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  1. Infertility Treatments May Raise Birth Defect Risk

    May 5, 2012 -- Babies born after the use of certain infertility treatments have a higher risk of birth defects than babies born to couples with no history of infertility, a large new study shows. But experts say it's still not clear whether fertility treatments or the underlying medical problems tha

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  2. Egg-Producing Stem Cells Found in Human Ovaries

    Feb. 26, 2012 -- Scientists say they have found a way to use ovarian stem cells to perhaps one day help infertile women get pregnant -- or add years to a woman’s reproductive cycle. In a study published in Nature Medicine, researchers report finding egg-producing stem cells in human ovaries. They al

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  3. Is Your Office Making You Sick?

    Jan. 20, 2012 -- Could your office be toxic? Indoor office air is an important source of worker exposure to the potentially toxic substances known as PFCs, or polyfluorinated compounds, according to a new study. ''Workers who spend their day in a typical office environment are likely to have exposur

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  4. IVF: Are 3 Embryos Too Many to Transfer?

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- Transferring more than two embryos during an IVF cycle is a dangerous practice that does not improve a woman’s chances of delivering a baby, a European study finds. Researchers analyzed close to 125,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles performed in the U.K. over a five-year perio

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  5. IVF May Raise Risk for Less Aggressive Ovarian Cancer

    Oct. 27, 2011 -- Women who undergo ovarian stimulation as part of IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment may be more likely to develop "borderline" ovarian tumors, but not invasive ovarian tumors, later in life, Dutch researchers report. The researchers defined borderline ovarian tumors as low-grade

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  6. How Fast Is Your Biological Clock Ticking?

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Science may soon be able to predict more accurately how long a woman will remain fertile. A survey of healthy women carried out at the University of St. Andrews and by experts from both the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, all in the U.K., has revealed the normal ra

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  7. 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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  8. 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 3

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  9. 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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  10. 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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