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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Protein interaction drives muscle atrophy
The molecular pathways that cause muscle atrophy are complicated and not well understood. These pathways might be targeted to create therapies. A new UI study has identified a muscle enzyme not previously linked to muscle wasting as a key player in the process, The Loop reports. The study is led by physician-scientist Christopher Adams, MD, PhD, with first author Steven Bullard, research specialist.

UI, RAGBRAI saving the monarch butterfly
For the third consecutive year, cyclists will toss milkweed seed balls into roadside ditches and fields along the RAGBRAI route to help save the Monarch butterfly, Iowa Now reports. In June, volunteers joined the UI College of Public Health to make 2,000 milkweed seed balls.

Board OKs land purchase for North Liberty elementary
The Iowa City Community School Board voted to purchase roughly 22 acres along Mehaffey Bridge Road in North Liberty, that the district plans to use as the site of a new elementary school, the Iowa City-Press Citizen reports. The school will serve many kids living within a two-mile radius of the location.

Health Tip

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. Symptoms of juvenile arthritis include limping in the morning because of a stiff knee, excessive clumsiness, high fever, skin rash, and swelling in lymph nodes in the neck and other parts of the body.

Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Donald Trump plans Cedar Rapids visit Thursday
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is making his first stops in Iowa since accepting the nomination last week, reports. Trump will hold a rally at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex Thursday, July 28, at 8 p.m.

Clinton nomination puts ‘biggest crack’ in glass ceiling
Hillary Clinton has become the first female presidential nominee for a major political party, CNN reports. Former President Bill Clinton last night spoke about Clinton’s work for children, the sick, and the disabled and told the story of their relationship—aimed at revealing her softer side. He referred to her as “the best darned change-maker I have ever known.” President Obama will speak tonight.

Freddie Gray case: All charges dropped against remaining officers
Prosecutors are dropping charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray’s death, CNN reports. Six officers were charged in connection with the April 2015 death of Gray, a 25-year-old who died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody.

Hostage: Attackers forced my husband to film slain priest
Two extremists attacked a Catholic church in northwest France and slit the throat of an elderly priest in front of other hostages, The Associated Press reports. An elderly woman, one of five held hostage, said the attackers handed her husband a cellphone and demanded that he take photos or video of the priest after he was killed. Both attackers were later killed by police outside the church.

Visual skin cancer screenings fall short of experts’ approval
A new report by a panel of medical experts concluded for the second time in seven years that there is not enough evidence to recommend full-body visual screenings for skin cancer as a preventive service, CNN reports. The decision drew concern and criticism from across the medical industry.

Ice Bucket Challenge’s 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery
Thanks in part to the ice bucket challenge fundraiser two years ago, the ALS Association has discovered three new genes that will help identify new treatment for the disease, CNN reports. A University of Massachusetts project called Project MinE identified a gene responsible for the degenerative disease.

Man walks away with island resort in $49 raffle
With a $49 raffle ticket, a man won The Kosrae Nautilus Resort in a contest organized by Australian owners, Doug and Sally Beitz, CNN reports. The couple wanted to make the resort affordable in the hope that the island would go to someone who was passionate about island life and respected the ecosystem.

Stoudemire retires after 14 seasons; does so as a Knick
Amar’e Stoudemire signed a one-day contract with the New York Knicks and subsequently announced that he’ll retire from the NBA, ESPN reports. He played for Phoenix, New York, Dallas, and Miami.


Learn more about dozens of upcoming events on The Loop.

  • Volunteer Services and Project Art present Summer Concerts at noon on Thursdays through Aug. 11, on the Rooftop Café Terrace (Elevator F, Level 8). Tomorrow’s performance is by Justin Goodchild (pop vocal).
  • UI Health Care faculty and staff who do business with Health Care Information Systems, Patient Financial Services, Finance, and Health Information Management are invited to attend an open house of the Health Care Support Services Building (HSSB) from 4 to 6 p.m. today at 3281 Ridgeway Dr., Coralville. Light refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact Lisa Socwell, 353-6216,
  • The Carver College of Medicine and the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute are hosting Science Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September in the courtyard connecting MERF, PBDB, and BSB. This week will include food trucks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; an interactive light box demonstration by the UI Department of Chemistry and the Mount Vernon High School robotics team from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.; and music by Dustin Busch and Supra Quatro from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Jennifer Stout at Everyone is welcome!
  • Openings are available for the Sibling Class at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Participate in an interactive class that begins to prepare your child for a new addition to the family. For more information, visit


  • The UI Children’s Hospital Cool Riders are Safe Riders bike safety team is riding across the state in RAGBRAI this week. To purchase one of their bike jerseys, email
  • Please do your part and support the Thanksgiving in July Community-Wide Food Drive to benefit area food pantries. Collection bins will be in place throughout the UI Health Care campus through the end of July. Financial contributions may also be dropped off in Volunteer Services. Questions? Contact or 384-1745.
  • The 2016 Department of Nursing Recognition event honors nursing staff who have gone above and beyond in their daily duties. Nursing staff can also submit a poster to be displayed during the event regarding projects that showcase nursing excellence in practice, research, quality management, and education. For more information, visit The Loop. Questions? Contact Rosanna Seabold at 384-5272 or Nominations and poster submissions are due Aug. 5.
  • The UI DeGowin Blood Center will give away covered tumblers with straws to all successful blood donors through Sept. 3 at the blood donor center and during blood drives. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Sign up online at or call the UI DeGowin Blood Center at 356-2058. Help support the transfusion needs of the patients at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
  • This summer the Office of Staff Language and Culture Services invites non-native Spanish speakers who are employed by UI Hospitals and Clinics to conversation classes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Melrose Conference Center (Elevator L, Level 5) and TED Talks from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday in 2114 Med Labs. Questions? Contact Corinne Stanley, 335-5822 or
  • Please place all personal outgoing mail in the drop boxes located throughout the first level. Hospital mail room staff will not pick up personal mailings while on their mail routes.


View additional research studies at

  • Healthy individuals age 65 and older are invited to participate in a study evaluating the effect of a drug that influences the neurotransmitter serotonin on decision-making. Subjects will undergo a medical assessment by a physician to ensure eligibility. Compensation provided. Contact Christopher Nguyen at or call 356-4704.
  • 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
  • The UI Center on Aging has developed the Seniors Together in Aging Research (STAR) Registry. The STAR Registry is available to all UI investigators who are seeking older research volunteers for IRB-approved studies. For more information, contact Laura at 335-7569, email, or visit

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