CoOportunity to leave Iowa Health and Wellness Plan

DES MOINES — CoOportunity Health will withdraw from the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan — which provides health care coverage to low-income adults — next month, the Department of Human Services said.

The state has arrange [...]

continue »

Ebola-fueled fear

CEDAR RAPIDS — Southwestern College in southern California went on lockdown Thursday after someone tweeted that a vomiting student recently had flown to the Midwest.

The Pentagon on Friday closed part of its parking lot and one entra [...]

continue »

Could this drug prevent more overdose deaths?

CEDAR RAPIDS — Heroin overdose deaths in Iowa jumped from five in 2009 to 20 in 2013.

During that same period, deaths from opioid overdoses — drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone — ranged from lows of 23 deaths in 201 [...]

continue »

Obama names former adviser to coordinate U.S. Ebola response

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has asked former White House adviser Ron Klain to coordinate U.S. efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak, an administration official said on Friday, after criticism the government’s response to the [...]

continue »

Second nurse with Ebola should not have traveled by plane, CDC says

DALLAS — A second Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the virus had traveled by plane a day before she reported symptoms, U.S. health and airline officials said on Wednesday, adding that she should not [...]

continue »

Donations lag for Ebola epidemic

When a catastrophic earthquake devastated the island and people of Haiti in 2010, killing more than 100,000 people, the American Red Cross raised $486 million to help restore the ravaged nation.

When Typhoon Haiyan pounded the Philippines l [...]

continue »

Health insurers explain premium increases

The majority of Iowans who have signed up for health insurance plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act are older and less healthy, which has pushed up insurance premiums.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Insurance Division approved insurance pre [...]

continue »

Iowa scientists point climate change’s effect on health

DES MOINES — Iowans are feeling firsthand the effects of climate change, a coalition of Iowa scientists said Friday.

At a Statehouse news conference Friday, lead authors released “The Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the [...]

continue »

Disease balancing act: Experts walk the line between informing and scaring the public

IOWA CITY — Television crews stalked a Dallas apartment last week where a man from Liberia became the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil. National media outlets sent breaking news alerts Wednesday when that man — Thomas Eric Du [...]

continue »

Iowans won’t see any change in Medicare Part B premiums

For the approximately 506,348 Iowans enrolled in Medicare Part B, premiums and deductibles will remain unchanged in 2015, leaving more of seniors’ cost of living adjustment from Social Security in their pockets.

The Centers for Medica [...]

continue »

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan dies at Dallas hospital

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Wednesday announced that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, has died.

The hospital issued [...]

continue »

Local health officials taking precautions against Ebola

Health officials have been preparing for a case of Ebola in the United States, and they say Iowans have reason to feel well protected against any outbreak.

The Center for Disease Control said Monday it has enhanced surveillance and laborato [...]

continue »

Senator says U.S. to require tougher Ebola screening at airports

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials are preparing to require tougher Ebola screening at American airports this week to keep the deadly virus from spreading to this country, Senator Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

The new measures may in [...]

continue »

Joan Becker, convicted murderer’s mother, speaks out about undiagnosed mental illness

CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of a man convicted of killing a popular high school football coach says families struggling with mental illness should not stay silent any longer.

Five years ago, Mark Becker shot and killed Aplington-Parkers [...]

continue »

Up to 100 possibly exposed to U.S. Ebola patient; four isolated

DALLAS — Up to 100 people may have had direct or indirect contact with the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, and four people have been quarantined in a Dallas apartment, health officials said on Thursday.

Dallas [...]

continue »