Posts by Barb Boose

Shaking it up when temperatures are down

Does cold weather derail your workout routine? Like when the ice-glazed surfaces of the great outdoors have you waddling like a penguin, yet the thought of taking a run on a treadmill or putting on your swimsuit puts a chill on your enthusiasm? I can relate; I seem to get better cardio workouts with a […]

— Barb Boose

Is this research too dangerous?

What if you were a scientist who wanted to investigate ways to counter a deadly virus, but the only way you could do so is if you created it? That was the question that circulated late last week when scientists announced that research on H5N1, an apparently unusually deadly bird flu virus, was going to […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: Super Bowl snacks, Part 2

Game on: The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in this year’s Super Bowl on Feb. 3. If you’re into professional football, the game offers several interesting story lines, according to the NFL. Perhaps most interesting is the fact that for the first time in any major professional athletic event, the […]

— 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

Friday recipe: Super Bowl snacks, Part I

We Americans don’t need many excuses to put out a spread of food. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without pounds of chocolate. The Fourth of July inspires red, white and blue fruit pizza. Thanksgiving is almost all about the food (and Black Friday). The December holidays are loaded with celebratory eating, drinking, candy canes, cookies, […]

— 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

Friday recipe: blueberry crumble

Colder weather, especially on weekends, turns my culinary inclinations to heartier breakfasts. Sorry to admit that I prefer to indulge my sweet tooth with my cup of coffee, which makes me love this recipe for more than its utter deliciousness: It’s easy to fix, doesn’t require any exotic ingredients (trust me when I say frozen […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: healthy party egg rolls

I love egg rolls and spring rolls and cinnamon rolls – wait, cross out that last one; there’s enough temptation in the air this season without bringing on the gooey. Egg rolls and spring rolls, on the other hand, can be both relatively healthy and utterly delicious with the right mix of flavorings and prepared […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: roasted cauliflower with sauce

Anyone who thinks the Internet is a death knell for printed cookbooks hasn’t been in a book store lately. Or, actually, on the Internet, where I found T. Susan Chang’s delightful reviewof her top 10 cookbooks for 2012. Chang, who regularly reviews cookbooks for National Public Radio, tagged her picks as “a year of contrarian […]

— 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

Friday recipe: “rad” stuffed peppers

Can I just say that this week’s recipe has everything to love and nothing to dislike or feel guilty about eating? Its combination of vegetables, lean ground turkey and seasonings to your liking will have your taste buds tingling with pleasure. This recipe came to us courtesy of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists during […]

— Barb Boose

Eyeball these DMU Library exhibits

Of course you can find plenty to read in the DMU Library, from its thousands of medical books and journals, online reference resources, fascinating archives and leisure reading collection. However, the library offers plenty of interesting visual displays, too, including some that may surprise you. “And there’s the humor of it” is a National Library […]

— Barb Boose