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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Silent Disorder that Wreaks Havoc on the Body

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

One in every 10 women has polycystic ovary syndrome, a disorder that is the leading cause of female infertility and a risk factor for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Yet half of all women with PCOS are undiagnosed.

A Nobel Winner Looks to Create Life in His Lab

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

Many scientists spend their lives trying to answer just one question. But geneticist Jack Szostak says there’s lots of problems to solve. He spent the first two decades of his career investigating chromosomes, specifically the role played by telomeres, tiny structures at the ends of chromosomes, and the enzyme telomerase, which revolutionized what we know about the aging process. That research, from the 1980s, earned him a share of the 2009 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. In the 1990s, Szostak turned his attention to RNA and its role in the early evolution of life.

Biological clock Ticking? What You Need to Know About Freezing Your Eggs.

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 28, 2015

When Apple and Facebook announced last year that they would cover elective egg freezing for their female workers, the companies sparked a lot of curiosity about this procedure. The ability to put motherhood on hold by preserving your eggs for future use seemed like an alluring way to ease the babymaking pressure for couples who are meeting and marrying later in life.

Psychological Outcomes for Uterine Transplant Patients Are Good One Year Post-Surgery

Press Releases July 28, 2015

Swedish researchers have found that uterine transplant patients and their partners are doing well psychologically and do not experience higher levels of anxiety than the general population.

Abortion Politics Shelves Vote on IVF for Vets Bill

ASRM Bulletins July 28, 2015

Legislation (S 469) to extend IVF coverage to veterans with a service-related condition that resulted in the veteran being unable to procreate without the use of the technology was pulled from consideration by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today due to partisan politics having to do with abortion.

The Ad That Cracked China's Infertility Taboo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 27, 2015

The flash deal was unlike any that had appeared before on the Chinese group-buying website Juhuasuan: Qualified young men could be paid as much as 5,000 yuan ($805) for making a donation to a government-run sperm bank. The colorful advertisement only appeared for two days on the site owned by the e-commerce titan Alibaba, but it received 22,017 responses.

I'm an Unintended Consequence... I'm an Infertility Advocate

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 27, 2015

Since its inception, more than five million babies worldwide have been born as a result of IVF. And currently, one percent of all U.S. babies are born as a result of IVF each year. Despite its utilization over the past 34 years and the advancements in the science behind the procedure, the politics and "social acceptance" of undergoing IVF have not changed much at all. Infertility is a disease; the reasons for using IVF, and even getting access to it, are misunderstood and often impacted by the policies of the pro-life movement.

New Treatments for Endometriosis — A Common, Painful Disease that Causes Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 24, 2015

Endometriosis: a painful disease that kills dreams. Emily Cottrell and her husband wanted to have a baby. "If I had sought treatment sooner and been diagnosed sooner, things could have been treated before they got so bad," she said

Appeals Panel Rejects No-Sex-Without-Contraception Order

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 24, 2015

A federal appeals panel says a judge in Kansas City exceeded his authority when he ordered a defendant to use contraception during his supervised release.

China has Fertility Woes so Alibaba is Buying Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 23, 2015

Thanks to Alibaba, China’s answer to eBay, more 20,000 men just made a very quick buck. From July 15 to 17, the e-commerce giant advertised a special deal offering 5,000 yuan — about $800 — to sperm donors. The initiative was an attempt to help restock Chinese sperm banks, which are currently going weathering a bit of a drought.

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