Wellness

Three early West Nile virus cases reported in Iowa

The potentially deadly West Nile virus is making an early appearance in Iowa this year, state Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday.

Although cases of West Nile virus are typically seen in early autumn in Iowa, Dr. Patricia Qu [...]

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Iowans getting healthier, state report shows

The Iowa Department of Public Health released its 2014 Healthy Iowans Progress Report on Friday afternoon, highlighting advances the state has made [...]

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UI Veterans' Warrior Challenge gives back

An American flag fluttered in the wind as the National Anthem rung out across a silent crowd. On the sunny morning, veterans stood with civilians, all paying homage to continuing a familiar phrase: "Support Our Troops."

"It's a good cause, I [...]

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Depression weighs heavily on college students

At times, Alyson Brown can't eat or sleep. Some days, she sleeps for hours during the day. Other days, she has panic attacks that feel like heart attacks.

This has happened in cycles throughout her life, she said.

She suffers from [...]

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Bloated cost of a gluten-free diet is hard to digest

BOSTON (Reuters) - When Alice Bast was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, she had to scour local health-food stores and send away to Canada for the gluten-free food her condition necessitated.

Two decades later, Jennifer Dillon received [...]

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E-cigarettes on edge ahead of U.S. regulation

Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies have been beating a path to the White House, hoping to prevent the administration from imposing strict, and possibly costly, rules on the burgeoning $2 billion industry.

In November and December, [...]

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Olympic mind games the everyday exerciser can play

For everyday athletes hoping to glean more than vague inspiration from watching the elite compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi, fitness experts say let the mind games begin.

With imaging techniques, meditation and biofeedback, sports psycho [...]

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CVS to become first major U.S. drugstore chain to stop selling cigarettes

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first U.S. drugstore chain to take cigarettes off the shelf.

Public health experts called the decision by the No. 2 [...]

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Wake-up call: Marion woman changes lifestyle after brother's heart attack

Kristin Biedermann’s doctor had been telling her for a while that her cholesterol levels were on the high side. But with three kids, a husband and a job as an event planner keeping her busy, her health often took a back seat.

Last spring, th [...]

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Nature Center celebrates 40 years

Amongst the scenic historic backdrop of birds chirping, thick forests and a variety of mounted animals, stands four signs of blueprints and 3-D models: the signs of the future for Iowa’s first nature center.

The Nature Center, 6665 [...]

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Age and weight gain:

Are we all destined to gain weight as we grow older? In a word, “No.”

It may be harder than when y [...]

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UI considers e-cigarettes, campus-wide smoking ban

The University of Iowa, like the rest of the state, has started the conversation about what to do with electronic cigarettes.

The electronic vaporizers meant to simulate cigarettes without using tobacco have burst onto the scene of late, cau [...]

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E-cigarette use growing rapidly in Iowa, but regulation lacking

Light up a cigarette in an Iowa restaurant, office or even the Capitol rotunda, and, at best, you’ll be told to put it out and, maybe, you’ll get slapped with a fine.

Fire up an electronic cigarette in any of those places, and there’s no pro [...]

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