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

Healthcare News

  • Giving up Smoking as soon as Pregnancy is Confirmed Averts the Adverse Birth Outcomes Associated with Tobacco

    JULY 2011 — Scientists have shown for the first time in a large population study that mothers' stopping smoking around the time of getting pregnant can prevent the harmful effects of tobacco on their babies' growth. Results from a study of over 50 000 pregnancies revealed that women who gave up smoking when their pregnancy was confirmed gave birth to babies with a similar birthweight to those born to mothers who had never smoked, Professor Nick Macklon, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

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  • Fertility Specialists of Houston Selects Ultrasonix Systems for its Four Centers

    November 02, 2011 - Richmond, British Columbia - Fertility Specialists of Houston has been using SonixTouch systems from Ultrasonix Medical Corporation for the past six years. This reproductive medicine center now has 14 Ultrasonix ultrasound systems in its four locations in the Houston area.

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  • Busy career women put biological clock on freeze

    July 2011 — Egg freezing, which has been most commonly performed on cancer patients before chemotherapy hampers their reproductive options, is growing in popularity for women who have been too busy with their professions or too particular about a mate to have a baby in their 20s or early 30s.

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  • IVF checklist 'increases success'

    July 2011 - Experts say they have found a way to avoid the higher risk of twins through IVF without reducing the success rate. Internationally, clinics often transfer more than one embryo per IVF cycle to boost the odds of it working.

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  • Improving IVF success - increasing uterine expression of developmental genes

    AUGUST 2011 — New research published online in Developmental Cell indicates that higher expression of certain developmental genes at precise times in the uterus might improve pregnancy rates from in vitro fertilization-embryo transfers (IVF-ET). So far, these rates remain low at around 30%.

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  • Laparoscopic excision surgery for endometriosis frees patients from chronic pain and complications

    October 2011 - Almost 10 million American women of childbearing age are affected by chronic pelvic pain, gastrointestinal and urinary tract difficulties and infertility due to endometriosis, a strange condition, in which cells normally forming the lining of the uterus (endometrium) start colonizing other organs and tissues beyond the uterus.

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  • GSN Races to Improve Prenatal Tests for Genetic Conditions

    In 2003, Matthew Rabinowitz's sister, then 32, gave birth to a baby boy with Down syndrome, who died six days later. While pregnant, she had routine tests for possible problems -- blood screening and an ultrasound -- but they failed to detect the extra chromosome that causes the condition.

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  • Trying to get pregnant? 10 proven sperm killers

    When it comes to conceiving a child, there are lots of things that can go wrong—sperm allergies, poor egg quality, and ineffective sperm. Of the approximately one in 10 couples who are infertile, it has been estimated that male factors alone contribute to 30 percent of these cases.

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  • Sperm counts drop out near laptops using WiFi

    Ejaculated sperm has been shown to be significantly damaged by prolonged exposure to a WiFi connected laptop. A study, published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that after four hours of exposure there was a significant decrease in sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation.

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  • New embryo test to improve IVF success rate

    Researchers at Oxford University have developed a test that may help to improve IVF success rates by checking the health of embryos.

    The team, led by Dr Dagan Wells, has apparently developed a test which checks embryos during IVF for abnormal numbers of chromosomes. They tested a few cells taken from early human embryos, each of which should contain 23 pairs of chromosomes. With more or less than this, embryos can fail to develop normally.

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