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Anatomy word of the month: gallbladder

Gall is an Anglo-Saxon word for bile.  The gallbladder stores bile from the liver.  Bile is released into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, when triggered by a fatty meal.  Bile is from the Latin word for the secretion which also means “anger”.  Chole is the Greek word for bile (and wrath) found in medical […]

— Bill Dyche

The calm in the storm

While the new class of talented and eager P.A. students has already begun their first year at DMU, we D.O. students are enjoying a much needed break in our training as our summer gets into full swing.  As we all step out into the real world for the first time in months (on the second […]

— Nathan McConkey

Global Health Outreach award 2011

The Global Health outreach award was established in 2008 to recognize contributions from faculty and students, toward their work for DMU’s global health department. COM graduating class of 2011 has more than 60 students, that’s approximately 27%, who have done an international rotation or service trip through DMU. This year, the Global Health Outreach award […]

— Seth Stevenson

Anatomy word of the month: salpinx

Salpinx means “trumpet” in Greek , that is, a tube-shaped structure with a flared opening. The term is not used alone, but as a root or central meaning in numerous words referring to the uterine tubes. Examples of these terms are: salpingitis (inflammation of), salpingectomy (removal of), hematosalpinx (bleeding within). You may be more familiar […]

— Bill Dyche

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