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A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?
Monkey study shows injected gel may one day be alternative to traditional vasectomy
February 7, 2017
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Additional antibiotic reduces infection rates by 50% for women who have cesarean delivery
Physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues have discovered that administering the antibiotic azithromycin alongside the standard recommended antibiotic regimen, cefazolin, reduces infection rates by 50 percent for women who have a non-elective cesarean delivery.
September 28, 2016
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Adolescent birth rate drops across all racial groups, annual report shows
America's Children report also finds improvements in child education, health care.
July 13, 2016
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Adolescent female offspring could be rescued from negative effects of poor maternal diet during pregnancy
Here's some good news if you are female: Research published online in the FASEB Journal, shows that in mice, what is eaten during adolescence or childhood development may alter long-term behavior and learning, and can even "rescue" females from the negative effects on behavior resulting from a poor maternal diet during pregnancy.
February 24, 2017
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Advanced imaging technique could help select embryos most viable for successful pregnancy
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have successfully trialed a new technique that could aid the process of choosing the "best" embryo for implantation, helping to boost the chances of pregnancy success from the very first IVF cycle.
August 26, 2016
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Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring
Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing Diabetes as adults, according to a new study.
April 3, 2017
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Androgens more important for ovarian development, study suggests
Scientists have discovered that the male "androgen" hormone is an important element in the ovarian development of female chicken embryos, more so than in the development of male testes.
March 23, 2017
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Antidepressive treatment during pregnancy can affect newborn brain activity
Fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns, new research shows. the researchers suggest that the effects of drugs on fetal brain function should be assessed more carefully. Furthermore, indications for preventive medication should be critically evaluated, and non-pharmacological interventions should be the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety during pregnancy.
June 15, 2016
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Antipsychotic Meds Pose Little Danger to Fetus
Researchers report no significant rise in defects for babies exposed during first trimester
August 17, 2016
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Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy
No higher rates of complications seen in babies when mom took these meds after 22 weeks of pregnancy
March 1, 2017
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Artificial Womb Improves Survival and Health of Premature Lambs
Extreme premature infants are babies that are born before 28 weeks of gestation. Recent technological advances have ensured that these children have improved survival rates; however, babies born around 22-23 weeks of gestation typically have higher rates of chronic lung disease and other complications due to immaturity of their organs. Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have now published a study in Nature Communications that describes a system that closely reproduces the environment of the womb.
May 1, 2017
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Aspirin may help increase pregnancy chances in women with high inflammation, NIH study finds
A daily low dose of aspirin may help a subgroup of women, those who have previously lost a pregnancy, to successfully conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, according to an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. the women who benefited from the aspirin treatment had high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a substance in the blood indicating system-wide inflammation, which aspirin is thought to counteract. the study appears in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
February 7, 2017
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At-Home Fertility Test Turns your Smartphone Into World's Squirmiest Sea-Monkey Tank
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January 30, 2017
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Baby simulator dolls may encourage pregnancy in teenage girls
The use of dolls that mimic real babies may encourage rather than deter teenage girls from getting pregnant according to the results of a controlled randomized trial.
August 26, 2016
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Baby simulator programme ineffective in reducing risk of teenage pregnancy
A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention, published in the Lancet today.
August 26, 2016
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Be Alert for PTSD After Pregnancy Loss
45 percent of women who miscarried reported struggling with the mental disorder
November 2, 2016
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Best apps to track your fertility
Trying to put a bun in the oven? These ovulation and period trackers can help make that happen.
May 1, 2017
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BioCapt Single-Use Microbial Impactor helps minimize false positives, eliminate costly sterilization steps
The BioCapt® Single-Use Microbial Impactor, designed by and offered exclusively through Particle Measuring Systems, helps minimize false positives for microbial activity in pharmaceutical cleanrooms by reducing contamination from handling of microbial plates.
March 15, 2017
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Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika
CDC report also says too few babies are tested for the virus
April 4, 2017
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Blocking apoptotic response could preserve fertility in women receiving cancer treatments
Female cancer patients of reproductive age could preserve their fertility during radiation and chemotherapy through treatments that target the DNA damage response in oocytes (the cells that develop into eggs), an approach that works in animal models, say researchers.
May 16, 2016
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Boy babies more likely to experience complications at birth than girls
New research led by the University of Adelaide has confirmed that boy babies are much more likely to experience potentially life-threatening outcomes at birth than girls.
July 11, 2016
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Boys via Fertility Treatment May Have Weak Sperm
Procedure that injects sperm into egg was linked with lower quantity and quality of offspring's sperm
October 7, 2016
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Breakthrough: Scientists create mouse embryo
Because stem cells have the ability to transform into many different types of cells during the body's early development, embryonic stem cell research offers unique insights into how an organism grows from a single cell. for the first time, scientists have now been able to create a mouse embryo entirely artificially.
March 3, 2017
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C-Section Raises Risk of Postpartum Blood Clots
Chances highest among those getting emergency cesareans
October 4, 2016
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Can you be Pregnant and not Know It?
You've probably heard a story about it at least once: a woman who didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labor. your first thought? how is it possible to not know you're carrying a baby?
July 19, 2016
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Cesarean-section leaves women more vulnerable to VTE than vaginal delivery
Women are four times more likely to suffer a VTE after a cesarean-section compared to a vaginal birth, according to a new study in CHEST®
September 22, 2016
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'Cervical Stitch' Success May Depend on Thread
Common procedure is performed to prevent preterm laborThe type of thread used in a procedure to prevent preterm labor may influence odds for stillbirth and preterm birth, researchers report.
August 03, 2016
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Changes in the brain's pleasure center may decrease physical activity in postmenopausal women
As women enter menopause, their levels of physical activity decrease; for years scientists were unable to determine why. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found a connection between lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the brain's pleasure center, a hotspot in the brain that processes and reinforces messages related to reward, pleasure, activity and motivation for physical exercise.
July 28, 2016
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Common screening tests unsuitable for predicting preterm births
Preterm birth causes a significant number of infant deaths both in the United States and worldwide. a new study investigates the accuracy of two methods for predicting preterm birth in first-time mothers.
