After nearly two decades of unsuccessful attempts, researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have created the first mouse model for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, first started to see the bigger ecosystem of teen pregnancy during a study on ways to reduce the number of teens who become pregnant again within a year of delivery. As a resident, she worked on a small trial testing an intervention to remind teenage African American mothers to take their birth control pills. A later five-year study, which involved interviewing postpartum adolescent mothers in their homes over two years, highlighted other issues - such as difficulty getting medical appointments, misinformation and ignored requests for birth control - within this vulnerable population. The result: greater susceptibility to repeat pregnancies.