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  1. IVF Pioneer Wins Nobel Prize

    Oct. 4, 2010 -- British scientist Robert Edwards, PhD, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The Nobel citation says his achievements have made it possible to treat a medical condition affecting more than 10% of all coupl

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  2. New Method for Predicting IVF Success

    July 19, 2010 -- A new method for predicting IVF success that takes 52 variables into account works better overall than the commonly used age model, according to a new report. In IVF (in vitro fertilization), eggs and sperm are brought together in a lab dish to fertilize an egg. ''Our model is more

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  3. IVF Babies May Have Slightly Higher Cancer Risk

    July 19, 2010 -- Children conceived by in vitro fertilization, more commonly called IVF babies, have a slightly higher risk of developing childhood cancer than babies conceived naturally, according to a new Swedish study. But the study's main author emphasizes that childhood cancer is relatively rar

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  4. IVF Babies and Major Birth Defects

    June 11, 2010 -- Slightly more than 4% of babies born via assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) may have major birth defects, such as heart and urogenital tract malformations, according to a new study. But U.S. experts are quick to point out that these risks are not m

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  5. Study: Blood Thinners Don't Prevent Miscarriage

    April 28, 2010 -- For women with a history of miscarriages, taking aspirin alone or combined with the blood-thinning drug heparin fails to prevent pregnancy loss, new research shows. The findings were published in the April 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Five percent of women have

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  6. Ovarian Transplant Recipient Gives Birth Twice

    Feb. 24, 2010 -- A former cancer patient in Denmark who had an ovarian transplant and gave birth to a daughter after IVF has had another child who was conceived naturally. Doctors in Denmark are hailing the case as a medical first. ''We performed IVF [in vitro fertilization] initially, and expected

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  7. Genetic Differences for 'Test Tube' Babies?

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- Babies born via IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have more genetic differences than do babies conceived naturally, according to a researcher, although the majority of the ''test tube'' babies he studied are still within the normal range. ''There's not a big dif

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  8. Flame Retardant Exposure May Harm Fertility

    Jan. 26, 2010 -- Women with higher blood levels of flame retardants known as PBDEs, found in some household objects, took about twice as long to become pregnant as women with lower blood levels, according to a new study. ''For every tenfold increase in PBDEs in the blood, we saw a 30% to 50% decreas

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  9. Gene May Inspire Male Contraceptive

    April 3, 2009 -- Scientists have discovered gene mutations linked to male infertility that may lead to new infertility treatments and a male contraceptive. The mutations lie in the CATSPER1 gene, which makes a protein that's needed for normal sperm movement. The mutations make it hard for the CATSPE

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  10. The Truth About Sexual Positions and Getting Pregnant

    Myths abound when it comes to sex, sexual positions, and conception, says Donnica Moore, MD, a women's health expert based in Far Hills, N.J. "One common misconception is that it's best to have all sex all the time because the greater the number episodes of intercourse, the greater the chance of con

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