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Thursday: earth day!!

Thursday is earth day so get outside, clean it up, plant something good & enjoy it! Here’s some earthy events: Valley Junction is hosting a full day of activities tomorrow, Sunday! On Thursday, there’s the YPC Trash Bash, beginning at 3 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The DSM Botanical Center is offering free admission on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Friday recipe: tuna casserole

I’m not big on gloppy casseroles, but tuna casserole is one of those comfort foods I can’t resist. This recipe elevates your mom’s casserole to satisfy your grown up tastes. I especially love the subtle mustard and lemon flavors it has. If you’re looking for more healthy recipes, check out Iowa Girl Eats. This is […]

— Andrea Cooley

Craft Saturday!

This Saturday, April 17,  noon – 6 p.m., is Craft Saturday!! It’s a really cool indie art & craft fair. Check it out at the Fourth St. Theatre (216 4th St)  next to Java Joe’s in the Court Avenue District. It’s FREE to attend and a good way to support local artists!

— Courtney Tompkins

Be a physician assistant!

The physician assistant class of 2012 isn’t even on campus yet, but applications open today, April 14, for the class of 2013 (which will start classes in June of 2011). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a two year program. If you don’t want to commit to four years of medical school […]

— Andrea Cooley

Annual DMU dinner in October will honor Gov. Robert Ray

The 2010 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner October 14 at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s former governor, Robert D. Ray. Money raised from ticket sales and donations increases the endowment for the scholarship named for The Honorable Luther T. Glanton Jr. and Willie Stevenson Glanton. Donors to the fund enable minority […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Your old couch could help someone start a new life

Often when victims of domestic violence flee for safety they have nothing but what they’re currently wearing. The FreeStore is designed to help them start fresh by providing what’s needed to setup a new home. As you’re spring cleaning out your garage or getting ready to move for rotations or residency, think of what you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free physicals at DMU May 1 for student athletes

Middle school and high school athletes from Des Moines and surrounding areas can receive a free sports physical on May 1 at Des Moines University. Des Moines University (DMU) has offered free sports physicals to local children for years. This year the school will provide free physicals on Saturday, May 1, 8 a.m. – 2 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about podiatric medicine!

If you are pre-med, or considering a career in health care and would like to learn more about podiatric medicine, check out our Summer Podiatry Preview program, June 24-25! We are accepting applications from students right now, and the deadline is May 3. To apply, you need to submit the online application, send in copies […]

— Gina Smith

Alum on “The Doctors” show today!

“The Doctors” is an ABC tv show on which four docs of various specialties weigh in on pertinent health topics and bring in guests to explore health-related issues.  Tomorrow, Dr. Lee C. Rogers, a ’04 grad of DMU, will be on to discuss diabetic amputations and how to prevent them. Here’s a lil bio of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: Italian turkey burgers

It’s officially grilling season in our house. My husband jokes that he could eat grilled hamburgers or hot dogs every day and sometimes I don’t think he’s kidding. But we’re both trying to eat healthier, so I cook with turkey instead of hamburger whenever possible. These turkey burgers from Weight Watchers look delicious! Limiting red […]

— Andrea Cooley

How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

It’s a match!

Med students work for 4 years in anticipation of the day they find out where they will spend their residency. Our Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine students recently received their residency matches. D.O. students can match in either D.O. and M.D. residency programs.  Our students are highly recruited and every year […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in the world. So when Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of global affairs for Des Moines University, met Charlie Wittmack, a world class adventurer, speaker, educator, attorney and family man planning a first-of-its-kind intercontinental triathlon that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy public health week!

Watch this video for 2010 National Public Health Week and consider how you can help. A recent survey, commissioned by the American Public Health Association, shows an effort toward improving community health. Results show 64 percent of Americans have already made healthy changes to their lifestyle while 21 percent are thinking about making healthy changes. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

World Malaria Day – April 25

In the U.S. we don’t often worry about contracting disease with flu-like symptoms from a parasite. And yet there are up to 500 MILLION cases and one million deaths from malaria around the world. All from a lil mosquito! What can you do? Learn about malaria, sponsor a bednet and spread the word!

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: oatmeal pancakes

I love pancakes! Seriously, who doesn’t smile at the thought of a stack of warm, fluffy cakes topped with maple syrup? If you haven’t tried making batter from scratch, it’s definitely worth is (and cheaper than buying a mix). This recipe (from Prevention magazine) gets a healthy boost with oatmeal and whole wheat flour. Limit […]

— Andrea Cooley

Want to host a quilt-in?

Here are the instructions on how to do it, provided by our very own DMU staff, faculty, students and friends from The Crafting for Charity Club. And guess what? They submitted these instructions to and WON a very fancy sewing machine that I know will be put to great use. Kudos to all!

— Tea Nguyen

Anatomy word of the month: spleen

The name is a direct borrowing from the Greek word splen.  The spleen is located in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen behind the stomach. Despite its location, it has nothing to do with digestion, but works in regulating blood components, particularly, culling out aging red blood cells.  At one time this organ was thought […]

— Bill Dyche

Research student spotlight: Tyler Nielsen

I received my B.A. in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 2008. I am currently working with Dr. Brittingham and Dr. Wilson on the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in the trichomonads. We are specifically studying Trichomonas vaginalis which is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide. By happenstance we received T. tenax […]

— Seth Stevenson