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August 10, 2015

Now that they’re expecting their first child, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are taking the opportunity to raise awareness about a challenge facing many prospective parents: miscarriage.

Chan and Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, know about this from personal experience. Chan, 30, had three miscarriages during their three-year marriage. On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg described how lonely and disheartening this was. By sharing what they’ve undergone, they hope to start a more open dialogue on the topic of miscarriage.

August 06, 2015

Surgeon Howard Jones died last Friday at the age of 104. Despite an impressive resume, he was best known for what he achieved in retirement at the age of 70. In 1981, he and his wife, physician Georgeanna Jones, performed the first successful in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in the United States at a medical clinic in Virginia. This was the same year PFC’s Eldon Schriock was a member of a medical team performing the first IVF treatment in Northern California.

The Jones’ milestone came three years after the arrival of Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube” baby, who was born in England. Awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for development of IVF, British scientist Robert Edwards largely credited the Joneses for this major achievement. He had worked with them in the 1960s when they were on faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

August 05, 2015

Dr. Givens gave expert opinion on miscarriage

July 17, 2015

It may not have always gotten the attention it deserves. But in several cases infertility can be linked to the man—not the woman. According to Resolve, approximately 30% of infertility is due to a male factor and 30% to a female factor. In the remaining cases, it is problems in both partners or unexplained. Often, for male infertility, the underlying cause remains a bit of a black box.

Now, researchers from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet1 have identified a possible cause in men with a condition that increases the risk of developing autoimmune disease—that’s where the immune system attacks and damages healthy cells. Infertility is common in both sexes with the disease, called autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS1).

Although it was previously known that APS1 acted against the ovaries in women, how the disease affected males was unknown. To learn more, researchers examined 93 men and women with APS1.

July 15, 2015

Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) makes the grade: A Danish study recently found that kids conceived with ART—including in vitro fertilization (IVF)—received test scores equal to their peers. In ninth grade, their academic performance was no better or worse.1,2

Danish researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital in Hvidovre were eager to investigate whether ART had any impact on the cognitive development of children. In Denmark, as many as five percent of all births begin with ART. That’s more than three times the percentage of those conceived using ART in the U.S.

The researchers looked at data from all Danish children conceived by ART between 1995 and 2000—a total of 8,251 children (4,991 singletons and 3,260 twins). They compared the academic records of these children with 10,052 singletons and 10,833 twins who were conceived spontaneously. From these four groups, they gathered results of a general test taken by all Danish ninth grade students.