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Recent DMU Research Successes

Many Des Moines University faculty members and students were recognized for their recent presentations, publications and awards. Faculty names are in boldface. David Rettedal (DPM ‘13) and Dr. Vassilios Vardaxis received the first place award at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine in Orlando for […]

— Mollie Lyon

Stimulating Saturday in neuroanatomy

While interactive learning is happening pretty much all the time at DMU, a particularly engaged group of clinicians came to campus last Saturday for a neuroanatomy review course. Designed for participants to review, dissect and discuss gross anatomical structures of the brain related to rehabilitation of cerebral and cerebellar pathologies, the course was a collective […]

— Barb Boose

Evan L. Witt, PA-C’11

Witt and Hope Coffin announced their engagement and upcoming wedding planned for April 27, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City, IA. Coffin is an occupational therapist at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, IL, and Witt is a physician assistant at ORA Orthopedics in Moline, IL. 

— Anna Hudson

Celebrate National Public Health Week

If you or your loved ones have had immunizations, worn seat belts or used child car safety seats, enjoyed drinking clean water and breathing clean air, quit smoking or avoided the habit altogether, you’ve benefited from the nation’s public health efforts. In addition to greatly enhancing our safety, health and quality of life, public health […]

— Nicole Branstad

Find a food desert near you

We’ve all heard about the problem of food deserts, those geographic areas where residents have limited or no easy access to healthy foods. Now you can find out exactly where they are with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Food Access Research Atlas. The USDA website notes the atlas – an improved version of its […]

— Barb Boose

Advance your career at DMU

Looking to be a leader in today’s ever-changing health care environment? Choose DMU and get started on earning your degree in either the master in health care administration or master of public health programs. The M.H.A. program at DMU was established to support professionals who wish to enhance their career with a degree while remaining employed. Three-quarters of the […]

— Nicole Branstad

America’s sugar high: 22 teaspoons a day

I don’t mean to sound like just another prima donna who’s smacking down Americans’ unhealthy eating habits, but a new book by a New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Michael Moss, got my attention. Titled Salt Sugar Fat, Moss states that every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese – triple what […]

— Barb Boose

Get a (flu) shot, take a survey

Have you noticed how many people have been sick this winter? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the number of influenza cases is higher than normal at this time of year, and that the most common strain is associated with more severe illness. The good news: Most of those nasty viruses in […]

— Barb Boose