Blog News and Updates

Find a food desert near you

We’ve all heard about the problem of food deserts, those geographic areas where residents have limited or no easy access to healthy foods. Now you can find out exactly where they are with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Food Access Research Atlas. The USDA website notes the atlas – an improved version of its […]

— Barb Boose

Fertile ground: rich opportunities in rural medicine

We were just getting the spring issue of DMU Magazine to the printer last week when I came across an article on the Kaiser Health News website titled, “Osteopathic Physicians: An Answer to Rural Health Care Needs?” It just so happens that the spring cover story of DMU Magazine is all about rural medicine. The […]

— Barb Boose

Advance your career at DMU

Looking to be a leader in today’s ever-changing health care environment? Choose DMU and get started on earning your degree in either the master in health care administration or master of public health programs. The M.H.A. program at DMU was established to support professionals who wish to enhance their career with a degree while remaining employed. Three-quarters of the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Friday recipe: Thai quinoa salad

I continue to drool over Catherine Walthers’ beautiful and practical cookbook, Raising the Salad Bar. Part of the reason is that I demand crunch, texture and blow-your-hair-back flavor in my food, and this book delivers. Bypassing boring iceberg lettuce and globby store-bought dressings, it empowers one to incorporate such ingredients as peppery arugula, succulent bok […]

— Barb Boose

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

Student and scholarship

Earlier this month, Cynthia Hoque, a Des Moines University osteopathic medical student, received the Medical and Health Related Scholarship from the Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship Fund. Cynthia is committed to practicing medicine in rural Iowa upon graduation and was presented with the $4,000 award by Governor Terry Branstad. The Branstad-Reynolds Scholarship Fund was established by Governor Branstad […]

— Nicole Branstad