March 14, 2017
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Common tests for preterm birth not useful for routine screening of first-time pregnancies
Two methods thought to hold promise in predicting preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies identified only a small proportion of cases and do not appear suitable for widespread screening, according to a large study by a National Institutes of Health research network.
March 14, 2017
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Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus
Finding should reassure women who get Tdap shot to help protect their infant against whooping cough
November 1, 2016
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Concerns about weight gain may affect contraception choices
Concerns about weight gain may be driving contraception choices, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Women who are overweight or obese are less likely than normal-weight women to use the birth control pill and other hormonal contraceptive methods.
November 17, 2016
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Cost-effective modified natural cycle IVF offers hope to young couples with fewer financial resources
Researchers at University of Southern California (USC) Fertility at Keck Medicine of USC have determined that modified natural cycle in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a more cost-effective fertility method than controlled ovarian stimulation and traditional IVF.
October 19, 2016
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Couples with obesity may take longer to achieve pregnancy, NIH study suggests
Couples in which both partners are obese may take from 55 to 59 percent longer to achieve pregnancy, compared to their normal weight counterparts, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. the findings appear online in Human Reproduction.
February 3, 2017
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Daily consumption of dairy products during pregnancy reduces risk of having low birth weight babies
A study led by the University of Granada (UGR) has linked the consumption of dairy products (milk, fresh cheese, yogurt or cottage cheese) during pregnancy with a lower risk of having a low birth weight newborn. the research, published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, suggests that for every increase of 100 grams in the daily consumption of dairy products, the risk of small-for-gestational-age infants is reduced by 11 percent.
March 9, 2017
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Daylight Savings Time May Affect IVF Success
Rates of miscarriage higher for those with a previous miscarriage
February 10, 2017
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Depression in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes
A two-way link between depression and gestational Diabetes has been uncovered by researchers. Women who reported feeling depressed during the first two trimesters of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to an analysis of pregnancy records.
September 19, 2016
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Depression in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes, NIH study finds
Women with gestational Diabetes at risk for postpartum depression.
September 19, 2016
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Depressive symptoms may affect fertility of women
Women with severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, while the use of psychotropic medications does not appear to harm fertility, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows.
May 25, 2016
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Diamond publishes milestone paper that reveals discovery of genetic triggers behind birth defects
Researchers at the UK's national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, have just published the 5000th scientific paper using data from the facility. this milestone marks a significant step for the synchrotron that is used by over 8,000 scientists each year.
October 7, 2016
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Disrupted immunity in fetal brain is linked to neurodevelopmental disorders
Findings in mice may help explain how viral infection during pregnancy raises the risk of autism, schizophrenia in offspring
June 27, 2016
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Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?
Those who give birth at age 25 or older more likely to live to 90, study suggests
November 17, 2016
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Do-it-yourself sperm-counting centrifuge gets FDA approval
Take your semen for a spin!
July 1, 2016
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Drinking in pregnancy: Excess transcription factor Heat Shock Factor 1 can delay embryonic neural migration
Finding in preclinical model raises questions about neural risks for infants when pregnant mothers drink
May 2, 2017
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Early period may indicate risk of Diabetes during pregnancy
Gestational Diabetes affects a significant number of mothers. It is not yet known what causes the disease, but new research suggests that the age at which a woman experienced her first period may play a role.
March 6, 2017
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Eclampsia: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
Eclampsia is a serious medical condition that affects women during pregnancy. While symptoms often appear during pregnancy as a condition known as preeclampsia, the condition can go undetected until it develops into eclampsia. this can create additional complications during pregnancy.
March 9, 2017
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Editing preferences of enzymes may play role in infertility and cancer
To "turn off" particular regions of genes or protect them from damage, DNA strands can wrap around small proteins, called histones, keeping out all but the most specialized molecular machinery. Now, new research shows how an enzyme called KDM4B "reads" one and "erases" another so-called epigenetic mark on a single histone protein during the generation of sex cells in mice. the researchers say the finding may one day shed light on some cases of infertility and cancer.
November 28, 2016
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Enzyme's 'editing' preferences have implications for infertility, cancer
To "turn off" particular regions of genes or protect them from damage, DNA strands can wrap around small proteins, called histones, keeping out all but the most specialized molecular machinery. Now, new research shows how an enzyme called KDM4B "reads" one and "erases" another so-called epigenetic mark on a single histone protein during the generation of sex cells in mice. the researchers say the finding may one day shed light on some cases of infertility and cancer.
November 28, 2016
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Even 'healthy' weight gain raises pregnancy Diabetes risk
Mothers who gain weight in the years leading up to pregnancy have an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Women gaining more than 2.5 percent of their body weight each year tripled their risk of gestational Diabetes compared to women who maintained a stable weight. this risk doubled for women with a small weight gain (1.5 to 2.5 percent). Even women with small weight gains within the healthy BMI range doubled their risk of gestational diabetes.
April 4, 2017
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Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain and Complication Risk
Study found no benefit, suggesting that obesity's effects on a pregnancy may begin before conception
January 27, 2017
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Experts propose guidelines to offer clarity for disputes over frozen embryos
In at least 11 cases over the last 24 years, including the appeal of a Missouri case heard in June, U.S. courts have grappled with difficult arguments between men and women who fertilized and froze embryos together, but then disagreed about whether they should be gestated and born. the scattered case law has resolved little, creating a need for common ground rules that could prevent such disputes.
July 19, 2016
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Extreme temperatures could increase preterm birth risk
NIH researchers find more preterm births among women exposed to extremes of hot and cold.
August 31, 2016
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Fat Near Heart a Hazard for Postmenopausal Women
Study ties 'paracardial' fat to raised risk of hardening of the arteries
January 31, 2017
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FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control
A drawback to one form is that it isn't effective until 3 months after placement
November 18, 2016
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Fertility awareness apps not smart enough in helping women plan for pregnancy
You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. a review of nearly 100 fertility awareness apps finds that most don't employ evidence-based methodology.
June 30, 2016
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Fertility Facts for Men
Healthy sperm are essential to fathering a child. But they're not a given.
June 16, 2016
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Fertility treatment failure may harm women's heart health
Researchers found that women who did not become pregnant after undergoing gonadotropin-based fertility therapy - treatment often used in preparation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies - were at greater risk of heart failure and stroke than those whose fertility therapy was successful.
