Posts by Barb Boose

Make a change for Mother Earth

About three years ago, a group of DMU students began pushing the University to increase its sustainability practices. They wanted DMU to recycle more paper and plastic water bottles and reduce waste in other areas. Now an official campus organization, the Conservation and Sustainability Committee succeeded in getting the University to install several water coolers […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: go hungry

This Sunday marks the end of National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week,a national endeavor created by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness to promote education, action and awareness about these two critical issues. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2010 annual report […]

— Barb Boose

Polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocyte, Rah, Rah!

Nucleous, Pacemaker, Cardiograph – those are just some of the names of the Des Moines University yearbook published on and off since 1905. Lindsey Smith has launched an effort to scan the collection amid her other duties as archivist in the DMU Library and Kendall Reed Rare Book Room, where visitors can page through the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: baked squash and apples

I hear more and more talk about the importance of eating “real,” and I’m convinced an important component of that is eating local. I appreciate that will require me to adjust my own expectations – for example, not fretting when I can’t get good fresh tomatoes in the winter, because fresh tomatoes don’t grow in […]

— Barb Boose

Just 116 years ago…

It’s hard to imagine medicine without x-rays, but the technology is a relative youngster in health care. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, professor of physics and director of the Physical Institute of the University of Wurzburg, Germany, stumbled on x-rays quite by accident working late one November night in 1895 in his laboratory. Today, Nov. 8, is […]

— Barb Boose

Celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week!

Yesterday, Nov. 6, marked the beginning of National Radiologic Technology Week, celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of R.T.s across the nation. According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), the celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. The […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: cilantro chicken

I believe good cooks are like artists, and I consider Lynn Rosetto Kasper among them. She’s the host of the American Public Media program “The Splendid Table,” which I try to catch every weekend for great recipes, cooking tips and fun conversations with avid foodies. If nothing else, check out last weekend’s recipe for fluorescent […]

— Barb Boose

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

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

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

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

Celebrate PA Week!

Today marks the beginning of National Physician Assistant Week, celebrated annually to support, highlight and recognize the significant impact of physician assistants in health care. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the week is “an opportunity to promote public awareness of the PA profession and to salute the outstanding growth of the […]

— Barb Boose

Oh, how sweet the sound!

We believe DMU students are extraordinarily talented, but for many that goes far beyond academics. For example, Yoshi Ozaki, one of our osteopathic medical students, is also principal cellist with the the Des Moines Community Orchestra – and he will blow your hair back on Sunday, October 9, at the orchestra’s fall concert. Yoshi will […]

— Barb Boose

Learn how elite athletes maximize performance

Want to learn how the cardiovascular system works during exercise and how it responds to exercise training? Want to explore the unique “features” that allow elite athletes to attain world-class performance? Then mark your calendar for tomorrow night’s Cafe Scientifique at the Science Center of Iowa: Julia Moffitt, Ph.D., associate professor in DMU’s department of […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: curried quinoa and cabbage salad

I’m like food author Mark Scarbrough in that 1) I endeavor to eat “real” food (i.e., foods that are not processed or injected with fat, sugar and sodium, but yet that are highly flavorful and satisfying) and 2) I like to make dishes that will last me several meals. He and Bruce Weinstein published the […]

— Barb Boose