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    ‘Suicide Tourism’ to Switzerland has Doubled Since 2009

    The law on assisted suicide in Switzerland isn’t clear, according to a paper published in the journal Law, Ethics and Medicine this week. That’s why, the authors say, people from other countries are traveling to the state of Zurich for the “sole purpose of committing suicide.” They’re called suicide tourists. Between 2008 and 2012, 611 […]

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    LIVEWELL MINUTE: Hypertension in Kids

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is common among adults, but it can also be found in children. Approximately three percent of kids have high blood pressure, and this rate is on the rise. Dr. Ari Auron, Pediatric Nephrologist, Blank Children’s Hospital says, “For young children, hypertension is often the result of another medical condition. Some […]

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    Increased Enrollment Leads to Housing Shortage at Iowa State University

    AMES, Iowa – A housing shortage for the fall semester has led to Iowa State University to turn away more than 200 applicants for on-campus living. According to the Des Moines Register, 12,470 students signed up to live on campus this fall. More than 430 students have been placed in common areas that have been converted […]

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    ‘Let’s Seek to Heal,’ Obama Says as Ferguson Braces for Another Night

    FERGUSON, Missouri — Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, worked to head off another potentially violent night of protests Monday — nearing the end of a long day of dizzying developments in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown. The preliminary results of an autopsy that Brown’s family requested were released, as was a new […]

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    New Technology Helps Detect Breast Cancer Early

    AMES, Iowa –New technology at a central Iowa clinic may help detect breast cancer earlier for some women. The McFarland Clinic in Ames started offering the SonoCine Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound in June. It’s for women with very dense breast tissue and is used in addition to a yearly mammogram starting at age 40. McFarland […]

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    Family Attorney: Autopsy Results Enough to Charge Officer in Michael Brown’s Death

    FERGUSON, Missouri — An independent autopsy into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, provides “ample” evidence to support the arrest of the police officer who shot him, family attorney Daryl Parks said Monday at a news conference. Parks was particularly concerned about gunshots that medical examiners hired by the family indicate came from […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Pork Producers Ask President To Address Japan In TPP

    In mid-August the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) sent a letter to President Obama, asking U.S. negotiators in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks to work at eliminating Japan’s gate price system, a complex maze of import tariffs for pork products. According to NPPC, the gate price system is associated with fraud and criminal activity, […]

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    Six Iowans Recognized as ‘Life Savers’ at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As someone passing by in a moment of distress, and especially when someone’s life is in danger, lending a helping hand seems as if it would be second nature. But for six Iowans Friday morning at the Iowa State Fair, Governor Branstad and other state officials made sure to point out […]

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    Starbucks Baristas to Get Schedule Improvements

    The story of one employee’s daily struggle to plan her life around an unpredictable work schedule prompted a swift response from Starbucks. The nation’s leading coffee chain is changing its scheduling policies and taking other steps to make life easier for hourly workers. The changes come after The New York Times published a lengthy story […]

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    Man Killed in Police-Involved Shooting

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police in Davenport say two officers  shot to death a suspect who apparently lunged at the officers with a knife inside a home late Wednesday night. The suspect later died at Genesis Medical Center’s east campus.  The two officers are on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting. The name of […]

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    Gaza Cease-Fire Falls Apart Hours Early

    For 70 hours, there was relative peace. But — as has proven true time and again in relations between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza — it didn’t last. Two hours before a 72-hour cease-fire was to expire, and as talks continued in Egypt aimed at extending it, an Israeli military spokesman told CNN that a rocket […]

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    Mocked by Fitness Trainer, Retired Teacher Loses 250 Pounds

    There are workout horror stories and then there’s Kathleen Riser, who was mocked by the most unlikely of sources: a fitness trainer at the gym. “There’s another one who will break our equipment,” she overheard one trainer say 2½ years ago, pointing at her 350-plus pound frame. It was only a confirmation of her fears. […]