March 13, 2017
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Fertility Treatments, Older Moms and Birth Defects
In vitro fertilization cut the rate in half for women over 40, study finds
October 17, 2016
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Fertility: Out of gas and low on sperm?
Genetic key to self-renewal of reproductive cells uncovered
December 27, 2016
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Fetal genomic sequencing could enhance detection rate of genetic findings, study shows
In a study to be presented Thursday, Jan. 26, in the oral plenary session at 8 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Columbia University Medical Center in New York found that, in preliminary data, fetal genomic (whole exome) sequencing (WES) as a diagnostic test for women with pregnancies complicated by major fetal congenital anomalies increased the detection rate of genetic findings by between 10 to 30 percent.
January 23, 2017
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First Baby Born with DNA from 3 Parents
Technique designed to help couples who carry rare genetic mutations
September 28, 2016
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First real-time study to test effectiveness of fertility app
In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) are recruiting as many as 1,200 women to study, in real time, a smartphone app that calculates a woman's chance for pregnancy on a daily basis.
June 27, 2016
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Fitbit Alta HR review: Everything I need
The Fitbit Alta HR isn't much of an upgrade over the original, but at $150, it's a pretty great fitness tracker.
April 11, 2017
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Folic acid intake during pregnancy could protect children from possible side-effect of antiepileptic drugs
If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits. the administration of folic acid preparations appears to be a suitable means of preventing this serious side-effect. this finding is suggested by a Norwegian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Copenhagen.
June 1, 2016
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Folic Acid Reaffirmed to Curb Birth Defects
Women of childbearing age should take 400 to 800 micrograms daily, task force recommends
January 10, 2017
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Misc. - G

Geneticists identify enzyme that regulates chromosome segregation during meiosis
GENETICISTS have identified an enzyme which regulates the production of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction.
August 10, 2016
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Ghanaian women with infertility more likely to experience relationship breakdown, research shows
Infertility is taking its toll on relationships in Ghana.
March 7, 2017
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Glucose supplementation shortens total length of induced labor, study finds
A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds that simple glucose supplementation reduces length of induced labor. the study (currently available online as an Article in Press, in advance of the May issue of the Journal), was initally presented two weeks ago at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting.
February 13, 2017
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Gore VIABAHN VBX Balloon Expandable Stent Graft First to Get FDA Approval for Iliac Arteries
Gore won FDA approval for its VIABAHN VBX endoprosthesis to be used in the iliac arteries, making it the only balloon expandable stent graft having such an indication. It can be used on new or restenotic lesions within the iliac, including at the aortic bifurcation. Previously, vascular surgeons were only able to do such procedures off-label, utilizing devices really developed for other applications.
February 3, 2017
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Half of Women Overweight Before Getting Pregnant
Excess weight puts mom and baby at risk, ob-gyn expert says
August 05, 2016
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Having Baby Too Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks
A suitable interval, plus proper nutrition, key to ensuring healthy mom and baby, study finds
October 19, 2016
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HHV-6A human herpesvirus infects uterus lining of women with unexplained infertility
A new study has found that the little-known member of the human herpesvirus family called HHV-6A infects the lining of the uterus in 43% of women with unexplained infertility but cannot be found in uterine lining of fertile women. the study was conducted by investigators at the University of Ferrara, Italy.
July 7, 2016
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High stress during ovulatory window reduces chances of conception in women
What many have long suspected, has been scientifically confirmed - women's high stress reduces their probability of conception.
September 13, 2016
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Higher EPA and DHA omega-3 levels linked to lower risk of death in postmenopausal women
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that higher levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in red blood cells were associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality in postmenopausal women. the study specifically examined associations with the omega-3 index, a measure of EPA and DHA levels in red blood cells. Over a 15-year period, the research found that women ages 65 to 80 with omega-3 blood levels in the highest quartile were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause than those in the lowest quartile.
February 21, 2017
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Higher rate of IV fluids decreases number of c-sections, shortens overall length of labor
Labor is an intensely strenuous activity, with the uterine muscle contracting every few minutes to reposition a baby through the pelvis and down the birth canal. Even low levels of dehydration can seriously compromise normal physiological function, yet recent studies looking at hydration in laboring women via the rates of intravenous (IV) fluid showed conflicting results.
March 15, 2017
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Highly sensitive and effective tool measures how your cells grow and divide
The improved sequencing tool reveals dynamic changes of poly(A) tails in eggs and embryos
July 28, 2016
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Home Birth Safe for Some, But not All, Women
Certain factors make home delivery too chancy, pregnancy experts say
April 21, 2017
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Hormone levels in hair can predict chances of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF treatment
Levels of a hormone when measured in hair can significantly predict the likelihood of pregnancy in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, scientists at the University of Nottingham have revealed.
October 18, 2016
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How and when to take a pregnancy test
Pregnancy tests help women to determine if they are pregnant. These tests work by picking up on markers in urine or blood that indicate pregnancy.
March 19, 2017
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Identifying early markers of cardiac dysfunction in pregnancy
Study looks at women with and without preeclampsia
January 23, 2017
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Immigration fears among Latina mothers linked to lower birth weight babies
With deportation and discrimination fears currently on the minds of many in the United States, a University of Michigan study shows that the stress from an historic immigration raid is associated with Latina mothers delivering babies with lower birth weights, and sometimes early.
January 24, 2017
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Immobilisation after intrauterine insemination has no beneficial effect on pregnancy rates in women
Despite the positive results of small studies and a widely held belief in its benefit, the practice of keeping female patients immobilised after intrauterine insemination has no beneficial effect on pregnancy rates, according to results of a large randomised study presented here at the Annual Meeting of ESHRE in Helsinki. "Indeed," said investigator Joukje van Rijswijk from the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, "it even tends to the opposite."
July 5, 2016
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In a first, mouse eggs grown from skin cells
Lab technique re-creating ovary conditions in a dish needs refinement
October 17, 2016
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In utero conditions can affect a teen's brain development
Factors such as placement in the womb and access to nutrition impact cortical structure
January 24, 2017
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Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Women who experienced nausea, vomiting had 50 to 75 percent lower risk of pregnancy loss, study finds
September 23, 2016
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IVF Specialists Visualize Embryos in 5K Ultra-HD Video Using RED Camera
This week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, doctors got a chance to check out the first 5K ultra-HD video of eggs, sperm, and embryos.
