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Walking at work whittles waistlines

According to a recent report on National Public Radio, researchers are beginning to suspect that even if you engage in regular exercise daily, it may not be enough to counteract the effects of too much sitting during the rest of the day. That’s the bad news for most office-bound Americans, who sit for eight hours […]

— Barb Boose

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

Resolutions, what?

So, we’re 10 days into the new year – how’re your resolutions sticking? A recent poll I read said 21% of people stick to their new year resolutions for a week at the most. My resolutions I am trying to stick to is to eat a more healthful diet and be more active. Small steps, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

November is epilepsy month

How epilepsy-savvy are you? Take the quiz! I’d give you more info about what epilepsy is but then you’d have a foot up on the quiz so take it & report back on how you did! Help spread the word about epilepsy.

— Courtney Tompkins

Pink ribbon, great reminder or distractor?

It’s October, breast cancer month, and everything is pink. Is that a good or bad thing? Do pink shoes and pink mixers increase screenings & further research or does it just raise awareness? What kind of awareness really aids the fight against cancer? Some of these questions are raised in a recent New York Times […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Health & medical book sale

Get thee to the State Library on Thursday or Friday (June 3-4)! The state medical library closed in March and they’re selling medical books and journals! The state library is in the Miller Building, 1112 E. Grand Ave., and is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visitor parking just north of the building and one block east. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

How health reform affects you

The health reform act signed by President Obama on March 30 is a hot topic whether you’re a clinician, a student or a patient. If you are wondering what it means for you, we found some documents that do a good job of summarizing the facts. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) […]

— Andrea Cooley

Paging Dr. Know-it-all

I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play 1 on TV. My degrees are solely in the communication arts. It is possible that I am the lowest qualified person AT DMU to answer a health question. And yet sometimes I just CAN NOT bite my tongue. Not to worry, I don’t give medical advice as […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12 is National Physician Assistant Week. Physician Assistants are a vital part of our health care system. Remember to thank them for what they do both this week and in the future. As part of PA Week, DMU PA students will be offering blood pressure screening at Valley West Mall Saturday October 10, 12-4 […]

— Andrea Cooley

Take a Health Quiz

Take a break from studying and check out the DMU Health Quiz on Facebook. If you didn’t pass, or want to learn more about the top five causes of death in the U.S., register for Mini Medical School 2010. The program is offered annually and is open to the public. Students, we want to hear […]

— Andrea Cooley

DMU is Living United

Des Moines University is serious about community service. We do SO many projects every year it’s hard to keep track of them. So when United Way of Central Iowa had a contest for videos describing how an organization “Lives United,” I knew we had to enter. Here’s our video:   What do you think?? United […]

— Courtney Tompkins