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  • From the Housing Market to the Maternity Ward

    02/01/2008 8:56:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 71+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2008 | John Leland
    What is the relationship between fertility and real estate? ... Is real estate destiny? “It’s something a bunch of us have been thinking about,” said Morris A. Davis, an assistant professor of real estate and urban land economics []. “If you reduce down-payment constraints, more people can buy homes, or buy bigger homes. Does that encourage them to have more kids? I would say nobody knows.” Social scientists have long traced a connection between housing and fertility. When homes are scarce or beyond the means of young couples, as in the 1930s, couples delay marriage or have fewer children. This...
  • Fertility Rates Rise In US; We're At Replacement Level!

    12/21/2007 2:26:38 PM PST · by Marie2 · 48 replies · 145+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/21/07 | Rob Stein
    For the first time in 35 years, the U.S. fertility rate has climbed high enough to sustain a stable population, solidifying the nation's unique status among industrialized countries. The overall fertility rate increased 2 percent between 2005 and 2006, nudging the average number of babies being born to each woman to 2.1, according to the latest federal statistics. That marks the first time since 1971 that the rate has reached a crucial benchmark of population growth: the ability of each generation to replace itself. "It's been quite a long time since we've had a rate this high," said Stephanie J....
  • Warning issued over human egg freezing

    10/23/2007 12:19:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 28+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Oct. 22, 2007 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP Medical Writer Don't count on freezing eggs to offset a ticking biological clock just yet. So say new guidelines for fertility specialists that conclude the procedure remains highly experimental even though it is increasingly offered. The recommendations are a dash of cold water for a field that proponents believe is slowly coming of age. But with perhaps 500 births from frozen-and-thawed eggs worldwide, compared with more than 200,000 from frozen embryos, it is a nascent technology. Now scientists are tweaking techniques to try to improve the odds that a woman who has her eggs removed and frozen will bear...
  • Having sex daily 'improves a man's fertility'

    10/16/2007 8:27:23 AM PDT · by numberonepal · 60 replies · 164+ views
    This Is London ^ | 10/16/07 | This is London
    Regular sex boosts a man's fertility, say doctors. In a contradiction of conventional wisdom on the subject, research has shown those who do not have sex often produce sperm of lower quality than those who do so daily. This is thought to be because sperms' DNA becomes more damaged the longer it remains in the body, cutting the chances of fertilisation and raising the risk of a miscarriage in the first weeks of pregnancy. The findings, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual conference, will be of particular significance to couples undergoing fertility treatment. Men are currently advised...
  • British MPs to Propose Bill Investigating Abortion Breast Cancer Link

    10/08/2007 4:29:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 177+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/8/07 | Steve Ertelt
    London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the British parliament wants to add an amendment to an abortion bill the legislative body will debate next month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion. Labour Party MPs Claire Curtis-Thomas and Geraldine Smith say they want the abortion bill amended to tell women of the abortion-breast cancer link. Their bill follows on the heels of new research showing the number of breast cancer cases in England will skyrocket because of the high number of abortions in the European nation. The bill would focus on more research into the link between abortion...
  • New Study Shows Abortion is 'Best Predictor of Breast Cancer'

    10/03/2007 4:09:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 99 replies · 2,179+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/3/07 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a study yesterday entitled, "The Breast Cancer Epidemic." It showed that, among seven risk factors, abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer," and fertility is also a useful predictor.  The study by Patrick Carroll of PAPRI in London showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence. Where abortion rates are low (i.e., Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic) a smaller increase is expected. Where a decline in abortion has taken place,...
  • Men With Younger Women Have More Children

    08/29/2007 3:10:46 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,379+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8-29-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Men with younger women have more children 13:50 29 August 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi A woman should get together with a man several years older than herself if she wants a lot of children – at least in Sweden. The analysis of Swedish birth records reveals that men who partner with women six years younger than themselves produce the most offspring. Across many cultures men and women prefer younger and older mates respectively, says Martin Fieder, an anthropologist at the University of Vienna in Austria. In theory these age preferences make evolutionary sense, he says. However, there has...
  • Environemental Organizations Generate Green Guilt to Push More Population Control

    08/27/2007 6:58:46 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 305+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 27, 2007 | Colin Mason
    Environemental Organizations Generate Green Guilt to Push More Population Control Want everyone to become "eunuchs for the green kingdom" by Colin Mason Front Royal, Virginia, August 27, 2007 (pop.org) - If asked what function the San Francisco-based Sierra Club performs, most of its 1.3 million members would probably reply "protecting the environment," or "raising awareness of endangered species," or words to that effect. Yet, in their 2007 legislative report for Minnesota, the Sierra Club spent nearly 3 pages describing legislative initiatives that have virtually nothing to do with the environment. Rather, this section deals almost exclusively with population issues or,...
  • Tomato soup 'boosts fertility'

    07/28/2007 9:01:06 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 14 replies · 549+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 Jul 2007, 2039 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Craving for something sweet and sour at the same time? Don't think twice. Just have a bowl of spicy and creamy tomato soup to satisfy your desire. Yes, a bowl of hot tomato soup every day can boost fertility among men, according to scientists. Researchers at the UK-based University of Portsmouth have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can turn sperm into super-sperm, sources reported. The conclusion came after the researchers studied the effect of lycopene in the diet on a group of six healthy men, all in their early forties. They were asked to...
  • Call for EU-wide fertility rules

    07/03/2007 1:05:36 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies · 562+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 07/02/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Laws on fertility treatment should be standardised across the European Union to deter 'fertility tourism', a leading expert has said.
  • Multiple births, multiple risks For fertility doctors, one is still the magic number.