October 20, 2016
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IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer
New findings should reassure the many women who undergo the fertility procedure, specialists said
July 19, 2016
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Misc. - L

Lab-on-a-chip designed to predict woman's risk of preterm birth
In the United States alone, a half million babies are born preterm; worldwide, the number is an estimated 15 million. Complications associated with preterm birth are the no. 1 cause of death for children under 5, and those who live often face a range of health problems.
April 13, 2017
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Lack of Stem Cells: Key to Repeat Miscarriages?
Potential clues to recurrent loss might found in lining of uterus, researchers say
March 8, 2016
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Later Menstruation Start, Finish May Extend Life
Those with this pattern were more likely to live past 90, study suggests.
July 27, 2016
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'Love hormone' from insects could be used as drug lead to prevent uterine contractility in preterm labour
In a recent study published in "Scientific Reports", an international team of researchers led by MedUni Vienna report that an oxytocin-like neuropeptide ("inotocin") exhibited a specific pharmacological profile for the human receptors of oxytocin (known as the "love hormone") and vasopressin. at the same time, the researchers were able to show that a synthetic analogue of inotocin serves as a molecular tool for the fundamental understanding of biochemical signalling processes of oxytocin and vasopressin receptors and could possibly be used as drug lead molecule to develop pharmaceuticals for inhibiting preterm labour, for example.
February 1, 2017
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Male Birth Control Shot Promising, But Work Needed
Injections as effective as other contraceptives, but side effects prompted early halt of trial
October 27, 2016
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Marijuana use among pregnant women linked to low birth weight infants
In a new study, researchers in London, Ontario found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight than women who did not use marijuana.
April 27, 2017
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Maternal infections during pregnancy may alter genes key to prenatal brain development
If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection - but this self-defence mechanism may also have a small influence how her child's brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an international team of researchers has shown why this may be the case.
March 21, 2017
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Maternal smoking linked to increased risk for Tourette syndrome and tic disorders
A study published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found an association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and an increased risk for Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders. the link seems especially strong for complex presentations of Tourette syndrome in which two or more psychiatric disorders are present.
September 7, 2016
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Maternal stress during pregnancy could lead to premature biological ageing in offspring
The stress that some mothers experience during their pregnancies could influence the genetic makeup their babies are born with and, eventually, lead to premature biological ageing and associated age-related diseases. this is according to lead authors Tabea Send and Stephanie Witt of the Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg in Germany. the study is published in in Springer Nature's journal Neuropsychopharmacology and focuses on a person's DNA sequences called telomeres, which are essential for cellular replication.
April 11, 2017
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Medication-assisted treatment reduces negative health outcomes for pregnant women with OUD
Medication for addiction treatment with buprenorphine or methadone is an appropriate and accepted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD), according to a research review and update in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
April 17, 2017
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Mental Health Often Unaddressed with Infertility
'We're doing a terrible job of it,' researcher says
August 11, 2016
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Millions Have Condition that can Cause Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease often caused by sexually transmitted infections, CDC experts say
February 3, 2017
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Miscarriage risk may be higher with use of common antibiotics
A new study suggests that guidelines for antibiotic use during early pregnancy might need to be reviewed, after finding that some common classes of the drug could double the risk of miscarriage.
May 1, 2017
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Molecular alarm clock awakens ovules from resting period
At the start of reproductive life an ovary contains, on average, several thousands of immature ovules in a resting state that can last for several decades. But how does each resting ovule know that it is time to prepare for ovulation?
August 16, 2016
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Mothers with history of mental health disorders feel less ready for discharge from NICU, research shows
Each year, more than 450,000 babies are born preterm in the U.S., many of whom spend days, weeks or even months in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). the mothers of these infants are at increased risk for maternal mental health disorders including depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress, which could impact their transition home to care for their infant.
March 28, 2017
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Mouse eggs made from skin cells could lead to new fertility treatments for humans
An exciting step forward with several big limitations
October 17, 2016
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New article sheds light on women's beliefs about menstrual synchrony
Demystifying Menstrual Synchrony: Women's Subjective Beliefs About Bleeding in Tandem with other Women, an article recently published in Women's Reproductive Health, addresses the overlooked issue of why many women believe in menstrual synchrony. While there is a substantial body of scientific work on whether or not menstrual synchrony exists, far less work has examined why women believe in menstrual synchrony and the reasons they attribute to its existence.
August 04, 2016
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New explanation found for age-related female infertility
Infertility affects millions of couples in the United States, and age is one of the main factors that influence a person's ability to procreate. new research examines the genetic basis for age-related infertility in women and finds a potential new explanation for it.
April 3, 2017
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New Finnish study confirms harmful effects of maternal licorice consumption during pregnancy
A new Finnish study supports food recommendations for families with children in that women should avoid consuming large amounts of liquorice during pregnancy. the limit for safe consumption is not known.
February 3, 2017
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New LILETTA Single Handed IUD Inserter Unveiled to Improve Birth Control Options
Allergan, a well known pharma firm, and Medicines360, a nonprofit pharma firm focusing on women's issues, are releasing the new LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg intrauterine device single-handed inserter.
September 15, 2016
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New real-time imaging technique holds great potential in shaping assisted reproduction procedures
Researchers at A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have developed advanced microscopy technologies to monitor embryo development in real time, revealing how mammalian cells differentiate during the earliest stages of embryonic life. These findings, coupled with the novel imaging technique, hold great potential in shaping how assisted reproduction procedures such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)[1] and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)[2] are performed, and making these procedures more effective.
May 23, 2016
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New research now shows how molecular motors are transported into cilia
Molecular motors produce the force that powers the beat of sperm cell tails to generate movement toward the egg cell for fertilization. new research now shows how the molecular motors that power the movement of sperm cells are recognized and specifically transported into the tail region of the cell. this knowledge can pave the way for a better understanding of disease causing mutations causing sterility.
