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  1. Gene Mutation May Be Linked to Male Infertility

    July 20, 2011 -- Researchers say they have discovered a genetic mutation that may explain a significant proportion of male infertility. The finding could potentially improve current testing, which still fails to find a cause for infertility in about one in five couples. And it could lead to earlier

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  2. Flame-Retardant Chemicals Common in Offices

    (June 30, 2011) -- Hand washing at work doesn’t just keep germs at bay.  A new study shows that office workers who frequently lather up have lower levels of hormone-disrupting flame-retardant chemicals on their hands and in their blood. The study tested for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in

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  3. Infertility: Why It Happens and What You Can Do

    Anyone who has struggled with infertility will tell you this: It can be quite the roller-coaster ride. "The hardest thing for us was not having answers," says one woman, now 38. She and her 45-year-old husband were derailed for several years while doctors tried to figure out the cause of their infer

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  4. Short Anus-to-Scrotum Length Predicts Poor Sperm Count

    March 9, 2011 -- Men whose anus-to-scrotum distance is shorter than average are 7.3 times more likely to have low sperm counts than men with a longer anogenital distance. The finding comes from Shanna Swan, PhD, of the University of Rochester, N.Y., and colleagues. In earlier studies, Swan found tha

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  5. New Debate on Link Between Stress, Infertility

    Feb. 24, 2011 -- Stress and infertility have long been linked, with stress sometimes blamed when a woman can't get pregnant naturally or with fertility treatments. Now, a new report finds that a woman's stress levels don't adversely affect her chances of getting pregnant in a single fertility treatm

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  6. Do IVF Pregnancies Raise Death Risk for Mothers?

    Jan. 27, 2011 -- Maternal deaths resulting from in vitro fertilization (IVF) are relatively rare, but they do occur, British doctors warn in an editorial in the journal BMJ. In the U.S. there were more than 140,000 IVF cycles in 2008, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SA

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  7. Household Chemicals Linked to Early Puberty, Infertility

    Nov. 18, 2010 -- A growing list of common household chemicals may be linked to reproductive health problems, including early puberty and infertility. The list includes phthalates, the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA), perfluorinated compounds found in nonstick cookware, flame retardants, the anti

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  8. Infertility: No Link to Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Nov. 2, 2010 -- Infertility has been ruled out as a potential cause of cerebral palsy among children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) or by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), according to a study. Researchers led by Jin Liang Zhu, PhD, an epidemiologist at the Danish Epidemiology Scie

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  9. Blood Type O Linked to Fertility Problems

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- Researchers say having type O blood can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Scientists from Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have produced a study that finds patients with type O blood were at double the risk of diminished ovarian (egg) reserve t

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  10. First IVF Babies Are Born After New DNA Screen

    Oct. 15, 2010 -- Three babies born to two 40-year-old women in Europe are the first IVF babies born from eggs screened for chromosomal abnormalities using a fast new DNA test. IVF -- in vitro fertilization -- often fails. A major reason is that implanted eggs have abnormal chromosome numbers. This i

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