High levels of lead found in 1 in 5 newbornsChildren playing
A study of newborn blood samples tested at the State Hygienic Laboratory revealed surprising results that affect both rural and urban Iowans.

UI names Hubbard as Outstanding Staff Award recipient Todd Hubbard
The University of Iowa announced on Aug. 18 that Todd Hubbard, environmental supervisor in the Limnology section, was named as a recipient of its Outstanding Staff award. The annual award is given to university staff “who have made outstanding accomplishments and contributions that significantly benefited or brought honor or recognition to the university.” In 2016, six UI staff members received the prestigious award.

Cyclospora outbreak hits 40 states, including IowaCyclosporiasis Cases as of Sept. 20, 2017
A nationwide outbreak of an intestinal illness caused by Cyclospora parasites has sickened more than 1,000 people in 40 states, including at least 14 people in Iowa. Cyclosporiasis is a disease caused by infection from Cyclospora cayetanensis parasites, which are spread through contaminated food or water.

Celebration highlights life-saving programSHL newborn screening team
September is Newborn Screening Awareness month, celebrating a program that began 54 years ago and saves an estimated 12,000 babies in the US and tens of thousands worldwide every year. Some high points of the program are shared below.

‘Iowa tourism from the seat of a canoe’A group of AWARE volunteers gather on the banks of the upper Cedar River.
The 15th annual Project AWARE was a record-breaker before it began. Three weeks prior to the July 10 – 14 river clean-up, more volunteers than ever had signed up, causing the Iowa DNR to close its registration for the first time because of maxed out capacity.