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  1. 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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  2. Teens OK With Learning ID of Sperm Donors

    Nov. 10, 2004 -- A new study shows that most teenagers conceived by open-identity sperm donation programs are typically comfortable with their birth origins and plan to contact their biological fathers out of curiosity. The study contradicts popular belief. Most infertility programs that accept sper

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  3. Woman Has Successful Ovary Transplant to Arm

    Nov. 8, 2004 -- It sounds a little like science fiction, but researchers in the Netherlands report that they were able to preserve fertility in a 29-year-old cervical cancer patient by removing her ovary prior to treatment and placing it inside her upper arm. Investigators say the transplantation te

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  4. Sperm Stem Cells May Treat Infertility

    Nov. 4, 2004 -- Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have successfully grown stem cells that make sperm, which could eventually lead to new treatments for male infertility. Hiroshi Kubota, DVM, PhD, and colleagues report their findings this week in an online edition of the journal Proceedi

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  5. Obesity Takes Toll on Sperm and Fertility

    Oct. 22, 2004 -- Men's as well as women's body size matters when it comes to fertility. New research suggests that obesity can reduce the quality of men's sperm as well as lower a woman's chances of successfully conceiving a child using in vitro fertilization. Danish researchers found men who are ov

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  6. Soy Unlikely to Affect Women's Fertility

    Oct. 19, 2004 -- Eating a diet rich in soy or taking soy supplements probably won't harm a woman's fertility, according to a new study. Researchers found female monkeys who took soy supplements containing twice the level of the plant estrogens eaten by Asian women for a year did not experience any n

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  7. Freezing Eggs for Future Babies Isn't Easy

    Sept. 28, 2004 -- Although babies born using frozen eggs may grab the headlines and offer hope to women attempting to preserve their fertility, researchers say there is still plenty of room for improvement with this still-evolving technique. A new Italian study shows the process of freezing and thaw

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  8. Secrecy May Hurt Donor Insemination Families

    Aug. 4, 2004 -- Not telling children that were born as a result of donor insemination about how they were conceived may create tension and problems in the family later on, a new study suggests. British researchers found mothers in families that told or planned on telling their children about how the

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  9. High-Protein Diet May Hurt Pregnancy Chances

    June 29, 2004 -- A study in mice suggests that following a high-protein diet may make it more difficult for women to get pregnant, but researchers say the findings must be confirmed in human studies. In a presentation Monday to a European fertility group, researcher David Gardner, PhD, reported impa

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  10. Khat Plant May Enhance Male Fertility

    June 29, 2004 -- Chemicals found in the leaves of the African khat plant may help enhance male fertility by revving up men's sperm. Researchers tested the effects of the chemicals on mouse and human sperm and found that they stimulate the final stage of sperm maturation when the sperm develops the a

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