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Octomom Fertility Doc's License Hearing to Begin

The Washington Post,  Oct 18, 2010
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Dr. Michael Kamrava could have his license revoked or suspended

The doctor who helped Nadya Suleman conceive her octuplets and six other children through in vitro fertilization faces allegations of negligence at a licensing hearing.

Dr. Michael Kamrava could have his license to practice medicine revoked or suspended as a result of Monday's Medical Board of California hearing.

The Beverly Hills physician is accused of several instances of negligence, including implanting too many embryos in Suleman, whose moniker "Octomom" is a reference to the octuplets he helped her conceive.

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Judge Leaves Stem Cell Ban in Place

ABC News,  Sept 8, 2010
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Researchers worry progress will be slowed; patients will have longer wait for new

New federally funded research on human embryonic stem cells remains blocked after a federal judge left in place a temporary injunction he issued on Aug. 23. The ruling puts research projects from coast to coast in limbo.

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Patient with Polycystic Ovary Disease Has Twins Thanks to Fertility Treatment

ABC 2,  Sept 7, 2010
Looking at fertility challenges and the options for treatment

Starting a family is exciting. But it doesn't come easy for everyone.

This week, ABC2 will take a look at the challenges some couples face when trying to have children and the options that are out there for them.

We start this week's fertility series with the story of a local couple that went through immense heartache before welcoming their bundles of joy.

The sweet giggles, those crystal blue eyes, and pudgy little fingers. Life for Glenn and Joann Acton couldn't be better.

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Stress Biomarker Linked to Lower Probability of Conception

Modern Medicine,  Aug 25, 2010
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Women with high salivary alpha-amylase levels have reduced chances of conceiving

Elevation of a stress biomarker, salivary alpha-amylase, is associated with a reduction in a woman's chances of conceiving during the fertile part of her monthly cycle, according to research published online Aug. 5 in Fertility and Sterility.

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NIH Cuts Off Stem Cell Funding after Court Order

The Washington Post,  Aug 25, 2010
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Fears of freeze in federal support for stem cell research come true

The National Institutes of Health announced Tuesday that it has suspended funding new human embryonic stem cell research and that all federally funded experiments already underway will be cut off when they come up for renewal if a new court order is not overturned.

The announcement - which confirmed fears among proponents that the ruling would result in a comprehensive freeze in federal support for stem cell research - came in response to a court order Monday barring the government from funding the research because it involves the destruction of embryos.

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Judge Stops Federal Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

CNN,  Aug 23, 2010
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U.S. district judge granted a preliminary injunction that goes against congress

Washington (CNN) — A U.S. district judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that he said destroys embryos, ruling it went against the will of Congress.

The ruling by Judge Royce C. Lamberth was a blow to the Obama administration, which last year issued guidelines to allow federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Lamberth's ruling said all embryonic stem cell research involves destroying embryos, which violates the Dickey-Wicker Amendment included in federal spending bills.

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Sperm-Donors' Kids Seek More Rights and Respect

The Washington Post,  Aug 15, 2010
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An increasingly outspoken generation of donor-conceived children

NEW YORK -- Katrina Clark and Lindsay Greenawalt have much in common. Bright women in their 20s, raised by single mothers, keenly curious about the men whose donated sperm helped give them life.

Clark's search for her father succeeded after only a month, though with a bittersweet aftermath. Greenawalt is still searching, seven years after she started - persisting despite doubts and frustrations.

"I've dreamt of you since I was a little girl," Greenawalt wrote to her unknown dad in a Father's Day blog posting in June. "There are so many things I want to know about you."

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This Woman Has a Secret

Self,  July 21, 2010
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It's infertility, which strikes one in eight American couples

Lisa scans the room for an empty seat. Save for the disembodied voices of unseen nurses summoning patients into exam rooms, the place is excruciatingly quiet. The clouds outside the floor-to-ceiling windows cast a pallor onto the walls, the furniture and the faces of some 40 women waiting at the Perelman Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

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