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  • Declining Teen Births: Finally, Abstinence Triumphs!

    08/28/2014 6:37:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/28/2014 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates continued dramatic declines in teen births, but the “news” regarding the CDC report is the general acknowledgement that abstinence efforts are contributing to the decline in teen births. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) explained: “The declines in teen birth rates reflect a number of behavioral changes, including decreased sexual activity, increases in the use of contraception at first sex and at most recent sex, and the adoption and increased use of hormonal contraception, injectables, and intrauterine devices.” [Notice that abortion is not mentioned at all;...
  • Neanderthal-human sex bred light skins and infertility

    01/29/2014 8:00:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 01/29/2014
    IT IS surprising what a little hanky-panky can do. A handful of sexual encounters between humans and Neanderthals made many of us what we are today, affecting both our appearance and our vulnerability to disease. But the genetic legacy left by the Neanderthals also highlights just how different we are from our sister species. [SNIP] ... the adaptation took thousands of years to become universal. A third study published this week describes a DNA analysis of one person who lived in Stone Age Europe about 7000 years ago 40,000 years after any Neanderthal interbreeding. His genes suggest his skin...
  • Genetic Literacy Project Infographic: Is labeling GMOs really about our Right to Know?

    11/01/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 194 replies
    Genetic Literacy Project ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jon Entine
    If one believes the backers of Washington State Initiative 522, Tuesdays vote is simple commonsense: Its about the right to know whats in our food... To be clear the Just Label campaign is not an anti-GMO effort, says Gary Hirshberg, founder of organic food maker Stonyfield Organic, and head of Just Label It... But in less guarded moments, Hirshberg makes it clear that the labeling movement has nothing at all to do with science, information and discourseit is exclusively an anti-GMO effort...
  • Have a Coke and a GMO?

    10/28/2013 1:46:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Bill Tomson
    The Coca-Cola Company isnt smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms this time in Washington State. Its on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops. In fact, should Washington pass its ballot initiative 522 next week, good luck finding any processed foods or beverages in an Evergreen State grocery store that dont have GMO warning labels. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both are on a...
  • Leftist Hysteria Over Monsanto

    09/23/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    The left is in a frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics. Is there any truth to their scare stories asserting that were being poisoned with Frankenfood, breeding new strains of superbugs and superpests? Genetically modified crops, known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms), have been used by American farmers since the mid-1990s in order to increase crop yields and reduce the use of pesticides. The FDA has approved their use. Today, 70-80 percent of grocery products in the U.S. include genetically engineered ingredients. In contrast, only 5 percent of the food...
  • Doctors develop $260 infertility treatment for poor world

    07/09/2013 1:15:16 AM PDT · by RouxStir · 25 replies
    Fox News/Reuters ^ | July 08, 2013 | Reuters
    Belgian doctors have developed a low-cost version of test-tube baby technology for use in developing countries, where sophisticated Western systems are unaffordable for most couples. The researchers said on Monday their simplified process cost around 200 euros ($260) per cycle of treatment and delivered results that were not much different to those seen with conventional in-vitro fertilization (IVF) program. The price is just 10 to 15 percent of the current cost of Western-style IVF and suggests infertility care could one day become universally accessible, Elke Klerkx from the Genk Institute for Fertility Technology told a medical meeting. Around 5 million...
  • GM food off the menu in Parliament's restaurants- ministers telling public to drop their opposition

    06/30/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is probably safer than other meals. Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs plates. This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming. He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or death in the last 15 years if only people had...
  • Is Your Food Being 'Poisoned'?

    06/11/2013 3:59:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    The Oxford English Dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed." The legal definition of the term is "any product or substance that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount." The medical condition of poisoning is even broader: It can be caused by substances that are not even legally required to carry the label "poison." Therefore, can food become poisonous? Of course it can if it is infected, tampered with or altered...
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. Genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified, or engineered, seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

    05/31/2013 8:44:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 125 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2013 | Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda
    - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain. Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation after the U.S. government found genetically engineered wheat sprouting on a farm in the state of Oregon. The strain was never approved for sale or consumption. Asian consumers are keenly sensitive to gene-altered food, with few countries allowing imports of such cereals for human consumption. However, most of the...
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know." The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • Glyphosate ("Roundup") Responsible for Modern Human Diseases

