Niger: Niger Has the World's Highest Birth Rate - and That May Be a Problem
[The Conversation Africa] While fertility levels have declined rapidly in most parts of the world, many countries in the sub-Saharan African region of the Sahel have seen their reproductive rates go down very slowly, and only very slightly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 21, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Tower Health Partners adds 26 area women's health specialists
Tower Health Partners has added another group of area doctors to its expanding physician network. Axia Women's Health — which has its headquarters in Oaks, Montgomery County, and Voorhees, N.J. — has agreed to affiliate with Tower Health Partners. The move adds 26 Axia physicians offering services in obstetrics, gynecology, urogynecology, fertility, and maternal fetal medicine to the net work. The Axia doctors see patients at 14 locations, where mammography and laboratory services are provided,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 20, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Fertility Fraud; Pharma's'Patient' Advocacy; Mass. Nursing Homes Fined
(MedPage Today) -- This past week in healthcare investigations (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - March 20, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Female Infertility Tied to Small Increased Risk of Cancer Female Infertility Tied to Small Increased Risk of Cancer
Infertility in women is associated with a higher risk of developing cancer, though the absolute risk is very low, at 2%, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Kale Is One of the Most Contaminated Vegetables You Can Buy. Here ’s Why
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Dirty Dozen list, which ranks the 12 pieces of produce that contain the highest amounts of pesticide residues. This year, one of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables turns out to be kale, occupying the third spot on the EWG’s list of most contaminated. Strawberries top the list, followed by spinach. (The full 2019 Dirty Dozen list, ranked from most contaminated to least, include strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.) The list is compiled from the results of regular testing done by t...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

An Ohio court is being asked to clarify when life begins
A lawyer in Cleveland, representing a couple that lost embryos in the Ohio fertility clinic storage tank failure last year, is asking an appeals court to answer when -- according to Ohio law -- life begins. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using Pre-Ejaculation Sperm May Help Infertile Men
The study shows that on its path from the testicles to ejaculation, sperm DNA can suffer major damage. Researchers said it may be possible to use sperm taken directly from the testicles to fertilize eggs so that infertile men can have children. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Cretaceous fossil sheds light on avian reproduction
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters) A team of scientists led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. This new Cretaceous fossil sheds light on avian reproduction. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 20, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible,' WHO panel says
A panel convened by the World Health Organization says it would be 'irresponsible' for scientists to use gene editing to make babies. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Harvesting Sperm Before Ejaculation May Help Infertile Men
(Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - March 19, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: Reproductive Medicine, Fertility, Research, News, Source Type: news

Harvesting Sperm Before Ejaculation May Help Infertile Men
TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 -- Sperm DNA from the testicles of infertile men is often as good as that of ejaculated sperm from fertile men, according to European researchers -- a finding that could lead to new treatments for male infertility. The study... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 19, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Egg freezing: Behind the scenes of a fertility clinic
With more and more women considering it, what exactly does egg freezing involve? (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2019 40 Under 40: Elyse Ash, Fruitful Fertility & GoKart Labs
After an endometriosis diagnosis, Ash launched a program that matches individuals struggling with infertility with mentors who already had been through the process. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 18, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Sir Freddie the ram's 50-year-old frozen sperm used to produce offspring
Australian researchers believe it is the oldest viable stored semen of any species in the worldDecades after his 1960s heyday, Sir Freddie the ram has sired offspring from beyond the grave in what researchers believe is a project that shows the world ’s oldest viable stored semen.A team at the University of Sydney has defrosted Sir Freddie ’s 50-year-old semen and that of three other rams and successfully impregnanted it in 34 merino ewes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 18, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Lisa Martin Tags: Science Animals Australia news New South Wales Reproduction Biology Source Type: news

Fertility app 'Dot' found to be as effective as other family planning methods
(Georgetown University Medical Center) Results of a first-of-its-kind prospective study with a family planning app find it to be as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy, according to Georgetown researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHS appoints LGBT health expert
Expert panel also appointed to focus on key issues including access and inequality Related items fromOnMedica Promise to end new HIV transmissions in England by 2030 High Court rules NHS England must fund HIV drug NICE to review fertility guidance Funding cuts leave contraceptive services in jeopardy Sexual health services ‘at tipping point’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 18, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

