health http://iowapublicradio.org en Migraine Science Making Strides http://iowapublicradio.org/post/migraine-science-making-strides <p><a href="http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/support-the-foundation/36-million-migraine-campaign/" target="_blank">36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches,</a> but understanding why exactly these types of headaches happen has been elusive. Until recently, scientists thought migraines were a vascular issue, caused by irregular blood flow to the brain, but Dr. Lynn Rankin of Unity Point Health in Des Moines says we’ve come to a new understanding in the last few years. Migraines are most likely a brain disorder that has to do with pain circuitry.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:28:02 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 43030 at http://iowapublicradio.org Migraine Science Making Strides Chiropractic School Must Accommodate Blind Students http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chiropractic-school-must-accommodate-blind-students <p></p><p>The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Davenport’s Palmer College of Chiropractic discriminated against a blind student when the school did not provide accommodations for his disability.</p><p>A few years before Aaron Cannon entered Palmer’s graduate program, the school started requiring students to read and interpret X-rays, to meet industry standards.</p><p>Cannon told the school he could complete the course work with the assistance of a sighted aid. Palmer said this wouldn’t suffice since the aid would be interpreting X-rays by describing photos to Cannon.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:27:53 +0000 Sarah Boden 42907 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chiropractic School Must Accommodate Blind Students News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-iowas-va-hospitals-recapping-gop-primary-debate-court-reporters <p>Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki&nbsp;has resigned his post in the wake of a series of scandals at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. During this News Buzz edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with Des Moines Register Health Care Reporter Tony Leys about how the announcement could affect Iowa's VA hospitals. <a href="http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2014/05/29/iowacity-va-denies-blame-death/9707293/" target="_blank">He also tells us about a possibly mismanaged case at the Iowa City VA</a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:59:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 41479 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Iowa's VA Hospitals, Recapping the GOP Primary Debate, Court Reporters Ghostbelly - "I Was the Mother of a Stillborn Baby" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ghostbelly-i-was-mother-stillborn-baby <p>Elizabeth Heineman and her baby were healthy for her entire 9 month pregnancy; it was when she went into labor that something went wrong.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:12:13 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 40504 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ghostbelly - "I Was the Mother of a Stillborn Baby" In Medical Billing, Everyone Pays a Different Price http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-billing-everyone-pays-different-price <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a small room stuffed with cubicles at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, a team of patient advocates answers phones, enters data, and determines who is eligible for financial assistance.</span></p><p>When a patient at Mercy is faced with a hospital bill they can’t pay, they come here. Team leader Karla Vaquerano-Serio says many times, it’s only a matter of helping a patient sign up for a federal program they didn’t realize they qualified for.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 39987 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Medical Billing, Everyone Pays a Different Price Breastfeeding U.S.A. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/breastfeeding-usa <p>Thirty-five years ago, Iowa City Firefighter Linda Eaton continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">reastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention. Today, breastfeeding is treated a little differently, but it is also very different than other cultures. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 38516 at http://iowapublicradio.org Breastfeeding U.S.A. Surviving and Thriving After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/surviving-and-thriving-after-multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis <p>She was a marathoner and a mountain climber, but when <a href="http://terrywahls.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Terry Wahls</a> was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she faced a bedridden life.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:07:25 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 37514 at http://iowapublicradio.org Surviving and Thriving After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis E-Cigarettes: Regulating a Changing Smoking Culture http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e-cigarettes-regulating-changing-smoking-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Iowa House voted to ban the sale of so-called e-cigarettes to minors this week. Electronic cigarettes heat liquid and nicotine into a smokeless vapor. Republicans, who control the House, blocked debate on a Democratic amendment that would have also kept similar e-cigarettes out of kids’ hands, even if they do not contain nicotine. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters talks to the sponsor, Rep. Tyler Olson (D - Cedar Rapids) of the amendment and takes a trip to an e-cigarette shop in northwest Des Moines.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:11:31 +0000 Clay Masters 36214 at http://iowapublicradio.org E-Cigarettes: Regulating a Changing Smoking Culture Overcoming Eating Disorders http://iowapublicradio.org/post/overcoming-eating-disorders <p><a href="http://eatingdisorderscoalition.org/documents/TalkingpointsEatingDisordersFactSheetUpdated5-20-09.pdf">Approximately 11 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.&nbsp;</a> These diseases are hard to understand, difficult to treat and often deadly.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:15:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 35893 at http://iowapublicradio.org Overcoming Eating Disorders Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports http://iowapublicradio.org/post/children-and-parents-feel-pressure-specialize-sports <p>The Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, which got us thinking about the young athletes who will be watching the games... who may one day compete at state, national , or international levels.