    04/26/2013 11:32:02 PM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    Entropy ^ | 4-18-2013 | Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
    Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and...
  • Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers: U.S. study

    04/26/2013 10:17:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:49pm EDT | Carey Gillam
    Heavy use of the worlds most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinsons, infertility and cancers, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food. Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report, authored by Stephanie...
  • Why Do G.M.O.s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those whove made money from it, appropriately represented in the publics mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once its in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • Gay Infertility? Don't Laugh, Folks

    04/09/2013 2:16:01 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4-9-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Gay infertility. It is... (chuckles) It's about mandated insurance coverage for the inability to have babies. I know you're scratching your head. "Wait, wait, wait. There's no such thing as 'gay infertility.'" Oh, yes, there is now. The language doesn't mean anything anymore, folks. Truth doesn't mean anything anymore. Language doesn't mean anything. So if a bunch of activists want to create the concept of "gay infertility" and then tax all the rest of us to compensate them for the fact that they can't have babies, then that's gonna happen. You haven't missed anything yet. I'm just...
  • CA Proposes Law to Force Insurance to Cover Homosexual 'Infertility'

    04/08/2013 8:48:34 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 8, 2013 | Breitbart News
    The state of California is reportedly considering legislation that would force group insurance policies to provide infertility treatment for gay and lesbian couples. Two men who have sex with each other for a year and do not produce a baby would be considered infertile under the proposed legislation. So would two women having sex. Since biology does not allow those without a uterus to conceive or those without a penis to impregnate, every year-long gay couple in California would potentially be covered by this new provision of California law. The fact sheet supporting AB 460, the proposed legislation, states that...
  • Monsanto Protection Act? Separating the facts from the fury

    04/03/2013 8:47:43 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 40 replies
    GLP ^ | 4-1-2013 | Jon Entine
    The past week has seen a tsunami of stories about the so-called Monsanto Protection Act, more accurately known as Section 735 of HR 933. Its a tiny provision attached to a massive agricultural spending bill signed into law by President Obama last week. According to detractors, Section 735 is the most dangerous food act ever and a terrifying piece of policy. Why? Because, among other claims, it purportedly allows biotech companies to sell seeds that can cause serious consumer health problems. Here is how Gawker frames it: "Section 735 effectively shields large biotech companies, like Monsanto, from the federal courts...
  • Scientists Want to Scavenge Aborted Fetal Eggs for IVF Treatment

    04/02/2013 2:44:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | April 2, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Scientists are keeping aborted fetal ovaries alive in order to scavenge their eggs.From the Daily News story: Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment. Experiments have taken the process almost to completion, it emerged yesterday. They raise the nightmare prospect of a child whose biological mother has never been born. The news, from a scientific conference in Madrid, was greeted with widespread revulsion at how far science is testing ethical frontiers. Experts warned of appalling emotional and biological problems.But fertility doctors say the development could ease a worldwide shortage of...
  • Furor Growing Against Obama Over 'Monsanto Protection Act'

    03/30/2013 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    IB Times ^ | 3/27
    By Connor Adams Sheets | March 27 2013 4:55 PM Anger is growing against President Barack Obama the day after he signed into law a spending bill that included a provision opponents have dubbed the "Monsanto Protection Act." That bill, the HR 933 continuing resolution, was mainly aimed at averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would continue to be able to pay its bills for the next six months. But food and public safety advocates and independent farmers are furious that Obama signed it despite its inclusion of language that they consider to be a gift...
  • Obama's Genetically Modified Food Bill is Bad for America's Health - Monsanto Protection Act.

    03/30/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Peter Lind
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the "Monsanto Protection Act," that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. "The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards," explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and...
  • World Exclusive: Chelsea Clinton adopting African baby

    03/26/2013 12:32:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 129 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 3-26-13 | Barry Levine -- executive editor
    Big hearted Chelsea Clinton plans to adopt a baby from Africa, the Enquirer has learned exclusively.
  • Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

    01/30/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 20 replies
    President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and Lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized Genetically Modified (GM) food multinational, as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is directly linked to cancer and opposed by many medical and hospital organizations.
  • Mom to Freeze Own Eggs So Toddler Can Create Family

    06/10/2011 11:33:24 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 10, 2011 | David W Freeman
    Moms give birth to sons or daughters - pretty straightforward stuff. But when one English toddler grows up and starts a family, her child will be her own half-sibling. At least that's the plan. The toddler, two-year-old Mackenzie Stephens, was born without ovaries, so her 25-year-old mother, Penny Jarvis, intends to freeze her own eggs so that Mackenzie can use them someday to start her own family, the Daily Mail reported. Jarvis, of Sheffield, England, told the paper she was devastated when she learned that Mackenzie would be infertile - the result of Turner Syndrome, a female-only genetic disorder that...
  • William & Kates Baby Heartbreak: Royal Couple May Not Be Able To Conceive!

