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  1. Pollution May Affect Sperm, Baby's Sex

    April 28, 2005 -- A European study shows that environmental pollutants may affect sperm. environmental pollutants may affect sperm. The study shows that men with high exposure to certain chemicals have sperm that could alter the ratio of the sexes. The study was relatively small and didn't flag any

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  2. Smoking, Weight Affect in Vitro Fertilization

    April 7, 2005 -- Women trying to have a baby through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may improve their chance of success by not smoking and losing extra pounds. "Both smoking and being overweight unfavorably affect the live birth rate after IVF," says researcher Didi Braat in a news release. Her messag

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  3. Sperm Swim Better With Carnitine

    March 9, 2005 -- Carnitine supplements help sluggish sperm swim, say Italian researchers. The finding could help men coping with fertility issues -- specifically, those men whose sperm don't move very well. For a sperm to fertilize an egg, the sperm must be mobile and swim to the woman's egg. But sp

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  4. Assisted Reproduction Kids Grow Up Healthy

    Mar. 7, 2005 -- Babies conceived through assisted reproduction, such as in vitro fertilization, are just as likely as babies conceived naturally to grow up healthy, says a new European study. No developmental differences were found between 5-year-olds conceived naturally and those who got their star

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  5. Age Matters for In Vitro Fertilization Success

    Jan. 7, 2005 -- The younger a woman is, the more likely she will be successful giving birth to a child using in vitro fertilization (IVF). CDC researchers found women in their 20s and early 30s had the most success in getting pregnant and having a child using assisted reproductive technologies, such

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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