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RAGBRAI rolls next week

Turning 50 is hard for some, but it was even more thought-provoking for Brian Hart because of the gift his wife, Julie, gave him: a brand new bicycle. “I wasn’t as appreciative as I probably should have been,” says the owner of Hart Financial, LLC, and a member of the DMU Board of Trustees. Something […]

— Barb Boose

A tale of two tracheas

Reporter and National Public Radio science correspondent Robert Krulwich recently shared a suspenseful and true story about a woman in Barcelona struck by tuberculosis. Rather than have her left lung removed, she agreed to receive a transplanted trachea. The woman, Claudia Castillo, would be a pioneer: She was going to receive a donated trachea that […]

— Barb Boose

Stop and drop the pop!

I don’t believe you can legislate intelligence or wise decision-making. That’s why I have mixed feelings about efforts to outlaw bad-for-us foods, such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call to ban all sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces throughout the city’s restaurants, street carts and stadiums. That’s also why last week’s news from […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: reuben salad

In some instances, bacteria are a good thing. And much about these microbial creatures is unknown. That’s why the National Institutes of Health has launched a comprehensive Human Microbiome Project (HMP), with “the mission of generating resources enabling comprehensive characterization of the human microbiota and analysis of their role in human health and disease.” Bacteria also […]

— Barb Boose

Power of preventive care

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has long monitored the use of clinical preventive services to provide public health agencies, health care providers and their partners information needed to plan and implement programs that increase use of these services and improve the health of the U.S. population. As members of the DMU community know, better […]

— Barb Boose

A sure bet career-wise

With unemployment at 8.2 percent and underemployment near 18 percent, pursuing a graduate degree is both an attractive option and a big investment. In this unsettled economy, which graduate degrees are “safe” options that lead to career opportunities? Forbes recently compiled dataon salaries and employment outlooks to determine which master’s degrees would provide the best […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: broccoli salad

Our refrigerator’s vegetable drawers are typically crammed full of my favs – cabbage, which I eat plain or as a substitute for chips and crackers; Brussels sprouts, waiting for my magical Sriracha-and-mint sauce treatment; lettuce and cucumbers, for my spouse’s salads; a chunk of fresh ginger, a heavenly accompaniment, which fresh garlic, for roasted vegetables; […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: edamame spinach dip

I have a cousin who often called me a “dip” when we were kids, but these days I don’t take offense. I’ve discovered several go-to dip recipes over the years, from roasted sweet potatoes smashed with a packet of dry ranch dressing mix or a can of drained kidney beans whizzed up with bottled sun-dried […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: go Greek this weekend!

One of my very favorite annual events in Des Moines takes place this Saturday and Sunday: the Greek Food Fairof the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, just up 35th Street from the DMU campus. I love this wonderful tradition because of its very friendly people, the fun and festive atmosphere, the music and dancing […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Memorial Day sides

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. I am often reminded of their sacrifice not just from reading the news, but also from seeing many of our students in military attire. I am humbled by their selfless service to our country. As many businesses, schools and […]

— Barb Boose

From autism to Alzheimer’s

Do you want to know more about supporting youth diagnosed with autism? How about new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, malignant melanoma, migraine and more? Want to explore the ethics of medically treating family members, the health effects caused by the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, or the “slippery slope” of the increased […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: backyard barbecue chicken salad

We continue to celebrate May as National Salad Month with our new pals at Noodles & Company, a franchise that feels like anything but. And we really celebrated yesterday at our local Noodles at Valley West Mall when Pete, the general manager and market training manager, and Christina, assistant manager, provided a tasting to some […]

— Barb Boose