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EXPERT AVAILABLE: MU Researcher Helps Determine that BPA Has Adverse Effects on Couples Seeking In Vitro Fertilization

April 28, 2016

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as water bottles, metal food and beverage containers, and thermal paper cash register receipts. Long considered to have health effects on animals and humans, exposure to BPA may lead to reduced quality of embryos during reproduction. Fred vom Saal, a University of Missouri endocrinologist and researcher, has studied BPA and its effects on the reproductive system for more than 20 years. Now, a new study has corroborated his work showing that BPA causes a linear increase in the death rate of embryos and could be the cause for decreases in the frequency of implantation, pregnancy and live birth rates in couples seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF). Vom Saal, who wrote a review of the study for Nature Reviews Endocrinology, says that this is more proof that BPA usage should cease.  Full Story
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2016 Missouri Hunger Atlas Shows Worsening Situation

Report finds that nearly 1 million Missourians have faced food insecurity

April 27, 2016

The 2016 Missouri Hunger Atlas, issued by the University of Missouri’s Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, reports nearly 1 million Missourians faced food insecurity or the worry about not having enough food. This means nearly one in six individuals lacked adequate access to food, with the most vulnerable populations including children and the elderly.  Full Story
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