Infertility Treatment in the Age of ZikaInfertility Treatment in the Age of Zika

Infertility specialists in Puerto Rico are struggling with how to advise women. Medscape Ob/Gyn
Source: Medscape ObGyn and Womens Health Headlines - Category: OBGYN Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Article Source Type: news

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In this study, female immunocompetent BALB/c mice were immunized with a DNA-based vaccine candidate, pVAX1-ZME, expressing the prM/E protein of ZIKV, and the immunogenicity for maternal mice and the post-natal protection for suckling mice were evaluated. It was found that administration with three doses of 50 μg pVAX1-ZME via in vivo electroporation induced robust ZIKV-specific cellular and long-term humoral immune responses with high and sustained neutralizing activity in adult mice. Moreover, using a maternal immunization protocol, neutralizing antibodies provided specific passive protection against ZIKV infection i...
Source: Vaccine - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Vaccine Source Type: research
Couples who have difficulty having a baby alter their travel plans to avoid areas where the Zika virus is endemic, but do not change their behavior when it comes to conception, new research shows.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news
AbstractSTUDY QUESTIONAre specific gravity (SG)-adjusted urinary concentrations of 3-(diethylcarbamoyl)benzoic acid (DCBA) associated with semen parameters among men attending an academic fertility center?SUMMARY ANSWEROur study did not demonstrate any association between SG-adjusted urinary DCBA concentrations and semen parameters among men attending an academic fertility center.WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADYN,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET) is the most common active ingredient in consumer insect repellents. The recent rise in public health concerns regarding mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, have led to an increased use of DEET ...
Source: Human Reproduction - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a teratogenic arbovirus transmissible by semen (1). Transient hematospermia, leukospermia, and oligospermia (2) have rarely been reported in ZIKV-infected humans. Mouse models of ZIKV have demonstrated global testicular pathology, oligospermia, and infertility (3, 4). As part of a larger study investigating ZIKV kinetics in the semen of the olive baboon, our objective here is to describe the semen parameters and investigate differences pre- and post-infection.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Oral session Source Type: research
Zika virus (ZIKV) poses a teratogenic risk to couples attempting reproduction (1). The aim of our study is to determine awareness and perceptions about ZIKV in terms of knowledge, attitude and practices among patients presenting for infertility evaluation and among healthcare providers to women of reproductive age.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Poster session Source Type: research
Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes and sexual contact and is associated with severe congenital anomalies. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that women and men traveling to Zika-affected regions (>70 countries by 2016) delay pregnancy by 8 weeks and 6 months, respectively. We hypothesized that infertile patients may be unwilling to delay conception despite these recommendations. We sought to assess knowledge of Zika virus and if such knowledge influenced reproductive planning among infertile women.
Source: Fertility and Sterility - Category: Reproduction Medicine Authors: Tags: Poster session Source Type: research
AbstractIn the past 2  years, Zika virus has emerged from obscurity onto the world stage—traversing and transcending clinical specialties, basic science disciplines, and public health efforts. The spread of Zika virus has serious implications for the specialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Our patient s, practices, and labs—worldwide and specifically in the USA—have been impacted by this teratogenic, sexually transmitted, largely asymptomatic virus. While the World Health Organization’s Public Emergency of International Concern designation has lapsed as major epidemics have sub...
Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
W. Ma, S. Li, S. Ma, L. Jia, F. Zhang, Y. Zhang, J. Zhang, G. Wong, S. Zhang, X. Lu, M. Liu, J. Yan, W. Li, C. Qin, D. Han, C. Qin, N. Wang, X. Li and G. F. Gao
Source: The Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Urological Survey Source Type: research
Purpose of review: Due to the fact that the Zika virus can be sexually transmitted, there is a potential risk for disease transmission at several stages of assisted reproduction. Such a possibility poses a serious challenge to couples pursing fertility with reproductive technologies. Here, we discuss what is known regarding Zika virus infection with respect to sexual transmission and correlate this knowledge with recent recommendations in the realm of infertility treatment. Recent findings: Zika virus can be transmitted from infected men and women through vaginal, oral or anal intercourse. Zika virus RNA has been detected...
Source: Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: FERTILITY, IVF AND REPRODUCTIVE GENETICS: Edited by Emre Seli and Juan Antonio Garcia Velasco Source Type: research
Abstract The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to certain veterans and spouses. VA currently provides certain infertility services other than in vitro fertilization (IVF) to veterans as part of the medical benefits package. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually fertilizing an egg, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. This interim final rulemaking adds a new section authorizing IVF for a veteran with a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility...
Source: Fed Regist - Category: American Health Authors: Tags: Fed Regist Source Type: research
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