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Breaking bad news in assisted reproductive technology: a proposal for guidelines

The issue of breaking bad news in assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been only partially explored by literature, and although some recommendations are available, specific guidelines are lacking. The pr...

A never-before opportunity to strengthen investment and action on adolescent contraception, and what we must do to make full use of it

Increasingly, the health and rights of adolescents are being recognized and prioritized on the global agenda. This presents us with a “never-before” opportunity to address adolescent contraception. This is tim...

Professionals’ perception of intimate partner violence in young people: a qualitative study in northern Spain

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health problem with devastating effects on young women’s health. These negative effects increase when the exposure to IPV lasts for a long time and exposure at an ea...

New way cells turn off genes

For some developmental genes one allele must stay silent, otherwise debilitating syndromes and cancers can arise. Scientists have now uncovered a new imprinting mechanism cells use to keep these genes quiet in mice.

New limits to functional portion of human genome reported

New calculations by an evolutionary biologist suggest that no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional. That is in stark contrast to suggestions by scientists with the ENCODE project that as much as 80 percent of the genome is functional.

Looking back and moving forward: can we accelerate progress on adolescent pregnancy in the Americas?

Adolescent fertility rates in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) remain unacceptably high, especially compared to the region’s declining total fertility rates. The Region has experienced the slowest progres...

Nearly half of women who use social media say they have been sexually victimized

A total of 261 women aged 13-72 took part in an anonymous online survey about their online experiences, with 46 per cent reporting sexual victimization. The most frequent experience was being asked to share sexual images of themselves, followed by receiving unsolicited sexual images and requests to talk about sex.

Growth in consumer DNA testing brings new 'threat' to those affected by donor conception, warns expert

The rise in direct-to-consumer DNA testing has increased the likelihood of individuals unexpectedly finding out they are donor-conceived, raising important ethical questions, warns a social scientist.

Baseline characteristics of study sites and women enrolled in a three-arm cluster randomized controlled trial: PMTCT uptake and retention (pure) Malawi

Malawi introduced an ambitious public health program known as “Option B+” which provides all HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women with lifelong combination antiretroviral therapy, regardless of WHO cl...

Increasing utilisation of skilled facility-based maternal healthcare services in rural Zambia: the role of safe motherhood action groups

Community-centred health interventions, such as Safe Motherhood Action groups (SMAGs), have potential to lead to desired health behavioural change and favourable health outcomes. SMAGs are community-based volu...

Back to the future: Most efficient option for treating unexplained infertility

An inexpensive fertility drug, which has been available for more than 50 years and can be taken orally, has proved as effective as other more costly hormones when used for ovarian stimulation before intrauterine stimulation (IUI). The results of the study now make this 'least expensive and least invasive stimulation agent' the drug of choice in IUI.

Flipping the switch on controlling disease-carrying insects

Authorities in Florida and Brazil recently released thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia in an effort to curb Zika outbreaks. Find out how Wolbachia neutralizes insects.

Male infertility could be linked to noisy bedrooms

Long-term exposure to a noisy environment, particularly at night, is linked to infertility in men. The researchers found that exposure above the WHO night noise level (55 dB -- equivalent to the noise of a suburban street) is linked to a significant increase in infertility.

Acupuncture may not be effective in treating infertility

Acupuncture, alone or with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to an international team of researchers. The finding casts doubts on previous smaller trials that have suggested that acupuncture may improve reproductive function in women affected by infertility.

Selfish gene acts as both poison and antidote to eliminate competition

An unprecedented genetic survival strategy has been identified that would be right at home in an Agatha Christie murder mystery novel.

Common periodontal pathogen may interfere with conception in women

According to a recent study, a common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in young women.

How pheromones trigger female sexual behavior

A new study showed how a male pheromone in mice enhances sexual behaviors in females -- and how it may enhance a different behavior, aggression, in males -- by identifying distinct neural circuits and neurons that generate a particular behavioral response to specific chemical signals. Show More Summary

Frequent sexual activity can boost brain power in older adults

More frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in older adults, according to a new study.

Male infertility: Urogenital infection as a possible cause

In couples who have not been able to have children, male infertility is the cause in at least half of cases. In 6-10% the cause is a urogenital infection. The risk of irreversible infertility associated with urogenital infections in men should not be underestimated.

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