    05/21/2011 8:10:19 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 104 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | May 18th, 2011 | N/A
    Kates new mother-in-law Camilla has been telling friends the royal bride has fertility problems which may prevent her from getting pregnant according to sources. If the claims are true, the newlyweds are facing up to the fact that they may never produce an heir to the British throne! Health complications from Kates adolescence raised red flags that may have an impact on her ability to conceive, sources close to Camilla have told In In Touch Magazine. The consequences would be devastating for the British monarchy. Both William, 28, and his father Prince Charles were born soon after their parents...
  • Amazing Gracie!

    03/06/2011 12:14:25 PM PST · by MintyHippo1980 · 1 replies
    The Joyful Nonconformist Blog ^ | 03/06/11 | Joyful Nonconformist
    A few days ago, when I decided to introduce my family members day by day, it didn't occur to me that Grace's turn would come up on March 4th...which happens to be her 14th birthday! She has spent the day in the manner of all Bennetts: She got to set the day's menu, pick a fun activity, and have part of her day interrupted by a sibling's unscheduled trip to the doctor. And because she is (help me!) 14, her idea of a fun activity was to go shopping! A perfectly suitable way to spend the afternoon of one's birthday,...
  • Hope for infertility: Infertile couple gives birth thanks to cutting edge natural treatment

    01/18/2011 1:47:48 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 18, 2010 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Heidi Desrochers with her "miracle baby," Daniel, conceived with the help of NaPro technology. OTTAWA, Ontario, January 17, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Infertility has approached epidemic levels in Western countries.  In 2002, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that 7.3 million women suffered from infertility in the country, about 12% of the reproductive-age population.  Many of these millions are sped along to IVF doctors; robbed of the joys of natural procreation, they are often slated to endure years of heartache as they strive unsuccessfully for a child. Pierre and Heidi Desrochers of Ottawa were one of those couples.  Married in...
  • Is late motherhood causing a breast cancer epidemic?

    07/15/2010 1:47:00 PM PDT · by SorosOwnsObama · 28 replies · 4+ views
    MailOnline ^ | 15th of July, 2010 | John Naish
    "Moreover, she says breast cancer is nearly ten times more likely to strike Western women than those from poorer nations. 'The difference is that in the West we don't have as many children and we don't have them so early. Nor do we breast-feed as much. These things are proven to cut breast cancer rates.' Things are getting worse, rather than better. 'Women in developing countries are adopting Western lifestyles, so their breast cancer rates are starting to catch up.' The link between affluence and increasing breast cancer is also visible in Britain, where women in the well-heeled South are...
  • Sex infection gonorrhea risks becoming "superbug"

    03/29/2010 5:34:24 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 718+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 29, 2010 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters) The sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea risks becoming a drug-resistant "superbug" if doctors do not devise new ways of treating it, a leading sexual health expert said. Catherine Ison, a specialist on gonorrhea from Britain's Health Protection Agency said a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Manila next week would be vital to efforts to try to stop the bug repeatedly adapting to and overcoming drugs. "This is a very clever bacteria. If this problem isn't addressed, there is a real possibility that gonorrhea will become a very difficult infection to treat," she said in a telephone interview....
  • Catholic Church sanctions some infertility treatment

    02/17/2010 7:59:27 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 255+ views
    STL Today ^ | February 17, 2010 | TIM TOWNSEND
    "Be fruitful," God instructed Adam and Eve, "and multiply." They were the first words God spoke to his creation, and his creation has heeded them ever since. But over the years, God's creation has become sophisticated enough to rewrite the original rules of being fruitful, and most of the new rules don't sit well with leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. There is "great confusion among lay Catholics regarding the church's teaching on human reproductive technologies," Philadelphia's Cardinal Justin Rigali said at the U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore in November. "There is a need to help Catholics understand specific differences...
  • IVF babies risk major diseases

