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Isn't being a mother a 'good' thing?
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Isn't being a mother a 'good' thing?
30 October 2006 - by Professor Hazel Biggs
Motherhood and apple pie used to be regarded as virtually universally good things. How times have changed. Based on research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference in New Orleans last week, we saw a plethora of news reports about newly discovered dangers that older mothers might... [Read More]
US guidelines restrict number of embryos transferred during IVF
29 October 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the US Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) have issued new guidelines limiting embryo transfer during IVF procedures to reduce the occurrence of multiple births. Announced at the annual ASRM meeting, held in New Orleans last week, the revised... [Read More]
Anti-depressants linked to plummeting sperm count
30 October 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Researchers at Cornell Medical Center in New York have discovered that commonly prescribed anti-depressants may have the unwanted side effect of drastically lowering male sperm count. Tests were conducted on two men over a two year period, during which time their sperm count changed from normal before... [Read More]
Mobile phone use linked to decreased sperm count
30 October 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A new study has reported its findings that heavy mobile phone use is correlated to a decline in male fertility. The study, led by Dr Ashok Agarwal, and reported at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in New Orleans, found that men who... [Read More]
Twins more likely to have early menopause
30 October 2006 - by Dr Laura Bell
Female twins are up to five times more likely to be affected by premature ovarian failure (early menopause) than other women, say US scientists. The research, published online last week in the journal Human Reproduction, studied more than 800 twin pairs of women born in the UK... [Read More]
Vitamin supplements help fertility in women
30 October 2006 - by Dr Laura Bell
A Harvard Medical school study involving 18,000 women has shown that taking multivitamins, particularly folic acid, can improve chances of pregnancy in couples having difficulty conceiving. Around 150,000 couples in the UK suffer from infertility problems due to the woman's inability to ovulate, which is about 1... [Read More]
Daughters of older mothers may have fertility problems
30 October 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Research presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in New Orleans last week suggests that women who have children at an advanced age may pass fertility problems on to their daughters. The researchers studied 74 women aged under 35 who... [Read More]
Type 2 diabetes gene link confirmed
30 October 2006 - by Dr Jess Buxton
British scientists have shown that a common genetic variation is linked to a two-fold increased risk of type 2 diabetes in UK men. A team based at University College London (UCL) says that carrying two copies of the TCF7L2 gene variant increases a person's risk of... [Read More]
Study looks at reasons for egg freezing
30 October 2006 - by Antony Starza-Allen
By Antony Blackburn-Starza: A study presented at the annual American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference, which looked into the psychological motivations of women choosing to freeze their eggs for social reasons, showed that 40 per cent were prepared to be single mothers using their frozen eggs. Study leader Alan Copperman... [Read More]

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