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Monday, July 27, 2015

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UI clinic sees demand for transgender care
The LGBTQ clinic at UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing site is seeing an increase in appointments especially for transgender patients, The Gazette reports. The clinic opened in 2012 and has seen 175 new transgender patients, a central focus of the clinic.

UI stresses international communication
In a study conducted by the global study choice platform Study Portals, the UI ranked fifth in the country and first in Iowa, in terms of communicating and serving prospective international students online in the 2014–2015 academic year, The Daily Iowan reports. In the previous academic year, 4,360 international students from 112 countries came to the UI.

App from Iowa City aims to help ID heartbeats
Andrew Barr, RN, from Iowa City developed an app titled “Arrhythmia” to help medical professionals read heartbeats better, KCRG reports. The app displays simulations of different heartbeat rhythms and challenges users to identify each by name.

Today in History

On this day in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommended that President Richard M. Nixon be impeached and removed from office due to the Watergate scandal. Nixon resigned as president on Aug. 8, 1974.


Author donates original ‘Bridges’ manuscript to UNI
Robert James Waller, author of “The Bridges of Madison County,” has donated an original manuscript of the best seller to the University of Northern Iowa, KWWL reports. Waller’s manuscript will be housed in a special collection at his alma mater. The book has sold more than 50 million copies.

Iowa National Guard airman, 20, drowns while swimming in Guam
Andrew Bellairs, 20, of the Iowa National Guard drowned while swimming at Marbo Cave in Mangilao, Guam, on Saturday, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Bellairs, who is from Osage, Iowa, was assigned to the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Boy Scouts are poised to end ban on gay leaders
The Boy Scouts of America are expected today to end its blanket ban on gay leaders, The New York Times reports. To gain the acquiescence of conservative religious groups that sponsor many packs and troops, the policy will allow church-run units to pick leaders who agree with their moral precepts.

US, Turkey aim for IS-free zone in northern Syria
The U.S. and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State group out of a 60-mile strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, The Associated Press (AP) reports. The discussions come amid a major tactical shift in Turkey’s approach to the Islamic State.

FDA OKs cholesterol drug for high-risk patients
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a first-of-a-kind drug called Praluent, which lowers artery-clogging cholesterol more than previous drugs, the AP reports. Praluent, from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc., offers an important new option for millions of patients at high risk of heart disease. More than 73 million U.S. adults have high LDL cholesterol.

AT&T creates mobile and video giant after sealing DirecTV deal
The Dallas telecommunications giant AT&T on Friday closed its acquisition deal of satellite television provider DirecTV for $49 billion, CNet reports. With the closing of the deal, AT&T is now the largest
paid-television provider in the country.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston, has died
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, daughter of the late entertainer Whitney Houston and R & B singer Bobby Brown has died, the AP reports. Brown’s death comes after she was found unresponsive, and not breathing in the bathtub at her Roswell, Georgia, home on January 31.

Former Iowa football player Damond Powell wounded by gunfire
Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell, 22, was wounded by gunfire Friday outside his home in Toledo, Ohio, and remains hospitalized, ESPN reports. Powell played for the UI from 2013 to 2014, and was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals. Powell’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.


  • Stead Family Department of Pediatrics presents “Frontiers in Pediatric Research” seminar at noon today in the East Room (Elevator F, Level 8). Box lunch will be served. The speaker is Lane Strathearn, MD, Baylor College of Medicine. Questions? Email
  • Training on “Effectively Addressing Conflict” will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, in W414 GH (Elevator BW, Level 4). All staff members are encouraged to attend. To register, log on to Self Service/Personal Tab/My Training. Questions? Contact Steve Richmond at or 3-8211.
  • Staff, guests, and patients are invited to an open AA meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in 5027 Boyd Tower (Elevator A, Level 5).
  • Join the UI Women’s Health Center at the Waterfront Hy-Vee at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for a free cooking demonstration followed by the health seminar: “Seeing Spots” by dermatologist Hillary Johnson, MD, PhD, who will talk about skin cancer prevention. For more information visit or email
  • University of Iowa Health Care presents “Lose the Weight. Find Your Life,” a free webinar on weight loss surgery, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Visit or call 335-8886 to register.
  • UI Wildlife Summer Camps are accepting registrations. Day-camp options are still available in August for children age 4 to 17. Camps are held at Macbride Nature Recreation Area. For information and registration, go to Questions? Contact Jeanette at 335-9294.


  • UI Health Care offers patients and families access to blogs to create personal, protected websites to stay connected during any type of health event. Visit or to connect, share news, and receive support.
  • UI Health Care will have a booth at the 2015 Johnson County Fair, on July 27 to 30. If your department or program is interested in setting up and staffing a table display during a portion of that time, contact Tom Walljasper, Community and Staff Engagement, Marketing and Communications, at or 384-1745.
  • The Clinical Documentation Handbook for Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals is now available via The Point and Web Links, as well as the Provider’s Dashboard. This handbook is part of the Documentation Improvement Initiative across UI Health Care, supported by the HIM Subcommittee. Questions? Email
  • Remember to recognize the achievements, hard work, and compassion of your colleagues by nominating them for one of the many recognitions and awards available to UI Health Care employees. Find the full list on The Loop. Not sure which award to nominate someone for? Fill out the general nomination form. Questions? Email
  • Check out UI Health Care leadership blogs. Get news and learn what’s on their minds. Read Nursing at Iowa with CNO Kenneth Rempher, Holden the Line on Cancer with Dr. George Weiner, and the Iowa River Landing blog with Dr. Rami Boutros. Go to The Loop, click on Social Media, and print/post these blogs in your area.


View additional research studies at

  • Individuals with no known eye problems (other than glasses) age 6 and older are invited to participate in a vision study that will measure how well the rods and cones in your retinae are working. This is a one-time commitment of approximately one to two hours. Your eyes will be dilated as part of the testing. Email or call 356-1985.
  • Men and women age 18 and older are invited to participate in a research study about communication. You must be a current UI student. Compensation is available. Questions? Email
  • Family members providing care to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia at home are invited to participate in a research study. During an in-person 90-minute interview, you will be asked to provide feedback to help develop survey questions. Compensation is provided. Questions? Contact Erin at or 335-8332.
  • Women age 45 to 60 who are native English speakers with no history of neurological and psychological conditions are invited to participate in a research study examining memory and language. Compensation is provided. For more information contact Kristi at 335-6919 or

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