</p><p>Now more than ever, children and their parents are faced with the decision of whether or not to specialize in a sport at an early age – some children being only a few years old. Today on Talk of Iowa, we explore the concept of specializing children in sports.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:16:09 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 35842 at http://iowapublicradio.org Children and Parents Feel Pressure to Specialize in Sports Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/reaching-life-longevity-healthy-habits <p>Communities like Okinawa in Japan and Loma Linda in California are home to some of the longest-living people in the world. These communities are called “Blue Zones”, a phrase coined by National Geographic writer and explorer, Dan Buettner.</p><p>Almost two years ago, the Blue Zones Project became integrated in many Iowa communities, with the goal of fostering healthy behavior so residents live long and happy lives.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:34:40 +0000 Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 35454 at http://iowapublicradio.org Reaching Life Longevity with Healthy Habits Middle Childhood http://iowapublicradio.org/post/middle-childhood-0 <p>Listen back to Talk of Iowa's conversation on middle childhood. <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/middle.html">Middle childhood</a> is the time between toddler-hood and the teen years. It’s a point in development when kids transition into a concrete way of thinking that's more categorical and less emotionally volatile.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with an anthropologist, pediatrician and counselor about what's going on inside those growing bodies and minds.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:51:02 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 35092 at http://iowapublicradio.org Middle Childhood Iowa Smoking Rate Declines, but E-Cigarettes Worry Health Officials http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-smoking-rate-declines-e-cigarettes-worry-health-officials <p>In the 50 years since the U.S. government released its first report on the hazards of cigarettes, smoking rates have dropped by half. Yet, about a fifth of Iowans smoke today.</p><p>And while the smoking rate of young adults continues to decrease, about 2,600 Iowa minors become new daily smokers each year.</p><p>“Most people who use tobacco products start at a very early age,” said Dr. Karl Thomas, Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:40:29 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 34968 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Smoking Rate Declines, but E-Cigarettes Worry Health Officials Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly http://iowapublicradio.org/post/feds-approve-iowas-medicaid-expansion-alternative-mostly-0 <p>A months-long battle over health insurance for thousands of uninsured low-income Iowans has moved closer to resolution.&nbsp; The federal government agreed to most of the plan Iowa adopted instead of&nbsp; simply expanding Medicaid. But the feds say the poorest individuals should not have to pay premiums, as proposed under the Iowa plan.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:45:33 +0000 Joyce Russell 33354 at http://iowapublicradio.org Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly HIV and AIDS: Laws, Treatment, and Public Health http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hiv-and-aids-laws-treatment-and-public-health <p>The Iowa Department of Public Health estimates that 500 Iowans are infected with HIV, but don’t know it.&nbsp; On this River to River, hear about efforts to get every Iowan tested for HIV, what prevention measures are being used today, treatment, and what it means to have HIV and AIDS today.&nbsp; And we’ll hear about Iowa’s HIV transmission law and the case of a gay Iowan man living with HIV who was charged with criminal transmission of HIV.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:07:26 +0000 Ben Stanton 33105 at http://iowapublicradio.org HIV and AIDS: Laws, Treatment, and Public Health Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/richard-louv-nature-deficit-disorder <p>Richard Louv has written that “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.” Join host Charity Nebbe to hear from the man who coined the term “nature deficit disorder” about the importance of connecting with the natural world around us and the movement he helped to start.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:00:27 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 32928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Richard Louv : 'Nature Deficit Disorder' Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-outreach-workers-stretched-thin <p></p><p>Even if the rollout of the federal health law had gone off without a technical hitch, getting millions of Americans to sign up for insurance would still be a tall order. That’s why the law includes funding for workers trained to help people find their way around the new system. But in rural states like Iowa, with populations spread across hundreds of miles, those workers face an especially daunting challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:37:48 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-insurance-commissioner-obamacare-rollout-bumpy-will-get-better <p></p><p> November 1 marks a month since the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace under Obamacare. &nbsp;</p><p>As has been widely reported, the website has been plagued by problems from the start, and many Americans area struggling to get information.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:09:12 +0000 Sarah McCammon 31477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better How Americans Eat with Tracie McMillan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-americans-eat-tracie-mcmillan <p>Recent movements addressing the obesity epidemic or industrial agriculture&#39;s dominance attempt to change how Americans eat.&nbsp; Tracie McMillan sets out to understand the American food system from the bottom-up in&nbsp; her book, <a href="http://traciemcmillan.com/books/american-way-of-eating/">&ldquo;The American Way of Eating: Undercover at WalMart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe asks McMillan where our food comes from and how we can eat healthier.