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New study aims to show how to identify risk of recurrence of developmental disorder in future pregnancies

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Having a child with a developmental disorder can cause parents to worry about the outcome of further pregnancies. In cases where the genetic mutation causing the disorder is not present in either parent it is assumed to be … Continue reading

Published Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for foetal sickle cell disease moves a step closer

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a form of anaemia that is inherited when both parents are carriers of a mutation in the haemoglobin gene. Currently, it can only be diagnosed in pregnancy by carrying out an invasive test … Continue reading

Published Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Discovery of new genetic causes of male infertility will lead to better diagnosis and treatment

Gothenburg, Sweden:  Infertility – the failure to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse – affects one in every six couples worldwide, and the man is implicated in about half of these cases. Despite the known importance of genetic factors … Continue reading

Published Friday, June 14th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Stress during early pregnancy is linked to reduced reproductive function in male offspring

Men whose mothers were exposed to stressful life events while they were in the first 18 weeks of pregnancy may have reduced sperm counts when they become adults, according to a study published  in Human Reproduction [1], one of the … Continue reading

Published Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Infertility is linked to small increased risk of cancer

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 … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Sperm quality unaffected by one course of chemotherapy for early testicular cancer

Men with early stage testicular cancer can safely receive one course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy after surgery without it having a long-term effect on their sperm count, according to a study published in the leading cancer journal Annals of Oncology … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Unexpected results suggest a few joints may not harm men’s sperm. Researchers urge caution and call for more research on effects of cannabis on reproductive health

Researchers investigating the effect of cannabis smoking on men’s testicular function have made the unexpected discovery that it is linked to higher sperm counts and higher testosterone levels among moderate users compared to men who never smoked it. The study … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

No overall increased risk of cancer in children born after fertility treatment

Children born after assisted reproductive technology (ART) do not appear to be at greater risk of developing cancer than other children, according to the first study to look at the long-term cancer risk in ART children compared to those in … Continue reading

Published Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer, Fertility

Chemicals in personal care and household products linked to earlier puberty in girls

Chemicals that are widely used in personal care and household products are linked to girls entering puberty at earlier ages, according to findings from a long-running study of mothers and children. The study in Human Reproduction [1], one of the … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility

Soy-based formula milk is linked to increased risk of menstrual pain in young women

If women were fed soy-based formula milk when they were babies, they are at increased risk of suffering from severe pain during their menstrual bleeds, according to the latest study to investigate the link. In a study published in Human … Continue reading

Published Friday, November 9th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility
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