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Health care providers turn to population health management

If current obesity trends continue, one in eight Iowans will be diabetic by 2030. ... READ MORE

Conference replay: The role of immigrants in Iowa's future workforce

As Iowa's employers compete for talent in a state with consistently low unemployment, could immigration be a solution? ... READ MORE

How can we curb opioid abuse in Iowa?

86 Iowans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, and 2,274 were admitted to hospitals for treatment, according to the Iowa Department of Public H... READ MORE

The road to autonomous cars: Are Iowans ready to get behind the wheel?

Decades ago, electronic traction control and automatic emergency braking systems were cutting edge and expensive, recalled Daniel McGehee, as he sat i... READ MORE

What is Iowa Ideas? And why you should go

In just three minutes, hear from a few of the Gazette staffers who are putting together the inaugural Iowa Ideas conference - including the motivation... READ MORE

Replay sessions from Iowa Ideas 2017

More than 600 people converged in downtown Cedar Rapids in September for the inaugural Iowa Ideas conference. Whether about education or health care o... READ MORE

Conference replay: Telemedicine and the future of health care delivery

While chatting with a doctor on a mobile screen might be an unfamiliar experience for many Iowans, telemedicine is quickly sprouting up across the hea... READ MORE

Iowa agriculture in the global economy, explained in 7 charts

The impacts of agriculture in Iowa reach around the world. $1,176 million in corn alone was exported in 2016. ... READ MORE

Why drug prices continue to climb

When Dot Hinman went to the pharmacy this past December to pick up her husband's prescription blood thinners, she was told the total cost for the medi... READ MORE

Jean Robillard, University of Iowa Health Care leader, to keynote health care track

  Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, will keynote the health ca... READ MORE

Diversity, inclusion and free speech on Iowa's college campuses

Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free s... READ MORE

Iowa's campuses become focal points for debates on political expression, fake news

On the same day in January that state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, proposed legislation to abolish tenure on Iowa's public university and community co... READ MORE

The hometown: St. Ansgar residents rally to preserve quality of life

ST. ANSGAR - By their early 30s, Tyler and Katie DeMaris had the lifestyle many Iowans that age work toward - three kids, a home in an upscale neighbo... READ MORE

Case study: Davenport's legal challenge against 'inequity in funding'

While students in neighboring districts of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley were allowed to spend $6,665 and $6,724 respectively per student last year, ... READ MORE

ISU and UI leaders: Commercialized research won’t solve universities’ funding problems

CEDAR RAPIDS - Those looking for a 'silver bullet' to Iowa's higher education funding crisis won't find it in the commercialization of university rese... READ MORE

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