A small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America’s vanishing bees

By Sarah Fecht You’ve probably heard the news that our nation’s bees are in trouble. Pollinators have been disappearing for decades, and the population crash could threaten the global food supply. Now, a small city in Iowa has decided to do something about it. This spring, Cedar Rapids (population: 130,000) will seed 188 acres withContinue reading “A small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America’s vanishing bees”

An Iowa City’s football player’s Pokémon Go game ends with four police guns pointed at his face

By Cindy Boren Faith Ekakitie, a defensive end for the University of Iowa, described in harrowing detail an encounter he had with police as he played Pokémon Go in an Iowa City park last week. This story, sobering as it is, ended not in tragedy but with Ekakitie thanking police. “Today was the first timeContinue reading “An Iowa City’s football player’s Pokémon Go game ends with four police guns pointed at his face”

A cystic fibrosis mystery solved – University of Iowa scientists identify protein that causes problems for CF lungs

New research from the University of Iowa answers a question that has vexed cystic fibrosis (CF) researchers for almost 25 years: Why don’t mice with CF gene mutations develop the life-threatening lung disease that affects most people with CF? The research team, led by Michael Welsh, discovered an answer to this long-standing scientific puzzle, andContinue reading “A cystic fibrosis mystery solved – University of Iowa scientists identify protein that causes problems for CF lungs”

Why some believe the Iowa caucuses have hijacked democracy

The armies of the media are gathering in the American heartland. With each new poll come shrieks of joy, or panic. When Monday night finally arrives, this first test of the candidates will be treated as an immeasurably consequential event, honored by column-miles of type and pixels, and uncountable hours of analysis—almost all of whichContinue reading “Why some believe the Iowa caucuses have hijacked democracy”

Liver hormone discovered to drive sugar consumption

A recent study has shown that fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a liver-generated hormone, suppresses the FGF21 is produced in response to high carbohydrate levels, in which it enters the bloodstream and signals the brain to suppress the preference for sweets. Matthew Potthoff, assistant professor of pharmacology in the University of Iowa Carver College ofContinue reading “Liver hormone discovered to drive sugar consumption”

The Stanford band made everybody furious at the Rose Bowl for the third time in four years

In 2013, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl, and their band made people upset. In 2014, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl, and their band made people upset. In 2016, Stanford went to the Rose Bowl to play the Iowa Hawkeyes, and guess what happened at halftime when the Hawks were down 35-0…. They playedContinue reading “The Stanford band made everybody furious at the Rose Bowl for the third time in four years”

This already prescribed drug may also effectively treat patients infected with Ebola.

by Jennifer Brown The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 11,300 lives—a stark reminder of the lack of effective options for treating or preventing the disease. Progress has been made on developing vaccines, but there is still a need for antiviral therapies to protect health care workers and local populations inContinue reading “This already prescribed drug may also effectively treat patients infected with Ebola.”

No votes cast in small-town Iowa school board race

An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes — not even his own — but he’ll probably still get the job. Randy Richardson, 42, didn’t find time to vote for himself between his full-time maintenance job at a bean processing plant in Riceville and his choresContinue reading “No votes cast in small-town Iowa school board race”

New research shows that high salt diet suppresses weight gain in mice on a high fat diet

Dr. Justin Grobe, PhD Dr. Michael Lutter, MD PhD In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice. As exciting as this may sound to fast food lovers, the researchers caution that very highContinue reading “New research shows that high salt diet suppresses weight gain in mice on a high fat diet”

NewLink Genetics in Ames, Iowa is closing in on human trials for Ebola vaccine

The biotech company NewLink Genetics in Ames, Iowa is closing in on human trials for an Ebola vaccine. “From the laboratory to moving these first human trials has moved faster than I’ve ever seen anything move before in my professional career,” said Charles Link, CEO of NewLink Genetics. Link said they are just a fewContinue reading “NewLink Genetics in Ames, Iowa is closing in on human trials for Ebola vaccine”