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The fat kid

Remember the fat kid in elementary school? The one who may at times have wanted to be invisible, but whose girth made him/her anything but? I use the term in the singular, because in my fifth-grade class – when we 20 or so farm kids were combined with 70+ kids from the bigger town down […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: seaweed salad

Last week I used my son’s birthday as an excuse to enjoy one of my and his favorite foods, sushi. We relished the fine offerings of Happi Sushi, a nifty little place in downtown Des Moines. Great food, friendly service and affordable prices. We’ll definitely go back! The tasty “Happi Meals” we ordered – the […]

— Barb Boose

What’s on your mind?

“We humans have a complicated and ambivalent relationship to pleasure, which we spend an enormous amount of time and re­sources pursuing. A key motivator of our lives, pleasure is central to learning, for we must find things like food, water, and sex re­warding in order to survive and pass our genetic material to the next […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: chicken and Spanish rice

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges, medical schools, hospitals and more, so no surprise that the magazine recently crunched through some of the nation’s most popular diets to find the best one. The winner is DASH, the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. According to the U.S. N&WR website, the diet – which was […]

— Barb Boose

An ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention, Benjamin Franklin said, is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to our health, we could use many ounces of prevention. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease, just some of the health problems that plague us, eat up millions of American health care dollars, yet in many cases these costly and […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tantalizing tempeh and chickpea curry

David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of the biochemistry and nutrition department, and Joy Schiller, director of DMU’s Wellness Center, teach a very popular healthy eating elective in the Wellness Center kitchen. These two heroes of health also periodically offer lunch-hour cooking demonstrations and discussions, such their session this week on incorporating plant-based dishes in one’s diet. […]

— Barb Boose

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce

One of my many blessings in life is the fact I’m married to a guy who loves to garden and cook. It’s a heavenly combination, especially this time of year, when our garden and local farmer’s markets begin offering seasonal treats. Another heavenly combination: melding herbs and spices in recipes to tickle your tastebuds without […]

— Barb Boose

Good for you, good for veterans

Some time ago, Des Moines yoga teacher Ryan Esdohr learned about the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that started as a way to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has since grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to back to civilian life. Compelled to […]

— Barb Boose

Ready for zombie attack?

I’m a big fan of “Shots,” and, no, not the kind tossed back in one’s you-should-know-better years – it’s National Public Radio’s health blog. I was particularly amused by reporter Scott Hensley’s post earlier this spring about the plan the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued for dealing with a zombie apocalypse. The CDC’s […]

— Barb Boose

PA presentations: from atherosclerosis to sugar substitutes

DMU’s physician assistant Class of 2011 will return from their rotations this month for their final 25th-month activities. They include presentations of their master’s degree projects, and it’s an impressive list! On June 13-16, class members will share their investigations on topics ranging from tobacco cessation and osteoporosis to hypertension, hormone therapy, aching joints and […]

— Barb Boose

They’ve seen the light

I’m talking about the light at the end of their DMU tunnel: A week ago, DMU graduates and their families and friends reveled at the annual campus picnic in celebration of Saturday’s commencement. We talked with some of the happy grads about their plans, their favorite DMU memories and their advice for new DMU students.

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tempeh reubens

Are you a vegetarian, a vegan, a pescetarian or a flexitarian? Not sure? Vegetarian Times has your answer: The self-proclaimed “world’s largest collection of vegetarian recipes” provides these definitions of dietary categories. Vegetarians eat no meat, fish or fowl Vegans eschew all animal products, including meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy products, and (this last one […]

— Barb Boose

Good news about our health

Amid the often depressing news about our individual and collective health (obesity rates expanding! diabetes on the rise! heart disease through the roof!), I find it comforting to be reminded of what’s going right or getting better in health care. I’m frequently reminded by DMU students, faculty and alumni, who are passionate about great patient […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: easy Thai chicken

When I get home from the office, most evenings the last thing I want to do is get cookin’ in the kitchen. Nice weather doesn’t improve my lazy chef ethic, either. That’s why I love this recipe from Prevention magazine: Most of its ingredients can be pantry staples; the others can be picked up from […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: grilled turkey burgers

Ahh, Memorial Day Weekend – when the weather gets warmer (we hope) and the grills get hot for holiday cookouts. If you’re like me and want to maintain a healthy diet without sacrificing flavor, the Mayo Clinic staff suggests we replace greasy hamburgers and hot dogs with grilled turkey burgers. I eat mine with salsa, […]

— Barb Boose

Would you take this test?

A new blood test that will go on sale to the public in Britain later this year can show how fast someone is ageing, giving insights on how long the person may live. The question is: Would you want to know that about yourself? The United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper reports that the “controversial test measures […]

— Barb Boose

Road-trip-worthy music fest

Like a lot of DMU students and alumni, Amy Hynek is multi-talented: In addition to earning her D.O. degree in 2010, she and members of her family – father Bill, sister Amanda and brother Joe, with crew support by mom Angie – make up the high-energy, highly musical band Pumptown. Amy plays guitar, drums (she […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Beef fajita salad

Do you ever wonder why some foods taste so good, while you find others to be true tastebud-turnoffs? Black licorice, cilantro and asparagus are just a few of the polarizing foods and flavors I’ve observed. Despite the role that tastes play in our health, The Washington Post recently reported, it out that scientists don’t know […]

— Barb Boose

Attack of the body-snatchers

Students in DMU’s clinical programs and master of science in anatomy program are privileged to begin exploring the body and performing dissections on donated bodies in their first semester, but that wasn’t the case in past centuries: The inability of medical schools and scientists to acquire specimens, the lack of legislation and regulation of body […]

— Barb Boose