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BPA exposure during pregnancy was associated with reproductive problems in the next three generations of mice, researchers report.

BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 15, 2015

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Published Date: April 15, 2015


A new anti-cancer compound, PAC-1, spurs cell death in cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.

Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trials

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 26, 2015

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma.

Published Date: February 26, 2015


Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans' health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.

Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peers

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2015

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.

Published Date: January 6, 2015


Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive routine cancer screenings, according to new research by Xiaoling Xiang, a doctoral candidate in social work.

Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 21, 2014

Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.

Published Date: November 21, 2014


Social support may be critical to some womens weight-loss and maintenance efforts, according to a new study by (from left) graduate researcher Catherine Metzgar and professor Sharon Nickols-Richardson, both in the department of food science and human nutrition.

Social support critical to women's weight-loss efforts, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2014

Being accountable to another person and receiving social support may be vital in motivating some women to lose weight and keep it off, a new Illinois study says.

Published Date: November 5, 2014