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July 14, 2009

At A Glance

UI study seeks adults with atrial fibrillation

People age 21 and older with atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm) are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study comparing the safety and effectiveness of an investigational blood-thinning drug to warfarin in preventing stroke or clots.

Study participation involves an initial screening visit to UI Hospitals and Clinics. Eligible study participants will then be randomly assigned to receive either the investigational medication or warfarin.

The study will last two to three years and generally involve monthly visits, with more frequent visits during the first two months.

At most visits during the first year, blood and urine samples will be tested to monitor blood-clotting time and kidney and liver function. Participants also will receive periodic electrocardiograms.

Qualifying participants will receive study related laboratory evaluations, physical exams and electrocardiograms and study medications at no cost. Compensation also will be provided for travel and parking.

The study involves 1,400 study centers worldwide. The study aims to recruit approximately 16,500 subjects, including 20 at the UI site, where the principal investigator is Jennifer Robinson, M.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health and director of the UI Lipid Research Center.

For more information, call the UI Lipid Research Center toll-free at 800-887-6917 or 319-384-5046.

Meth in small-town Iowa is the subject of July 22 reading

Nick Reding will read from "Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed and then archived on the UI Writing University Web site:

Reding's journalistic account, based on four years of research, focuses on Oelwein, Iowa, where the blight of the crystal methamphetamine epidemic has taken a heavy toll. He links the rise in meth use to declining population, the disappearance of family farms and economic changes that reduced wages and security for local workers.

Many workers began by using meth to generate the energy they required to work multiple jobs, but eventually meth production became the town's only booming enterprise, with the attendant increases in crime and domestic abuse.

Reding, who grew up in St. Louis, is the author of "The Last Cowboys at the End of the World," and his writing has appeared in Outside, Food and Wine, and Harper's.

Learn about 'nature's recyclers' at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory July 30

The University of Iowa Alumni Association and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory are hosting a fun night for UI family and friends to learn about nature's recyclers. On Thursday July 30 at 6 p.m. at Waitt Lab in Lake Okoboji, the program will include a tour of the Big Bugs exhibit and an outdoor sculpture exhibit that combines art and science to educate visitors about the important role of insects in the natural environment.

Attendees will learn how all types of animals reduce, reuse, and recycle natural and man-made materials. This opportunity is part of the Lifelong Learning programs offered through the UI Alumni Association.

Christina Wright, assistant director of programs at the UI Alumni Association says this educational and entertaining event will allow people to learn about nature, engage in hands-on activities, tour the fascinating 'Big Bugs' exhibit, and meet new UI family and friends at the ice cream social.

To learn more or RSVP visit,
For more information about Lifelong Learning opportunities, contact, or 800-469-2586.


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