    01/12/2010 6:29:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 743+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | January 10, 2010 | Jonathan Leake
    Scientists have discovered that the DNA of babies conceived through IVF differs from that of other children, putting them at greater risk of diseases such as diabetes and obesity later in life. The new research could explain why IVF babies tend to be at higher risk of low birth weight, defects and rare metabolic disorders. The changes are not in the genes themselves but in the mechanism that switches them on and off, the study of which is known as epigenetics. These epigenetic differences have the potential to affect embyronic development and foetal growth, as well as influencing long-term patterns...
  • New Ovarian Transplantation Technique Gives Greatly Improved Results

    07/11/2009 11:59:33 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 5 replies · 779+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 30 Jun 2009 | Medical News Today
    Ultra-fast freezing of ovarian tissue from women who have lost their fertility as a result of cancer treatment can lead to it being used in transplants with the same success rate as fresh tissue, a researcher told the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology 29 June. Dr. Sherman Silber, Director of the St. Louis Infertility Centre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, said that freezing tissue by the vitrification method, which avoids ice formation, meant that oocyte (egg) viability was almost identical with that seen in fresh oocytes. Dr. Silber and colleagues used standard viability testing...
  • Study Links Water Pollution With Declining Male Fertility

    01/27/2009 8:44:44 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 12 replies · 474+ views
    terradaily ^ | Jan 27, 2009 | Staff Writers
    New research strengthens the link between water pollution and rising male fertility problems. The study, by Brunel University, the Universities of Exeter and Reading and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, shows for the first time how a group of testosterone-blocking chemicals is finding its way into UK rivers, affecting wildlife and potentially humans.
  • Contraceptive pill is polluting environment: Vatican newspaper

    01/03/2009 6:02:56 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 62 replies · 1,303+ views
    Yahoo! News (AFP) ^ | 1/3/2009 | n/a
    he contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and is in part responsible for male infertility, a report in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said Saturday. The pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine, said Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, in the report. "We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further. "We are faced with a clear...
  • Baby boy for woman in double transplant (First ever in Great Britain)

    10/12/2008 3:06:22 AM PDT · by Stoat · 6 replies · 802+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) ^ | October 10, 2008 | Sophie Goodchild and Anna Davis
    Infertility fear: Emma Smith, 37, with her son Oliver Baby boy for woman in double transplantSophie Goodchild and Anna Davis 10.10.08 A woman who had a double organ transplant has defied the odds to become a mother, the Standard can reveal today.Emma Smith, 37, feared she may be infertile because of the side-effects of her anti-rejection drugs.But last week, the former secretary from Hitchin in Hertfordshire gave birth without complications to her first child 6lb baby Oliver.She is the first woman in Britain to deliver a child by Caesarean section after receiving donor kidneys and a pancreas.Her...
  • Dim economy drives women to donate eggs for profit

    08/15/2008 1:12:05 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 16 replies · 140+ views
    CNN ^ | August 8 | Stephanie Smith
    "NEW YORK (CNN) -- With a full load of classes, two young children and her bills piling up, Michelle decided to face her economic straits in a pretty unorthodox way. As the nation's economy is slumping, some fertility clinics say interest in donating has surged. She is donating her eggs to an infertile couple. "The cost of living is crazy right now, with two kids, gas prices and rent. ... I'm living paycheck to paycheck," said the 24-year-old, who did not give her last name to protect her identity. "I just really need the money to finish school." Michelle is...
  • Dim economy drives women to donate eggs for profi

    08/07/2008 12:22:24 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 17 replies · 62+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 8/6/08 | Stephanie Smith
    Dim economy drives women to donate eggs for profit By Stephanie Smith CNN NEW YORK (CNN) -- With a full load of classes, two young children, and her bills piling up, Michelle decided to face her economic straits in a pretty unorthodox way. She is donating her eggs to an infertile couple. "The cost of living is crazy right now, with two kids, gas prices, and rent...I'm living paycheck to paycheck" said the 24-year-old, who did not give her last name to protect her identity. "I just really need the money to finish school." Michelle is not alone. As the...
  • Frozen embryos better than fresh ones

