University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists announced a milestone in their efforts to preserve the fertility of young boys undergoing cancer treatments. Writing in the journal Science, the researchers announced the birth of a monkey born using this advance — using cryopreserved testicular tissue to produce sperm for in vitro fertilization — and said the success paves the way for human trials. “It’s a huge step forward” that should give hope to families, said Susan Taymans of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which helped fund the research. “It’s not like science fiction. It’s something that seems pretty attainable.” She said it raises hope that the technique can be developed for use in regular medical practice. “Before it was just a concept: Can we make mature sperm from immature tissue? Now we’ve shown it can lead to healthy sperm that can fertilize an egg and can result in a … [Read more...] about Advance offers new hope for fertility preservation for boys with cancer
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On Monday, Kensington Palace made the exciting announcement that newlyweds Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in the midst of their first royal tour together, arriving in Australia early Monday morning. Over the next 16 days the couple are expected to tour Australia and New Zealand as well as two island nations, Fiji and Tonga, where the Zika virus — which can cause serious birth defects — has been detected. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below However, the royal couple has opted to continue with their travels, despite the risk of the mosquit0-borne virus. What is Zika, exactly?According to the CDC, Zika is a virus spread to humans primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. After a pregnant woman contracts the virus, it can be passed to her fetus and the infection can be seriously detrimental to the health of her child. In addition to severe fetal brain defects, zika is primarily known … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle Is Pregnant and Touring Zika-Stricken Countries—Is It Safe?
Getty ImagesSamir Hussein A royal baby is on the way for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! The couple, who are reportedly 12 weeks along, wasted no time before starting a family together — and Meghan's age could have something to do with the reason why. The Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 37th birthday in August—and while many women are waiting until their late 30s and 40s to have children, women who are pregnant over the age of 25 are considered a higher risk by physicians. In fact, there is even an antiquated (and slightly offensive) term many physicians use to describe it: a geriatric pregnancy. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below No matter what you call it, there is undoubtably more risk involved having children after the age of 35, according to fertility specialist Zaher Merhi, MD, FACOG, HCLD of New Hope Fertility Center in Brooklyn, New York. He explains to Prevention that pregnancies involving older women can be complicated for both the mother and child. … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle Is Having a ‘Geriatric Pregnancy’: What Are the Risks?
For 40 years and counting, every "Sunday Morning" broadcast opens with our Cover Story – sometimes big, even traumatic events, to be sure. But we've also brought you stories of uplift and hope about our changing world. Tracy Smith has a case in point: You could call it the cry heard round the world – the birth of Louise Brown 40 years ago, the first known baby conceived outside its mother's womb. "You were born world famous," said Smith. "A bit scary when you think back at it!" Brown laughed. "Everybody was looking and watching and waiting. And I just came out screaming!" She was the very first baby born using in vitro fertilization, or IVF. They called her the "test-tube baby," even though she was actually conceived in a petri dish. Her parents had been trying to have a baby for nine excruciating years, when they met two British doctors who'd been experimenting mixing sperm and egg outside the womb and re-implanting them. Louise was living proof it could … [Read more...] about Test tube baby Louise Brown and the birth of IVF
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Egg-freezing clinics are aggressively courting a new generation. Younger millennials are heeding the call. Credit Credit Illustration by Tracy Ma/The New York Times Supported by ByRuth La Ferla Aug. 29, 2018 Jennifer Lannon lay, her feet propped in stirrups, on an examining table at Extend Fertility, an egg-freezing clinic in Midtown Manhattan. A screen at her right displayed the results of her ultrasound, the image closely monitored by Ms. Lannon and her doctor, Joshua Klein. How many eggs could she expect to see? she asked. She would likely end up with some 20, Dr. Klein told her. He was making no promises. “But to the extent you can ensure fertility later,” he said, “you are in very good shape.” She ought to be. Ms. Lannon, who works for Dot.Health, a website that stores participants’ medical data, is 26, more than a … [Read more...] about Putting Their Eggs, and Hopes, on Ice