Do the zoo brew!

The Blank Park Zoo has a little fun planned just for grownups… Wednesday kicks off their summer series, Zoo Brew, with music and drinks. A 21+ event, there’s a different beverage each week and the grill will cook up complimenting eats. The doors open at 5:30, show stars at 6. It’s $10.95 a person each […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Top ten things I’ve learned

Well, another term has come to a close, and I, like many of my fellow classmates, have been reflecting on all the growth, learning and progress we’ve achieved in the past year. Second-years go on to rotations, fourth-years go on to residency, and residents become fellows and attendings. Whether you’re celebrating the success of a […]

— Nathan McConkey

Friday recipe: grilled turkey burgers

Ahh, Memorial Day Weekend – when the weather gets warmer (we hope) and the grills get hot for holiday cookouts. If you’re like me and want to maintain a healthy diet without sacrificing flavor, the Mayo Clinic staff suggests we replace greasy hamburgers and hot dogs with grilled turkey burgers. I eat mine with salsa, […]

— Barb Boose

Drive-in and enjoy

I grew up watching movies where the characters within those movies went to the movies at a drive-in. Whew, that was a mouth full. How many of you have ever been to a drive-in theater to watch a flick? The number I’m sure is dwindling because they have been disappearing over the last couple of […]

— Nicole Branstad

Would you take this test?

A new blood test that will go on sale to the public in Britain later this year can show how fast someone is ageing, giving insights on how long the person may live. The question is: Would you want to know that about yourself? The United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper reports that the “controversial test measures […]

— Barb Boose

Des Moines University student earns American Lung Association volunteer award

(Des Moines, IA) – The American Lung Association in Iowa has presented its 2011 Volunteer Award to Laura Hoffman, an osteopathic medicine student at Des Moines University, in recognition of her commitment to see people live tobacco-free. She is the daughter of Linda and Robert Hoffman of Columbia City. Hoffman has been a volunteer with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Road-trip-worthy music fest

Like a lot of DMU students and alumni, Amy Hynek is multi-talented: In addition to earning her D.O. degree in 2010, she and members of her family – father Bill, sister Amanda and brother Joe, with crew support by mom Angie – make up the high-energy, highly musical band Pumptown. Amy plays guitar, drums (she […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Beef fajita salad

Do you ever wonder why some foods taste so good, while you find others to be true tastebud-turnoffs? Black licorice, cilantro and asparagus are just a few of the polarizing foods and flavors I’ve observed. Despite the role that tastes play in our health, The Washington Post recently reported, it out that scientists don’t know […]

— Barb Boose

Get the wheels turnin’

  Tomorrow is official bike to work day, so dust off those spokes, pump up those tires and put on your padded shorts. Celebrate the nationally recognized day with bagels, coffee and juice at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. With the help of Urban Ambassadors, this will be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Annual DMU memorial service for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 20, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 57 Iowans who donated their bodies in the past year to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public are invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Adventure days at the zoo

New this year, Adventure Days at Blank Park Zoo will focus on different themes as they relate to children, families, and animals. Adventure Days will provide activities for families, as well as costume characters and much more. Dates and themes are listed below. All activities will take place during Zoo hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Attack of the body-snatchers

Students in DMU’s clinical programs and master of science in anatomy program are privileged to begin exploring the body and performing dissections on donated bodies in their first semester, but that wasn’t the case in past centuries: The inability of medical schools and scientists to acquire specimens, the lack of legislation and regulation of body […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: healthified broccoli cauliflower gratin

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy are superheroes of health, because they contain vitamins, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Health agencies recommend that we eat several servings per week of these super-veggies, so this week I’m calling for cauliflower. Several dozen studies link cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, because it […]

— Barb Boose

Family friendly fests

With warmer weather ahead, now is the time to get outdoors before summer sets in and the rising temps are unbearable. Des Moines offers many fun kid-friendly events throughout the spring and summer, but I thought I would give you a heads up on a few events that are happening this weekend that would be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Walking at work whittles waistlines

According to a recent report on National Public Radio, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day. That’s the bad news for most office-bound Americans, who sit for eight hours […]

— Barb Boose

Fighting the good fight

Beginning today through June 18, the DMU Library will host an exhibition of the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Part of our library’s commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during […]

— Barb Boose