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Life With Alopecia Means Enduring Taunts, Fighting Stereotypes, Finding Support

University of Iowa student Taylor Goggin, 21, of Lake Zurich, Ill., applies makeup and prepares to don a wig in May 2014 in Iowa City. Goggin has alopecia, which causes hair loss.

Trevor Goggin recognized the boy as soon as he approached the neighborhood street hockey rink. He was the kid who had made his little sister, Taylor, run home from the school bus bawling a few days earlier. So Trevor was not surprised when he heard the boy’s taunt: “Hey, isn’t your sister the bald one who wears a wig?” Continue Reading →

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Governor Says Medicaid Funding Decision For Abortions Would Be Tough, But He Could Make It

The fountain entrance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics shown on July 10, 2014.

One decision that state law says Iowa's governor has to make has eluded Gov. Terry Branstad: whether or not to reimburse University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for Medicaid-funded abortions. It would be a tough decision, and he could make it, Branstad said in an IowaWatch interview, but he would not speculate on what he'd decide. Continue Reading →

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Panel: Fight Against Meth Abuse Is A Shared Effort

Fifty people attended a July 1 forum on fighting meth abuse, co-hosted by IowaWatch and the Council Bluffs Nonpareil.

Several organizations working together can fight the spread of methamphetamine use and create hope for those addicted to the drug, speakers said at a forum that IowaWatch helped co-host on July 1. Continue Reading →

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Iowa’s Texting-While-Driving Ban Not Reducing Crashes, Hard To Enforce

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Iowa’s law banning texting while driving is failing to reduce road crashes, and officers seldom enforce it because of legal restrictions, an IowaWatch investigation shows. Crash history reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation show that since the Iowa Legislature enacted it in July 2011, the law has not decreased cell-phone related crashes. Continue Reading →

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New FDA Nutrition Labels a Long Time Coming

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Changes to nutrition labels on food packaging are in motion, and the industry will pay upfront. The new labels will require businesses to re-print, redesign and redistribute the new labels at their own cost while the federal government is overhauls nutrition labeling. Continue Reading →

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FDA’s Proposed Changes for Food Labels Aimed At Healthier Eating

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking public comment until June 2, 2014, on proposed changes on nutrition labels on food and beverage packaging.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing changes on nutrition labels on food and beverage packaging to bring the information up to date with the latest research and to help people understand what they are eating and drinking. It will take public comment until June 2. Continue Reading →

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