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Feb. 10, 2009

At A Glance

UI Dance Marathon exceeds $1 million for second consecutive year

University of Iowa students raised $1,030,428 during the 15th UI Dance Marathon that was held Feb. 6-7 in the Main Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union on the campus in Iowa City.

More than 800 patients and family members cared for at University of Iowa Children's Hospital joined 1,320 dancers for the event. One of the many highlights was the "graduation" of 15 children who are celebrating remaining cancer-free for at least five years following their treatments.

Over the past 15 years, UI Dance Marathon has raised more than $7.5 million to support pediatric oncology patients and their families.

University of Iowa Health Care cancer tip: Learn about estrogens in lotions

Women who use moisturizers or lotions may be exposing themselves to additional estrogen without realizing it, researchers reported at the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

While research has not shown that absorbing estrogen through the skin increases breast cancer risk, patients with breast cancer might consider estrogen content when choosing cosmetic products. Women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer should be especially aware, since estrogen encourages those types of breast cancer to grow.

The research showed that several over-the-counter skin lotions contain small amounts of forms of estrogen not listed on the packaging. The names of the skin lotions tested were not released. Hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer survivors who want to avoid estrogens can use baby oil or olive oil as skin moisturizers.

For more information about breast cancer or other cancers, contact Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Information Service at the University of Iowa at 800-237-1225. Visit the center online at

Conference to focus on confronting today's health challenges Feb. 13-14

The Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the UI Carver College of Medicine, in cooperation with the UI Center for Human Rights and UI Global Health Studies program, will host the conference: "Powerlines to the Future" Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13 and 14. There will be a free film screening of "Scarred Lands, Wounded Lives," from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and panel discussions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. All events are open to the public and will take place in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre, 201 S. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The conference goal is to inform and actively engage those interested in confronting the gravest health challenges of today, including the human health costs of climate change, the impact of climate change on existing food and water scarcity, and the health and environmental consequences of coal and nuclear energy use. The conference will feature presentations from a multidisciplinary group of health, energy and engineering professionals.

Registration forms and the program schedule can be found at

For more information contact Dr. Maureen McCue at 319-828-4789.

'Religion and Secularism in the Muslim World' topic of Feb. 17 luncheon

Adrien Wing, a UI professor in the College of Law, will present "Religion and Secularism in the Muslim World," at a noon luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., in Iowa City.

Wing has lectured all around the world and has worked for organizations in South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda. She also holds a myriad of positions including the UI Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Director of the summer abroad program in Arcachon, France, and Vice President of the American Society of International Law.

At the UI, Wing teaches international human rights and law in the Muslim world. Her international scholarship emphasizes South Africa and the Middle East, particularly Palestinian legal system.

Oasis Falafel will cater the event. Reservations are $7.50 for council members and $8.50 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is noon Friday, Feb. 13.

For more information call 319-335-0351 or visit


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