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Effect of Fertility on Perinatal Outcomes

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 07, 2015

The impact of ART in a fertile setting cannot be studied because otherwise fertile women cannot be randomly assigned to IVF treatment due to ethical concerns. Recent advances in technology, however, could present an opportunity. Couples with proven fertility may elect to undergo preimplantation genetic testing, and the perinatal outcome of these pregnancies could be used to evaluate an unstudied group: fertile women utilizing ART. An adverse impact observed among them could represent the adverse impact of ART itself.

A Key Role for CEP63 in Brain Development and Fertility Discovered

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 07, 2015

Today in Nature Communications, scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) provide molecular details about Seckel Syndrome, a rare disease that causes microcephaly, or small brain, and growth delays. A joint study conducted by Travis Stracker and Jens Lüders indicates that the protein CEP63 plays a key role during brain development as it is involved in the correct division of stem cells in this organ. Furthermore, the researchers have discovered that CEP63 is associated with sperm production—an unknown function until now.

Do Over-The-Counter Fertility Pills Actually Help You Get Pregnant?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 06, 2015

As of last week, CVS is selling over-the-counter fertility kits, commercially (and cutely) known as PregPrep. The kit includes two different supplements, one of which is a mucolytic, which is more commonly used to break up congestion in the lungs. In this case, however, it's meant to thin cervical mucus. 

Confessions of an Infertile Guy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 06, 2015

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the reasons for infertility are pretty much an even split: one-third of the time it’s due to female problems and one-third of the time it’s due to male problems.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.


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