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Jan. 28, 2009

At A Glance

'Oxford Project' wins award for its appeal to teens

"The Oxford Project," a book by University of Iowa Journalism Professor Stephen G. Bloom and retired UI Art Professor Peter Feldstein, is appealing to an even broader audience than its authors expected.

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, selected "The Oxford Project" for an Alex Award, an honor bestowed to adult books that interest teens. Only 10 books received the 2009 award, announced Monday.

The book, published in 2008 by Welcome Books, chronicles the lives of the townspeople of Oxford, Iowa. Feldstein photographed residents in 1984 and again 20 years later. More than 100 residents sat down with Bloom, revealing intimate details of their lives. He wrote vignettes to accompany the photos.

The award is named for the late Margaret Alexander "Alex" Edwards, a pioneer in providing library services to young adults. She worked at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, using adult books to broaden young adults' reading experience and enrich their understanding of the world.

A committee of librarians selected the Alex Award titles, which will be highlighted to young adults at libraries across the country.

For more information on the Oxford Project, visit


UI study on prostate enlargement seeks men age 45 and older

Men age 45 and older with benign prostatic hyperplasia -- also known as prostate enlargement -- are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study comparing the safety and effectiveness of saw palmetto (a plant extract) to placebo (inactive substance) in reducing symptoms.

Eligible participants may have the following symptoms: frequent and/or urgent urination during the day or night, a weak or intermittent urinary flow, and/or straining to empty the bladder.

Men with a history of prostate surgery or a history of cancer, except for successfully treated skin cancer, are not eligible to participate.

Participation involves a screening visit, followed by visits every one, two or three months at UI Hospitals and Clinics over about 18 months. Participants will randomly be assigned to take increasing doses of saw palmetto or a placebo. Study medication(s) and all study tests will be provided at no cost. Compensation for parking is available.

The UI is one of 11 sites participating in this study, which will involve about 350 men overall. The investigation is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is part of a program on Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Urologic Symptoms.

The lead investigator at the UI site is Karl Kreder, M.D., professor of urology at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

For more information contact Diane Meyerholz at 866-236-1432 or 319-356-1111 or


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