Research News and Updates

Power of preventive care

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has long monitored the use of clinical preventive services to provide public health agencies, health care providers and their partners information needed to plan and implement programs that increase use of these services and improve the health of the U.S. population. As members of the DMU community know, better […]

— Barb Boose

From autism to Alzheimer’s

Do you want to know more about supporting youth diagnosed with autism? How about new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, malignant melanoma, migraine and more? Want to explore the ethics of medically treating family members, the health effects caused by the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, or the “slippery slope” of the increased […]

— Barb Boose

Breaking up is hard to do with habits

I’ve been writing about diet and obesity for an upcoming DMU Magazine, which has made me think a lot about habits. Particularly bad ones – like mindlessly eating that bag of potato chips, regularly bingeing on too many desserts or eating those greasy chicken nuggets your kid left on his plate. New York Times business […]

— Barb Boose

Unlocking the “Legos” of life

DMU has a new student organization that’s also a feather in the University’s cap: The Genetics Student Interest Group of Des Moines University recently made DMU one of only seven medical schools in the U.S., and the first and only osteopathic medical school, to earn affiliation with the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Alisdair […]

— Barb Boose

Want to research?

Faculty and students at Des Moines University work together in first-rate facilities on diverse research studies regarding health and wellness, and you could be a part of it. Are you an undergrad student (or know of one) interested in research or a future career in health or medicine? Then check out the mentored research program. This […]

— Nicole Branstad

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Be wise: exercise

Most people agree that exercise is good for one’s body. A recent study in Ireland offers evidence that it’s also good for our brains, and not just because we feel proud of ourselves for having gotten off the couch. In the study, reported in The New York Times, scientists had a group of sedentary male […]

— Barb Boose

DMU Research Symposium

Mark your calendars for this year’s DMU Research Symposium taking place on campus this Thursday, December 1. No classes will be scheduled for the afternoon so all students can attend or participate. The annual DMU Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those in the surrounding community; to provide a forum for the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., named vice president of research

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s vice president of research. In this role, he oversees the Research Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and all DMU research compliance activities. Gray, a microbiologist whose research focuses on severe bacterial infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms, served on the DMU faculty from 1995 […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

CPMS Research Success

The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery has experienced success over the summer in the area of scholarship/research. Kathy Frush, D.P.M. ’05, and Lori Steiner, D.P.M. ’10, were published in the July/August edition of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). Shevonne Wells, D.P.M. ’11, and Dr. R. Tim Yoho were published in […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

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

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

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

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

PA presentations: from atherosclerosis to sugar substitutes

DMU’s physician assistant Class of 2011 will return from their rotations this month for their final 25th-month activities. They include presentations of their master’s degree projects, and it’s an impressive list! On June 13-16, class members will share their investigations on topics ranging from tobacco cessation and osteoporosis to hypertension, hormone therapy, aching joints and […]

— Barb Boose

Would you take this test?

A new blood test that will go on sale to the public in Britain later this year can show how fast someone is ageing, giving insights on how long the person may live. The question is: Would you want to know that about yourself? The United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper reports that the “controversial test measures […]

— Barb Boose