World's oldest semen still viable
(University of Sydney) Ram semen stored at the University of Sydney for 50 years has been used to successfully impregnate 34 ewes, with fertility rates as high as recently stored semen. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DNA of sperm taken from testicles of infertile men 'as good as sperm from fertile men'
(European Association of Urology) Scientists have found that sperm DNA from the testicles of many infertile men is as good as that of ejaculated sperm of fertile men. This may explain a major cause of male infertility and opens the possibility of using sperm taken directly from the testicles of these men; to overcome their infertility. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Woman in first legal challenge against UK's 10-year limit on egg-freezing
Fertility laws compel clinics to destroy frozen eggs after a decade, irrespective of a woman ’s ageA woman who is fighting for her chance to start a family is bringing the first legal challenge in the UK against fertility legislation that places a 10-year time limit on the storage of frozen eggs.The woman paid to freeze her eggs in 2009 because she was not in a relationship, but hoped to have a baby in the future. However, fertility laws compel clinics to destroy frozen eggs after 10 years, irrespective of a woman ’s age or wishes.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Fertility problems Embryos Health Science Biology Society UK news Source Type: news

Morning Break: Bullish on Fertility; CF Tearjerker; Purdue Gets Antidote Fast Track
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - March 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Infertility may increase cancer risk in women
A study, published inHuman Reproduction, reports that women with fertility issues have a higher risk of developing cancer.Daily Mail (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 15, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Infertility in Women Linked to Modestly Elevated Cancer Risk
Overall risk higher for developing cancer; increased risks seen for uterine, ovarian, lung, thyroid cancers (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - March 15, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Could a fertility diet boost your chance of conceiving? Experts weigh in on controversial book
The Fertility Diet was created by two Harvard professors, who say it can improve ovulation. DailyMail.com spoke to an infertility and prenatal dietitian about how effective it really is. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infertility in Women Linked to Modestly Elevated Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 -- Infertility seems to be associated with an increased risk for cancer in women, according to a study published online March 13 in Human Reproduction. Gayathree Murugappan, M.D., from Stanford Hospital and Clinics in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Women complain of 'confusing and contradictory' fertility advice
Royal College says sheer volume and variability of advice is causing widespread concern Related items fromOnMedica Epilepsy does not affect chance of pregnancy, or outcomes Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Colleges urge GPs to take on maternity care Prenatal vitamins linked to lower ASD risk in siblings Blood test identifies high-risk lupus pregnancies (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 14, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Walgreens Boots Alliance inks deal with Concepta Diagnostics to sell myLotus fertility tracker
This deal marks the first commercial agreement for Concepta Diagnostics'myLotus system.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Experts Are Calling for a Ban on Gene Editing of Human Embryos. Here ’s Why They’re Worried
In November 2018, Chinese biophysicist Jiankui He stunned the world when he announced that he had used a controversial gene-editing technology, called CRISPR, to genetically alter the genes in embryos and give them immunity to HIV. The embryos were transferred to the woman who provided the eggs to create them, and twin girls were born. The move, considered highly experimental and unethical by most scientists around the world, prompted intense debate in the scientific community about not just the implications for the twins, but for society as well. When applied to human eggs, sperm and embryos, gene-editing technologies, of...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Genetics Source Type: news

Mount Sinai spinout OOVA gets $1M for fertility testing kit
OOVA uses urinalysis to deliver personalized fertility reports.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Vitamin D Deficiency and Ovarian Stimulation in PCOS Vitamin D Deficiency and Ovarian Stimulation in PCOS
In this study, the authors examine the impact of vitamin D deficiency on ovarian stimulation outcomes among women with PCOS or unexplained infertility.Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

Can a 'fertility diet' really help you conceive? In some cases, yes
When it comes to diets, there are many varieties from which to choose: weight loss, plans to lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, and foods to fuel endurance athletes. Now, there's a diet that claims it can boost a woman's chances of having a baby. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fertility issues raise the risk of cancer in women
A study has found that women with fertility problems are 18 per cent more likely to get cancer, in particular womb and ovarian cancers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infertility is linked to small increased risk of cancer
The absolute of cancer remained very low at just 2%, and breast cancer was the most common type Related items fromOnMedica Only a third of women with regular bloating would see their GP Also in the press Fertility treatment does not appear to raise serious cancer risk Millennials top obesity chart before reaching middle age Reclassifying cancers 'will improve treatment' (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs
(Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - March 12, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Reproductive Medicine, Fertility, Research, News, Source Type: news

Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs
TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 -- Two chemicals found in household products and food could harm male fertility in both dogs and people, U.K. researchers say. The chemicals are the plasticizer DEHP -- used in products such as carpets, flooring, upholstery,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 12, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa: Let's Not Turn the Clock Back On Reproductive Health and Rights
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] In many parts of the world girls and women still lack knowledge about their bodies and rights, and lack access to the information and tools that can help them take charge of their fertility (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 12, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Mode of Conception and Outcomes in Preterm Infants Mode of Conception and Outcomes in Preterm Infants
Does assisted conception have an impact on neonatal morbidity and mortality or neurodevelopment in infants born preterm?Human Reproduction (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

