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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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New stroke-preventing implant comes to UI
The UI Heart and Vascular Center will be the first facility in the state to provide a recently-FDA-approved procedure that decreases the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, IPR reports. Some patients can undergo a left atrial appendage occlusion, which plugs the left atrium with an umbrella-shaped WATCHMAN™ device that keeps blood clots from entering the blood stream.

UI student-owned business aims to reduce wait times at sports concession stands
UI students Elijah Doetsch and Carson Goodale don’t like waiting in concession-stand lines at sporting events, so they decided to do something about it, Iowa Now reports. The two created Fan Food, a free app that fans can use to order and pay for food from their stadium or arena seats. When their order is ready, they receive a notification and pick up their order at an express line.

Next Issue Media opens Coralville office
California-based Next Issue Media has opened a new office in Coralville, The Gazette reports. The digital magazine platform provides access to 160 worldwide magazines. The company’s two other offices are in California and New York. The Coralville office has hired 10 employees and plans to expand.


“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

—Mark Twain (aka, Samuel Clemens, 1935–1910)

Animal rights group takes on private Manchester zoo
A California-based animal rights group began its federal civil case yesterday against Tom and Pam Sellner of Manchester, Iowa, saying they illegally obtained and disposed of exotic animals at their private zoo, The Gazette reports. The group claims the couple has violated the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Edward Snowden is ready to go to prison, waiting on answer from US
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a BBC interview yesterday that he is willing to reach a plea bargain with U.S. authorities, CNN reports. Snowden says he has offered to go to prison in the U.S. as part of a deal to return from exile in Russia, but is still waiting for an answer from the U.S. government.

Gov. Brown signs California right-to-die measure
After great deliberation and personal reflection, California’s governor Jerry Brown signed the right-to-die legislation yesterday, The Associated Press (AP) reports. California joins Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana in allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs for terminally ill patients.

U.S., 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the White House now has to sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers, the AP reports. Obama has cast the agreement as good for American workers and crucial to countering China and expanding U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Speaker talks to students about losing faces
Tara Fall, 40, spoke with students at Regina Catholic Education Center about her prosopagnosia, a neurological condition that prevents her from forming memories of peoples’ faces, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The condition began after a stroke during brain surgery for her severe epilepsy. Fall’s experiences included a time when she didn’t recognize her own reflection following a hair appointment.

Scientists build ‘frozen zoo’ to save endangered species
The University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center is building what’s being called a “frozen zoo,” CNN reports. Scientists at the genetic storage center believe they will someday be able to save endangered big cats (and eventually other species) from extinction by preserving their stem cells now.

Al Roker apologizes after outrage over South Carolina flood selfie
NBC weatherman Al Roker apologized for a selfie he took while covering a disaster, CNN reports. The photo features him and two others smiling while in the background a damaged car rests on a pile of rubble after a highway collapsed from the historic flooding in South Carolina.

Rio Olympics cutting costs with Brazil deep in recession
Organizers of the 2016 Olympics, faced with the reality of Brazil’s deep recession, say they are trimming costs on staffing and special events to keep their budget strictly balanced, the AP reports.


  • Show your Hawkeye spirit for Homecoming Week! Stop into Wild Rose Gifts (Elevator E, Level 1) and get your homecoming buttons before they are gone. Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds support programs that benefit patients and their families through Volunteer Services.
  • Come to the Books Are Fun book and gift fair from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday in the Fountain Entrance Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1). Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Questions? Contact Jeff at 631-2819 or
  • The next “Let’s Talk” Patient Safety forum will be from noon to 1 p.m. today in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Badge needed to be admitted. CEU credits are available. Lunch is available for the first 45 attendees.
  • The next Hardin Open Workshop “Data Management for Researchers” is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Hardin Library East Information Commons. To register visit
  • Patients and visitors are invited to Children’s Story Hour: 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the Patients’ Library (Elevator F, Level 8). Story Hour can also be watched live on patient channel 4.2.
  • The Partial Hospitalization Program offers a support group for Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday on 5 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5). Questions? Call 384-8765.
  • The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program hosts a support group for patients and caregivers living with multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders on the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hope Lodge conference room (750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City). Questions? Please email or call 384-9102.
  • A breastfeeding support group is held for mothers and babies from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday in Room #0301 on the Lower Level at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing. Meetings are free of charge, and a board-certified lactation consultant will be available to answer questions. Questions? Email
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa announces the Spohnheimer Thyroid Cancer Research Award to support a project related to thyroid cancer. The maximum award is $10,000. The application deadline is noon on Monday, Oct. 26. Guidelines and forms are at


  • Nick Showman, 12, of Pella, Iowa, is the UI Children’s Hospital Kid Captain for Saturday’s game against Illinois. At age 4, Nick was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy—a genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle degeneration. Although Nick’s muscles are weaker and he now uses a wheelchair, his spirit remains strong. Meet Nick at
  • Construction of the new Hospital Parking Ramp 2 is nearing completion and it may be possible to open the ramp by the end of October. With the opening of this new parking facility for patients and visitors, faculty and staff who were displaced from several lots, including the parking ramps, will be contacted by email from UI Parking and Transportation about returning to their former parking assignments. Offers will be made according seniority and selecting alternatively from faculty and staff lists. Thanks to all who graciously vacated their parking locations to accommodate the on-site parking needs of our patients and visitors.
  • Help Phones with blue and white signage are located throughout UI Hospitals and Clinics to assist guests with wayfinding questions or address their concerns. Guest Services staff answer the phones and provide information 24/7. Escort or wheelchair assistance is available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These phones remain house phones.
  • Are you interested in joining a UI car or van pool? Does your car or van pool have an opening, or are you interested in getting a new UI van pool started for your community? To learn more about the UI Carpool, Employee Van Pool, and the Emergency Ride Home Programs; Zipcar; and My Van Pool, visit


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  • Men who are 55 to 65 years old, native English speakers, and who have no history of neurological and psychological conditions are invited to participate in a research study examining memory and language. Compensation of $15 per hour is provided. For more information contact Kristi at 335-6919 or email

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