Better measurements for better predictions

The genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) occurs when there is a lack of the protein dystrophin, causing progressively weak muscle development in children and a shorter life span. Once children begin steroid treatment, their bones become very fragile and experience delays in growth. Dual X-ray absorptiometry, or DXA scans, which are used to monitor […]

Winter Recognition, 2019

In a yearly tradition, the Internal Medicine Residency Program organizes a mid-year gathering to thank its members for their hard work and to let families and friends get to know each other a little better. Last week’s event at North Liberty’s Tin Roost offered attendees a chance to sample microbrews, taste some tiny cupcakes, and […]

Innate post-AKI repair process insufficient for full recovery

Acute injuries of the kidney, which cause temporary loss of kidney function, were believed to be harmless and the kidneys could make a full recovery following these episodes. However, more research revealed that any insult to the kidneys sets up a slow loss of functional nephrons and progressive formation of fibrotic scars. Massimo Attanasio, MD, […]

From the Editor: Addressing rigor and reproducibility in NIH grants

As part of the department’s ongoing Research Seminar Series, Christine Blaumueller, PhD, Director of the CCOM Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core, addressed the somewhat puzzling concepts of “rigor and reproducibility” required in NIH grants. Blaumueller and her team are scientists as well as editors who use their considerable experience to interpret guidelines and predict […]

Veteran engagement panel improving research focus

Community engagement in research is a concept currently gaining ground in health services research with many finding it integral to the success of their projects. And with more federal funding institutions like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) looking for that component in grant proposals, avenues for connecting […]

Mosher triples on JHM top articles list

Hilary Mosher, MD, associate professor in General Internal Medicine, had a productive 2018 and with no small amount of impact. In its January newsletter, the Journal of Hospital Medicine issued its “Top 10 Articles of 2018” list. With entries in multiple categories from Original Research to Reviews, three of the articles chosen were ones to […]

Nizar receives ASCI award

Jonathan Nizar, MD, assistant professor in Nephrology, received the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award. Nizar, who joined Internal Medicine at Iowa last month, was nominated by a faculty member at his previous institution, Stanford University School of Medicine. Welcome and congratulations, Dr. Nizar! A more formal introduction is in development. […]

Smoking cessation benefits from professional intervention

People with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus tend to use smoking as a relief from their pain or as a “crutch,” but smoking can increase the severity of cardiovascular and rheumatic diseases. However, only 10 percent of rheumatology visits include cessation counseling, according to a new study published in Arthritis Care & Research co-authored by Brittany […]

Diagnosis of monogenic chronic kidney diseases

Article: Diagnosis of monogenic chronic kidney diseases Authors: Margaret Armstrong, Christie Thomas Journal: Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2019 Mar;28(2):183-194 Abstract: PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to emphasize that single gene disorders are an important and sometimes unrecognized cause of progressive chronic kidney disease. We provide an overview of the benefits of […]