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Do eggs matured in the laboratory result in babies with Large Offspring syndrome?

June 30, 2010 6:40 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) A review of studies of babies born after in vitro maturation fertility treatment has suggested that they are more likely to be born larger than normal and to have more difficult births requiring more obstetric interventions...

The teeth of cadavers reveal their identity

June 29, 2010 6:38 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that a person's dental patterns can be used as proof of their identity with the same degree of reliability as DNA testing, the method that forensic police use to reveal the...

Beating doctor burnout and protecting patients

June 29, 2010 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Nottingham) Researchers at the University of Nottingham are part of a new pan-European research study examining whether working conditions in hospitals are contributing to doctor "burnout" and putting patients' lives at risk.

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Public health systems compared: Germans more dissatisfied than the rest

June 29, 2010 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) One patient in four in Germany is in favor of complete reform of the public health system. Most respondents in other nations are more satisfied. A working group around Prof. Peter Sawicki of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health...

Hebrew University added to Singapore research program

June 29, 2010 10:39 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) The National Research Foundation of Singapore has announced that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will join other leading world universities that have been selected to participate in research centers in Singapore under the CREATE (Campus for...

Study finds no link between diabetes drug rosiglitazone and increased rate of heart attack

June 29, 2010 7:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Washington University School of Medicine) The diabetes drug rosiglitazone has been under intense scrutiny since a 2007 study linked the drug's use with increased risk of heart attack and death from heart disease. Now, in a post-trial analysis of results from an international...

Ovarian transplantation restores fertility to old mice and also lengthens their lives

June 29, 2010 7:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Scientists have discovered that when they transplant ovaries from young mice into aging female mice, not only does the procedure make the mice fertile again, but also it rejuvenates their behavior and increases their lifespan.

New data for Vimpat (lacosamide) C-V showed sustained efficacy for up to 5 years

June 29, 2010 7:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Cooney Waters Group, Inc.) New long term data showed that Vimpat (lacosamide) C-V provided sustained reduction in seizure frequency for up to five years when used as an add-on treatment for uncontrolled partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy.

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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may damage semen quality in sons

June 29, 2010 2:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Mothers who drink alcohol while they are pregnant may be damaging the fertility of their future sons, according to new research.

Underwater sponges and worms may hold key to cure for malaria

June 28, 2010 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Central Florida) University of Central Florida scientist Debopam Chakrabarti is analyzing more than 2,500 samples from marine organisms collected off deep sea near Florida's coast. Some of them could hold the key to developing drugs to fight malaria, a mosquito-borne...

Studies of women's attitudes to 'social egg freezing' find reasons differ with age

June 28, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Women of different ages differ in their reasons for wishing to undergo egg freezing, show two studies presented to the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today.

Endometriosis has a significant effect on women's work productivity, first

June 28, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) The first worldwide study of the societal impact of endometriosis has found a significant loss of work productivity among those women who suffer from the condition.

Overweight women undertaking ART twice as likely to miscarry as their slimmer counterparts

June 28, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Being overweight leads to a greater risk of miscarriage for patients undergoing assisted reproductive technology, the 26th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology heard today. Dr. Vivian...

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Screening for transmissible disease in ART patients not necessary at each donation

June 28, 2010 8:34 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) European legislation that requires all couples undergoing assisted reproduction treatment to be screened for HIV and hepatitis at the time of every sperm or egg donation is unnecessary, expensive, and potentially distressing...

Memories are made of this

June 28, 2010 7:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Leicester) A new Wellcome Trust-funded study led by University of Leicester uncovers the key to how we learn and remember.

International study identifies 12 new genetic risk factors for type 2 diabetes

June 28, 2010 6:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health) An international consortium including Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen and the German Diabetes Center, Duesseldorf, has identified 12 new gene variants which impact the individual's risk of developing type 2...

Researchers develop accurate way to predict the age when women will hit the menopause

June 27, 2010 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Researchers have developed a way of accurately predicting when women will hit the menopause using a simple blood test. The average difference between the predicted age and the actual age that the women in their study reached...

Healthier cafeteria food, more intense gym classes lower students' diabetes risk

June 27, 2010 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - Irvine) Healthier cafeteria choices, longer and more intense periods of physical activity and robust in-school education programs can lower rates of obesity and other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, according to a national study called HEALTHY.

Intervention lowered obesity rate in youth at high diabetes risk, HEALTHY study finds

June 27, 2010 8:40 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) An intervention in middle schools lowered the obesity rate in students at highest risk for type 2 diabetes, those who started out overweight or obese in sixth grade, an NIH-funded study has found. However,...

Why mercury is more dangerous in oceans

June 27, 2010 11:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Duke University) Even though freshwater concentrations of mercury are far greater than those found in seawater, it's the saltwater fish like tuna, mackerel and shark that end up posing a more serious health threat to humans who eat them.

Gestational diabetes linked to serotonin and dietary protein

June 27, 2010 11:37 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of California - San Francisco) The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother's diet early in pregnancy,...

TGen-led studies identify genetic links to kidney disease, kidney failure

June 26, 2010 9:38 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute will make two presentations at this week's 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, June 25-29, in Orlando, Fla.

Down with jet lag

June 25, 2010 7:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) The active agent metyrapone influences corticosterone synthesis and enables faster adaptation to altered circadian rhythms.

Epidemic played large role in shift of attitudes on abortion, author says

June 25, 2010 6:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Ten years before the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, German measles probably played the biggest part in starting to shift public attitudes about the criminal abortion laws, University of Illinois historian Leslie J....

A life-changing partnership

June 25, 2010 6:35 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Researchers at EMBL Heidelberg identified a novel regulatory protein complex in Drosophila that explains another protein's double life, and which likely plays an important role in mammals, too.

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