Infertility is linked to small increased risk of cancer
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) A study of over 64,000 women of childbearing age in the USA has found that infertility is associated with a higher risk of developing cancer compared to a group of over three million women without fertility problems, although the absolute risk is very low at just 2 percent. The research is published in Human Reproduction journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 12, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Trilobites: Congratulations, It ’ s Twins. The Doctor Is Perplexed.
It seems like it should not be possible, but a recent case showed that sometimes a boy and a girl are born as semi-identical twins. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: HEATHER MURPHY Tags: Twins Genetics and Heredity Sperm Eggs Ultrasonic Imaging and Sonograms Pregnancy and Childbirth Reproduction (Biological) New England Journal of Medicine your-feed-science Source Type: news

A household chemical may lower male fertility
Research, published inScientific Reports, suggests that an endocrine-disrupting chemical, commonly found in household products, damages sperm DNA.News Week (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 8, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

I ’ve frozen my eggs, but women shouldn’t have to solve the ‘baby bust’ alone | Dearbhail McDonald
We are having fewer children and living longer than ever before – we need to talk about the fertility crisisIt ’s a long road from playing with baby dolls as a small child, fighting with your twin sister over the name of your future first born, to being sedated and wheeled into an operating theatre for your eggs to be retrieved and frozen. That’s where I found myself a few years ago. A woman in her mid-3 0s, highly educated with a successful and rewarding media career, injecting herself daily with a bespoke cocktail of hormones, and parting with thousands of pounds in a heart-wrenching bid to preserve her...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Dearbhail McDonald Tags: Population World news Reproduction Ageing Biology Science Fertility problems Health Society Source Type: news

Fertility: Pollution can harm quality of sperm cells - how to boost sperm health
FERTILITY: Male infertility can be caused by genetic factors and medical history, but did you know it can also be caused by environmental pollution? Express.co.uk spoke to fertility specialist Dr Ferran Garcia, who outlined the worst pollutants for fertility, where you may encounter them, and what you can do to boost sperm quality. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds
(University of Nottingham) New research by scientists at the University of Nottingham suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nessa Carey: ‘The most worrying thing about gene editing is that it’s really easy’
The biologist talks about the contentious Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing technique, the merit of big pharma and the UK ’s 100,000 Genomes ProjectA new technique to alter DNA is offering humans the ability to take control of food, disease and our own reproduction as never before. The workhorse of this technology isCrispr-Cas9, often described as a pair of “molecular scissors”, which can be directed to a specific part of a genome and used to make changes ranging from deactivating a gene to correcting a genetic typo or even inserting new genetic material.In her new book,Hacking the Code of Life, biologistNessa Car...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 2, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Gene editing Genetics Medical research Science Society China Source Type: news

HPV vaccine linked to growing rates of infertility in both men and women
(Natural News) Fertility rates are plummeting at an unprecedented pace around the world. In the United States, birth rates just reached a thirty-year low — even in spite of current economic booms. In Finland, birth rates just reached the lowest they’ve been in 150 years. Across the board, studies show that a majority of developed... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Nigerien Med Student Has a Plan to Tackle Family Planning Taboo
By Carol Bales , Advocacy and policy communications manager, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 28, 2019Mariama Abdou Gado is working with young religious leaders to revolutionize sex  ed in Niger.en fran çaisMariama Abdou Gado is fearless when it comes to tackling the taboos and social norms that prevent young Nigeriens like her from learning about their sexual and reproductive health.She ’s 21 years old, a medical student, and not afraid to talk about sex, pregnancy, or contraception with anyone.“Young people represent almost 70% of the population in Niger,” Mariama says. “Should...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Maternal and Newborn Health Policy Advocacy International Conference on Family Planning Gender Equality Youth Niger Source Type: news

Scientists stunned by discovery of 'semi-identical' twins
Boy and girl, now four, are only the second case of ‘sesquizygotic’ twins recordedA pair of twins have stunned researchers after it emerged that they are neither identical nor fraternal – but something in between.The team say the boy and girl, now four years old, are the second case of semi-identical twins ever recorded, and the first to be spotted while the mother was pregnant.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Reproduction Biology Health Science Children Source Type: news

Has America ’ s Fight Against HIV Stalled?
(Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Fertility News - Doctors Lounge - February 27, 2019 Category: Reproduction Medicine Tags: Reproductive Medicine, AIDS, News, Source Type: news

Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom Fertility
Title: Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom FertilityCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/26/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/27/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cancer General)
Source: MedicineNet Cancer General - February 27, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Almost 40% of servicewomen struggle to conceive
The findings, based on interviews with 800 active-duty and veteran women, have raised questions about whether experiences in the military hamper fertility. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn ’ t Always Doom Fertility
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Reproductive Medicine, Fertility, News, Source Type: news