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Friday, January 20, 2017

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Brophy provides recommendations about kids’ fevers in heat of flu season
As the flu season begins to heat up, Patrick Brophy, MD, professor of UI pediatrics and medical director for UIeCare, offers advice to parents about their kids’ fevers, the Muscatine Journal reports. Brophy said that an elevated temperature is considered a fever at 100.4 degrees F, but kids may still be comfortable until it reaches 102 or 103 degrees. The article contains Brophy’s recommendations on when to seek medical care.

UI suspects grade tampering reason for HawkID security breach
In its investigation of the recent UI HawkID breach, the UI said yesterday that “a few students appear to have used the passwords to change their grades in select courses,” The Gazette reports. Lee Carmen, associate vice president for UI Health Care Information Systems, said “there is no potential for exposure of patient data,” but also recommended that faculty and staff consider changing their UI HawkID passwords.

UI announces formation of Campus Inclusion Team
The UI new Campus Inclusion Team announced it will provide support, resources, and tools to help students respond to concerns of racial, ethnic, gender, intellectual, political, and religious bias on campus, Iowa Now reports. For more information on the program and its goals, go to


“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

—Nelson Mandela (1918–2013), South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, philanthropist, and president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999

Iowa City closer to getting food trucks in downtown area
The Iowa City council moved forward with an ordinance to allow food trucks to operate between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. as part of a pilot program, KCRG reports. Currently, food trucks have to stay away from downtown. Restaurant owners are concerned about the impact the food trucks will have on the businesses.

The Trump era dawns
Donald Trump, 70, took the oath of office today as the 45th president of the United States, CNN reports. Trump and his family began the day at St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, known as the “church of presidents,” for a worship service. After coffee and tea at the White House, the Obamas left the White House for the last time, and accompanied the Trumps to Capitol Hill for the swearing-in ceremony.

Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to appear in US courtroom
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, is in the U.S. for a court date, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The Drug Enforcement Administration flew Guzman to New York from Mexico yesterday. The U.S. has been trying to extradite Guzman since he was first indicted in the 1990s.

West African troops enter Gambia as election loser clings to power
West African troops are in Gambia to uphold the country’s presidential election by force, NPR reports. Adama Barrow, the winner of the Dec. 1 vote, was officially sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighboring Senegal yesterday, but Gambia’s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has refused to quit power.

1 in 4 men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections
The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers, the AP reports. High-risk HPV poses cancer risks to people who are infected and to their sexual partners. Vaccines can prevent infections, but experts say vaccination rates in pre-teens and young adults are too low.

Scientists needn’t get a patient’s consent to study blood or DNA
The Obama administration has dropped a controversial proposal that would have required all federally funded scientists to get permission from patients before using their cells, blood, tissue, or DNA for research, NPR reports. The proposal was eliminated from the final revision of the Common Rule, published yesterday.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61
Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit “NCIS: Los Angeles” and, before that, to NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan,” died yesterday of cancer at age 61, the AP reports.

Former NFL New York Jets player diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia
Former New York Nets All-Pro defensive end Mark Gastineau revealed yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, and dementia, CNN reports. Gastineau, 60, who made three All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls, spent 10 years with the Jets.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • In celebration of UI Health Care Human Rights Week, Turkish beef kofte will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7).
  • Friday prayers for those of the Muslim faith are held at 12:45 p.m. in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion, Melrose Conference Rooms 6 and 7 (Elevator L, Level 5).
  • Spiritual Services holds a Catholic Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Services are televised on Channel 4.5.
  • A SMART Goals Workshop will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in Melrose Conference Room 4 (Elevator L, Level 5). To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > SMART Goals Workshop. Questions? Contact
  • The Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will present a Frontiers in Pediatric Research seminar at noon on Monday, Jan. 23, in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). The guest speaker is Benjamin Gaston, MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Box lunch will be served. Questions? Contact for additional information.
  • Performance Management Training will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Ziffren Conference Room, 1502 John Colloton Pavilion (Elevator H, Level 1). To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Performance Management (Health Care). Questions? Contact
  • Attend the Communication and Professionalism Workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in 8440 John Colloton Pavilion (Elevator F, Level 8). To register, go to Employee Self Service > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Communication and Professionalism Workshop. Questions? Contact


  • Patients’ Library and the Medical Museum (Elevator F, Level 8) hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.
  • Supervisors and managers: Apply to attend the Advanced Management Series, which will enhance your abilities to effectively manage others. Application deadline is Monday, Jan. 23. For more information and to apply, visit Questions? Call 335-2687.
  • 2016 UI W-2 Wage and Tax Statements are now available under View Year-End Tax Information in the Payroll section of the Employee Self Service website. Employees who have selected electronic delivery will be granted immediate access to their W-2 statements. Those who didn’t choose electronic delivery by Jan. 19 will receive their W-2 statements through U.S. Mail by Jan. 31. If you have questions regarding your W-2, please refer to the Tax Forms FAQs under the Year-End Tax Information, or contact
  • January is National Blood Donor Month. The UI DeGowin Blood Center (Elevator B, Level 2) needs blood and platelet donors. Weekday and evening appointments available. Sign up at, or call the UI DeGowin Blood Center at 356-2058. All donations are used at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
  • Nominate a UI Hospitals and Clinics staff nurse (BSN or higher degree) for the 2017 Nursing Excellence in Clinical Education Award. The award represents excellence in learning and educational leadership. Submit a nomination at Deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, March 6. Questions? Contact Lou Ann Montgomery at
  • Visit A Massage Oasis in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1) or in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion (Elevator L, Level 2). Massage is covered by UI flex spending with a receipt. No physician’s order needed.
  • If you enjoy the artwork on display through UI Hospitals and Clinics, follow Project Art on Facebook ( to learn more about works in the hospital’s collection.


View additional research studies at

  • The Michaelson Lab is recruiting participants to take part in a genetic research study of autism, pediatric epilepsy, developmental delay, intellectual disability, and language impairment. Family members of affected individuals are also eligible to participate. For more information, contact Brooke McKenna at or visit

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