    07/02/2007 3:05:10 AM PDT · by amchugh · 7 replies · 473+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 25, 2007 | Shari Roan
    Two weeks ago, Brianna Morrison gave birth to six babies in Minneapolis. Less than a day later, Jenny Masche delivered six babies in a Phoenix hospital. Both of the women had been treated for infertility and had used fertility-enhancing drugs. The two families expressed joy, but many fertility doctors were dismayed. For years, doctors have been pushing to lower the rate of multiple births due to fertility treatment. Not only had two headline-grabbing births occurred in the same week, but several recent scientific papers also revealed mixed results in the eight-year effort to reduce the U.S. multiple-birth rate.
  • 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...
  • Rising Immigration Fuels 26-Year Fertility High (UK)

    06/07/2007 2:14:04 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 591+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-7-2007 | Emma Henry
    Rising immigration fuels 26-year fertility high By Emma Henry and agencies Last Updated: 3:41pm BST 07/06/2007 Rising immigration and older mothers have fuelled a 26-year high in the number of children women are having in England and Wales. More older women are having babies Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show the average number of children has risen for a fifth straight year to 1.87, the highest rate since 1980. The last decade has seen a 77 per cent increase in births by mothers born outside of the UK, with the figure climbing to almost 150,000, or over...
  • So You Want Me to Breed?

    05/30/2007 11:21:26 AM PDT · by qam1 · 136 replies · 3,956+ views
    The Tyee ^ | 5/30/07 | Vanessa Richmond
    Contradictory messages about women's fertility are breeding like rabbits this week. In largely-Catholic Brazil, the government is subsidizing birth control pills so poor women can afford the contraceptive, despite a recent visit by Pope Benedict XVI, who mainly used his time to condemn abortion, contraception and sex outside marriage. In China, officials are rounding up rural, pregnant women and conducting forced abortions to enforce the mandatory one child policy. In Canada, on the other hand, I'm the problem. Thirty-something. Childless. And a threat to Canada's future economic well being. The nation's fertility rate has plummeted to 1.53 children per woman,...
  • Eating Beef Could Threaten Sons' Fertility

    03/27/2007 8:55:28 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2007 | REoger Highfield
    Eating beef could threaten sons' fertility By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 1:37am BST 28/03/2007 The sons of women who regularly ate beef during pregnancy are more likely to have low sperm counts, a report claims today. The American researchers suggest the growth promoters used in cattle may be responsible. It has been known for more than 10 years that sperm counts had been falling in the western world, with scientists at Copenhagen University pointing to exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals. The principle suspects included "gender-bender" chemicals that act like human sex hormones. The latest study - of...
  • Male Offspring of Assisted Reproduction Less Fertile

    03/15/2007 1:44:13 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 28 replies · 718+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health ^ | 03.15.07 | NEW YORK (Reuters Health
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Mar 14 - A study of young men undergoing compulsory physical examination for military service shows that men whose mothers underwent fertility treatments to conceive appear to have impaired reproductive health, Danish researchers report in the March issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Tina Kold Jensen and colleagues at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, studied 1925 young Danish men who underwent a physical examination and volunteered to provide a semen sample, a blood sample and to complete a questionnaire. When the mothers were asked if they had received fertility treatments to conceive their son, 47 women confirmed...
  • Obese couples have tougher time having (i.e. making) babies

    03/08/2007 1:42:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 7,588+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2007 | Will Dunham
    Obese couples have a more difficult time conceiving a baby than couples of normal weight, according to a study published on Tuesday identifying another consequence of putting on too much weight. Researchers tracked nearly 48,000 Danish couples between 1996 and 2002, including about 7,600 couples with both the man and woman either overweight or obese according to standards set by the World Health Organization. They measured how long it took couples to conceive a baby once they began unprotected sex in a bid to have a child. If both the man and woman were obese, their chances of having to...
  • Food fats threaten women's fertility

    01/20/2007 11:57:24 AM PST · by ReagansShinyHair · 16 replies · 518+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th January 2007 | JULIE WHELDON
    Fats hidden in thousands of foods can harm a woman’s chance of having a baby, scientists said yesterday. They can increase the risk of fertility problems by 70 per cent or more. Eating as little as one doughnut or a portion of chips a day can have a damaging effect. The scientists behind the study advised women who want to have a baby to avoid the fats, known as trans fats. They are used in thousands of processed foods, from chocolate to pies, as well as take-away meals. They have no nutritional value but are included simply to extend the...
  • Robot mother helps South Koreans prepare for birth

    01/04/2007 12:37:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 632+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Thu Jan 4, 2007 | Reuters
    Robot mother helps South Koreans prepare for birth Thu Jan 4, 2007 12:21 PM ET SEOUL, Jan 4 (Reuters Life!) - With South Korea's birth rate at its lowest ever, medical students are resorting to robots to practice bringing babies into the world. Kyunghee University Medical Center in Seoul is the first institution in South Korea to use Noelle, a life-sized robot, and her "newborn" to give obstetric students experience. "With this simulator training tool, we can conduct not only normal deliveries, but also complicated deliveries such as breech births, Caesarean deliveries," Professor Jung Eui told Reuters Television. "Students can...