Blog News and Updates

Solving medical mysteries

Be a doctor for a night and solve medical mysteries at Des Moines University’s Mini Medical School. Analyze patients with suspicious symptoms by examining lab results, X-rays, MRIs and other tests and help make the diagnosis. Beginning February 5, DMU will tackle one or two medical mysteries every Tuesday night for five weeks. Classes are […]

— Nicole Branstad

Is this research too dangerous?

What if you were a scientist who wanted to investigate ways to counter a deadly virus, but the only way you could do so is if you created it? That was the question that circulated late last week when scientists announced that research on H5N1, an apparently unusually deadly bird flu virus, was going to […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Super Bowl snacks, Part 2

Game on: The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in this year’s Super Bowl on Feb. 3. If you’re into professional football, the game offers several interesting story lines, according to the NFL. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that for the first time in any major professional athletic event, the […]

— Barb Boose

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