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July 6, 2010

At A Glance

UI study on aspirin seeks adults age 70 and older

Adults age 70 and older in good health are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study on whether the benefits of using aspirin to prolong a life free of cognitive or physical decline outweigh the risks.

The study, called ASPREE, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. The study compares the use of low-dose aspirin to placebo (inactive substance).

Half of the participants will be randomly assigned to receive 100 milligrams of aspirin once a day, and the other half will receive placebo once a day. Participation involves up to six visits to the UI Clinical Research Center and about 18 telephone contacts over five to six years.

People with heart disease or past heart attacks, serious illnesses, allergy to aspirin or significant thinking or memory problems are not eligible to participate. In addition, people at risk of serious bleeding or on any blood-thinning drugs may not enroll.

For more information, contact Bill Barker at 319-384-5055 or william-barker@uiowa.edu. Additional information is online at http://www.ASPREE.org and http://www.PICstudies.org.

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UI Health Care program makes vascular screening easy

The University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is offering an easy way for people to get screened for peripheral arterial disease. Nearly 10 million Americans are at risk for this serious vascular disease, which has few warning signs but is associated with stroke, heart attack or sudden death.

In the past, screening usually involved physician referral. Now, people can directly schedule the three simple, painless tests in one visit -- carotid artery ultrasound, abdominal aortic ultrasound and ankle brachial index.

Candidates for screening include adults age 50 and older with any of these risk factors: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity or family history of stroke, heart or vascular disease.

The fee of $95 for all three screenings is not covered by insurance but is reimbursable through flexible spending.

To learn more, call 319-356-2777 or visit http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/uiheartcare/vra.html.

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Madison Street closing at Prentiss Street intersection July 7-11

Madison Street will be closed at the intersection of Prentiss Street from 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 through 6 p.m. Sunday, July 11.

The closure will allow crews to install the new Mid American duct bank as part of the Cambus building addition project. Temporary traffic control signage will be in place to notify local traffic at the intersections of Court and Madison streets, Court and South Capitol streets, and Prentiss and South Capitol streets. Madison Street between West Harrison and Prentiss streets will only be open to local traffic and be limited to Cambus buses that need to access the Cambus Maintenance Facility. Parking Lots 11 and 51 will remain accessible, and drivers should follow traffic control signage.
 
For information, call University of Iowa Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.

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Alumni Association hosts booth at Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport July 10
 
Quad Cities area Hawkeyes are invited to celebrate their University of Iowa spirit Saturday, July 10 at the Freight House Farmers’ Market, 421 West River Drive in Davenport.

The UI Alumni Association and local volunteers will host a booth from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m that includes an inflatable Herky mascot that will be on display and available for pictures. Young Hawkeye fans will receive a special black and gold gift.
 
For more information, see http://www.iowalum.com/quadcities/.

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