Monthly Archives: June 2016
Why does fertility decline with age?
Yale School of Medicine researchers have identified the molecular pathways involved in the aging of human eggs. This research not only explains why egg quality —and thereby fertility—sharply declines with age, but could eventually lead to treatments to correct age-related … Continue reading
Folate may protect against obesity
Most women know by now that folate, an essential B vitamin, reduces the fetus’ risk for neural tube defects, malformations affecting the brain, spine and spinal cord. Now, new research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, finds another potential benefit: Proper maternal … Continue reading
New podcast: help for male infertility
Approximately 15 to 20 percent of married couples in the United States will experience some degree of infertility. Male infertility affects up to 40 percent of those couples, and an additional 20 percent of them have combined male-female factor infertility. … Continue reading
Is folic acid still recommended for moms-to-be?
Yes, definitely—despite what you may have heard about a recent report claiming that fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid was not as protective against the risk of certain birth defects, including spina bifida, as experts thought it would … Continue reading
An early plug for flu shots
The best time to get your yearly flu shot is in the fall, but news this spring may help convince women trying to get pregnant to get immunized in October. A recent study found that a seasonal flu shot may … Continue reading
Men and women should lay off the salt
It’s Men’s Health Month, but here’s a health tip that both men and women can benefit from: lower your daily salt intake. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that Americans consume almost 50 percent more sodium than what most … Continue reading
Endometriosis-infertility link questioned
Infertility risk posed by endometriosis may be half of previous estimates, as a majority of women with endometriosis do not experience infertility. So claims a study published in the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston … Continue reading
Help us promote men’s health this month
June is devoted to men—and we don’t just mean Father’s Day. Congress has designated June as Men’s Health Month. It’s a time to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and … Continue reading
Study: Fertility info lacking for cancer survivors
Many young female cancer survivors say they don’t receive enough information about preserving their fertility, a new study finds. These women are at risk for early menopause because of their cancer treatment. If they want to have children but are … Continue reading
Are you feeding your baby arsenic?
You may be surprised to learn that there is arsenic in rice. The U.S. Food and Drug administration says that rice is not the only food or beverage that contains arsenic. It’s also found in vegetables, fruits, and many other … Continue reading