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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

Des Moines University student earns American Lung Association volunteer award

(Des Moines, IA) – The American Lung Association in Iowa has presented its 2011 Volunteer Award to Laura Hoffman, an osteopathic medicine student at Des Moines University, in recognition of her commitment to see people live tobacco-free. She is the daughter of Linda and Robert Hoffman of Columbia City. Hoffman has been a volunteer with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Annual DMU memorial service for body donors free, open to public

(Des Moines, IA) – On Friday, May 20, Des Moines University (DMU) will honor 57 Iowans who donated their bodies in the past year to further medical education. The family of each donor, the DMU community and the public are invited to remember and recognize each generous gift. The non-denominational service will begin at 1 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Fighting the good fight

Beginning today through June 18, the DMU Library will host an exhibition of the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” Part of our library’s commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the exhibition looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during […]

— Barb Boose

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Anatomy word of the month: pylorus

The “gatekeeper” in Greek. This ring of muscle tissue surrounds the juncture between the stomach and the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. It functions as a gatekeeper by preventing food from exiting the stomach until it has reached a thick, soup-like consistency. Stomach contents called chyme, “juice” in Greek, then is squirted […]

— Bill Dyche

Health care fix: “smoke the whole pack”

Finally, just a few days ago, I at last managed to complete the last class for my master’s of public health degree here at DMU. This explains why I haven’t posted in a while – it’s been tough working on two professional degrees at once. I figured that I ought to make it up to […]

— Nathan McConkey

SOS to feed students Saturday

Significant Others Support (SOS), the organization for spouses and significant others of students attending Des Moines University, is hosting its last Feed the Students event for the year this Saturday, April 23, at 9 a.m. in the SEC Commons for second-year medical students who are participating in the Kaplan study course. SOS will offer baked […]

— Michael Drnec

Celebrate National Osteopathic Medicine Week

Sunday, April 17, marked the beginning of National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week! Through April 23, members of the osteopathic medical profession come together to focus on one common goal—increasing awareness of osteopathic medicine and D.O.s in communities across the country. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these three ways you can contribute to NOM Week: Take […]

— Barb Boose

Day on the hill

Tomorrow some of our students will be providing blood pressure and BMI screenings at the state capitol, 1-4:30 p.m. They’ll be in the Rotunda on level one. At 1 p.m. they’ll get to chat with Gov. Branstad. The visit coincides with this week’s “D.O. Day on Capitol Hill,” a national movement to educate policymakers about […]

— Courtney Tompkins