Health Topics News and Updates

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

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

Fear and loathing at the fiscal cliff

The many consequences unfurling from the legislation that kept the nation from falling over the fiscal cliff last week include changes to health care (you can find links to coverage by various media outlets here). While resolution of the nation’s fiscal situation is far, far away, the bill’s effects on health care include the following: […]

— Barb Boose

Do extra pounds make you live longer?

Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association sounds like the perfect post-holiday gift to anyone who resembles Santa a bit more than prior to the season of celebrations: A review of 97 studies involving a combined 2.88 million people on the relationship between body weight and death risk concluded that overall, […]

— Barb Boose

How can we care for rural America?

For a future issue of DMU Magazine, I plan to explore the joys and challenges of rural medicine. Numerous studies, including those published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show that rural America is underserved: While about 20 percent of the nation’s […]

— Barb Boose

Celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week, Nov. 4-10

DMU is celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week (NRTW), Nov. 4-10, to honor the hard work and accomplishments of its radiologic technologists. Created by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists in 1979, NRTW occurs each year during the week that includes Nov. 8, the day that German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the x-ray in 1895. […]

— Barb Boose

Happy Lung Health Month

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month. COPD is one of the most common lung diseases, and lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. To learn more about these diseases and their treatments, the American Lung Association (ALA) in Iowa is offering […]

— Barb Boose

Opportunities abound in podiatric medicine

DMU podiatric medical students Ali Binder and Amy Kruger recently shared with me the latest edition of “Footnotes,” the representative newsletter for the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS). The newsletter’s goal is to provide students with information about the University, club activities, reviews of restaurants, shops and movies, and to develop an overall […]

— Barb Boose

Halt the salt

It’s little surprise that we consume too much salt. Sadly, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that our kids are, too: American youth between the ages of 8 and 18 are eating, on average, 3,387 milligrams per day – about the same amount […]

— Barb Boose

Health care reform helps women

Say what you will about the Affordable Care Act – the much-touted, much-maligned health care reform legislation – but you can say with certainty that it will enhance health care access for women. A recent report of the Commonwealth Fund, “Oceans Apart,” shows that American women, both with and without health insurance – fair far […]

— Barb Boose