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”

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”

NIH Gears Up for a Closer Look at the Human Placenta

A placenta sustained you and every person ever born for 9 months, serving as your lungs and kidneys and pumping out hormones while you developed in the womb. Problems with this disk-shaped mass of tissue can contribute to everything from preterm births to diseases of middle age. Yet when a baby is born, hospitals usuallyContinue reading “NIH Gears Up for a Closer Look at the Human Placenta”

Dead pigs fly out of truck in Iowa City

Iowa City police and a semi driver ended up in a messy situation after a load of dead pigs was tossed from a semi onto Highway 1 Thursday evening. The semi driver says he was slowing for a stoplight when the “greasy” pigs started flying out of the back of the trailer, which had anContinue reading “Dead pigs fly out of truck in Iowa City”

Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress, and may lead to a new class of molecules to treat depression.

Scientists probing the link between depression and a hormone that controls hunger have found that the hormone’s antidepressant activity is due to its ability to protect newborn neurons in a part of the brain that controls mood, memory, and complex eating behaviors. Moreover, the researchers also showed that a new class of neuroprotective molecules achievesContinue reading “Protecting new neurons reduces depression caused by stress, and may lead to a new class of molecules to treat depression.”

University of Iowa scientists show that ingredient in green tomatoes (tomatidine) may build bigger muscles

A new study has found that a compound in green tomatoes, tomatidine, not only boosts muscle growth and strength, it protects against muscle wasting caused by illness, injury or aging. A research team at the University of Iowa found that healthy mice given supplements containing tomatidine grew bigger muscles, became stronger and could exercise longer.Continue reading “University of Iowa scientists show that ingredient in green tomatoes (tomatidine) may build bigger muscles”

University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis

University of Iowa researchers have discovered what causes the lethal effects of staphylococcal infective endocarditis – a serious bacterial infection of heart valves that kills approximately 20,000 Americans each year. According to the UI study, the culprits are superantigens — toxins produced in large quantities by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — which disrupt the immune system,Continue reading “University of Iowa researchers uncover mechanism of infective endocarditis”

Researchers at the University of Iowa Discover Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless

By JAMES GORMAN Published: February 3, 2013 New York Times In the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about fear from a woman who could not experience it. A rare illness had damaged a part of her brain known as the amygdala and left her eerily unafraid. Both in experiments and in life,Continue reading “Researchers at the University of Iowa Discover Internal Trigger for Panic Attack in the Previously Fearless”

Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants

As a teenager growing up in New Mexico, Zach Weinberg had the same thing for breakfast every day of high school. Next to his tortilla and cream cheese, which he insists is delicious, was a small, round, yellow pill – an antidepressant called Lexapro. By his senior year, the only thing different was the colorContinue reading “Researchers look down a different path for new antidepressants”

West High Bros – Iowa City teen Jeremiah Anthony starts trending of complimenting classmates on Twitter

When rogue Twitter accounts started criticizing students and calling them names in Eastern Iowa last year, some Iowa City teenagers decided to take Internet anonymity in a different direction. Since it started last October, West High Bros — a Web presence operated by West High students — has earned almost 700 Twitter followers and evenContinue reading “West High Bros – Iowa City teen Jeremiah Anthony starts trending of complimenting classmates on Twitter”