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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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