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President Sends FY 2017 Budget Proposal to Congress

ASRM Bulletins February 09, 2016

Today, President Obama delivered the final budget proposal of his presidency to Congress. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 includes the Administration’s budget priorities and proposed funding for federal agencies and programs for the coming year. Given both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are controlled by the Republican party, the President’s proposal will have minimal effect as Congress begins to develop its own spending priorities in the coming weeks.

ASRM STATEMENT ON ZIKA VIRUS

ASRM Bulletins February 09, 2016

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is closely following developments related to the Zika virus. At this point, it seems clear the virus has implications for reproduction and that it can be transmitted through sexual activity and reproductive tissues. 

ASRM Comments on Institute of Medicine’s Report on Mitochondrial Transfer Techniques

ASRM Bulletins February 03, 2016

Today, the Institute of Medicine’s (National Academy of Medicine’s) Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases released its report, "Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations.”  The report, undertaken at the request of the FDA, is available as a free PDF at www.nas.edu/MitoDNAethics.

Nation’s Fertility Doctors Praise Pentagon’s Fertility Preservation Program

ASRM Bulletins January 29, 2016

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology offered praise today to Defense Secretary Ash Carter following his announcement that the Department of Defense would implement a two year pilot project to provide fertility preservation benefits to members of the Armed Services. The program will also examine ways to broaden the current, yet limited, policy providing reduced cost IVF benefits to active duty service members.

Demographic and Lifestyle Factors Influence Who Receives a Medical Evaluation for Infertility and Who Does Not

ASRM Bulletins January 20, 2016

Boston researchers conducting a prospective cohort study found that women who already had children, who were older, current smokers, or had a higher BMI were less likely to report having a medical evaluation for infertility than younger, slimmer, non-smoking, childless women.

ASRM Chief Scientific Officer Andrew La Barbera Will Retire at the End of 2016

ASRM Bulletins January 08, 2016

This week, Andrew La Barbera, PhD, HCLD announced that, at the end of 2016, he will retire from his post as Chief Scientific Officer of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

ASRM Hosts Inaugural Advocacy Academy

ASRM Bulletins December 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine held its first ever Advocacy Academy last week. ASRM members from around the country (and beyond) converged on Washington, DC to improve their advocacy skills and visit Capitol Hill.

International Summit on Human Gene Editing Recommends Against Human Germline Alterations At This Time, Calls For Further Research

ASRM Bulletins December 04, 2015

Yesterday, the United States Academy of Medicine concluded its three-day International Summit on Human Gene Editing held in Washington, DC in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society, and the US National Academy of Sciences.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Comments on International Summit on Human Gene Editing

ASRM Bulletins December 03, 2015

Today, ASRM released the following statement, attributable to Andrew R. La Barbera PhD, Chief Scientific Officer 

Male Subfertility Increases the Risk of Testicular Cancer

ASRM Bulletins November 24, 2015

A new study out of the University of Utah looking at the incidence of common forms of cancer in males found that subfertile men-  those who have undergone semen analysis (SA) as part of an examination for fertility-  are at greater risk of developing testicular cancer than fertile men, and that the risk varies depending on which semen quality parameters are deficient.  In contrast to previous studies on sperm quality and cancer risk, they found no increased cancer risk in men with azoospermia, a complete absence of sperm in the ejaculate.

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