Posts by Barb Boose

Friday recipe: hot enough for you?

I credit the ulcer my dad had when I was a kid with my fierce love for hot, spicy food: His condition kept our meals on the bland side, so when I discovered jalapenos, Tabasco, Sriracha sauce, etc., etc., etc., I was addicted. Salsas, curries, kim chee – you name it, if it’s got some […]

— Barb Boose

Chubby isn’t cheap

Americans are continuing to supersize, reports Kaiser Health News blog. According to a report titled “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America‘s Future 2011” by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the adult obesity rates increased in 16 states last year and did not go down in a single […]

— Barb Boose

Goin’ for the Gold

Back in the 1990s, when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need to recognize internship and residency applicants with both outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation listened. That led to the creation of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), which honors select medical students, residents, role-model physician teachers and […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: griping and grilling (salmon)

I love having someone else cook for me as much as anyone. That “someone else” is almost always my spouse, a former chef who’s as comfy around a kitchen as he is at the hardware store. When that “someone” is a restaurant, however, I can’t help but feel suspicious. Afterward I’m almost always thirstier than […]

— Barb Boose

Freaky foods

When it comes to new technological developments, some of the strangest ones involve food. For example, the Daily Telegraph recently reported that scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands are working to produce a real hamburger that doesn’t require slaughtering any animals: The Dutch scientists say the “vitro meat,” made from beef mince grown from […]

— Barb Boose

Is this guy crazy?

You might consider Charlie Wittmack’s undertaking and rightfully ask, “Is this guy crazy?” A Des Moines attorney and the only Iowan to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, last year Wittmack sold his house, gave up his job and embarked on his World Triathlon, an 8,000+-mile effort to swim the English Channel, bike the […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: chickpea burgers with mint raita

As an Iowa farm kid, I grew up eating pork, beef and chicken, with the occasional seafood and venison thrown in. But I appreciate the principles of “Meatless Monday,” a non-profit initiative of the Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Its goal is to encourage people to reduce […]

— Barb Boose

A provocative day

At DMU, our faculty believe research is vital, and students are vital to research. A demonstration of that belief is DMU’s mentored student research program, which gives student researchers the opportunity to share highlights of their findings. They will present their research today in DMU’s Olsen Medical Education Center (better known as the MEC) in […]

— Barb Boose

One more reason Des Moines rocks

I know it’s Wordless Wednesday here at Dose of DMU, but news today deserves comment: Forbes has declared our fine city the best place in the nation for young professionals. Forbes columnist Morgan Brennan states, “The Iowa state capital has a higher concentration of big businesses (1 for every 568 residents) than any other city […]

— Barb Boose

Get jazzed in July!

Ahh, July: It brings hot temperatures and, in the Des Moines metro, hot music. The city’s Metro Arts Alliance every year brings to the city “Jazz in July,” a family-friendly festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts almost every day of the month. Food vendors, visual artists and children’s activities add to […]

— Barb Boose

The fat kid

Remember the fat kid in elementary school? The one who may at times have wanted to be invisible, but whose girth made him/her anything but? I use the term in the singular, because in my fifth-grade class – when we 20 or so farm kids were combined with 70+ kids from the bigger town down […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: seaweed salad

Last week I used my son’s birthday as an excuse to enjoy one of my and his favorite foods, sushi. We relished the fine offerings of Happi Sushi, a nifty little place in downtown Des Moines. Great food, friendly service and affordable prices. We’ll definitely go back! The tasty “Happi Meals” we ordered – the […]

— Barb Boose

What’s on your mind?

“We humans have a complicated and ambivalent relationship to pleasure, which we spend an enormous amount of time and re­sources pursuing. A key motivator of our lives, pleasure is central to learning, for we must find things like food, water, and sex re­warding in order to survive and pass our genetic material to the next […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: chicken and Spanish rice

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges, medical schools, hospitals and more, so no surprise that the magazine recently crunched through some of the nation’s most popular diets to find the best one. The winner is DASH, the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. According to the U.S. N&WR website, the diet – which was […]

— Barb Boose

An ounce of prevention

An ounce of prevention, Benjamin Franklin said, is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to our health, we could use many ounces of prevention. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease, just some of the health problems that plague us, eat up millions of American health care dollars, yet in many cases these costly and […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: tantalizing tempeh and chickpea curry

David Spreadbury, Ph.D., chair of the biochemistry and nutrition department, and Joy Schiller, director of DMU’s Wellness Center, teach a very popular healthy eating elective in the Wellness Center kitchen. These two heroes of health also periodically offer lunch-hour cooking demonstrations and discussions, such their session this week on incorporating plant-based dishes in one’s diet. […]

— Barb Boose

One painterly professor

You read in the blog about this weekend’s Des Moines Arts Festival, a veritable visual feast not to be missed. Making the festival even better is “the other art show,” the ArtFest Midwest, also this weekend in the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. ArtFest Midwest is especially special to DMU, because […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: pork tenderloin with chimichurri sauce

One of my many blessings in life is the fact I’m married to a guy who loves to garden and cook. It’s a heavenly combination, especially this time of year, when our garden and local farmer’s markets begin offering seasonal treats. Another heavenly combination: melding herbs and spices in recipes to tickle your tastebuds without […]

— Barb Boose

Good for you, good for veterans

Some time ago, Des Moines yoga teacher Ryan Esdohr learned about the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that started as a way to provide comfort items to wounded service members and has since grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to back to civilian life. Compelled to […]

— Barb Boose

Ready for zombie attack?

I’m a big fan of “Shots,” and, no, not the kind tossed back in one’s you-should-know-better years – it’s National Public Radio’s health blog. I was particularly amused by reporter Scott Hensley’s post earlier this spring about the plan the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued for dealing with a zombie apocalypse. The CDC’s […]

— Barb Boose