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Press Release: Bioethics Society to Host Forum on Children and Cholesterol, Mon., Oct. 27, at DeSales
Date: 10/7/2008

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Bioethics Society to Host Forum on Children and Cholesterol, Mon., Oct. 27, at DeSales
In partnership with the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, The Baranzano Society on bioethics will host a public discussion titled "Cardiac Kids - The New Guidelines for Pediatric Healthcare,"  at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 27 in the White Pavilion in the DeSales University Center.
During the event, which is free and open to the public, panelists will consider the new pediatric guidelines put out by the American Academy of Pediatricians, which include early cholesterol screenings for children at high risk as well as treatment by way of prescribing medications known as statins. Panelists include Dr. Nicolas Stettler, assistant professor of pediatric epidemiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a member of the AAP committee that authored the guidelines, and Dr. Louis Hansrote, pediatric cardiologist at the Children's Heart Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  

"As the percentage of the nation's children considered obese continues to rise and as the guidelines for pediatric healthcare change, there is ongoing discussion in the healthcare community about what is best for children in terms of initiating pharmaceutical treatments," said Father Thomas Dailey, director of the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture.  "Our goal, as always, is to facilitate the discussion in a public square."

Father Peter Leonard, OSFS, president of the Baranzano Society and dean of graduate studies at DeSales, will moderate the discussion.

The event is presented by The Baranzano Society, a dialogue group of scholars and professionals who explore the mutual and dynamic interchange between science and religion.  The primary focus of the group's work is the investigation of contemporary issues in bioethics, with a view toward promoting critical discernment on the values of human life.  Previous forum topics have included stem cell research, performance enhancing drugs, end of life issues, plastic surgery, obesity and the nursing shortage.

Established in 2000, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture's mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research, dialogue events, and partnership programs. For information about the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit the Web site at www.desales.edu/salesian.

Press Release: Bioethics Society to Host Forum on Children and Cholesterol, Mon., Oct. 27, at DeSales | Posted on: 10/7/2008

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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