    07/09/2008 7:18:18 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 184+ views
    PTI via The Times of India ^ | 9 Jul 2008, 1109 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Frozen embryos are better than fresh when it comes to producing healthier babies using in-vitro fertilisation, a new study has revealed. Researchers in Denmark have found that babies born from thawed embryos were heavier at birth and were unlikely to suffer abnormalities as compared to those born from fresh embryos. Only very top-quality embryos survive the freezing and thawing process. And you only get pregnancies in patients with lots of good embryos to freeze, lead researcher Dr Anja Pinborg was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying. The researchers at Copenhagen University reached the conclusion after comparing over...
  • How four cups of coffee a day reduces a woman's chance of having a baby by 25%

    07/07/2008 10:08:20 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 20 replies · 260+ views
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | 7/07/2008 | Fiona Macrae
    Four cups of coffee a day seriously damage a womans chances of having a baby, research suggests. The effect is almost as bad as the problems in pregnancy caused by alcohol, smoking or being overweight, a fertility conference heard. Women drinking that much caffeine were 26 per cent less likely to have a baby adding to evidence that it can harm fertility and the health of an unborn baby. Earlier this year, it was claimed that just two cups of coffee a day could double the risk of miscarriage. Coffee has also been found to increase the risk of...
  • Infertility is a crossroads

    07/01/2008 2:26:14 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 12 replies · 76+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 27 | Naomi Anderson
    "When you're told that it will be impossible to have your partner's children, it feels like a bereavement. True, it's only the death of a fantasy the fantasy that you and the love of your life might be able to produce a human being who's an endearing amalgamation of both your imperfections but by the time you find out, you'll often have been trying for at least a year to make that fantasy flesh, and its loss feels substantial. So the decision to search for a sperm or egg donor is a difficult and emotional one from the...
  • Reproductive Technology and the Right to Life

    09/30/2007 7:16:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 157+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2007 | Ken Connor
    Advances in reproductive technology have proven to be a blessing to many a couple suffering with infertility. Thanks to these advances, couples, who in the past would have been unable to have children, now happily bounce them on their knees. However, as thrilling as these new technologies can be, their application can be fraught with moral hazard. Ethical lapses can be avoided by thinking clearly about the principles that ought to inform our decision making in this area. Principles of Human Dignity Let's begin by reflecting on the right to life. The first principle that ought to guide our thinking...
  • The Gift Of Infertility, Part 4

    09/23/2007 6:36:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 10 replies · 608+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 19, 2007 | Dr. Jameson and Jennifer Taylor
    Part one of this series discussed natural family planning (NFP) as a means of treating infertility and introduced readers to the basics of artificial reproductive technologies (ART). Parts twoand three explained the Church's teaching on human sexuality, with special attention paid to the link between infertility treatments and the contraceptive mentality. A Response to Readers clarified the Church's teaching on the use of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Here, we enter into the heart of the mystery of infertility. If, as the Church teaches, children are the "supreme gift" of marriage, how are couples (like us) to understand their infertility as a...
  • The Gift Of Infertility, Part 3

    09/23/2007 6:32:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 306+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 12, 2007 | Dr. Jameson and Jennifer Taylor
    While natural family planning (NFP) is not always effective for couples (like us) who are trying to conceive naturally (see part one of this series), the Church has good reasons for its teaching on human sexuality (see part two and our "Response to Readers"). Nevertheless, many couples believe they can use intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) without violating their consciences or their faith, because, after all, such techniques create life, not destroy it.Flirting with DangerProponents of artificial reproductive technologies (ART) often argue that IUI and IVF are actually "pro-life." The thinking behind this assertion is that every...
  • The Gift Of Infertility, Part 2

    09/23/2007 6:30:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 330+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 22, 2007 | Dr. Jameson and Jennifer Taylor
    As we saw in part oneof this series, couples who have learned to chart effectively have a 76 percent chance of conceiving during their first cycle of use and a 98 percent pregnancy rate by their sixth cycle. Still, even if natural family planning (NFP) does not work for everyone (us included), artificial reproductive technologies (ART), such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), are contrary to the Church's teaching on human sexuality. Not only do IUI and IVF frustrate the unitive aspect of lovemaking, they violate the baby's right to be conceived through a person-to-person, body-to-body...
  • The Gift Of Infertility, Part I

