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  1. 1 in 10 Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol

    Dec. 22, 2004 - More than half of women of childbearing age who are not using birth control and may become pregnant drink alcohol and may be putting their unborn child at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, according to a new CDC report. In addition, the report shows that about one in 10 pregnant women

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  2. Mother, May I? Late Motherhood Emerges

    When actress Geena Davis gave birth to twins earlier this year, her age -- nearly 48 at the time -- became the bigger story. Likewise, a swell of publicity surrounded Elizabeth Edwards, wife of recent vice presidential candidate John Edwards, when it was learned that she too got pregnant at age 48,

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  3. Laptop Computers May Affect Male Fertility

    Dec. 8, 2004 -- Male fertility may be affected by perching laptop computers on the lap, according to a new study. Balancing laptop computers on the lap raises the scrotum's temperature, say researchers including Yefim Sheynkin, MD, FACS, of the urology department at the State University of New York

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  4. IVF Technique Could Reduce Multiple Births

    Dec. 1, 2004 -- Couples struggling with infertility often choose in vitro fertilization to achieve pregnancy. Twins are common with in vitro fertilization (IVF). But new research shows that the risk of multiple births can be decreased without lessening the chances of having a baby. During in vitro f

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  5. Birth Rates Rise for Women Aged 30-44

    Nov. 23, 2004 -- More older and unmarried women became moms in 2003, according to the latest U.S. birth rate statistics. The numbers come from the CDC's new report, "Births: Preliminary Data for 2003," and include virtually all of last year's U.S. births, which were recorded by state vital statistic

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  6. Teens OK With Learning ID of Sperm Donors

    Nov. 10, 2004 -- A new study shows that most teenagers conceived by open-identity sperm donation programs are typically comfortable with their birth origins and plan to contact their biological fathers out of curiosity. The study contradicts popular belief. Most infertility programs that accept sper

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  7. Woman Has Successful Ovary Transplant to Arm

    Nov. 8, 2004 -- It sounds a little like science fiction, but researchers in the Netherlands report that they were able to preserve fertility in a 29-year-old cervical cancer patient by removing her ovary prior to treatment and placing it inside her upper arm. Investigators say the transplantation te

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  8. Sperm Stem Cells May Treat Infertility

    Nov. 4, 2004 -- Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have successfully grown stem cells that make sperm, which could eventually lead to new treatments for male infertility. Hiroshi Kubota, DVM, PhD, and colleagues report their findings this week in an online edition of the journal Proceedi

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  9. Obesity Takes Toll on Sperm and Fertility

    Oct. 22, 2004 -- Men's as well as women's body size matters when it comes to fertility. New research suggests that obesity can reduce the quality of men's sperm as well as lower a woman's chances of successfully conceiving a child using in vitro fertilization. Danish researchers found men who are ov

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  10. Soy Unlikely to Affect Women's Fertility

    Oct. 19, 2004 -- Eating a diet rich in soy or taking soy supplements probably won't harm a woman's fertility, according to a new study. Researchers found female monkeys who took soy supplements containing twice the level of the plant estrogens eaten by Asian women for a year did not experience any n

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