March 27, 2017
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New research reveals European women's attitudes towards sexual behaviours, emergency contraceptive pill
New research released on International Women's Day, reveals more than three in four European women (77%) are aware of the morning after pill as an option for managing the risk of an unplanned pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
March 8, 2016
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New SFU research could revolutionize IVF success rates
Over the past three years, Canadian women desperate to conceive a child endured more than 82,000 attempts to become impregnated using in vitro fertilization (IVF), a reproductive technique that fertilizes a woman's eggs outside of her body.
December 6, 2016
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New study shows some Catholic hospitals actively discourage referrals for reproductive services
Catholic hospitals, which represent a growing share of health care in the United States, prohibit staff from providing many common reproductive health services, including ones related to sterilization, contraception, abortion, and fertility. While professional ethics guidelines recommend that clinicians who deny patients reproductive services for moral or religious reasons provide a timely referral to prevent patient harm, a new study shows that some Catholic hospitals make it difficult for clinicians to do so.
August 05, 2016
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Nicotine exposure during pregnancy nearly twice as high as reported
More women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to research. the study reveals a significant gap between the number of local, pregnant mothers who report smoking during pregnancy and the number who test positive for nicotine exposure.
July 7, 2016
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NIH releases improved guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
A group of experts on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), organized by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), has produced proposed clinical guidelines for diagnosing FASD, which can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy.
August 10, 2016
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NIH study links morning sickness to lower risk of pregnancy loss
Comprehensive study confirms earlier reports.
September 23, 2016
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Novel evidence-based tool provides guidance for women on elective egg freezing
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine lifted the experimental status for egg freezing in October 2012, and since then the popularity of elective egg freezing has been on the rise. Although primarily intended for women whose fertility may be in jeopardy due to treatment for cancer or other illnesses, egg freezing has become an attractive option for women who are electively delaying childbearing for a variety of reasons.
February 7, 2017
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NSF awards grant to advance new diagnostic test for fatal gastrointestinal disease in pre-term infants
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen an LSU Health new Orleans team that developed a test for the early detection of a potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal disease affecting pre-term, low birthweight babies to receive expert guidance to move the technology forward. NSF awarded LSU Health new Orleans a $50,000 grant so the LSU Health new Orleans researchers led by Sunyoung Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health new Orleans School of Medicine, can participate in the national NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program in January 2017.
December 1, 2016
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Obese Couples May Take Longer to Conceive
His weight appears to affect pregnancy success, too, study finds
February 3, 2017
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OMT techniques can help decrease acute pain in postpartum women
Preliminary results demonstrate that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) helps reduce acute pain in postpartum women, regardless of whether they delivered vaginally or via cesarean. the study results published today the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
July 25, 2016
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One more reason to focus on prenatal care -- Stronger muscles for newborn babies
Malnutrition and stress negatively affect muscle stem cells in the fetus, and this could have life-long consequences, outlines a new report.
February 3, 2017
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Paternal diet affects cognitive skills of offspring, mice study shows
The father's lifestyle affects the cognitive skills of his offspring -- at least in mice. Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) have now shown that if male rodents are fed a diet rich in folic acid, methionine and vitamin B12, their progeny do not perform well in memory tests.
April 4, 2017
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Placenta protectors no match for toxic Strep B pigment
Bacterial weapon pokes holes in immune cells, study in monkeys shows
October 14, 2016
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Plastic manufacturing chemical BPS harms egg cells, study suggests
Bisphenol S, a chemical used to manufacture polycarbonate water bottles and many other products such as epoxy glues and cash receipts, is an increasingly common replacement for bisphenol A, the of which was discontinued because of concerns about its harmful effects on the reproductive system.
August 10, 2016
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Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk
Experts' advice to expectant mothers on marijuana use is same as for alcohol and tobacco: don't do it
May 25, 2016
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Pregnancy Flu Shot Protects Newborn for 8 Weeks
Effectiveness drops dramatically after that
July 5, 2016
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Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women
But absolute risk is very small; researchers not sure of reasons why
October 22, 2016
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Pregnancy Problems More Likely with Baby Boys?
Gender-related differences seem to start before birth
July 29, 2016
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Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy week by week presents you brief information on physiological changes in your body during the nine months of pregnancy, types of clinical examinations modes of assessments of fetal wellbeing, safe motherhood and diagnosis of pregnancy etc.
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Pregnancy: Why your Favorite Foods Gross you Out
You've heard about the off-the-wall cravings some women get during pregnancy. the legendary midnight runs for pickles and ice cream. the sudden, overpowering longing for watermelon or chips. you might even have had them yourself.
December 28, 2016
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Pregnant mother's family history linked to increased risk of preterm birth
If a pregnant mother has a family history of premature birth, she is at risk for a preterm birth of her baby, according to a new study by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center.
April 27, 2017
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Pregnant women shouldn't be afraid to take antibiotics
The link between antibiotics and miscarriage is murky--but infections are definitely bad
May 1, 2017
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Pubertal timing strongly linked to men's sexual and reproductive health
A new study finds a strong association between late onset of puberty and subsequent semen quality. this is the first study of its kind to investigate the influence of pubertal timing on male reproductive health. 1,068 healthy young Danish men participated in the study and provided information on the timing of puberty. this suggests that timing of pubertal onset may be a fundamental marker of male reproductive health. Men with a history of early puberty were shorter, had a higher BMI and were often smokers or exposed to prenatal tobacco smoke.
June 8, 2016
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Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth
Placement of IUD, contraceptive implant after delivery helps prevent accidental pregnancy, doctors advise
July 26, 2016
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Quality improvement interventions in hospitals linked to reduced Cesarean delivery rate
A new study led by clinician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has found that hospital-led interventions over a seven-year period were associated with a significant reduction in the hospital's Cesarean delivery rate.
January 27, 2017
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QUT study finds age and education may influence women in selecting sperm donors
With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a world-first QUT study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics considered.
July 7, 2016
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Research findings could provide framework for understanding fertilization mechanism
A Japanese research group has determined the crystal structure of the JUNO protein, an egg surface protein essential for fertilization. These structure-based mutational analyses elucidated a mechanism of the interaction between egg (JUNO protein) and sperm (IZUMO1) on a molecular level. These studies will provide a framework toward an understanding of the fertilization mechanism.
