America’s sugar high: 22 teaspoons a day

I don’t mean to sound like just another prima donna who’s smacking down Americans’ unhealthy eating habits, but a new book by a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, got my attention. Titled Salt Sugar Fat, Moss states that every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese – triple what […]

— Barb Boose

Get a (flu) shot, take a survey

Have you noticed how many people have been sick this winter? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of influenza cases is higher than normal at this time of year, and that the most common strain is associated with more severe illness. The good news: Most of those nasty viruses in […]

— Barb Boose

Student and scholarship

Earlier this month, Cynthia Hoque, a Des Moines University osteopathic medical student, received the Medical and Health Related Scholarship from the Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship Fund. Cynthia is committed to practicing medicine in rural Iowa upon graduation and was presented with the $4,000 award by Governor Terry Branstad. The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship Fund was established by Governor Branstad […]

— Nicole Branstad

The Phoenix Physician

DMU students are great leaders and volunteers on campus, in the community and in professional organizations. In that category are University’s Internal Medicine Interest Group, featured recently in a newsletter of the Iowa chapter of the American College of Physicians. That’s why it was so cool when DMU graduate Robert G. Good, D.O., FACOI, president […]

— Barb Boose

Stephen N. Van Roekel, D.O.’99, FACEP, FAAEM

Van Roekel was named facility medical director of First Choice Emergency Room’s new Austin Arboretum location in Austin, TX. He completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, and has worked for First Choice ER since 2009. The organization is the leading freestanding emergency room system in the […]

— Anna Hudson