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Cystic Fibrosis Linked to Pancreatitis, Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 21, 2014

According to a new study led by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, cystic fibrosis could be considered two diseases, one that affects multiple organs including the lungs, and one that doesn't affect the lungs at all. Researchers say 9 variants in the gene associated with CF can lead to pancreatitis, sinusitis, and male infertility.

Maintaining Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 21, 2014

For women today, a yearly check-up with your healthcare provider is an essential part of maintaining your fertility health at every age. The maker of First Response asked its panel of experts to share tips every woman should take to her doctor to maintain optimal fertility health at every age.

Gene Crucial For Embryo Implantation Discovered; May Offer Important Insight Into Variety Of Infertility Issues

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 21, 2014

A study led by researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has identified a crucial molecular key to healthy embryo implantation and pregnancy. The gene, called Wnt5a, was found to be absolutely critical for the healthy embryo implantation in the uterus wall, according to a press release.

CDC Releases Final National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility

ASRM Bulletins July 18, 2014

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.

ASRM Board Member Writes on Contraception as Health Care, Not a Religious Issue

Press Releases July 18, 2014

In an editorial in this month’s issue of Fertility and Sterility, Dr. Marcelle Cedars discusses the politics of hormonal contraception. Dr. Cedars advances the argument that family planning, contraceptive use and access are not religious issues; they are health issues.

'Our Family is Complete:' Legal Barriers Don't Stop Gay Couple from Having a Baby

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 18, 2014

Robin Delgatto spends his days in his Chicago home like most other stay-at-home parents. The 34-year-old father's time is spent feeding his two-month-old daughter Ivy Elizabeth Delgatto, changing her diapers and monitoring naps.

Men Should Do Kegels, Too (Study)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 18, 2014

Women aren't the only people who should be doing Kegel exercises, experts say. Studies have found that pelvic floor exercises—long known to help women with childbirth and recovery as well as prevent incontinence—can also help with incontinence, recovery from prostate surgery, and other issues in men, including, possibly, sexual dysfunction. How should men do the exercises? Focus on "the area you sit on when you're sitting on a horse," one doctor explains to the New York Times, and tighten the muscles you would typically use to stop urinating mid-stream or keep yourself from passing gas. Contract for a few seconds, release, and repeat 10 to 15 times per "workout."

Stay Up Late? How It Could Hurt Your Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 17, 2014

Women who want to become pregnant or are expecting a baby should avoid light during the night, a new report suggests.

Pregnancy Loss Linked to Later Heart Disease

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 17, 2014

Miscarriages and stillbirths might be a marker for women at higher risk of developing heart disease later in life, an observational study suggested.

Bothered by Hot Flashes? Acupuncture Might be the Answer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 16, 2014

In the 2,500+ years that have passed since acupuncture was first used by the ancient Chinese, it has been used to treat a number of physical, mental and emotional conditions including nausea and vomiting, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, to name just a few. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials which is being published this month in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), indicates that acupuncture can affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for women in natural menopause.

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