    09/23/2007 6:26:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 1 replies · 654+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 15, 2007 | Dr. Jameson and Jennifer Taylor
    Having struggled with infertility for nearly six years, we know the pain of not being able to have a baby. We're also familiar with the awkward silences and tears that often accompany conversations with those who have never experienced infertility. On the one hand, people tend to believe fertility is something we have perfect control over. "Just relax," we've been told. "When you settle down, I'm sure it will happen." Or, "Maybe you're just not ready yet," as if "buying a house" or "getting a better job" would make us pregnant. On the other hand, it's a...
  • Associated Press Falsely Claims Abortions Don't Cause Infertility Problems

    08/16/2007 4:42:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/16/07 | Steven Ertelt
    New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The Associated Press was quick to seize on a story Thursday that wrongly claims the dangerous abortion drug RU 486 poses no medical risks for women. However, the international news service went further by writing a biased news article claiming abortions do not cause future infertility or sterility problems. In his article, "Study Finds No Risk from Abortion Pills" AP reporter Mike Stobbe claims "previous research has shown surgical abortions don't increase the risk of problems in later pregnancies."Yet research shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.A 1986 report...
  • Men Conceived Through Fertility Treatment Have a Sperm Count Half the Normal, Danish Study Reports

    06/19/2007 3:56:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 567+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/19/07 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A study conducted in Denmark found that the sperm count of men who are conceived by fertility treatments is up to 50 percent lower than normal.Published in March 1 by the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE), the study was entitled, "The Fertility Treatment and Reproductive Health of Male Offspring: A Study of 1,925 Young Men from the General Population." The AJE explains that all 1,925 Danish participants were undergoing compulsory medical testing at the time for army fitness requirements. The volunteers were required to give both a semen sample and a blood sample...
  • Sextuplet Births Spark Fertility Drug Concerns

    06/18/2007 8:08:49 AM PDT · by Fawn · 51 replies · 1,319+ views
    ABC News ^ | Updated:2007-06-18 10:07:54 | By LAURA COVERSON -abc bews
    Two Sets in the U.S. Are Born on the Same Day - It is a rare event in the United States, indeed in the world -- the birth of sextuplets. Out of more than 4 million births in the U.S. in 2005, just 85 deliveries involved five or more babies. Making the occasion rarer recently was the birth of two sets of sextuplets just 10 hours apart.On June 12, Ryan and Brianna Morrison of Minnesota became parents of four boys and two girls, born after just 22 weeks in their mother's womb. And in Phoenix that same day, after just...
  • Couple Chooses Life and Sextuplets

    06/12/2007 7:51:28 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 39 replies · 1,411+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | June 12, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, June 12, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) A Minnesota couple welcomed the birth of all six of their sextuplets at St. Lukes Hospital in Minneapolis yesterday,although the couples and their childrens story would have been far different if doctors had their way. "The babies arrived sooner than we'd hoped for, but we are optimistic," father Ryan Morrison said in a statement. "Brianna is doing well. Thanks to all who are praying for our family. We are very happy to be parents." After 22 weeks, Brianna Morrison gave birth to four boys and two girls just before midnight Sunday. All six...
  • I Discuss the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show

    06/07/2007 10:45:05 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 8 replies · 482+ views
    GlennSacks.com ^ | 6-7-07 | Glenn Sacks
    Glenn Sacks Discusses the Texas Frozen Embryo Case on the Nationally-Syndicated Mike McConnell Show (Audio Available) Fathers' rights advocate Glenn Sacks discussed the controversial Texas frozen embryo case on the nationally-syndicated Mike McConnell Show yesterday. The case involves Augusta Roman and her ex-husband Randy Roman, who during their marriage tried for several years to have a child (and had one miscarriage) before undergoing infertility treatments. The day before the embryos were to be implanted, Randy told her that he was troubled by certain aspects of their relationship and wanted to wait to implant the embryos until they had resolved their...
  • As Demand for Donor Eggs Soars, High Prices Stir Ethical Concerns

    05/16/2007 12:13:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 564+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 15, 2007 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Samantha Carolan was 23 and fresh out of graduate school when she decided to donate eggs to an infertile couple. Ms. Carolan concedes that she would never have done it if not for the money, $7,000 that she used to pay off some student loans. She has since had a second egg extraction, for which she was paid $8,000, and she is planning a third before taking a break. The first time, its frightening, said Ms. Carolan, now 24, of Winfield Park, N.J. It is surgery, and I dont think I would have done it without compensation. But I had...