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Iowa Masonic Health Facilities is named one of US News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes of 2013! PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 June 2013 09:39

Congratulations to Iowa Masonic Health Facilities for being named one of the best nursing homes of 2013 in the US News and World Report. Iowa Masonic Health Facilities has received and maintained the highest rating attainable from both the federal Medicare and the state regulatory authorities.  We are known for our excellent care and highly qualified and compassionate staff, and we have a reputation for providing sensitive, individualized care.

As a Five Star Rated Facility, we are committed to providing compassionate, quality care in a home-like environment. Private rooms, free wireless internet, daily recreational activities, and comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical, occupational, & speech therapy) are just a few of the outstanding benefits you'll enjoy at Iowa Masonic. Call us at 563-359-9171 for your personalized tour today!

Prostate Cancer Updates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 June 2013 09:30

FDA Approves New Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

The FDA has approved Xofigo (radium Ra 223 dichloride) to treat men with symptomatic late-stage (metastatic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to bones but not to other organs. It is intended for men whose cancer has spread after receiving medical or surgical therapy to lower testosterone.

Patients who are interested in finding out where and when newly FDA approved drug Xofigo will be available can call 1-855-696-3446 (1-855-6Xofigo) or visit

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Agent Orange Linked to Fatal Prostate Cancer

A new study of US Veterans has found that exposure to Agent Orange is linked to a two-fold higher risk of developing the most lethal forms of prostate caner. The researchers suggest a history of exposure to the agent, which contains the dioxin TCDD, a dangerous toxin and carcinogen, should be one of the first things to look for when screening Veterans as it could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment and prolong survival.

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Man With BRAC2 Gene Has First Preemptive Prostate Removal

Angelina Jolie had her breasts removed after discovering that her genetic makeup gave her an 87 percent chance of breast cancer. Now, an unnamed 53-year-old Londoner has become the first man in the world to have his prostate preemptively removed after discovering that, like the Hollywood actress, his genetic code (carrier of the BRAC 2 gene) made him a prime candidate for prostate cancer.

Although standard tests showed no evidence of cancer, doctors finally agreed to go ahead with the controversial operation—which leaves men infertile as the prostate gland is responsible for the production of semen—and were astounded when, after the operation, examinations showed the organ to be riddled with cancer.

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Preventing Skin Cancer By Barbara Grassley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:19

With Memorial Day over and temperatures climbing, summer is just about upon us.   The season is a good reminder of the need to focus on sun safety and skin cancer prevention.  Like most ways to reduce your risk for cancer, the preventive steps may be easy but committing to them isn’t.  It may be difficult to make the right choices, especially for teen-agers and young adults, because the risks and consequences seem remote and improbable.  However, the facts tell us otherwise.

Skin cancer is on the rise among young people between 18 and 39; the Skin Cancer Foundation says the rates of skin cancer have grown by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men over the past 40 years, despite an increase in knowledge.  Why?  Perhaps looking good now triumphs protecting oneself to be healthy later in life. Too many people who spend time outdoors still fail to regularly and properly apply sunscreen. Whether you seek a tan inside or outside, tanning is dangerous.  In the last decade, tanning salons have become popular, especially among teens. The ads from tanning salons appear around this time of year and offer student discounts. Tanning may seem like just another example of typical teen-age vanity, but this behavior is dangerous.

People who begin indoor tanning at a younger age have a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  “Tanning bed use during high school and college conferred a higher risk of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) than did tanning bed use between ages 25 and 35,” said Dr. Mingfeng Zhang, a research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  In fact, just one indoor tanning session a year while the subjects were in high school or college boosted their risk of developing BCC by 10 percent, and those who tanned indoors more than six times a year had an 82 percent higher risk of developing BCC than non-tanners.   It is estimated that 2.3 million teens visit a tanning salon at least once a year.

Regardless of age, we all must be more vigilant.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States; indeed, it is the fastest-growing cancer, affecting more than two million people each year.  One person dies every hour from melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease, and an estimated 8,790 people will die from it this year in the United States.  In Iowa alone, 980 new cases of skin cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year.  To reduce your risk of skin cancer, follow these sun safety tips:

·         Regularly apply sunscreen.  Use sunscreen and lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher, and remember to reapply.  Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours and after swimming or sweating.  Make sure to use an ounce – two tablespoons -- of sunscreen on your face and enough to generously cover your body.  If one bottle lasts you all summer, then you’re not applying enough!

·         Although you can get sunburned at any time of day, the sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Stay out of the sun during these hours!

·         Don’t forget to slip on your shades!  Wear sunglasses with 100 percent ultraviolet ray absorption to protect your eyes and their surrounding skin.

Even when you're serious about protecting your skin, you may sometimes want the glow of a tan. Luckily, many bronzers and sunless tanning products are widely available on the market from high end retailers to local pharmacies.

And parents, you are wise to protect your children early on and teach them safety habits as they grow more independent.  They may fight you now, but when they are in their 30s and 40s and beyond, they will love you for it.  For those of us who are older, it’s never too late to start making the right choices.  Start each day with a moisturizer with sunscreen and get your children and grandchildren in the habit, too. Be sure to follow these tips every day and have a wonderfully safe summer!

Barbara Grassley is a member of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention program of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the spouse of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions May 31, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 May 2013 13:13
Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

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GAO report on health care exchanges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:42

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on a report he requested from the Government Accountability Office, “Health Insurance: Seven States' Actions to Establish Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  Iowa is one of the seven states included in the report, which is available here.

“This report highlights the complexity states face in setting up exchanges and how CMS’ workload will increase dramatically in getting exchanges off the ground.  The challenges that need to be overcome by October 1, 2013, remain significant.”

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