Blog News and Updates

I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa

Here’s a great way to kick off Black History Month: Attend the annual I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa (IMMAWII) event this Saturday at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. This year marks IMMAWII’s 15th anniversary, and it’s sure to be as educational and entertaining as ever. IMMAWII celebrates diversity and highlights African American arts, […]

— Melissa Wilder

Is sitting today’s tobacco?

Bearers of bad news sometimes suggest their audience sit down before hearing it. But this news should get you up and moving: Not only are long periods of sitting bad for us, they’re “literally killing us,” says James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic’s Graduate School of Medicine. He has extensively researched […]

— Barb Boose

DMU and MLK

Des Moines University campus and clinic is closed today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In celebration and remembrance of his leadership in the civil rights movement, the Des Moines University library has put together an exhibit that ties our school and one of our alums to him. Dr. William Anderson, D.O.’56, became an early leader […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: Super Bowl snacks, Part I

We Americans don’t need many excuses to put out a spread of food. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without pounds of chocolate. The Fourth of July inspires red, white and blue fruit pizza. Thanksgiving is almost all about the food (and Black Friday). The December holidays are loaded with celebratory eating, drinking, candy canes, cookies, […]

— Barb Boose

Don’t pass up the chance

Each summer Des Moines University hosts its Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars (Health P.A.S.S.) program. The program is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors from populations underrepresented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. The program provides participants with perspectives on what it is like to be a student […]

— Katie Pearce

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

Research Symposium follow-up

The 2012 Des Moines University Research Symposium was held December 6, 2012. It was another successful year with a great turnout! This year the number of attendees kept steady at 152, the exact number as the previous year’s symposium in 2011. The Office of Research is happy to report that the total number of presentations […]

— Mollie Lyon

Friday recipe: soy protein chili

As temperatures here in Des Moines dip, I think it is time to bust out the dutch oven and cook up some hearty (and healthy) soups. I received this recipe the other week from the fabulous crew in the Wellness Center and even got to sample it while there. It is perfect for those cold […]

— Nicole Branstad