August 09, 2016
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Research shows how placenta umpires fight for nutrients between pregnant mother and foetus
New research provides the first clear evidence that the amount of nutrients transported to the foetus by the placenta adjusts according to both the foetal drive for growth, and the mother's physical ability to provide.
September 13, 2016
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Research reveals people in Sub-Saharan Africa satisfied with their sex lives
People in Africa's Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating -- reported by 18 percent of survey respondents -- being a perfect "10," according to Baylor University research to be presented Monday, Aug. 22, at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Seattle.
August 22, 2016
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Researchers develop mathematical formula to predict how large numbers of sperm swim
Researchers have developed a mathematical formula based on the rhythmic movement of a sperm's head and tail, which significantly reduces the complexities of understanding and predicting how sperm make the difficult journey towards fertilising an egg.
March 19, 2017
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Researchers develop new technique to image functional activity in the brains of fetuses
NIBIB-funded researchers at the University of Washington have pioneered an approach to image functional activity in the brains of individual fetuses, allowing a better look at how functional networks within the brain develop. the work addresses a common problem of functional MRI; if the subject moves during the scanning, the images get distorted.
October 13, 2016
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Researchers evaluate use of regenerative human umbilical cord for in-utero spina bifida repair
In a study to be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, in the oral concurrent session at 8:45 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers evaluated a possible regenerative patch by using human umbilical cord in two studies titled Cryopreserved Human Umbilical Cord (HUC) vs Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) for In-Utero Spina Bifida Repair and the study Conventional vs cryopreserved human umbilical cord (HUC) patch based on repair for in-utero spina bifida in a sheep model.
January 23, 2017
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Researchers find new insights into silencing of X-chromosomes in human embryos
Researchers have discovered new insights into how one of the two X-chromosomes is silenced during the development of female human embryos and also in lab-grown stem cells. X-chromosome silencing is essential for proper development and these findings are important for understanding how the activity of the X-chromosome is regulated to ensure the healthy development of human embryos.
December 16, 2016
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Researchers identify new gene mutation that leads to infertility in women
It has been estimated that more than 80 million people in the world have an unfulfilled desire to have children. But for every 10th couple, the reasons therefor remain unclear. Now, researchers from the Leibniz Institute on Aging (FLI) in Jena/Germany have, together with clinical partners, found a new gene mutation that obviously leads to infertility in women. the mutated gene WT1 plays an important role in the early embryonic development controlling proteins (especially proteases) that are needed for the successful nidation in mother's womb. the astonishing results were recently published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics.
March 28, 2017
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Researchers identify possible link between the environment and puberty
A possible epigenetic link between the environment and pubertal timing has been discovered by researchers. to a large extent, pubertal timing is heritable, but the underlying genetic causes are still unexplained. Researchers have now studied how chemical modifications of the human genome (so-called epigenetic modifications) change when girls and boys enter puberty. the results indicate that such epigenetic changes are involved in defining the onset of puberty.
June 28, 2016
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Researchers provide new insights into age-related female infertility
Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) have discovered a possible new explanation for female infertility. Thanks to cutting-edge microscopy techniques, they observed for the first time a specific defect in the eggs of older mice. this defect may also be found in the eggs of older women. the choreography of cell division goes awry, and causes errors in the sharing of chromosomes.
April 4, 2017
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Researchers put mouse embryos in suspended animation
Inhibition of molecular pathway lets mouse blastocysts survive for weeks in the lab
November 23, 2016
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Restoring Fertility with 3D Printers
One of 10 Insane Ideas that Just Might Save the World
August 18, 2016
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Risk of Birth Defects from Zika 20 Times Higher
Finding highlights importance of preventing infection during pregnancy, researchers say
March 2, 2017
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Routine Genital Herpes Screening not Recommended
Unless someone has symptoms, testing offers little benefit because the sexually transmitted disease has no cure
August 02, 2016
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Routine Tests Urged for Preeclampsia
Expert panel recommends blood-pressure check at every prenatal visit
April 25, 2017
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Scientists discover less invasive, cheaper technique to improve woman's chances of becoming pregnant
For those facing infertility, IVF has long been the established option to have a baby. now Australian and Belgian medical scientists have discovered how to improve a woman's chances of becoming pregnant using a less invasive and cheaper alternative.
August 23, 2016
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Scientists Have Created the First Artificial Embryo Without Using an Egg or Sperm
Using stem cells in grown-on 3D scaffolding in a laboratory petri dish, scientists have for the first time created an embryo made entirely from stem cells.
March 7, 2017
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Scientists test endometrial scratching technique in first-time IVF attempters
A new simple procedure which involves gently scratching the lining of the womb in the month before IVF treatment, potentially improving treatment success, is being tested on first-time IVF attempters in a groundbreaking study.
August 03, 2016
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Second-hand smoke exposures before conception affect fetal brain development
Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke -- even before conception -- appears to have a lingering impact that can later impair the brain development of a fetus, researchers at Duke Health report.
January 5, 2017
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Selenium deficiency could be possible risk factor for PPCM that affects pregnant women
Researchers have found a close link between selenium deficiency and Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), a heart disease that affects pregnant women and recent mothers. the study of patients in Nigeria also showed that rural women were three times more likely to develop the disease, according to a doctoral dissertation at Umea University.
May 16, 2016
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Six of the best pregnancy blogs for parents-to-be
Whether you are a first-time parent-to-be or a parenting expert, pregnancy often throws up a million and one questions that we depend on online pregnancy resources to answer. Pregnancy blogs cover anything and everything from weekly development guides to personal birth stories, so how do you know which ones are worth reading? we have trawled through hundreds of blogs to give you our six pregnancy blog must-reads.
March 15, 2017
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Sleep can Affect Male Fertility
Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy
October 19, 2016
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Small RNA molecules could contribute to serious pregnancy complication, study finds
A family of small RNA molecules affects the development of cells that give rise to the placenta - an organ that transfers oxygen and nutrients from mother to fetus -- in ways that could contribute to a serious pregnancy complication, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.
October 22, 2016
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Smartphone apps not so smart at helping users avoid or achieve pregnancy
You might not want to depend on your smartphone app alone to help you avoid or achieve pregnancy, say the authors of a new study. a review of nearly 100 fertility awareness apps finds that most don't employ evidence-based methodology.