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:59:37 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Dennis Reese 30616 at http://iowapublicradio.org How Americans Eat with Tracie McMillan Science Literacy in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/science-literacy-iowa <p>Does drinking coffee prevent dementia? Will diet soda give you cancer?&nbsp; Science and health reporting is often misleading and confusing. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:51:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 27903 at http://iowapublicradio.org Science Literacy in Iowa News Review: Health, Ag, Sports, and Entertainment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-review-health-ag-sports-and-entertainment <p>From infectious disease to sports and entertainment, River to River host Ben Kieffer has a news roundup show. &nbsp;He'll talk with the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health about recent outbreaks of cyclospora and West Nile virus. Also, hear a little sports: Iowa’s&nbsp; Zach Johnson is competing as the defending champion at the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament in the Quad Cities, and many Iowans reacted to University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz being listed as one of the worst coaches by Sports Illustrated recently. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:41:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 23835 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Review: Health, Ag, Sports, and Entertainment Dating and Socializing Later in Life http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dating-and-socializing-later-life <p>Once upon a time you and your sweetheart may have spent hot summer nights at the drive-in or cooled off at the soda fountain—but dating in 2013 is very different.&nbsp; Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa about dating and socializing for seniors.&nbsp; We’ll talk about the importance of social engagement as we age and the dating scene at the senior center, retirement community, nursing home, and online.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:14:58 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Ben Stanton 23069 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dating and Socializing Later in Life Size Discrimination http://iowapublicradio.org/post/size-discrimination <p>What if you got hurt and went to see your doctor, but the doctor didn't take you seriously? Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:34:42 +0000 Charity Nebbe 18871 at http://iowapublicradio.org Size Discrimination Being in Iowa: Caregivers Dementia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-dementia <p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 22586 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Dementia Using Vacation Days to Combat Stress http://iowapublicradio.org/post/using-vacation-days-combat-stress <p>Our bodies tell us when we’re stressed. Shoulder tension, eye twitch, insomnia... and for some of us the physical effects of stress can be downright dangerous. Host Charity Nebbe talks about our cultural reluctance to take time out or time off, and we’ll find out about the importance of listening to our bodies and <a href="http://www.uihealthcare.org/mindfulness/" target="_blank">using our vacation days</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:08:53 +0000 Charity Nebbe 13322 at http://iowapublicradio.org Using Vacation Days to Combat Stress Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clinic & Talia Leman http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender-clinic-talia-leman <div>The<a href="http://news.iowapublicradio.org/node/8815/edit"> </a><a href="http://www.livablecommunity.org/Handler.ashx?Item_ID=AF51E50A-9575-4931-90CD-CF148B1C457D" target="_blank">Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clinic</a>, staffed by two primary care physicians Dr. Nicole Nisly and Dr. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:59:18 +0000 Ben Kieffer 8815 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clinic & Talia Leman Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hospital-system-chief-praises-healthcare-ruling <p>Bill Leaver is CEO of Iowa Health System, the state&#39;s largest network of hospitals and clinics.&nbsp; He says the ruling will pave the way for more streamlined and prevention-focused healthcare.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:54:36 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3968 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Adults http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-adults <p>Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Learning Disabled in Iowa.” Over the past four days, correspondent Rob Dillard has been looking into the difficulties people with specific learning disabilities have while moving through the lower grades, into high school and on to college. Now, Rob tells us about the adjustments these people must continue to make throughout their lifetimes in order to function with a disorder that never completely disappears.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:45:00 +0000 Rob Dillard 3179 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: Adults Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/retired-hy-vee-ceo-ric-jurgens-health-and-wellness <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Earlier this month Ric Jurgens retired as CEO and Chairman of Hy-Vee after 43 years with the company. The Iowa-based supermarket chain operates 235 stores in eight states.&nbsp;This hour on&nbsp;River to River,&nbsp;Ben Kieffer talks with Ric Jurgens about the evolution of Hy-Vee and trends in the grocery business. During the second half of the&nbsp;hour, we&#39;ll talk&nbsp;with two dieticians about healthy eating and changes to school lunch menus which take effect this year. </font></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:18:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3183 at http://iowapublicradio.org Retired Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens & Health and Wellness Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: College http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-learning-disabled-iowa-college <p>Iowa Public Radio is presenting Part Four in its week-long series “Being Learning Disabled in Iowa.” Yesterday we heard about the challenges faced by young students when it first becomes apparent they are having difficulties learning to read and write. Today, reporter Rob Dillard explores the struggles they may encounter in higher education, and the accommodations some colleges are making.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:52:48 +0000 Rob Dillard 3153 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being Learning Disabled in Iowa: College