Fertility

Paternal Age: How Old is Too Old?

Autism And Schizophrenia Share Common Origin, Review Suggests ScienceDaily (Dec. 18, 2008) — Schizophrenia and autism probably share a common origin, hypothesises Dutch researcher Annemie Ploeger following an extensive literature study. The developmental psychologist demonstrated that both mental diseases have similar physical abnormalities which are formed during the first month of pregnancy. Read the full …

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Oxidative stress and male infertility—a clinical perspective

Oxidative stress occurs when the production of potentially destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS) exceeds the body’s own natural antioxidant defenses, resulting in cellular damage. Oxidative stress is a common pathology seen in approximately half of all infertile men. ROS, defined as including oxygen ions, free radicals and peroxides are generated by sperm and seminal leukocytes …

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Chinese Medicine could double chances of conceiving

Couples with fertility problems are twice as likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine as western drugs, say researchers. They found a two-fold improvement in pregnancy rates over just four months of treatment from practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2066254/Chinese-medicine-double-chances-childless-couples-conceiving.html#ixzz2FHLDjEdw

ICSI associated with birth defects

The results of a large Australian observational study suggest that intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is linked to an increased risk of birth defects compared with spontaneous conception. The study analysed outcomes from 308,974 births, which included 6,163 involving assisted reproductive technology (ART). Overall, 8.3% of children born using ART had some type of birth defect, compared with …

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