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Women's Lung Cancer Risk Not Tied to Childbirth

Baltimore Sun,  Dec 26, 2011

A woman's lung cancer risk doesn't appear to be linked to the number of children she has, although some scientists had thought hormonal changes during pregnancy might protect against the disease. That's according to a new report that sums up 16 previous studies on the topic, which researchers have explored to get a better understanding of lung cancer and possible treatments.

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Coenzyme Q10 Supplement Touted as a Way to Increase Fertility

CTV News,  Dec 26, 2011

A study presented earlier this year by Canadian researchers has created a bit of a buzz in the fertility world when the reported that a supplement found in most health food stores — Coenzyme Q10 — might have the power to slow the aging of eggs in mice. Now, another preliminary fertility study by Dr. Robert Casper and colleagues at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and Mount Sinai Hospital has shown good results in reducing the aging of eggs in mice. They found that when CoQ 10 was given to 52-week-old mice — about mid-age for a mouse — their eggs appeared to rejuvenate.


12 Fertility New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

What You Didn’t Know You Should Do for Fertility

a blog by the Fertility Doctors at Fertility Centers of Illinois, December 21, 2011

With the start of a new year there are always well-intended resolutions to follow. Some of those resolutions may be aimed at increasing your fertility. Here are some little-known fertility boosting tips you may not be aware of, as well as others you may want to work on. Kevin Lederer, M.D., a fertility doctor with Fertility Centers of Illinois, has detailed 12 New Year’s resolutions for couples to add to their 2012 checklist.

“There are many health and well-being basics which couples are aware of, but other small changes can help increase fertility," he explains. "Couples can start these tips in the New Year to become happier, healthier and more fertile.

Today's Worry: Mountain Dew and Your Fertility

As if there wasn't enough to worry about during the holiday season, now you can add Mountain Dew to the list of concerns. The favorite soda of teenagers, especially those with an affinity for "gaming," could be bad for your fertility.

Spacing Kids at Least Two Years Apart Makes Older One Smarter

Time,  Nov 21, 2011

Older children who are born at least two years before a younger sibling's debut are smarter, according to research that is due to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Human Resources. They score higher on math and reading tests than children born closer together. The findings are likely to be of interest to parents who are thinking about expanding their family.

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U.S. Birth Rates Dip with the Economy, Plummet for Young Women, CDC Report

Washington Post,  Nov 17, 2011

U.S. births dropped for the third straight year — especially for young mothers — and experts think money worries are the reason. A federal report released Thursday showed declines in the birth rate for all races and most age groups. Teens and women in their early 20s had the most dramatic dip, to the lowest rates since record-keeping began in the 1940s. Also, the rate of cesarean sections stopped going up for the first time since 1996.

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It's Not Women's Careers that Delay Children, Says Study

Herald Sun,  Nov 8, 2011

A study published this month in the Journal of Population Health found most women aged between 30 and 34 want to have children, but could not for reasons often out of their control. It dispelled the image of hordes of "selfish" women deferring children for their careers. Only 20 of the 569 Australian women surveyed by Jean Hailes for Women's Health researchers said they did not want to have any children.

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What's Your Fertility Age?

The Sun,  Nov 2, 2011

Sun Woman asked five women between 25 and 32 to take tests to give a UK snapshot of fertility. The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) Test gives an estimate of the woman's remaining egg supply, or "ovarian reserve." The shocking results revealed four out of the five women had a LOW egg reserve result.

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ASRM Conference IVF Research Round-Up

The latest news on in vitro fertilizaton

At the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Orlando, several interesting new studies have been presented on in vitro fertilization (IvF). Here's a round-up.

Reducing the number of multiple births. The Practice Committees of the ASRM and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) issued a report calling for an increase in the use of elective single embryo transfer (SET) in good prognosis patients undergoing IVF. The committee examined a variety of studies to evaluate single vs. double embryo transfers. They concluded that in good prognosis patients transferring one embryo could dramatically reduce the rate of multiples while maintaining high pregnancy rates.Factors the committee cited for determining if the patient was a good candidate for single embryo transfer included:

  • patient under 35
  • more than one high quality embryo available for transfer
  • women in their first or second IVF treatment cycle
  • women with prior successful IVF cycles
  • recipients of donated eggs


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