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Friday recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Parmesan Pasta

I discovered a new website for healthy recipes: Eat Better America. The site takes classic dishes and makes them healthier. It’s full of tempting recipes like oatmeal peanut butter breakfast cookies, three-cheese manicotti and spinach artichoke dip and health tips. The best part is all of the recipes include nutrition information and a comparison to […]

— Andrea Cooley

Free presentations Feb. 6 about psychological effects of unemployment

Iowa Psychiatric Society teams up with Des Moines University, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center to offer help Click here to download a flyer! The current economy is causing a ripple effect of symptoms. Some of those symptoms are emotional or psychological and often take a back seat to seemingly more pressing needs. This can make […]

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s a new year (ok, I’m a bit behind!)

So this is my first blog in a long time and I’m sorry it’s been forever. Let’s face it…my lack of blogs is pretty pathetic. I know none of you want to hear my excuses but to make myself feel a little better for abandoning those that follow me, I will bore you with my […]

— Daley Dodd

Video in honor of MLK day

This Thursday & Friday, at noon in Lecture Hall 3, DMU Diversity Services will sponsor a viewing of “KING” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 18).  The video will be shown in 2 parts (each about 50 minutes). You are invited to bring your lunch. Email your questions to

— Courtney Tompkins


There are many things that I am thankful for this year, and one of them is having the Google search engine. Some people joke that they can’t cook or even know how to boil water. I thought making hard boiled eggs was something everyone knew how to do except me! However, when I searched for […]

— Tea Nguyen

Planning an Iowa-cation?

Is that a real word? Probably not but maybe it should be! Whether you’re considering moving to town for the awesome DMU experience OR you live here & want to know more about the Hawkeye state, check out this travel guide &/or the calendar of events!

— Courtney Tompkins

Public invited to DMU to hear from author on medical apartheid

Des Moines University invites you to hear Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” on January 27 at noon. Free and open to all, her talk will be held in the Des Moines University (DMU) Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: slow-cooker wild rice soup

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to cook more meals in the crock pot. I love coming home on a cold night to a warm meal that’s ready to eat. This recipe sounds especially satisfying for this chilly weekend. What are your New Year’s Resolutions? If eating healthy is on the list, check out […]

— Andrea Cooley

Be careful and protect your feet!

Believe it or not, just 5 minutes of walking in this freezing weather can be exceptionally dangerous for your feet if they are not well protected. Did you know that people who have itchy, burning, painful feet may actually not have oft-heard-of athlete’s foot but actually something called chilblains? After being in the cold for […]

— Tea Nguyen

And we’re back…

…with a few extra pounds from the holiday good eats. Feels like I ought to detox or something because, man, do my hips jiggle when I run. I think I’m going to do the protein shake thing for breakfast this week. Any suggestions on brands? I do like the chocolate Carnation Breakfast Essentials with soy […]

— Tea Nguyen

When choosing a neighborhood…

If you’re from out-of-state trying to decide where to live when you move here for DMU, check out to learn a bit about different areas. Here’s the Des Moines University zip code page. It lists average age, sex and race demographic info, based on census, compares the area to other zip codes, gives school […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Best careers for 2010

There’s never been a better time to start a career in health care! U.S. News and World Report ranks physical therapists and physician assistants as two of the best careers in 2010. Physical therapists typically work in a hospital, clinic or private practice and work with a variety of patients. Employment is expected to increase […]

— Andrea Cooley

Anatomy word of the month: achilles tendon

The Achilles tendon attaches major calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the calcaneous (heel bone). Achilles was a famous Greek warrior whose mother was one of the immortals, but he was not. His mother sought to protect her son by dipping him in the River Styx, which was believed to have magical powers. She […]

— Bill Dyche

Student research spotlight: Crystal Filippelli

Crystal first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Drake University. Her sophomore year at Drake she began a summer internship at Des Moines University and worked with Dr. Strom on DNA microarray analysis of Runx1 and Runx2 overepressing cells. She continued research with Dr. Strom through the rest of her undergraduate education […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Shannon Petersen

Petersen is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Petersen is currently a fellow in the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at Regis University where her focus is evidence-based orthopaedic […]

— Seth Stevenson

Friday recipe: Healthy dips

Happy New Year! Ring in 2010 with one of four healthy dip recipes (roasted red pepper, bean, chunky southwest and sweet potato) from the marketing and communications office. Yum! Roasted Red Pepper dip by Julie Probst 1 cup mayo or vegan mayonnaise 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated 12 oz can/jar of artichoke hearts, unmarinated 1/8 […]

— Andrea Cooley