Category: Healthy Lives


Iowa State researchers find obesity impacts reproductive health, increases sensitivity to chemical exposures

By Ann Robinson, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Iowa State University scientists are finding evidence that obesity alters mammals’ reproductive systems in a variety of ways, including undermining natural abilities to resist and recover from exposures to chemical toxins. “It has been known for some time that obese women tend to have issues with fertility and related problems, such as earlier onset of…


Andy J. King receives National Cancer Institute grant to study colon cancer screening messaging

By Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Andy J. King, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was awarded a grant in the amount of $396,908 from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study communication related to colon cancer screening (CRCS). King will lead a team of researchers from Iowa State, Cornell University and New…


Iowa State Biomedical Scientist Exploring the ‘key’ to new COVID-19 vaccine development

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus most likely will necessitate the development of more vaccine options in the years ahead, and a biomedical scientist at Iowa State University believes the “key” to that development lies in the way the virus binds to human cells. Michael Cho, a professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State, is studying how…


Newly Published Paper Suggests Narratives can Help Science Counter Misinformation on Vaccines

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Narratives are a powerful tool that can help explain complex issues, but they can also serve as sources of misinformation, which presents a challenge as public health agencies work to educate people about COVID-19 vaccine. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, author Michael Dahlstrom, a professor and director of…


Pandemic-related anxiety associated with women drinking more

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

The jokes and memes about “wine moms” belie a larger, concerning issue: Women are drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a new study by Susan Stewart, professor of sociology at Iowa State University, nearly two-thirds of female participants reported drinking more since the beginning of the pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking…