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Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists Say

Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists SayWEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Should a dying man be allowed to let doctors harvest his sperm for possible use by strangers after death? Yes, say two medical ethicists in the United Kingdom. Writing in an article published Jan. 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Drs. Nathan Hodson and Joshua Parker said that such donations would be akin to the organ donor process. "If it is morally acceptable that individuals can donate their tissues to relieve the suffering of others in 'life-enhancing transplants' for diseases, we see no reason this cannot be extended to other forms of suffering like infertility, which may or may not also be considered a disease," the team wrote. Hodson is an ethicist at the University of Leicester, while Parker is at the Wythenshawe Hospital in...

Kangaroo Care Reduces Infant Deaths

20 January 2020
Kangaroo Care Reduces Infant DeathsTUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Low birth weight babies stand a better chance of surviving when their mothers hold them close throughout the day, a new study finds. This technique is called kangaroo care because it mimics how kangaroos shield their babies in their pouch. In women, it involves holding the newborn tightly to her body with the help of a scarf or harness, during the first month after birth, ideally for more than 12 hours a day. "We discovered that the chance of survival increased as much as 30% within the first month and by 25% within the first six months," said researcher Halvor Sommerfelt, a professor at the Center for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Bergen in Norway. "There are few health interventions that...

What Parents Overlook When Their Teen Is a Heavy Gamer

20 January 2020
What Parents Overlook When Their Teen Is a Heavy GamerMONDAY, Jan. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most American parents believe their teens spend too much time playing video games, but many underestimate the actual amount, a new survey shows. The poll of nearly 1,000 parents with at least one child aged 13 to 18 found that 86% said their teen spends too much time gaming. Among parents of daily gamers, 54% report their teen plays three or more hours a day, compared with 13% of teens who don't play every day. Yet, only 13% of parents of daily gamers believe their teen spends more time gaming than other teens, and 78% believe their teen's gaming is less than or about the same as their peers, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, from the University of Michigan. "Many parents of frequent gamers...

Fish Oil Supplements Might Help Men Become Dads

17 January 2020
Fish Oil Supplements Might Help Men Become DadsFRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Couples struggling to get pregnant might want to add a little more fish in their diet, a new study says. Young men who take fish oil supplements appear to have better sperm quality and higher testosterone levels than those who don't, as well as larger testicles, researchers report. Although it wasn't tested as part of the study, all these male reproductive factors should lead to overall improved fertility in young men taking fish oil, said lead researcher Tina Kold Jensen, a professor of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark. "Because they have a better sperm count, as a group they would have a better chance of fertilizing an egg," Jensen said. Fertility supplements haven't always had a great track record. For...

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