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Fertility & Having Children

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous ASRM announcements that do not fall into a typical publication category (e.g., Press Releases or News Briefs).

Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

Meet Hurricane Katrina's Youngest Survivor: The Boy, 8, Born From an Embryo Rescued from a Flooded Fertility Center in New Orleans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

A couple whose frozen embryo was rescued from a flooded hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit have introduced the son they were able to have 16 months after the tragedy.

Study Suggests Couples Need Better Antenatal Care Following Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research has found. Two per cent of all births in the UK are a result of fertility treatments such as IVF. An increasing body of evidence suggests the needs of these parents are often not adequately addressed, leaving them feeling abandoned in some cases.

Antidepressants Affect Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

More than one quarter of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness and the number of patients treated with antidepressants continues to rise. Additionally, anxiety and depression are becoming more prevalent among couples trying to have children, and so medications prescribed to treat these disorders are also increasingly common. What isn't clear is the impact mental health and the use of such treatments has on fertility, and whether untreated mental illness is detrimental to fertility.

Light Therapy Seems to Boost Fertility in Mouse Model

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

Targeting circadian clock disruption could prove to be an effective treatment for age-related impaired fertility, and fertility issues in younger women, that may be exacerbated by disruptions in light-dark cycles, according to early animal studies.

New PCOS Research May Offer Hope in Infertility Struggle

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

A new PCOS research may offer hope in infertility struggle

Boy celebrates Surviving Hurricane Katrina As An Embryo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

Noah Benton Markham was born 16 months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. The now-8-year-old likes to say he is “Katrina’s youngest survivor.” Police saved his embryo in a floodwater rescue of a New Orleans fertility clinic after the hurricane flooded 80 percent of the city 10 years ago this weekend.

New Embryo Image Processing Technology Could Assist in IVF Implantation Success Rates

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

A collaboration between biologists and engineers at Monash University has led to the development of a new non-invasive image processing technique to visualise embryo formation. Researchers were able to see, for the first time, the movement of all of the cells in living mammalian embryos as they develop under the microscope. This breakthrough has important implications for IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatments and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Three Generations of Swedish Family Linked by Same Womb After Pioneering Surgery: 'I Am a Part of History'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

One woman's womb has linked three generations in Sweden thanks to a progressive surgery being hailed as the most important breakthrough in fertility treatments since in vitro fertilization.

How Babies are Really Made: Researchers Find Sperm Use a Tiny 'Harpoon' to Attach Themselves to Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2015

Researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery that explains how eggs are fertilised. A 14 year study concluded that sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization.Researchers found a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm and its target.

Same-Sex Couples May Face More Obstacles In Infertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

New research suggests that same-sex couples face more obstacles to treatment for infertility than opposite-sex couples.

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