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Weight, age and gender

October 14th, 2006

Article about the effects of weight,age and gender on infertility:

“In fact, a study released yesterday shows research on the repercussions of female ageing on fertility has produced 981 papers since 1952, while study on the male impact has been a mere 10 papers - the first published in 1982. ”

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Tony Abbott and IVF study

October 13th, 2006

AUSTRALIA - “THE Health Minister, Tony Abbott, is under pressure to release a report which is believed to recommend an expansion of Medicare funding for in vitro fertilisation services, a treatment he is opposed to.”

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Male infertility report

October 13th, 2006

“Male infertility is emerging as a crucial factor for couples battling to have babies, but only a tiny fraction of them realise that men’s procreative punch also droops with age.

More than a third of IVF treatments are for men over 40, but only 2 per cent of people think male infertility is the problem, the first national survey of its kind has found.”

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Obesity in men may be linked to infertility

October 4th, 2006

“A man’s infertility could be directly linked to his body weight, a current American-based study reveals. Data from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) suggests that overweight men are significantly more likely to be infertile than normal-weight men, and that for every 20-pound body weight gain in men there is a ten per cent increase in infertility.”

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Exercise may effect IVF outcomes

October 3rd, 2006

“Researchers have found that women who continue to exercise while they are trying to conceive using IVF may reduce their chances of conception. The research, published in the October issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, found that women who regularly exercised for more than four hours per week - and who had done so for one to nine years previously - were 40 per cent less likely to have successful IVF treatment than women who didn’t exercise.”

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Experts demand that women over 50 be denied fertility treatment

September 19th, 2006

The British Fertility Society conference was told that older women having IVF and other procedures faced higher health risks, as did their babies.

The meeting in Glasgow also heard that denying them treatment was age discrimination and a human-rights abuse. But a majority of delegates backed a motion that fertility treatment should not be available to women over 50. There is no legal age limit, but most clinics are unwilling to treat women over 46.

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Women in 30s should freeze eggs

September 15th, 2006

Women in their early 30s thinking of delaying motherhood should be offered the option of freezing their eggs, a fertility specialist has said.

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Biopsy Doubles Success Rate For IVF Babies

September 14th, 2006

A team at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot Israel have discovered that biopsy (presumably of the uterus) doubles the success rate of implanting embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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New method for retrieving embryonic stem cells

August 29th, 2006

“Biologists have developed a technique for establishing colonies of human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, a method that, if confirmed in other laboratories, would seem to remove the principal objection to stem cell research”

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Male Infertility

August 28th, 2006

“Leading reproductive experts warn us that we are facing a “fertility time-bomb”, both in Australia and other developed countries such as the UK and many European nations.”

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Sperm count and mobile phone use

November 1st, 2006

“A new study has reported its findings that heavy mobile phone use is correlated to a decline in male fertility. The study, led by Dr Ashok Agarwal, and reported at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in New Orleans, found that men who talked on their mobile phones for more than four hours a day had lower sperm counts than infrequent, or non-users of mobile phones.”

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Guidelines for embryo transfers (US)

October 31st, 2006

“The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the US Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) have issued new guidelines limiting embryo transfer during IVF procedures to reduce the occurrence of multiple births. Announced at the annual ASRM meeting, held in New Orleans last week, the revised guidelines recommend that no more than two embryos should be transferred to women under 35 during a single cycle of IVF treatment, and that clinics should consider the possibility of transferring only one. For older women the recommended number of embryos increases, but to no more than five. The guidelines state that for women aged between 35 and 37, up to three embryos should be transferred, with up to four recommended for women aged between 37 and 40, and no more than five for women over 40.”

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Sperm count and anti-depressants

October 31st, 2006

“Researchers at Cornell Medical Center in New York have discovered that commonly prescribed anti-depressants may have the unwanted side effect of drastically lowering male sperm count. Tests were conducted on two men over a two year period, during which time their sperm count changed from normal before taking the anti-depressants, to almost zero after taking the medicines. The sperm count of both men recovered to normal levels once use of the drugs was discontinued.”

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Bleeding in pregnancy misunderstood

October 29th, 2006

More than half of women who bleed during pregnancy go on to miscarry their baby - and too many wrongly blame themselves for the loss, a fertility expert says.

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Mobile phone use link to male infertility

October 28th, 2006

Men who spent hours talking on their mobile phone had significantly lower sperm counts than usual, according to a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference.

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IVF babies as stem cell donors for siblings

October 22nd, 2006

“A new study is to focus on the issues surrounding the creation of genetically selected babies to become stem cell donors for sick brothers and sisters.”

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Male infertility pill

October 22nd, 2006

AN Australian scientist has developed a revolutionary pill for men, which has doubled the pregnancy rates of infertile couples.

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UK - reducing multiple IVF pregnancies

October 21st, 2006

“Experts are expected to recommend today that fertility doctors try to prevent twin and triplet pregnancies. Doctors will be advised that multiple births are so risky for the mother and babies that in most cases they should only place one embryo in the womb.”

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Bionews - Finnish fertility laws, older woman & IVF, fertility survey

October 19th, 2006

From Bionews -

* Donor recruitment: change attitudes, not the law

* Finland passes new fertility legislation

* HFEA head speaks out on older mums and SET

* New Australian survey of fertility views

Embryo conference - report

August 27th, 2006

Report from a recent conference called “Talking Embryos” - discussing the social role of embryos.

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Men are now as likely as women to be the infertile partner

August 22nd, 2006

“European males are now, for the first time, more likely to be the infertile half of couples attending fertility clinics, according to a report last year from the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology.In Australia, it’s thought men are just as likely to be the cause as their partner, but male infertility is rising faster and may soon become the main cause.”

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Defining the human embryo

July 26th, 2006

From Bionews:

Discussion of a paper from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council entitled: ‘Human Embryo - A biological definition’.

Britain moves to outlaw social sex selection

July 22nd, 2006

From the BBC:

Choosing the sex of babies for social reasons will be banned, Health Minister Caroline Flint has said.

The government intends to change the law to outlaw sex selection for non-medical reasons, she said.”

Security tagging to prevent IVF mix ups

July 20th, 2006

A British fertility clinic has become the first in the world to introduce electronic security tagging to prevent mix-ups involving embryos, sperm and eggs.

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No physical health problems for ICSI children - conference paper

June 19th, 2006

From BioNews:

Bionews reports from the the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual conference about a Belgian study that shows that children born from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are still developing well 8 years after birth (ICSI was introduced in 1991). This study looks at physical development.

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Embryo quality and IVF success

June 7th, 2006

The quality of the embryos created and not the quantity put back is the key to IVF success according to a study from Finland.

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Folic acid link to multiple births

May 8th, 2006

Increasing dietary intake of folic acid could result in more women giving birth to twins after IVF treatment, UK researchers report.

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in vitro maturation - new technique

April 13th, 2006

from The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

"WOMEN who get seriously sick from IVF treatment will soon be offered a
less invasive technique - in vitro maturation"

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