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Hidden Disabilities Diagnoses Up But Some Students Remain Unreported At Iowa Colleges, Universities

Simpson College classroom in April 2015.

When Donna Musel started work as Buena Vista University’s disabilities coordinator only two students with illnesses requested classroom accommodations to help them do their college studies. “Now I have quite a few more than that,” Musel said this spring. Continue Reading →

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Little-Recognized Illnesses Follow Iowa College Students To The Classroom


Illnesses students hide from public view challenge them in college, but also the colleges that have to accommodate those students, a special IowaWatch/Simpson College journalism report reveals. Continue Reading →

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Suicides By Iowa Men 75 Or Older Raise Concerns


The number of suicides among men 75 years or older has increased to the highest level in more than a decade, and federal data indicate that the rate is likely to worsen. But the problem gets little attention, Iowans dealing with the problem said. Continue Reading →

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Access To Adequate Health Care Difficult For African American, Latino Iowans

Isaiah Newsome of Des Moines on another visit in December 2014 to Blank Children's Hospital for treatment of sickle cell anemia. Newsome, who has had the disease since birth, usually has made two visits monthly to the hospital but awaits bone marrow transplant in early 2015.

Isaiah Newsome likes to play sports and hang out with friends, like any 17-year-old. But most of the time these activities are cut short as his body, stricken with sickle cell anemia since birth, fills with pain. Getting health care for the disease has not been easy. Continue Reading →

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Des Moines Effort To Stop Urban Violence Has Health Mission


Ako Abdul-Samad saw a disconnect in Des Moines’ low-income, northwest Des Moines urban area in the mid-1990s. Gang violence was costing lives – a young woman one year, Abdul-Samad’s son the next. So he started Creative Visions. Continue Reading →

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