Health

Iowa doctor returns from Ebola-impacted Sierra Leone

DES MOINES — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is being fed by fear, mistrust, stigma and information deficiencies among people dealing with inadequate treatment centers and poor health care infrastructure, according to an Iowa epidemiologi [...]

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Providing comfort

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hospices provide comfort for the terminally ill. The care givers and medical professionals provide pain management and emotional support.

But it’s also a billion-dollar business dealing with increased regulation [...]

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Living with ALS: Cedar Rapids veteran in the fight of his life

As a member of the Iowa National Guard, Staff Sgt. Troy Musser earned the nickname, “The Machine,” after he broke multiple Guard physical fitness test records.

In two minutes, he could do 123 pushups or 95 situps.

Today [...]

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Ahead of the salt curve in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — The majority of school-aged children — about 90 percent — consume too much sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Iowa schools already are ahead of the curve when it comes to reduc [...]

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Report: Hospitals in Medicaid-expansion states performing well

CEDAR RAPIDS — Hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid are seeing higher revenues and a reduction in uninsured patients, according to a new report by PwC’s Health Research Institute.

The report analyzed financial data from t [...]

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The 1105 Project in Iowa City celebrates $1.2 million in renovations

IOWA CITY — A community help center in Iowa City called the 1105 Project has gained so much attention since it opened in January, it’s already filled its new building.

“Any place that’s empty we fill it,” [...]

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Race generates help for Haiti

IOWA CITY - Runner Zach Hill woke up Sunday morning to go on his daily run. The Iowa City resident’s morning exercise, however, has an impact beyond just keeping him in shape.

Hill joined more than 100 other runners and walkers to p [...]

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Mercy, University of Iowa bring advanced neonatal care to Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A new collaboration between Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care aims to improve care for newborn babies and women with high-risk pregnancies in Cedar Rapids.

Mercy and UI will share r [...]

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Hawkeye fans will see Children’s Hospital taking shape

IOWA CITY — Treytun Garcia ideally would never see the inside of the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

In a more perfect world, the 12-year-old Ottumwa boy would simply take in its enormity while passing by on his way to th [...]

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Study shows companies pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare

WASHINGTON — When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additiona [...]

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Iowa nursing homes lose more than 40 percent of staff each year

Beth Ann Appleby-Murphy was snoring when her nurse entered the room one morning.

The nurse, Emily Pratt, told Appleby-Murphy's husband, A.J., she initially left the room to give Appleby-Murphy time to sleep. But Pratt returned quickly when [...]

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As Ebola virus spreads, investors bet on potential cures

Investors are showering attention on drug developers working on a potential treatment for the Ebola virus, even if some of the drugs are a long way from production.

The World Health Organization has declared the West African epidemic a publi [...]

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Ronald McDonald family room planned for St. Luke’s Hospital

CEDAR RAPIDS — Parents whose children are hospitalized soon will have a home away from home.

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois announced plans Monday [...]

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As genetic counseling grows, so do Iowa’s needs

About 30 college students gathered last week at the University of Iowa to ask questions about genomic medicine and learn more about the growing field of genetic counseling.

“I really just wanted to learn what a genetic counselor does [...]

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Making the connections: Iowa health organizations work to share patient data

A  man from Des Moines faints during a Hawkeye football game in Iowa City and is taken to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He also has heart problems, but the doctor treating him wouldn’t know that — which makes di [...]

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