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Multiple Births Don't Have to be an Inevitable Result of Fertility Treatments

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2014

While fertility treatments have helped many people become parents, they commonly result in multiple births, increasing the risk of prematurity, and leading to lifelong complications. But this doesn't have to be the case, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers and their colleagues, who recommend sweeping changes to policy and clinical practice in a study published in the April issue of Fertility & Sterility.

Sperm Meets Egg: Protein Essential for Fertilization Discovered

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 17, 2014

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered interacting proteins on the surface of the sperm and the egg essential to begin mammalian life. These proteins, which allow the sperm and egg to recognize one another, offer new paths towards improved fertility treatments and the development of new contraceptives.

New Report Recommends Policy and Practice Changes in Fertility Treatment for Fewer Multiple Births

ASRM Bulletins April 16, 2014

In a new study commissioned by The March of Dimes Foundation and published in Fertility and Sterility, researchers from The Hastings Center and Yale Fertility Center examined the practical circumstances of infertility treatment in the US that influence patients and their doctors to make treatment choices that too frequently result in multiple births.

Weight Loss to Improve Fertility Outcomes: How Far Should We Go?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

Obesity is now a pandemic and undoubtedly the greatest burden facing health services worldwide. Twenty percent of women of childbearing age are thought to be obese. It is well-established that, in women, obesity is associated with reduced rates of ovulation, increased miscarriage rates and poor response to ovarian stimulation during assisted conception. Male fertility also appears to be similarly adversely affected with evidence of a reduced ejaculate volume, reduced sperm count and increased sperm DNA damage in obese men.

Funding One IVF Treatment Is Not The Answer For Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 16, 2014

The announcement that Ontario will provide new funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) was met with praise from advocates of Ontarians seeking infertility treatment. The expanded funding will cover one cycle of IVF, and will be tied to the transfer of one embryo at a time to reduce the number of high-risk multiple births in the province.

Traces of Trauma in Sperm RNA

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 15, 2014

The offspring of mice that suffered early-life stress show signs of the disturbance their parent experienced, researchers from the University of Zurich and their colleagues have found, pointing to a potential RNA-based mechanism by which trauma may be epigenetically inherited. The team’s work was published today (April 13) in Nature Neuroscience. 

Irregular Menses Linked to High Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 15, 2014

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:  Barbara A. Cohn, Ph.D.  Women with irregular menses had a statistically significant 2.4 fold increase in risk of death due to any form ovarian cancer, and a statistically significant 3-fold increase in risk of death due to late stage serous disease.

4 Otherwise Healthy Foods Crammed With Estrogen

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 14, 2014

Estrogen has been linked to obesity and sexual dysfunction. You may want to rethink the amount of soy in your diet.

Going Solo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 14, 2014

Jo Hartley meets three women whose longing for a baby was so great they each decided not to wait for a partner.

ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes Host Congressional Briefing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2014

At a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday, more than 100 hill staffers and other interested individuals heard from the leaders of ASRM, ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the March of Dimes about the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs the use of toxic chemicals in commerce. Several proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform the Act which was passed in 1976.

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