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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.

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look the Way They Do

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Lawmakers Move To Ban Funding For Human Embryo Editing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 30, 2015

On June 17, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released a bill that outlines the funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 2016. But the bill has an unusual caveat: if it passes as it currently stands, it would bar the agency from spending any money to assess research or clinical applications for products that manipulate the human genome. It would also require the agency to set up a committee to review a forthcoming report that considers the ethics of editing human 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


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