Wear red Friday (Feb. 5)!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. Join folks across the nation in wearing red Friday to raise awareness of this horrible, oft preventable, disease and help connect people to the American Heart Association. If you’re on campus, stop by the SEC Commons, Feb. 3-5, noon-1, to donate $5 or more […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Good food reviews!

On Friday when I got home from work, my husband surprised me with having dinner and hotel reservations ready for a night out (he is THE BEST) and we hit up Centro, one of our favorite dinner spots. We devoured the pancetta-wrapped gulf shrimp that we love, gobbled up the focaccia bread, then I had […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Do you need Super Bowl food?

I know you do! Well then this is perfect for you… my class is selling Papa Murphy’s discount cards as our class fundraiser. We will be selling the cards February 1 – 5 in the Student Education Center commons area. Cards are only $5 and there is more than a $33 value on the cards. […]

— Daley Dodd

Anatomy word of the month: hiatus

The Latin word for “an opening, a gaping mouth”.  The diaphragm, the muscular partition that divides the chest from the abdomen, has three openings.  The aorta, esophagus and inferior vena cava each pass through a hiatus in the diaphragm.  You likely have seen this word before when your favorite TV show took a break for […]

— Bill Dyche

Student research spotlight: Katie Welliver

Katie first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. During her sophomore year, she began conducting research in the dietetics field. She spent the majority of her research work looking at the nutritional effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the prevention of breast cancer. Following her undergraduate education, Katie […]

— Seth Stevenson

Catch some tunes Saturday

D.O. student Amy Hynek is not only insanely smart and ready to graduate in May but she’s also musically talented and plays in a family band with her sister, brother & dad, in between classes and rotations! Pumptown is a folk/country/rock band that has performed all over Iowa and will do a show here in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Oprah loves Iowa!

O, the Oprah Magazine recently listed 100 things getting better. Iowa made the list. The only state with such an honor! It’s a random mix of polarizing reasons for why Oprah thinks Iowa is even better than before but hey, we’ll take it…  Here’s the entry (links put in by me): 32. Iowa— Legalizing gay […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Friday recipe: kidney bean and tuna salad

I’m a big fan of tuna salad. It’s super easy, inexpensive and healthy! Don’t let the kidney beans in the title of this recipe scare you. They are a harmless red bean that add bulk (and protein) to this super simple sandwich. Kidney bean and tuna salad Ingredients: 1 15 ½ oz. can kidney beans, […]

— Andrea Cooley

Looking for something SUPER to do this weekend?

If you’re thinking about the Super Bowl, we’re not quite there yet (it’s Feb 7). But this weekend in Des Moines, you can still find something SUPER to do…. like the SuperBULL Series. This is totally out of our daily-norm! What fun! You can even get group ticket discounts at a great deal. If you […]

— Tea Nguyen

Easy garlic smashed potatoes

Freshly roasted garlic is, by far, my most favorite form of garlic. You can substitute fresh garlic for garlic powder if that’s what you have. This recipe serves as a wonderful side dish to pair with your protein like steak, chicken or honey- baked ham. In a piece of aluminum foil: -put in 8 garlic […]

— Tea Nguyen

America’s next top models?

So as many of you know there was a fashion show last Thursday at DMU. I am obviously way late in posting about it but I figured better late than never. Well, there were three lovely PA students representing our class and looking fly as ever. Garet Ford and Erinn White were a part of […]

— Daley Dodd

Learn about medical apartheid tomorrow @ noon

The DMU diversity office has arranged for Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” to speak on campus tomorrow (1/27) @ noon. Free and open to all, her talk will be held in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

I’m a professional, stand back!

I can actually say that now considering I am certified in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support)! Yeah, I’m a pretty big deal…ha ha. I have always had this horrible fear I would be out in public somewhere and a person would go down, not breathing and I would have to jump into help…knowing full well […]

— Daley Dodd

Upcoming events @ DMU

Just want to make sure all my lovely readers are aware of two upcoming awesome DMU events…. Mini Medical School begins Feb. 9 and runs each Tuesday evening after for 5 weeks. This is a series of classes for the public. It’s $25 for all 5 classes. If you miss one, it is ok – […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Can you feel the love tonight?

I can, I can!!!!!!! So last Friday, the 15th, was a great day for me. My lovely parents came up to Des Moines for a fun-filled night with their precious daughter…ME. First we headed to dinner at Flying Mango. If you haven’t eaten at this little hidden treasure….DO IT! Seriously, it’s delicious. There are great […]

— Daley Dodd

Happy birthday, to me!

So I think I mentioned in a previous post that I had a birthday over Christmas break. And if I can just jump on my soap box for one hot second that would be great. For all of you near-Christmas babies you know what I am talking about….birthdays aren’t always fun! When I was little […]

— Daley Dodd

How to help Haiti

It’s hard to see people suffering and not know the best way to help. There’s a lot of information going around about what groups you should donate to or shouldn’t do to help those hurt in Haiti. I asked Dr. Yogi Shah, head of our global health dept., and he said truly the best thing […]

— Andrea Cooley

A ‘healthier’ enchilada pie

This month’s theme for cooking club is casseroles and I want to make one that’s somewhat healthy, in addition to satisfying the comfort-food-craving. I found this recipe on www.eatbetteramerica.com, a site a co-worker had recommended. I think I’ll give it a shot next week for the club but I’ll likely substitute in lean turkey and […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health-related books to listen to

Looking for interesting books related to public health and ways to change the world? Here are a few suggestions that are available on www.Audible.com. They continue to have an introductory rate of $7.49 for new members. 1.       The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell 2.       A Branded World: […]

— Tea Nguyen