------------------------------------------------------------ Newsbriefs ------------------------------------------------------------ Fund-raiser planned to benefit Oncology Center Novelist Tom Clancy, actor Tom Selleck and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos will be the guests of honor at a benefit dinner dance and auction on Friday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at the Hopkins Oncology Center. The working manuscript of Clancy's latest novel, Debt of Honor, the chance to be an Orioles batboy for a day and autographed Orioles memorabilia are among the items to be auctioned. A limited number of tickets to a cocktail reception hosted by Clancy, Selleck and Angelos prior to the event are available. Tickets are $150 per person for the cocktail reception, dinner dance and auction; $100 for the dinner dance and auction. Ticket prices include dinner, open bar, entertainment by the band Night Life and a tax-deductible contribution to the pediatric cancer program. This is the second year for the event, which is hosted by Pediatric Oncology Friends, a volunteer organization. Last year's dinner, which sold out, raised more than $35,000. For ticket information call the Oncology Department development office at 955-2583. Elderly people less likely to admit to depression People aged 65 and older are less likely to acknowledge feelings of depression than younger adults. A study by the School of Hygiene and Public Health suggests caregivers may want to examine their treatment plans knowing older patients are not likely to admit to dysphoria, a state of feeling unwell or unhappy. The study, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Gerontology, points to a bias against older adults that may account in part for the low rate of major depression reported. The study examined results from the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Program, a series of epidemiologic surveys conducted between 1980 and 1984. The surveys included 3,141 study subjects in Baltimore and 3,469 in the Durham-Piedmont region of North Carolina. Results of the study reflected differences due to overall level of depressive symptoms, gender, minority status, education, marital status, employment and cognitive impairment. Memorial service for pioneering researcher to be held Monday The School of Medicine will sponsor a memorial service to celebrate the life of Mary Betty Stevens on Monday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. The service will be held in Hurd Hall at the hospital; a reception will follow in the Houck Building. Dr. Stevens, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine, was also the director of the Department of Rheumatology at Good Samaritan Hospital. Her research and treatment brought relief to sufferers of lupus, arthritis and other connective tissues diseases. Dr. Stevens was a 1955 medical school graduate. In 1960 she was appointed an instructor, and in 1975 she became the first female to head a division at Hopkins Hospital when she was named chair of rheumatology. She died Sept. 13 from complications after a stroke. She was 65. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Mary Betty Stevens Endowment Fund, attention Debby Lawrence, suite 507, Morgan Building, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21230. Diet, blood pressure affect kidney disease Two studies presented by Hopkins researchers at the American Society of Nephrology meeting in Orlando last month shed unexpected light on the problems of end-stage kidney disease, which this year will cause 200,000 Americans to undergo treatment on dialysis machines. In one study, by scientists from Hopkins, the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University, even small increases in blood pressure were shown to nearly double the risk of kidney failure within 15 years. It is the first time that effect has been demonstrated. Another study found dramatically lower rates of mortality for kidney dialysis patients who prepared for their treatment by taking very low-protein diets. Researchers still cannot explain the effect, but they hope to expand the population under study to determine whether diet modification could offer more hopeful prospects for those who must undergo dialysis. Foundation continues support of Strategic Studies Program The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation continued its support of the Strategic Studies Program of the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies with a two-year $350,000 grant. The renewed grant will be used for student tuition, research support, seminars, colloquia, staff rides and field trips. Population experts converge on Hopkins A conference titled "The Electronic or Virtual Library: Who's in Charge?" was held last month at the School of Public Health's Population Center. Fifty-one demographic and population research center directors, librarians and computer experts attended the conference, which was sponsored by the Association of Population Centers. Speakers included Welch Medical Library director David Kingsbury, Eisenhower Library systems administrator Pamela Higgins, attorney Chris Meyer from the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office, and leaders of Project MUSE.
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