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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Broken hearts turn out to be real
For years, doctors at the UI Heart and Vascular Center have treated patients with “broken heart syndrome,” The Daily Iowan reports. The syndrome, known as takostubular cardiomyopathy, occurs when an extreme emotional trauma triggers a physical response. Clinicians said that experiencing extreme stressful and traumatic events, such as the unexpected loss of a loved one, can cause the heart to balloon.

UI research shows online dating increasing in popularity
A research study by UI communication studies professor Andrew High shows that online dating, once considered taboo, is becoming more popular throughout the U.S., KCRG reports. The study’s results show that 10 percent of Americans are using online dating sites, and success rates are continuing to climb.

Principal: Teacher appeared drunk, police called
Staff at Iowa City’s South East Junior High called the police yesterday about a substitute teacher who appeared to be intoxicated, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. A plain-clothes officer verified the teacher was “under the influence of alcohol,” and removed the individual from the building.

Did You Know?

More than 110 million roses are sold in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day. What do the colors mean? Red is for love or romance; pink signifies gratitude and appreciation; yellow reflects friendship, joy, and good health; orange represents enthusiasm and passion; and white symbolizes marriage, spirituality, and remembrance.


Bill calls for UI, ISU to share athletics money with UNI
An Iowa lawmaker introduced a bill calling on the UI and Iowa State to share their athletic funding with the University of Northern Iowa, the Press-Citizen reports. The bill would require the UI and ISU to set aside $4 million in athletic funding annually for the next five years and transfer it to UNI.

Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal
The massive gas leak that spewed for 16 weeks and drove thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has been stopped, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The well still needs to be permanently sealed, but residents, many of whom were made ill by the gas, are glad to have life return to normal.

Detainee interrogation chief: Waterboarding doesn’t work
The director of the federal High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group said research demonstrates that abusive strategies, including waterboarding, simply don’t work, NPR reports. Instead, he said that “rapport-based techniques elicit the most credible information.”

Source: ‘Sophisticated’ laptop bomb on Somali plane got through X-ray machine
The explosive device built into a laptop computer that detonated last week on a Somali passenger jet was “sophisticated” and got past X-ray machines at the Mogadishu airport, CNN reports. The device, which blew a hole in the skin of the plane, would have been catastrophic had it detonated while the plane was at cruising altitude. The suspected bomber was blown out of the plane, and two people aboard were injured.

Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression and smoking risk
Researchers say a person’s risk of becoming depressed or addicted to tobacco may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals, the AP reports. Although Neanderthals and modern people split off from each other on the evolutionary tree hundreds of thousands of years ago, ancestors of modern people interbred with Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago after migrating from Africa.

Gravitational waves have been found, scientists say
Scientists say they have detected gravitational waves, a key component of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, CNN reports. The ripples detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory are based on the merging of two black holes. The project was created by scientists from Caltech and MIT.

Gaelic Storm to perform at Englert on Sunday
Gaelic Storm, a popular Celtic band, will play at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Iowa City’s Englert Theatre, The Daily Iowan reports. The band performed in a scene in the movie “Titanic.”

Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78
The Indiana University men’s basketball team (20-5, 10-2) used a 14-2 run to erase a four-point deficit to beat Iowa 85-78, the AP reports. There is now a three-way tie among Indiana, Iowa (19-5, 10-2), and
Maryland for the No. 1 spot in the Big Ten.


  • 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.
  • Sunday Alcoholics Anonymous open meetings are held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Tower Dining Room (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Attend a course on effectively communicating in the workplace from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Damasio Conference Room, S724 GH (Elevator C, Level 7). The course explores good skills and techniques for in-person, telephone, and email communication. To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Courses > Communication Basics. Contact or call 353-8211.
  • Frontline supervisors, managers, and HR representatives are encouraged to attend the Employee and Labor Relations Investigation Series through March 2016. This series will help increase skills in conducting effective workplace investigations. To register, go to Employee Self Service > Personal Tab > My Training > Enroll in Course > and type in 799, 800, or 801. Contact with questions.


  • Emergency equipment electrical power in certain parts of the John Colloton Pavilion (JCP) will be interrupted from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow. The affected areas include: sub-basement JCP, west side; CSS Lower Level JCP, west side; and air handling units from Lower Level JCP up to Level 4 JCP, west side. The shutdown is necessary for the installation of new pneumatic tube equipment for UI Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Questions? Contact Gary Eckrich, Capital Management, 356-1863.
  • 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.
  • Everyone working, learning, and volunteering with UI Health Care is invited to attend the UI Health Care Faculty and Staff Forum from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Ziffren Auditorium (Elevator H, Level 1). There will be time for questions, which can be sent in advance to The forum will be webcast live at A video recording will be available on The Point following the forum.
  • Learn about the history of the UI College of Medicine, covering 1870 to 1928, which will be on display in the Hardin Library through Feb. 29. The display covers whimsy, catastrophe, and major changes in basic medical education. For tours of the content, email or call 335-7085.
  • When accidents happen, it’s important that first responders have the information they need to help you quickly, especially if you or a loved one has a serious medical condition or disability and can’t communicate. The UI Safety Store now sells the Alert for Special Assistance Program car and home kits. For more information, contact the Safety Store at 356-3543 or
  • Nominate an outstanding assistant, clerk, technician, or aide for the Helping Hands Award. This monthly award is a celebration of excellence for nursing partners in care. Nomination forms are located in units and online on The Loop under “Recognize Someone” in the “HR Links” menu.
  • For the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff, we provide a latex-free environment. Severe latex allergies are a serious concern, and balloons are also a choking hazard. For these reasons, latex balloons are not allowed.


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  • Women age 18 to 45 are invited to participate in a study on a birth control method (vaginal ring that contains hormones). There are at least seven study visits over 7 to 12 months. Compensation provided. To learn more, call 356-4848 or email
  • Individuals age 30 or older with type 2 diabetes for 10 years or less and taking metformin as their only diabetes medication may qualify for a national diabetes study comparing commonly used diabetes medications. Medications, diabetes supplies, and compensation provided. Questions? Contact Tammy at 384-8103 or

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