Health Care

Couples counselor cited for inappropriate text messages to a client

BY: - September 13, 2022

A Cedar Falls couples counselor has been sanctioned by the state for making lewd or improper remarks to one of his clients. According to the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science, Cory Wumkes, who holds a mental health counselor’s license in Iowa, was providing couples counseling when he made “inappropriate verbal comments” and sent inappropriate text […]

Nine Walgreens pharmacies in Iowa hit with fines, licensing sanctions

BY: - September 13, 2022

State licensing officials have sanctioned pharmacies in nine of Iowa’s Walgreens stores for a variety of alleged violations, including missing narcotics, a lack of qualified personnel and issues that caused some Iowans to lose access to their medications. Two of the nine stores were sanctioned earlier this year for their hiring practices. The store hit […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress. “I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at […]

Restaurant inspection update: Sewage, roaches and months-old, moldy food

BY: - September 13, 2022

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations this past month, some of which resulted in shutdowns. In Davenport, an inspector found restaurant workers snaking out a clogged drain and splattering nearby food with sewage and dirty wastewater. At a Des Moines restaurant, where the staff […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative. Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]

COMMENTARY

Five years after Sergei’s suicide, the mental health services he needed most are still not available in Iowa

BY: - September 12, 2022

Some of us in the front row gasped at the documentary’s opening image: A handsome, sandy-haired teenager, eyes closed, tightly hugging his brightly grinning mom at the top of the State Capitol, the city skyline in the distance. We gasped, tears already starting, because five years ago this month, that young man, Sergei Neubauer, died […]

Some Republican candidates shy from specifics of federal abortion law positions

BY: - September 9, 2022

On the campaign trail, Iowa Democratic congressional candidates say their Republican opponents want to fully ban abortion in Iowa and nationwide – but many GOP candidates competing in the November election shy away from outlining specific policies. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne’s campaign released a video advertisement of her opponent, state Sen. Zach Nunn, raising his […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

BY: - September 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest. The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from Democrats who […]

Company cited for death, injuries at two Iowa nursing homes

BY: - September 7, 2022

Two Iowa nursing homes run by the same company are facing up to $36,500 in potential fines for a series of quality-of-care violations, including one resident death. State inspectors visited Accura Healthcare of Manning in mid-August, partly to investigate eight separate, backlogged complaints, but also to conduct the home’s annual recertification inspection. Five of the […]

Reported COVID cases plummet but hospitalizations inch upward

BY: - September 7, 2022

The latest coronavirus infections reported by Iowa health officials in a weekly Wednesday update were about 15% fewer than what was reported one week ago. Yet, the number of people who have COVID-19 and are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals was slightly higher than last week, according to federal data. The Iowa Department of […]

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

Accused of sexual misconduct, physician assistant gives up Iowa license

BY: - September 5, 2022

One year after another state took action against him, a physician assistant accused of numerous acts of sexual misconduct has agreed to surrender his Iowa license. In February, the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants charged Jon Eason Perry of Roswell, New Mexico, with being subject to some form of undisclosed discipline by a licensing board […]