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Time in Front of the TV Decreases Sperm Count, Study Says

FertilityAuthority,  Feb 6, 2013

February 6, 2013

A recent Harvard University study says watching TV can cut your sperm count in half.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine blames lower physical activity for the decrease in a man’s swimmers, citing sedentary men as those most likely to experience the effects. However, just three hours of time spent in front of the TV per day can lower sperm count.

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Largest Study of its Kind Reports Flu Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy; Reduces Risk of Pregnancy Loss

FertilityAuthority,  Jan 18, 2013

January 18, 2013

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday says the flu shot is not only safe for pregnant women, but has shown no evidence for increasing the risk of miscarriage and can actually prevent fetal death related to the illness.

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Safeguarding Against the Boston Flu Outbreak While Pregnant or Trying to Conceive

FertilityAuthority,  Jan 11, 2013

January 11, 2013

Flu season peaks in the cold winter month of February, but officials at the CDC are stumped as to why the flu has hit so hard and so early this year, especially in Boston.

Boston mayor, Thomas Menino, has declared a public health emergency after 18 flu-related deaths and a total of 700 reported cases of influenza have surfaced since October 1st- ten times the number of reported cases in 2011.

The city is offering free flu vaccines- the strongest safe guard against further transmission of the virus.

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The Impact of Fertility Treatments on Women, Children

BU Today,  July 18, 2012

A partnership forged during a cab ride has resulted in a $6.6 million research collaboration that BU School of Public Health childbirth experts hope will shed light on how assisted reproductive technology (ART) influences health outcomes for women and children.

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More Evidence Obesity May Lower IVF Success

Reuters,  June 20, 2012

The odds of having a baby via in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be lower for obese women than their thinner counterparts, two new studies find. The studies, reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility, add to evidence suggesting that heavy women have a lesser chance of success with IVF — where a woman's eggs are fertilized in a lab dish then transferred to her uterus.

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Having a Baby after Breast Cancer Treatment

Boston Globe,  April 30, 2012

Fertility issues are very common among women and men undergoing cancer treatments in their reproductive years. Yet a survey of more than 1,000 female cancer patients under age 40 published in the March issue of the journal Cancer found that 61 percent of the survey respondents had treatments that could potentially destroy their fertility but that only 5 percent of the total respondents were counseled by fertility specialists and only 4 percent took action to preserve their fertility.

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New Endometriosis Center Launches With $3M from Marriott Foundation

WBUR,  April 18, 2012

After 14-year-old Emily Hatch of Wellesley was treated for endometriosis at Boston Children’s Hospital, her mother, Mary Alice, asked the surgeon what she could do to help researchers find better treatments and ultimately discover a cure for the painful, chronic disorder. That conversation led to a gift of $3 million from the foundation started by Mary Alice’s grandfather, J.

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Experts Eye Fertility Breakthrough

UK Press Association,  April 7, 2012

University of Edinburgh researchers are working with a team from Harvard Medical School in Boston to be the first to produce mature human eggs from stem cells isolated from human ovarian tissue. They aim to request a license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UK fertility watchdog, to try to fertilize the lab-grown egg cells with human sperm to prove they are viable.

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Court Orders Man to Pay for IVF Twins Conceived after Split

WCBV TV Boston,  Mar 7, 2012

A Massachusetts man is responsible for supporting the twin girls born to his wife by in vitro fertilization, even though the couple had split before the children were conceived. That was the decision of the Massachusetts Appeals Court on Tuesday, finding that Chukwudera B. Okoli must pay child support, even though the girls were conceived through IVF using donor sperm and eggs, and his ex-wife had agreed he would not have to be responsible for them, the Quincy Patriot Ledger reported.

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Drug Stores To Begin Selling At-Home Male Fertility Tests

CBS Boston,  Mar 5, 2012

Ovulation predictors and many other over-the-counter products are available to help women struggling to get pregnant. But statistics show that as many 40% of infertility cases can be traced back to the man, and there is nothing available over-the-counter for men. But that’s changing. Next month drug stores will start selling the SpermCheck home testing kit. Studies have shown that men tend to be reluctant to seek professional help when a couple has trouble getting pregnant. The test would allow the man to check his fertility in the privacy of his own home.

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