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Dr. Leroy Hood (Seattle) "Individualized Medicine"
Dr. Janet Rossant (Toronto) "Stem Cells and Individualized Medicine"
Dr. David Relman (Stanford) "Microbiome and Individualized Medicine"
New Frontiers in Placental Biology
The Art and Science of Embryo Selection
Obesity: Impact on Reproduction and Development:
Reproductive Epigenomic Health
Stem Cells and Reproductive Health
Children’s Health: A Global Perspective
Maternal Health Following Complicated Pregnancies
Aging and Reproductive Function
Personalized Medicine in Reproductive Health
Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) and Reproduction: A 30-Year Journey
Early Programming of Lifelong Health: A Focus on Mechanism
The Microbiome in Pregnancy and its Relationship to Health and Disease
Is it a bad idea to run a marathon while pregnant?
Few moms would deny that pregnancy, with its 40 long weeks of growing a baby, feels like a marathon. But Amber Miller of Westchester, Ill., gave that simile a literal twist: on Oct. 9, with a little
more than a week to go before her due date, she ran — and walked — the Chicago Marathon, beating her husband's time and welcoming her new daughter seven hours after crossing the finish line.
Doctors emphasize science as politics impedes HPV vaccine use
Public health officials in the Chicago area have been well aware that passionate debates about the HPV vaccine were raging long before the recent dust-up between U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and fellow
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry over Perry's attempt as Texas governor to mandate the vaccine for girls. But since the issue arose in the GOP debate in September, many physicians have been spending more time reassuring parents about the vaccine's safety and efficacy.
Chemical makers say BPA no longer used in bottles
Makers of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A have asked federal regulators to phase out rules that allow its use in baby bottles and sippy cups, saying those products haven't contained the
plastic-hardening ingredient for two years. The unusual request from the American Chemistry Council may help quash years of negative publicity from consumer groups and head off tougher laws that would ban the chemical from other types of packaging because of health worries. For now, the industry says concerns over bottles and spill-proof cups are unnecessary.
Economy affects physician career choices
The Memphis Daily News
The prolonged recession has impacted the career choices of physicians graduating from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine,
with graduates choosing to enter higher-paying specialties and sub-specialties over primary care when the economic outlook was at its worst. "We have actually trended our students’ career choices over the past four or five years and things have changed," said Dr. Owen Phillips, associate dean of Student Affairs at the UTHSC College of Medicine and a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
FDA: Cancer drug Avastin may cause
ovarian failure in women
International Business Times
Treatment with the cancer drug Avastin might affect fertility in some women, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration said, the latest side effect that has been reported in connection with the medication. Avastin may increase the risk of "ovarian failure" by causing ovaries to stop releasing eggs regularly, according to the FDA. The agency said the drug's warning label will now recommend that doctors tell women of child-bearing age about the risk before they begin treatment.
Massachusetts doctor 'optimistic' about cancer treatment
The Taunton Daily Gazette
Dr. Arlan Fuller, the clinical vice president for the integration of oncology services and academic affiliations at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Mass.,
says he is optimistic about the recent advancements that have been made toward understanding cancer. Fuller said the understanding of cancer cells has changed greatly since scientists released an initial draft of the findings of the Human Genome Project in 2001. The Human Genome Project, begun in 1990 by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health, was essentially an effort to identify and gather information on the more than 20,000 genes in human DNA.
New Richmond Heights practice offers holistic gynecology
Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch
Dr. Poppy Daniels wants her new Richmond Heights practice near St. Louis to facilitate cooperation between doctors and midwives to provide women with the best possible health care. The Poplar Bluff, Mo., resident watched those two groups of people work together during her obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. But upon returning home, she was surprised to learn that Missouri's support of
midwifery was "far behind" that of other states.
Physician says review needed on decision to not fund IVF
The Toronto Star
A Canadian physician says infertility poses a challenge for everyone. While most medical initiatives seek to save or extend life, fertility treatments help to create new life. In these challenging economic times, as we scrutinize all health expenses, it’s worthwhile to revisit the human, moral and economic costs and consequences of not funding in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Popular Florida TV journalist credits acupuncture for pregnancy
Medill Reports - Chicago
After suffering through the pain and sadness of three miscarriages and spending around $20,000 on fertility treatments, popular Florida news anchor Stacey Adams, 40, felt she had run out of options for ever having a child. Then Adams turned to acupuncture. The research is mixed on whether and how acupuncture can improve fertility, but Adams said she saw results almost immediately after nearly giving up hope.
Premature births: Does traffic pollution play a role?
The Huffington Post
New research suggests traffic-related air pollution might play a role, significantly increasing the risk of giving birth before 37 weeks. Researchers with the University of California analyzed the birth certificates of children born to Los Angeles women living near several air quality monitoring stations. They found that exposure to traffic-related pollutants was associated with a 30 percent increased risk of preterm birth. The new
study highlighted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as a pollutant of particular concern.
Study: Pregnancy drug raised daughters' cancer odds
The Associated Press via The Salt Lake Tribune
A drug that millions of pregnant women took decades ago to prevent miscarriage and complications has put their daughters at higher risk for breast cancer and other health problems that are showing up now, a new federal study finds. Many of these daughters, now over 40, may not even know of their risk if their mothers never realized or told them they had used the drug, a synthetic estrogen called DES. The new study suggests that
infertility is twice as common and that breast cancer risk is nearly doubled in these daughters.
The new front in breast cancer: After treatment ends
The Wall Street Journal
The mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone treatments are behind them. Now, the growing ranks of breast cancer survivors face long-term issues that are often overlooked. "The second-hardest phase — after the initial diagnosis — is the minute your treatment ends," says Carie Capossela, 43 years old, who marked 10 years as a breast-cancer survivor in June. Despite all the pink ribbons and billions spent on
breast-cancer research, there is surprisingly little data on issues that linger or emerge for the 10, 15 or more years after treatment ends. Although the odds of relapse fall with time, they never completely disappear.