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Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: Study

Odds of Pregnancy in IVF Same With Frozen or Fresh Embryos: StudyFRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Whether a frozen or fresh embryo is transferred during fertility treatments, the odds of pregnancy are roughly the same, according to a new Danish study involving nearly 500 women. Fresh embryo transfer, however, should still be the gold standard in assisted reproduction for women, the research team said. There was one exception to that rule, however: Women who are at risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome -- a painful response to the use of excess hormones in fertility treatments. Using only frozen embryos (a "freeze-all" strategy) during procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become more common, noted researchers led by Sacha Stormlund, of the fertility clinic at Hvidovre University Hospital, in Copenhagen. But the new...

Men's Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners' Risk for...

6 August 2020
Men`s Genital Bacteria Help Predict Partners` Risk for Vaginal Infection: StudyTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The makeup of bacteria that colonize a man's penis can help predict the risk of a serious and hard-to-treat vaginal infection in his female partner, new research suggests. Bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, can lead to problems in pregnancy and make a woman more vulnerable to several sexually transmitted diseases. More than 20% of women worldwide get BV. For this study, researchers tracked 168 couples and found that women whose partner had BV-related bacteria on their penis were more likely to develop BV within a year. "Our results show that penile bacteria can accurately predict new cases of BV in women who did not have BV to begin with, up to six to 12 months in the future," said lead author Supriya Mehta. "This is important, because...

U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study Finds

6 August 2020
U.S. Women More Likely to Skip Meds Than Men, Study FindsTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, many women with chronic medical conditions aren't filling prescriptions or are trying to make their medications last longer due to the cost, a new study finds. Not filling prescriptions, skipping doses, delaying refills or splitting pills may put their health at risk, the study authors noted. For the study, researchers collected data on patients in 11 high-income countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Among U.S. patients, one in four younger women (aged 18 to 64) reported cost-related non-adherence to their prescriptions compared with one in seven younger men. The researchers found that the largest...

Early Periods Tied to Worse Menopause Symptoms

6 August 2020
Early Periods Tied to Worse Menopause SymptomsTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose periods started at an early age are more likely to have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, researchers say. "The risk of the women who menstruated early experiencing both symptoms was greater than having either [hot flashes] or night sweats alone," study author Hsin-Fang Chung said in a news release from the University of Queensland in Australia. Chung is with its School of Public Health. For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 18,000 middle-aged women across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Compared to those who had their first period when they were 14 or older, those who started menstruating when they were 11 or younger were 50% more likely to have frequent hot flashes and...

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

6 August 2020
Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here`s Some Guidance on Doing It SafelyTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're thinking about letting your child resume sports while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, a leading pediatricians' group says there are a few things you should consider. To help families make informed decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released guidance based on the most current research. "We recommend that parents talk to their pediatrician about the type of sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances, such as an underlying health condition that places the athlete or family members at high risk," Dr. Susannah Briskin, one of the guidance authors, said in an AAP news release. "The risk can be decreased, but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials who...

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