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University Of Kentucky Professor Teaches First Reproductive Laboratory Science Class In The United States
As regulations for assisted reproductive technology laboratories continue to increase, the demand for formal education in this area increases. Doris J. Baker, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Kentucky (UK), taught the first reproductive laboratory science class in the United States last spring. Baker wants the first degree program to be located at UK. (1998-09-01)

One gene to rule them all: Regulating eusociality in ants
A single gene associated with insulin signaling likely drove the evolutionary rise of an ant queen's reproductive royalty, researchers suggest. (2018-07-26)

Georgetown University Med Center reproductive health researchers tackle public health concerns
Involving men in family planning and partner communication about sex among topics to be presented by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers at world's largest public health gathering. (2008-10-17)

Involving men in family planning/partner communication about sex
Involving men in family planning, partner communication about sex and sexual health, and tailoring teen specific reproductive health services are among the cutting-edge topics being presented by researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health at the American Public Health Association's 136th Annual Meeting, Oct. 25-29, in San Diego -- the world's largest public health gathering. (2008-10-17)

The science of baby-making still a mystery for many women
A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health. Published in the Jan. 27 issue of Fertility & Sterility, the study found that about 50 percent of reproductive-age women had never discussed their reproductive health with a medical provider and about 30 percent visited their reproductive health provider less than once a year or never. (2014-01-27)

Social life-history response to individual immune challenge of workers of Bombus terrestris
Solitary organisms can minimise fitness loss from parasitism with a facultative change to an earlier reproduction. In Ecology Letters, February, Moret and Schmid-Hempel report a study testing this possibility by experimentally activating the immune response of individual workers in colonies of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Results showed reduced fitness of social unity and collective response towards earlier reproduction suggesting elements of the use of immune defence have been maintained through evolutionary transition to sociality. (2004-02-05)

Common pesticide may reduce fertility in women
Methoxychlor (MXC), a common insect pesticide used on food crops, may interfere with proper development and function of the reproductive tract, leading to reduced fertility in women, researchers at Yale School of Medicine write in the August issue of Endocrinology. (2005-09-12)

New book on 'Molecular Approaches to Reproductive and Newborn Medicine' from CSHLPress
'Molecular Approaches to Reproductive and Newborn Medicine,' published by CSHLPress, reviews our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in conception, pregnancy, placental development, labor, and birth, and how molecular techniques are being applied to reproductive and newborn health. The contributors discuss the gene expression profiles and epigenetic characteristics of sperm, the ovary, the endometrium, and the placenta, as well as the molecules involved in feto-maternal communication, including various endocrine, vascular and immune factors. (2015-07-27)

Adolescent sexual and reproductive health priorities identified
Researchers identified research priorities for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in in low- and middle-income countries. (2013-01-24)

ESHRE publishes English textbook for paramedics
A Dutch textbook, in layout and depth of knowledge suitable for paramedics and for use in higher professional education, was the basis for this European textbook. It is the first to be written for nurses working in reproductive health. (2010-10-27)

Delayed breeding is not necessarily costly to lifetime reproductive success
Using 24 years of data from the longest-running study of a cooperative bird species on the African continent, researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Cape Town have cast doubt on one of the biggest assumptions in behavioral ecology: that a delayed start to breeding is necessarily costly to reproductive success. (2007-04-05)

International scientific body calls for ban on human reproductive cloning
More than 60 science academies from every continent in the world have called on the United Nations to adopt a ban on human reproductive cloning. The statement was issued by the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), a body representing scientific academies worldwide. In the same statement, however, the science academies say that therapeutic cloning should be exempt from the ban. (2003-09-22)

Building blocks of the cell wall: pectin drives reproductive development in rice
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have revealed that pectin, a carbohydrate found in plant cell walls, plays a vital part in the development of female reproductive tissues of rice plants. It was found that the presence of a gene involved in pectin modification increased plant fertility relative to a modified plant with the gene removed. These findings could have major implications in crop variety development and genetic modification. (2020-05-07)

Reducing number of unintended pregnancies through planning focus of $1.7 million grant
A Penn State College of Medicine researcher has received a three-year, $1.7 million grant to help determine if the number of unintended pregnancies can be reduced through reproductive life planning. (2013-10-30)

How harmful male genitalia can impact reproduction in other species
Male Callosobruchus chinensis seed beetles have spines on their genitalia, which increase their fertilization success but injure a female's reproductive tract -- especially a female of a related species called Callosobruchus maculatus. (2015-05-18)

Reproductive history and hormone use may affect women's cognitive function
In a study of healthy postmenopausal women, reproductive life events related to sex hormones, including earlier age at menarche, later age at last pregnancy, length of reproductive period, and use of oral contraceptives were positively related to aspects of cognition in later life. (2016-11-07)

Teens feel pressured to get pregnant
Female adolescents are experiencing relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new Michigan State University study that specifically researched reproductive coercion -- a form of abuse in which a woman is pressured to become pregnant against her wishes. (2019-08-08)

One in 4 women at sexual health clinics reports coercion over their reproductive lives
As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a review of the available evidence, published today in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. (2019-01-07)

Researchers publish new manuscript on red snapper reproduction
Recent research conducted on the long-term issue of age distribution of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico indicates that older fish, age eight and up are more reproductive than younger fish were over the previous 10 years. The research was conducted by James H. Cowan, LSU College of the Coast & Environment, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences professor, and current and former graduate students Dannielle Kulaw and Melissa Woods Jackson. (2017-03-31)

Breaching the sexual differentiation paradigm for reproductive tract development
Going against the general consensus, scientists have unveiled an unexpected mechanism for sexual differentiation of critical reproductive structures during embryonic development. (2017-08-17)

