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Eating worms

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that it affects nearly two billion people. Matthew Abendroth, a second-year DMU osteopathic student, suggests one solution might be entomophagy, the human consumption of insects. Matthew was among the winners in a student poster competition at the Heartland Global […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted root vegetables

Last night I joined other members of the DMU community for a showing of Robert Kenner’s 2008 Emmy Award-winning film, “Food, Inc.,” which explores our industrial food system. Dominated by just a handful of mega-corporations, this system prioritizes uniformity, conformity, efficiency and cheapness in ways that reduce good nutrition, abuse workers and animals, endanger the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday forum promises food for thought

Iowa’s status as a major food producer for the world involves entities and issues ranging from individual eating habits and public health policies to food safety and the environment. Check out a chance to explore the many challenges and opportunities of food processing in Iowa tomorrow, Friday, at a public forum presented by the Iowa […]

— Barb Boose

A spook-tacular time

The goblins will be haunting and the monsters will mash, it’s time to get ready for our Kiddie Halloween bash! Join us tomorrow in the SEC Commons for a little pre-Halloween fun. Bring your cute kiddies all decked out in their costumes for a dress rehearsal for the weekend event. Only difference is we provide a […]

— Nicole Branstad

Let’s play some football!

When Des Moines University celebrated its centennial in 1998, students creatively created a fun event to mark the occasion: They invited students of nearby Drake University Law School to play a football game. The “Malpractice Bowl” has been held every year since and will again occur this Saturday, Oct. 29, starting with the women’s game […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: gazpacho

For some reason, my husband’s tomatoes were late this year, so although it’s October, I’m just now getting my fill of one of my favorite all-time concoctions, gazpacho. I was getting ready to make a batch last week when I came across an interesting feature about Joel Salatin, a third-generation family farmer from Virginia who […]

— Barb Boose

“Questions are the answer”

My parents are of the generation that, when told something by their doctor, they usually don’t question it. Understandably, they believe that with all the education and credentials physicians have, whatever they say must be right. Questioning one’s doctor, however, is a very good idea, says the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Part […]

— Barb Boose

Conference draws engaged discussions, provocative posters

More than 220 people probed the challenges of global aging at the Heartland Global Health Consortium’s third annual conference at Des Moines University on Oct. 12. Speakers included Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, former president of Des Moines University; Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie; Donna Harvey, director of the Iowa Department on Aging; and Robert Wallace, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Uncork a cure for cystic fibrosis

Once again this year Des Moines University will host the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s annual Wine Opener event Friday, November 4. from 7 to 10 p.m. Sample fine wines and beer & savor great cuisine from Des Moines’ hottest eateries all for a great cause. To buy tickets, head to, or they can be purchased at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Imitation: not just for vanilla

My first bike was pink with a cute basket, a loud bell, streamers coming off the handles, and of course nice big training wheels. Learning to ride a bike is a milestone that comes with many cuts and scrapes. You have to fall in order to learn how far to lean when making a turn. […]

— Shannon Layton

Friday recipe: apple crisp

The weather in Des Moines has been gorgeous lately, the trees are showing their beautiful fall colors and the local apple crop is rolling in. I love going to local orchards for fresh-picked Honey Crisps, Jonathans and all the other varieties they grow. While the healthiest way to enjoy apples is eating them right off […]

— Barb Boose

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., named vice president of research

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s vice president of research. In this role, he oversees the Research Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and all DMU research compliance activities. Gray, a microbiologist whose research focuses on severe bacterial infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms, served on the DMU faculty from 1995 […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Pumpkin pride

Fall is in full swing and if you are looking for something to do this weekend to get you in the mood, a trip to a local pumpkin patch might be just right! Howell’s – A family favorite, they have pony rides, goats, a corn maze and tractor rides. They also have a gift shop […]

— Nicole Branstad

Third Annual Global Health Conference: The Challenges of Global Aging

Tomorrow marks the Third Annual Global Health Conference here at Des Moines University presented by our global health department, the Heartland Global Health Consortium and Pioneer. This year’s focus is on “the challenges of global aging.” Through a series of speakers we will discuss those challenges and identify steps on how to address them as […]

— Nicole Branstad

The war that changed the nation and medicine

This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. During the four-year conflict, approximately 625,000 people lost their lives, a number that exceeds the number of American soldiers who have died in all the other wars the nation has fought in since, combined. That incredible carnage and tragedy also sparked the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: channa masala

I made the mistake earlier this week of getting sucked into the website for this weekend’s World Food Festival in Des Moines – a mistake because my mouth began watering, my food fantasies ran wild and I was for some time distracted from what I should have been doing. With optimum weather in the forecast, […]

— Barb Boose