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Fear and loathing at the fiscal cliff

The many consequences unfurling from the legislation that kept the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff last week include changes to health care (you can find links to coverage by various media outlets here). While resolution of the nation’s fiscal situation is far, far away, the bill’s effects on health care include the following: […]

— Barb Boose

Do extra pounds make you live longer?

Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association sounds like the perfect post-holiday gift to anyone who resembles Santa a bit more than prior to the season of celebrations: A review of 97 studies involving a combined 2.88 million people on the relationship between body weight and death risk concluded that overall, […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: blueberry crumble

Colder weather, especially on weekends, turns my culinary inclinations to heartier breakfasts. Sorry to admit that I prefer to indulge my sweet tooth with my cup of coffee, which makes me love this recipe for more than its utter deliciousness: It’s easy to fix, doesn’t require any exotic ingredients (trust me when I say frozen […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: healthy party egg rolls

I love egg rolls and spring rolls and cinnamon rolls – wait, cross out that last one; there’s enough temptation in the air this season without bringing on the gooey. Egg rolls and spring rolls, on the other hand, can be both relatively healthy and utterly delicious with the right mix of flavorings and prepared […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted cauliflower with sauce

Anyone who thinks the Internet is a death knell for printed cookbooks hasn’t been in a book store lately. Or, actually, on the Internet, where I found T. Susan Chang’s delightful reviewof her top 10 cookbooks for 2012. Chang, who regularly reviews cookbooks for National Public Radio, tagged her picks as “a year of contrarian […]

— Barb Boose

How can we care for rural America?

For a future issue of DMU Magazine, I plan to explore the joys and challenges of rural medicine. Numerous studies, including those published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show that rural America is underserved: While about 20 percent of the nation’s […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: “rad” stuffed peppers

Can I just say that this week’s recipe has everything to love and nothing to dislike or feel guilty about eating? Its combination of vegetables, lean ground turkey and seasonings to your liking will have your taste buds tingling with pleasure. This recipe came to us courtesy of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists during […]

— Barb Boose

Eyeball these DMU Library exhibits

Of course you can find plenty to read in the DMU Library, from its thousands of medical books and journals, online reference resources, fascinating archives and leisure reading collection. However, the library offers plenty of interesting visual displays, too, including some that may surprise you. “And there’s the humor of it” is a National Library […]

— Barb Boose

Collaborative care forum Tuesday

Students in all aspects of health care can be a competitive bunch. Our education system encourages them to strive for the highest grades, the highest rank in their class, the highest score on board exams. There’s nothing wrong about that; after all, we want smart, high-achieving people working in health care. The problem, though, is […]

— Barb Boose

Celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week, Nov. 4-10

DMU is celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), Nov. 4-10, to honor the hard work and accomplishments of its radiologic technologists. Created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1979, NRTW occurs each year during the week that includes Nov. 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895. […]

— Barb Boose

Would “pre-commitment” get you to your goal?

I recently learned about a new approach to achieve goals and/or cure bad habits: pre-commitment. The concept is that you set a specific goal, like losing 15 pounds or exercising at least 20 minutes a day, and then commit to paying a penalty if you fail. Many people do this informally by proclaiming their goals […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: bone-building burgers

Did you know: you have the same number of bones in your neck as a giraffe and a mouse? We all have seven neck vertebrae, although of course they vary in size. the human hand has 27 bones; your face has 14. the longest bone in your body is your femur, or thigh bone; it’s […]

— Barb Boose

Happy Lung Health Month

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month. COPD is one of the most common lung diseases, and lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. To learn more about these diseases and their treatments, the American Lung Association (ALA) in Iowa is offering […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Tuscan white bean and kale soup

The DMU wellness program staff are always offering information and incentives to get us to move more, eat more healthfully, reduce stress and have more fun. From the four-week Bone Builders Initiative they launched this week (tomorrow is World Osteoporosis Awareness Day, after all) to new work-out classes and equipment in the wellness center to […]

— Barb Boose