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July 3, 2015

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July 3, 2015

India's Abortion Law Puts Women at Risk, Should Be Changed, Experts Say

June 26, 2015 — Proposed amendments to India's abortion law are 'contradictory' and need 'urgent redrafting' to prevent women from making ill informed decisions and risking their lives with ... read more

June 19, 2015 — A new method of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, termed ultra-superovulation, has been developed by researchers in which ovulation of a very large number of eggs from one female mouse occurs. ... read more

No Benefit in IVF from Routinely Freezing All Embryos Before Transfer

June 17, 2015 — An IVF technique which freezes all embryos generated in an initial treatment cycle and transfers them in a later cycle as freeze-thawed embryos does not improve outcome as some studies have ... read more

Prenatal DDT Exposure Tied to Nearly Four-Fold Increase in Breast Cancer Risk

June 16, 2015 — Women who were exposed to higher levels of the pesticide DDT in utero were nearly four times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as adults than women who were exposed to lower levels ... read more

Rate of Ectopic Pregnancy Following IVF Has Almost Halved in Past 12 Years

June 16, 2015 — The risk of ectopic pregnancy following fertility treatment with assisted reproduction (ART) is small but significantly higher than found in natural conceptions. Now, a nationwide population-based ... read more

IVF in Women Over 38: The Doctor's Dilemma

June 16, 2015 — It is a biological fact that female fertility declines with age -- in assisted conception as in natural. Indeed, findings from a 12-year study showed that in her own one clinic cumulative live birth ... read more

Minor Obstetric and Gynecologic Procedure Linked to Increased Risk of Preterm Delivery

June 16, 2015 — Dilatation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common minor surgical procedures in obstetrics and gynecology, used mainly for miscarriage or terminations. Today, use of the 15-minute procedure ... read more

Couples Needing Sperm Donation Favor the Same Donor for All Conceptions

June 16, 2015 — Despite a prevalence of anonymous sperm donation in European countries, the use of the same sperm donor for subsequent conceptions is of paramount importance to those couples needing sperm donation ... read more

Endometriosis Associated With a Greater Risk of Complications in Pregnancy

June 14, 2015 — Women with endometriosis are at an increased risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, according to results of a huge nationwide study. Moreover, women with a history of endometriosis whose ... read more

New NICE Thresholds for Diabetes in Pregnancy Could Miss Up to 4,000 Women Per Year in UK at Risk of Complications

June 11, 2015 — The new threshold for diabetes in pregnancy recently introduced by the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence misses a significant number of women at risk of serious ... read more

Women With Lupus and APS at Risk of Reduced Fertility and Pregnancy Complication

June 11, 2015 — New recommendations for women's health and pregnancy in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) were recently developed. These evidence-based ... read more

'Is Eating for Two' a Good Idea? Maintaining a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy Helps Mother and Baby

June 11, 2015 — Pregnant women can improve their health and even reduce the risk of complications during childbirth by maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Research has shown that gaining too much ... read more

Birth Weight Affected by Warm Temperatures During Pregnancy

June 9, 2015 — Exposure to high air temperature during pregnancy increases the risk of lower birth weight and can cause preterm birth, new research shows. This study suggests that warming temperatures on the planet ... read more

No Waiting Game: Immediate Birth Control Implant More Cost-Effective

June 9, 2015 — Women who have just given birth are often motivated to prevent a rapid, repeat pregnancy. For those who prefer a contraceptive implant, getting the procedure in the hospital immediately after giving ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Researchers are visually capturing the first process of chromosome alignment and separation at the beginning of mouse development. The findings could lead to answers to questions concerning the ... read more

Antibody Response Linked to Lower Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

June 8, 2015 — How most babies are protected from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been a matter of scientific controversy. Now researchers provide new data identifying an antibody response that had ... read more

June 6, 2015 — Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for chromosomal fetal disorders is used increasingly to test for conditions such as Down's syndrome. NIPT examines DNA from the fetus in the mother's ... read more

First National Study of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Shows It Works and Is Preferred by High-Risk Women

June 6, 2015 — Although non-invasive prenatal testing carries a much lower risk of miscarriage than do invasive tests, it is slightly less accurate, because it only analyses DNA from the outer layers of the ... read more

Novel Genetic Mutations May Arise During Early Embryonic Development Rather Than Being Acquired from the Parents’ Germline

June 6, 2015 — New, sophisticated gene sequencing techniques are leading to an increasing understanding of the causes of genetic disease, and can help parents with affected children make informed reproductive ... read more

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Effective, Safe, Preferred by Parents, and Applicable in a Range of Disorders

June 6, 2015 — Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down's syndrome is feasible, acceptable to parents, and could be introduced into the National Health Service (NHS), UK researchers ... read more

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