George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director

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  • A mammogram every two years is best for older women

    "Women aged 66 to 74 years who choose to undergo screening mammography should be screened every two years. They get no added benefit from annual screening, and face almost twice the false positives and biopsy recommendations, which may cause anxiety and inconvenience."

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  • Caffeine during pregnancy associated with low birth weight babies

    Caffeine consumption during pregnancy is linked to low birth weight babies as well as an overall increase in the length of gestation, reveals new research published in the journal BMC Medicine. Caffeine is able to freely pass the placental barrier in the same way that nutrients or oxygen can. However, an embryo is not able to inactivate the drug properly, which can cause health concerns.

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  • Effective treatment for women suffering from extremely heavy periods

    "Excessive uterine bleeding is a common problem we see in gynecological practices and emergency rooms. It can interfere with women's daily activities and put them at risk for anemia and other more serious health consequences caused by blood loss," said Anita L. Nelson, MD, a LA BioMed lead investigator and corresponding author of the study. "Until now, there has been no Food and Drug Administration-approved products for short-term treatment of this condition. Based on our study, we conclude that this new progestogen-only treatment is effective in stopping acute abnormal uterine bleeding."

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  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome seem to have higher risk of heart attack and stroke

    A syndrome common in women of reproductive age may place them at greater risk for hardening of the arteries, which predisposes them to heart attack and stroke, according to research published Feb. 15 in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism. "We have shown for the first time at the molecular level that the glucose-stimulated inflammation pathways that promote atherosclerosis and a cardiovascular event are already active at an early age in women with polycystic ovary syndrome," Dr. González said.

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  • Folic acid might lower autism risk

    Women who take folic acid supplements four weeks before becoming pregnant and also during the first weeks of pregnancy have a lower risk of giving birth to children who eventually become diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Norwegian researchers have reported in JAMA.

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  • Iron intake may help to protect women against PMS

    Women who reported eating a diet rich in iron were 30 to 40 percent less likely to develop pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) than women who consumed lower amounts, in a study reported this week by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Harvard. It is one of the first to evaluate whether dietary mineral intake is associated with PMS development.

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  • IVF pioneer's work brought joy to millions

    The grandfather of IVF died last week after bringing bundles of joy to millions of mums and dads who feared they would never have children.

    Prof Sir Robert Edwards began working in the field of fertilisation in the 1950s and he and Dr Patrick Steptoe carried out their ground-breaking research in the face of opposition from church leaders, governments and sections of the media, and scepticism from scientific colleagues.

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  • Univfy PredictIVF Test Proven to Predict Future IVF Success Accurately Based on Past IVF Data

    Univfy Inc., a pioneer in predictive technology for health care and fertility, today announced the results of a new validation study that proves its Univfy PredictIVF online prediction test is 75 percent more powerful than age-based estimates at accurately predicting the probability of live birth in a patient's next in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle based on data from her previous IVF cycles.

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  • Mother's Ethnicity Can Significantly Influence Fertility Treatment Outcomes

    Maternal ethnicity is a significant determinant of successful outcomes after fertility treatment, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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  • Sticky Spermatozoa Could Hold Fertility Key

    Researchers from the University of Leeds think that sticky spermatozoa could hold the key to greater success for couples undergoing IVF treatment. The £1.3m trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Efficiency and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR EME) Programme, will be piloting a new IVF method that relies on picking only mature and fertile spermatozoa that stick to a specially coated plate for injection into the egg.

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