Oxford University Press to publish Biology of Reproduction
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce its partnership with the Society for the Study of Reproduction to publish Biology of Reproduction. (2017-02-02)

Access to female-controlled contraception needed in intimate partner violence
Access to female-controlled contraceptive methods must be improved in order to help women and girls to counteract any risks to their reproductive health caused by intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion, according to US experts writing in this week's PLOS Medicine. Jay Silverman and Anita Raj from the University of California in San Diego explain that intimate partner violence is a major contributor to poor reproductive outcomes, such as unintended pregnancy, among women and girls around the world. (2014-09-16)

ESHRE continues ban on human reproductive cloning
The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, which represents more than 4,000 international fertility experts, has renewed its moratorium on the cloning of human babies. (2003-06-29)

Making plants better lovers: Scientists find gene responsible for reproductive success in plants
The birds do it, the bees do it, and now researchers have discovered how plants can do it better. Published in Genes & Development, researchers have discovered that the presence of a potassium ion channel in pollen increases reproductive success. Dr. Sentenac and colleagues conclude that the SPIK potassium ion channel increases pollen competitive ability by facilitating the rapid elongation of the pollen tube, and therefore helps to ensure the reproductive success of pollen grain. (2002-01-31)

The reproductive function of the clitoris
A recent review published in Clinical Anatomy highlights evidence that the female clitoris is important for reproduction. (2019-11-06)

UIC awarded $7M NIH grant for infertility research
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine has received a $7 million renewal grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct innovative basic and clinical research in the reproductive sciences through 2012. (2007-05-18)

Springer to collaborate with American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Starting in January 2009, Springer will publish the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics in cooperation with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. A Springer journal since 1984, JARG will gain not only a new sponsoring society in the ASRM, but also a new design, new features, and new editor-in-chief. Members of the ASRM will receive free access to the journal online, and be able to purchase print subscriptions at discounted rates. (2008-10-23)

Pubertal timing strongly influences men's sexual and reproductive health
A new study from Rigshospitalet and EDMaRC finds a strong association between late onset of puberty and subsequent semen quality. This is the first study of its kind to investigate the influence of pubertal timing on male reproductive health. 1,068 healthy young Danish men participated in the study and provided information on the timing of puberty. This suggests that timing of pubertal onset may be a fundamental marker of male reproductive health. (2016-06-08)

Fetal study highlights impact of stress on male fertility
Exposure to a combination of excess stress hormones and chemicals while in the womb could affect a man's fertility in later life, a study suggests. Researchers looked at the effect of stress hormones -- glucocorticoids -- combined with a common chemical used in glues, paints and plastics. They found that the combination strikingly increased the likelihood of reproductive birth defects. (2009-10-21)

Scientists identify key regulator of male fertility
When it comes to male reproductive fertility, timing is everything. Now scientists are finding new details on how disruption of this timing may contribute to male infertility or congenital illness. Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center report in Genes & Development identifying the key molecular and genetic switch that activates production of healthy male sperm -- but only when the time is right. (2017-09-19)

Obesity and male infertility: A global health problem
Infertility is a silent problem that obese men have to face. This is a health issue that deserves attention from policymakers and the media. (2016-04-14)

Collaborative efforts develop AIUM Practice Guideline
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is pleased to announce the collaborative development of the AIUM Practice Guideline for the Performance of a Focused Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Scan. (2012-10-10)

Reproductive life of male mice is increased by living with females
In a paper posted on Biology of Reproduction: Papers in Press, researchers report that the reproductive life span of male mice is dramatically extended when they are housed with females. (2009-01-22)

Mysterious males: Asexual female nematodes produce males for sperm, not genes
Getting at why nematodes engaged in a unique female-favoring reproduction strategy produce males at all, researchers report that the asexual females produce limited numbers of male offspring to exploit them for their sperm in order to make more males, and in a ratio meaning the resultant sons are more likely to mate with their sisters. (2019-03-14)

Study gives doctors guidance on reproductive coercion
New research finds that men purposely are breaking their own condoms and pressuring female partners in their teens and 20s to go without birth control in order to get them pregnant. The study, led by a Michigan State University scholar, provides doctors and nurse practitioners a streamlined set of questions to discuss with their female patients about this troubling issue, known as 'reproductive coercion.' (2016-10-11)

Weapon performance determines mating success in the collared lizard
In a study published in the September issue of The American Naturalist, A. Kristopher Lappin (Northern Arizona University) and Jerry F. Husak (Oklahoma State University) use the eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris ), a sexually dimorphic lizard in which the jaws of males function as a weapon in fights, to test the hypothesis that weapon performance (i.e., bite force) is a better predictor of fitness than body size and weapon size. (2005-08-02)

Researchers find that antiretroviral therapy reduces HIV in the female reproductive tract
For the first time, investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have determined how antiretroviral therapy affects the way HIV disseminates and establishes infection in the female reproductive tract. These observations have significant implications for future HIV prevention, vaccine and cure studies. (2016-02-08)

Exclusions in family planning programs and health statistics contravene human rights
Infertility impinges on the human right to have a child, according to new research published today, which also calls for greater healthcare equity and more inclusive reproductive health surveillance. (2020-01-02)

Many young cancer patients do not receive adequate fertility information and support
All cancer patients of reproductive age should be provided with fertility information and referrals for fertility preservation. (2017-08-21)

Reproductive history and risk of cognitive impairment in elderly women
Researchers led by Professor Jun-Fen Lin at Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention have found that reproductive history, an important modifier of estrogen exposure across women's lifetime, is associated with risk of cognitive impairment in postmenopausal women. These findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. (2015-11-12)

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