrated academic success and an intention to pursue a career in the field of engineering.

The scholarship is designed to support and encourage engineering students in the United States and Canada while increasing awareness of engineering as a career path with unlimited potential.

Applications will be reviewed with consideration given to the candidate’s field of study and career objectives as well as the extent to which the individual demonstrates the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution in his or her field.

To be considered for the Future Engineers Scholarship, a student must:

* Be a full-time student at the time of application submittal, pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Canada during the 2016 calendar year, and be accepted into the school of engineering.

* Have a college cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or 3.5 or higher on a 4.5 scale, and so forth).

* Hold second-or third-year undergraduate status during the 2016 calendar year. Undergraduate students in their first or fourth years of study and those graduating on or before June 2016 are not eligible.

* Be a United States or Canadian citizen or a resident alien/landed immigrant; be in good legal standing with their university if on a student visa, or in the case of candidates from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, a United States national.

Submission Materials

* Candidate background information

* Candidate essay (800-1,200 words)

* Two independent evaluations of the candidate

* College transcripts.

Applications and additional information on the Future Engineers Scholarship are available at: The submission deadline is Oct. 15.

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