DVIF&G Blog

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September

2009

H1N1 “The Swine Flu” and You

What is the H1N1? 2009 H1N1 (referred to as “swine flu” early on) is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses […]
06

November

2008

Are Antibacterial Cleansers Safe?

Dr. Bill Lasley and his research partner, Dr. Chen, at the University of California, Davis (UCD), are actively researching endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are substances that are present naturally, or are manufactured products, that have the potential to exert a hormonal effect. Usually these substances and products are intended for different use (in this case […]
07

August

2007

New Key to Sperm Development

Researchers at the University of Illinois-Urbana recently discovered a gene and related mechanism that are fundamental to the embryonic development of the epididymis. The epididymis is the tightly coiled tube that readies sperm cells for their most important task – fertilization. Human sperm cells travel quickly from the testes to the penis mostly via the […]
07

August

2007

High Fat Dairy May Help Boost Fertility

Despite the fact that federal nutritional guidelines recommend that adults consume only low-fat dairy products, a new study discovered a link between eating high fat dairy foods, such as premium ice cream, and increased fertility. The results from the well-known Nurses Health Study at the Harvard School of Public Health were published in the June […]
07

August

2007

Boys More Likely After Blastocyst Transfer

According to research conducted at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Reproductive Medicine Associates in New York City, boys are more likely to result from blastocyst transfer after in vitro fertilization (IVF). The study found that nearly 58 percent of babies born via blastocyst transfer after a fresh IVF cycle were male. In the […]
30

April

2007

Why You Crave Comfort Foods

Humans under stress turn to foods that are high in carbohydrates and other comfort foods. These foods help to lower the amount of cortisol released by stress. Foods containing sucrose, instead of saccharin, have a greater calming effect. This effect is learned by experience. Sucrose (table sugar)has a greater effect than saccharin (the oldest artificial […]
30

April

2007

Less Invasive Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy

A retrospective study conducted at Wayne State University found that laparoscopic surgery, a less invasive method than laparotomy, is preferable to manage ruptured tubal ectopic pregnancies. The former procedure was found to result in decreased blood loss, less need for blood transfusions, and shorter hospital visits. In addition, laparoscopic surgery was also found to be […]
30

April

2007

Fish Oil May Boost Babies’ Hand-Eye Coordination

Several studies have recently reported the benefits of pregnant women taking fish oil supplements for babies’ intellectual development. Now, a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Western Australia’s School of Pediatrics and Child Health, reports that high doses of fish oil (2.2 grams of docosahexaenoic acid-DHA and 1.1 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid-EPA) […]
30

April

2007

Ovarian Cancer Patients and Fertility Drugs

A multicenter, retrospective study conducted in France found that fertility drugs can be taken safely by women who experience infertility after conservative management of early-stage ovarian tumors. The study followed 30 women from 27 centers who had conservative surgery for borderline ovarian tumors to help preserve their fertility. To be included in the study, the […]
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