June 30, 2016
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Smoking may have negative effects on sperm quality
A recent study found that that sperm of men who smoke has a greater extent of DNA damage than that of non-smokers.
June 22, 2016
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Some Antibiotics Linked to Miscarriage Risk
Study finds certain meds seem safer than others, but overall danger is low, researchers say
May 1, 2017
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Sperm self-sabotage to make sure mothers have a bigger influence on DNA
Roundworm embryos provide answers to a long-standing biological mystery
June 23, 2016
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Study compares alcohol consumption during pregnancy across European countries
A study among over 7000 women in 11 European countries shows the proportion of women in Europe who drink alcohol when they know they are pregnant is lowest in Norway and highest in the UK. the countries with the highest proportion of women who reported alcohol consumption during pregnancy were the UK (28.5 %), Russia (26.5 %) and Switzerland (20.9 %).
April 11, 2017
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Study demonstrates epigenetic link between environment and pubertal onset in humans
Danish researchers have discovered a possible epigenetic link between the environment and pubertal timing. to a large extent, pubertal timing is heritable, but the underlying genetic causes are still unexplained. Researchers have now studied how chemical modifications of the human genome (so-called epigenetic modifications) change when girls and boys enter puberty. the results indicate that such epigenetic changes are involved in defining the onset of puberty.
June 28, 2016
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Study finds no benefit, but possible harm, from drug used to prevent preterm births
A drug commonly prescribed to pregnant women with a history of delivering babies early provides no benefit. In fact, this drug may even increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
March 14, 2017
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Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause
A new study has found that women have better brainpower after menopause if they had their last baby after age 35, used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years or began their menstrual cycle before turning 13.
November 17, 2016
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Study finds potential gap in access to fertility services by LGBT persons
With the recent one-year anniversary of Obergefell vs Hodges--the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage--researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have published a report that identifies unequal online availability of educational materials regarding assisted reproductive technology.
August 16, 2016
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Study highlights need for effective support when pregnant women opt for C-section
A study involving over 6,500 pregnant women from 6 countries in northern Europe highlights a clear need for appropriate support and advice when cesarean section (c-section) is elected for non-medical reasons, and for the accurate communication of the risk and benefits of c-section birth.
July 27, 2016
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Study identifies early signs of heart changes for women with preeclampsia
In a study to be presented Friday, Jan. 27, in the oral concurrent session at 1:15 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, the Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers with the Maternal and Child Health Research Center and the Department of Cardiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, will present findings of a study titled Cardiac Dysfunction in Preeclampsia is Present at Diagnosis and Persists Postpartum.
January 23, 2017
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Study links repeated SSRIs during pregnancy to childhood language disorders
The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors at least twice during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of offspring developing a speech and/or language disorder, according to a study from Columbia University.
October 13, 2016
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Study reveals safety data for using antimalarials during first trimester of pregnancy
LSTM, University of Washington and international researchers publish the most comprehensive international analysis on artemisinin combination antimalarials safety in pregnancy
May 3, 2017
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Study reveals self-harm is leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Colorado
Self-harm was the leading cause of pregnancy-associated deaths in Colorado from 2004 to 2014, ahead of car crashes, medical conditions and homicide, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
December 9, 2016
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Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms
Researchers, including several University of Otago academics, have conducted the first trial of pelvic floor muscle training for the prevention of prolapse symptoms in women with early signs of prolapse several years after childbirth, publishing their findings in the world's leading medical journal the Lancet.
December 21, 2016
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Study suggests autologous EPC transfusion may prevent miscarriage in high-risk pregnancies
In a study focusing on the role of self-donated (autologous) bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in placental vascular development, researchers in Japan have discovered that when transplanted into pregnant mice, EPCs can contribute to better blood vessel growth that helps in forming "normalized" placental vascularization, leading, in turn, to reduced recurrent miscarriages by providing a healthier fetal environment during gestation.
August 30, 2016
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Study supports clinical utility of DNA-based prenatal blood test in all pregnant women
A DNA-based prenatal blood test used to screen pregnancies for Down syndrome and similar chromosome abnormalities in high-risk women has moved a step closer to use in the general pregnancy population. Researchers at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care new England hospital, have published a study in Genetics in Medicine that shows that this non-invasive test can be effectively and appropriately offered to all pregnant women, regardless of maternal age or risk factors, through primary obstetrical care providers.
February 3, 2017
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Study uses 3D motion capture to measure how pregnant women walk
Movie sets are normally the home of three-dimensional motion caption systems, but researchers used the same video recording system in a lab to measure the way pregnant women walk. this is the first research study to use 3D motion capture to create a biomechanical model of pregnant women. the results verify the existence of the "pregnancy waddle" and should enable future studies on how to make everyday tasks safer and more comfortable for pregnant women.
June 27, 2016
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Study: Women, mostly minorities lack pre-pregnancy nutrition
Black, Hispanic and less-educated women consume a less nutritious diet than their well-educated, white counterparts in the weeks leading up to their first pregnancy, according to the only large-scale analysis of preconception adherence to national dietary guidelines.
March 17, 2017
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SUNY Downstate professor provides tips for new mothers who experience severe hair loss
For new mothers concerned about hair loss, dermatologists say they needn't worry. Many women experience noticeable hair loss after having a baby, and experts say it is normal, temporary and caused by changes in hormones.
August 09, 2016
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Survival of the fittest sperm: how new technology may help infertile couples
Of the millions of sperm that enter the vagina, only about 10 make it to the egg, demonstrating how rigorous the natural sperm selection process really is. So how is it possible to select only the best sperm for assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization? That's what a researcher is aiming to do with a new device that can quickly, easily and cost effectively select the healthiest sperm without causing DNA damage.
June 16, 2016
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Surviving cancer may increase risk of birth complications
A recent study, published in JAMA Oncology, finds a link between surviving cancer and health risks for the survivors' future newborns. the study provides new information about this little-studied interaction.
March 23, 2017
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Three-Parent Baby Born to Infertile Couple
The first baby with DNA from three people to be born to infertile parents was announced by doctors in Ukraine.
