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A Same-sex Infertility Health Insurance Mandate in Maryland?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 07, 2015

To the surprise of many, in March, the legislature of Maryland passed 2 bills that would amend an outdated health insurance mandate that excluded same-sex couples from coverage for in vitro fertilization treatments.

A Key Role for CEP63 in Brain Development and Fertility Discovered

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 07, 2015

Today in Nature Communications, scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) provide molecular details about Seckel Syndrome, a rare disease that causes microcephaly, or small brain, and growth delays. A joint study conducted by Travis Stracker and Jens Lüders indicates that the protein CEP63 plays a key role during brain development as it is involved in the correct division of stem cells in this organ. Furthermore, the researchers have discovered that CEP63 is associated with sperm production—an unknown function until now.

Effect of Fertility on Perinatal Outcomes

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 07, 2015

The impact of ART in a fertile setting cannot be studied because otherwise fertile women cannot be randomly assigned to IVF treatment due to ethical concerns. Recent advances in technology, however, could present an opportunity. Couples with proven fertility may elect to undergo preimplantation genetic testing, and the perinatal outcome of these pregnancies could be used to evaluate an unstudied group: fertile women utilizing ART. An adverse impact observed among them could represent the adverse impact of ART itself.

Confessions of an Infertile Guy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 06, 2015

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the reasons for infertility are pretty much an even split: one-third of the time it’s due to female problems and one-third of the time it’s due to male problems.

Do Over-The-Counter Fertility Pills Actually Help You Get Pregnant?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 06, 2015

As of last week, CVS is selling over-the-counter fertility kits, commercially (and cutely) known as PregPrep. The kit includes two different supplements, one of which is a mucolytic, which is more commonly used to break up congestion in the lungs. In this case, however, it's meant to thin cervical mucus. 

Colorado’s Push Against Teen Pregnancy Proves Huge Success

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 06, 2015

Teenage births have been declining nationally, but experts say the timing and magnitude of the reductions in Colorado are a strong indication that the state’s program using a long-acting method of birth control was a major driver.

Report: Women in Connecticut Denied Some Mandated Health Benefits

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

Women in Connecticut have been denied health insurance benefits in violation of the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a study by the National Women’s Law Center.

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look the Way They Do

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem.

The Strange, Everyday Causes of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

 RedOrbit recently spoke to a leading urologist, Dr. Paul Turek, to get an overview of the causes of low sperm count and what lifestyle changes men can make to avoid it. In this follow-up, we’ll cover some of the stranger causes that men might encounter every day.

Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility. Oftentimes men with azoospermia don't know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility—an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

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