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  1. Dad's Age Raises Down Syndrome Risk, Too

    July 1, 2003 -- Older fathers may contribute just as much as older mothers to the dramatic increase in Down syndrome risk faced by babies born to older couples. A new study found that older fathers were responsible for up to 50% of the rise in Down syndrome risk when the mother was also over 40. Res

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  2. Male Biological Clock is Ticking, Too

    June 26, 2003 - It takes two to tango, and when it comes to making a baby, the age of both dancers may play an equally important role. A new study shows that the age of the male partner can have just as big an impact on fertility and the time it takes to successfully conceive a child as the age of t

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  3. How Stress Causes Miscarriage

    June 5, 2003 -- Stress has long been suspected as a possible cause of miscarriage, with several studies indicating an increased risk among women reporting high levels of emotional or physical turmoil in their early months of pregnancy or just before conception. But while a relationship has been note

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  4. Getting Started With Adoption

    Adam Pertman, a father of two in Boston, adopted because he and his wife couldn't conceive. Kathryn Creedy, a single mom in Vermont, chose adoption because she wanted kids, but didn't want to be pregnant. Just as there are a multitude of reasons for adopting, there are also many ways to go about it.

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  5. Infertility Treatments and Miscarriage?

    May 2, 2003 -- Women who undergo assisted reproductive treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, have no greater risk of miscarriages than women who conceive naturally, a new report shows. It's been a worry for women, the possibility that assisted reproductive technologies (ART) could cause more m

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  6. Car Fumes Put Brakes on Male Fertility

    April 30, 2003 -- Car exhaust lowers male fertility. That's the bottom line of a study that found sperm damage in men exposed to traffic pollution. Everyone knows that smog is bad for the lungs. Now it looks as though it hits men where it really hurts. Michele De Rosa and colleagues at the Universit

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  7. Baby Boys More Fragile Than Baby Girls

    March 28, 2003 -- Males are the fragile sex -- and there's research to prove it. Now, a study from Italy shows that Mother Nature tries hard to compensate for the vulnerability of baby boys and fetuses. In fact, more boys are conceived from September to November in Italy, the time of year when condi

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  8. Egg May Lure Sperm By "Smell"

    March 27, 2003 -- When everything's right, sperm cells may be able to "smell" an egg, causing them to make a beeline for the target. It's a new discovery, one that could lead to advances in contraception and fertility treatments. A new study, appearing in the latest issue of the journal Science, exp

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  9. In Vitro Linked to Rare Bladder Defects

    March 19, 2003 - More than 1 million babies worldwide have been born through in vitro fertilization, and the overwhelming majority are perfectly healthy. But recent studies suggest the popular 25-year-old technology may increase the risk of various rare birth defects and medical problems. The latest

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  10. Are Periods Obsolete?

    March 12, 2003 -- Whether you call it Aunt Flo, the crimson curse, code red, or your monthly visitor, menstrual periods leave many of us feeling bloated and blue. And frankly, surveys suggest, we'd rather not be bothered with them. The fact is, menstruation, as we know it, could be obsolete. At the

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