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Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility. Oftentimes men with azoospermia don't know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility—an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

The Strange, Everyday Causes of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

 RedOrbit recently spoke to a leading urologist, Dr. Paul Turek, to get an overview of the causes of low sperm count and what lifestyle changes men can make to avoid it. In this follow-up, we’ll cover some of the stranger causes that men might encounter every day.

Report: Women in Connecticut Denied Some Mandated Health Benefits

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

Women in Connecticut have been denied health insurance benefits in violation of the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the National Women’s Law Center.

Palestinians Pay High Cost to Conceive

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 01, 2015

According to Aajour, the cost for an IVF is somewhere between $2,200 and $2,500. Referring to the rising number of people resorting to infertility treatment centers in Gaza, he said, “People often look for an IVF at a price that suits them, due to the deteriorating economic conditions in Gaza and the lack of governmental support for families suffering delayed childbearing, in addition to the lack of charities' support.”

Christie Vetoes Surrogacy Contract Bill

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 01, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on June 29 vetoed, for the second time, a bill that would have permitted legally binding gestational carrier agreements.

Questions Over What to Do With Unused Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 01, 2015

A few months ago, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara’s dispute with her ex-fiance Nick Loeb over what to do with their frozen embryos became public. The two used in vitro fertilization to create embryos. But when they split, Vergara wanted keep the embryos frozen, while Loeb wanted them as children. The disagreement highlights the complicated moral and legal questions that families, doctors and courts are facing as the number of frozen embryos in fertility clinics across the country grows. We look at what families are doing with unused embryos.

UK’s National Sperm Bank ‘Recruits Just Five Donors’

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 30, 2015

Demand from mothers for donors of the same religion adds to fertility crisis in some communities

Research: Sunshine Can Boost Success Rate of In-vitro Fertilization by One-Third

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 30, 2015

A Belgian researcher has found that exposure to sunshine can help women become pregnant through in-vitro fertilization.

Ten Things To Know When Your Gay Family And Friends Undergo IVF

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 29, 2015

Gay couples undergo in vitro fertilization to conceive for infertility, and have for decades. In general the experience is very similar to that of any couple or individual undergoing IVF.

US Congress Moves to Block Human-Embryo Editing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 26, 2015

The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to have heritable changes.


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