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Feb. 17, 2009

At A Glance

UI to study coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease

People with early-stage, untreated Parkinson's disease may be eligible to participate in a study at the University of Iowa investigating whether coenzyme Q10 -- a vitamin-like substance made by the body -- can slow disease progression.

The study involves approximately seven visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics over 17 months. Participants will be provided medication and medical tests free of charge.

The UI is one of 60 institutions participating in this study, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Ergun Uc, M.D., associate professor of neurology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will lead the UI portion of the study.

For more information contact Jeri Sieren, 319-356-8744 or

Talk on medical aspects of Lincoln's assassination is Feb. 24

Blaine Houmes, M.D., an emergency medicine physician from Cedar Rapids with an extensive knowledge of Abraham Lincoln, will present "Medical Aspects of Lincoln's Assassination" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Room 2032 of the UI Main Library. The free, public talk is hosted by the UI History of Medicine Society.

Those attending the talk may also view a related exhibit in the library's North Lobby: "Lincoln's Legacy in Iowa; a Bicentennial Celebration."

In addition, the UI Libraries' Abraham Lincoln Digital Collection at showcases UI Special Collections' holdings of books, letters, pamphlets and memorabilia that explore Lincoln's life and legacy.

Accessibility information, with links to parking and directions, is available at

For more information contact Ed Holtum, 319-335-9154 or

Free fitness assessments available Feb. 24

Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will offer free fitness assessments from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, on the main deck at the UI Field House.

The fitness assessments give participants an opportunity to evaluate current fitness levels and educate themselves about appropriate physical activity goals. The assessments include blood pressure screening, resting heart rate, an aerobic step test and various muscular fitness tests. Fitness specialists will be available to answer questions and provide information on leading a physically active lifestyle.

The assessments are free and open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

For more information contact Amy Fletcher, 319-335-8213 or


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