January 19, 2017
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'Three-parent baby' boy healthy so far
Three other embryos created by technique had wrong chromosome count
October 19, 2016
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Trak, a Newly FDA approved At-Home Male Fertility Test
Sandstone Diagnostics, a Livermore, California company that spun out of the Sandia National Laboratories, won FDA clearance for the Trak male fertility system. the device allows men to measure the sperm count in their semen without having to go to the clinic. An accompanying smartphone app helps with tracking of the sperm count, but the testing device doesn't actually connect to the smartphone to transfer results and it has to be done manually.
June 10, 2016
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U.S. Maternal Death Rate is Rising
Up 27 percent since 2000 among pregnant women or new mothers, but better reporting may play a role
August 08, 2016
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U.S. Teen Births Hit another Record Low: CDC
Less sex, more contraception is the 'magic' formula, experts say
September 28, 2016
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UCLA urologist debunks 5 common myths about vasectomies
Men can be very concerned about what happens during, and after, a vasectomy - specifically how it will affect them personally. Dr. Jesse Mills, a clinical professor of urology and director of the Men's Clinic at UCLA, says the many myths surrounding the procedure can make men rethink what is often a smart choice for them.
July 20, 2016
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Updated position statement on noninvasive prenatal screening for detection of fetal aneuploidy
Addresses questions about expanded role of NIPS in prenatal practice
July 28, 2016
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Urologist sheds light on things that can be done to combat infertility
Urologist Dr. Jesse Mills believes not enough attention is paid to male infertility. He wants to shine a light on the causes of infertility and the things that can be done to combat the condition.
July 29, 2016
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Use of nicotine patches or Zyban drug during pregnancy benefits both mother and child
The results of a study conducted by Dr. Anick Berard, Professor and Fonds de recherche du Quebec - Sante Research Chair on Medications and Pregnancy, at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Ste-Justine University Hospital demonstrate that the use of nicotine patches or the drug Zyban has positive effects for the unborn child and allows pregnant women to stop smoking during and after pregnancy.
July 19, 2016
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Uterine glands vital for embryo growth, successful pregnancies
Uterine glands produce several key factors for pregnancies
February 6, 2017
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Uterine microbiota play a key role in implantation and pregnancy success in in vitro fertilization
Endometrial microbiota (bacteria in the uterine cavity) play an important role in determining whether women are able to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization (IVF), according to a new study.
December 6, 2016
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UTMB researchers unlock clues to understand signals that trigger labor and delivery process
In a normal full-term pregnancy, signals from the mature organs of the fetus and the aging placental membranes and placenta prompt the uterus' muscular walls to begin the labor and delivery process. it's still unclear how these signals accomplish this goal or how they reach from the fetal side to the maternal side.
August 03, 2016
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Vaccinating pregnant women protects newborns from whooping cough
When I was pregnant, my pronoun shifted automatically. My "I'' turned into "we,'' as in, "What are we going to eat for dinner?'' and, "Should we sit in that hot tub?'' I thought about that shift to the majestic plural as we got our Tdap shot in our third trimester.
April 12, 2017
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Walnut-enriched diet may improve sperm quality, animal research suggests
New animal research suggests eating a walnut-enriched diet may improve sperm quality by reducing lipid peroxidation, a process that can damage sperm cells. this form of cell damage harms sperm membranes, which are primarily made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). Walnuts are the only tree nut that are predominantly comprised of PUFAs (one ounce contains 13 grams of PUFAs out of 18 grams of total fat).
February 28, 2017
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Want to examine your semen? There's a device for that
All you need is your smartphone
March 22, 2017
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Weight gain within healthy BMI range increases gestational Diabetes risk in women
University of Queensland School of Public Health researcher Akilew Adane said women who gained more than 2.5 per cent of their body weight each year had almost triple the risk of gestational Diabetes compared to women who maintained a stable weight.
April 4, 2017
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Western diet during pregnancy may increase obesity risk in offspring
Diet composition around the time of pregnancy may influence whether offspring become obese, according to a new study using animal models at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).
December 14, 2016
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What can you Do When your Adoption Agency Goes Bankrupt?
Adopting a child can require years of effort and huge financial expenses, with no guarantee that all your efforts will turn out successfully. it's a lesson that thousands of hopeful parents are learning after the sudden bankruptcy of a large, national adoption agency.
March 7, 2017
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What happens in the cell nucleus after fertilization?
A team of scientists shows changes in the immediate environment of DNA after the ovum and sperm fuse to form the zygote. the results suggest why all conceivable somatic cells can develop from the germ cells.
December 6, 2016
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What pregnant women actually need to know about herpes
A reported link between herpes and autism isn't as scary as it sounds
February 22, 2017
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Why Do So Many Men Get Vasectomies During March Madness?
Maybe you're watching the NCAA men's basketball tournament on a small window on your work computer, or on your strategically placed smartphone at your desk. There's also a higher than usual chance that you're enjoying March Madness while recovering from your very recent vasectomy.
March 16, 2017
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Why tech offers better fertility benefits than other industries
Intel, Apple, Facebook, and Google cover employee fertility treatments such as IVF and egg freezing. Here's why they are paving the way for others.
December 21, 2016
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With racy sperm pics on a smartphone, men can easily test fertility
Device costs less than $5 and can accurately measure the number and speed of swimmers.
March 22, 2017
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Women have 29% chance of conceiving naturally after undergoing assisted conception, study finds
Women who have IVF/ICSI infertility treatments have a 29% chance of conceiving naturally within six years of the cessation of treatments. These are the findings of an Internet survey conducted by a group of gynaecologists presented in the journal Human Fertility.
July 25, 2016
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Women using contraception containing estrogen may have high vitamin D levels, study shows
Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
August 04, 2016
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Women who experience pain relief from epidural analgesia less likely to have postpartum depression
Epidural anesthesia may do more than relieve pain during labor; in some women it may decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression, suggests a preliminary study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2016 annual meeting.
October 26, 2016
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World's first licence for mitochondrial donation IVF may enable women to have disease-free babies
Eminent UK reproductive and genetics experts have become the first in the world licensed to provide a revolutionary IVF procedure using donor DNA -- which they spent decades developing -- enabling women carrying potentially fatal mitochondrial disease to have healthy, genetically-related babies.
March 19, 2017
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