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Sextuplets born to Houston mom
Most sextuplets, like this baby born in 2005 in Monterrey, Mexico, are born premature and weigh less than 3 pounds.
April 24th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Sextuplets born to Houston mom

A Houston woman is the new mom of three girls and three boys on Monday, according to Texas Children’s Hospital.

Lauren Perkins was 30 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to sextuplets at 10:26 a.m. by C-section. The smallest of the six babies weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces at birth while the biggest was 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

Mom and her babies - the family has not released their names - are in stable condition, according to the family’s website.

On the website, Perkins and her husband, David, said they had tried for 18 months to get pregnant without success, and doctors weren't sure why they were having trouble. So the couple tried intra-uterine insemination and found out two weeks later that Lauren was pregnant.  When she underwent an ultrasound examination it was apparent sextuplets were on the way.
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More cohabitating couples having children
April 12th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

More cohabitating couples having children

After publishing a report Tuesday on the record low teen birth rate, the National Center for Health Statistics is releasing more numbers on babies in America.

Gladys Martinez and her colleagues at the NCHS have written a report on the fertility of men and women aged 15 to 44 in the U.S. based on numbers from the National Survey of Family Growth that was taken between 2006 and 2010. The survey collected data from more than 22,000 face-to-face interviews.

A few interesting tidbits emerged from the report. The NCHS survey found that a greater proportion of births to unmarried couples are happening in households with cohabitating partners than in years past.
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How ovulating women affect men's speech
February 8th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

How ovulating women affect men's speech

The elaborate courtship displays found in the animal kingdom - a peacock spreading his feathers, the hissing of the Madagascar cockroach - aren't always appropriate in an office or classroom.

Male humans seem to have devised other, less obvious ways of showing off.

A new study suggests that when young men interact with a woman who is in the fertile period of her menstrual cycle, they pick up on subtle changes in her skin tone, voice, and scent - usually subconsciously - and respond by changing their speech patterns.

Specifically, they become less likely to mimic the woman's sentence structure. According to the researchers, this unintentional shift in language may serve to telegraph the man's creativity and nonconformity - qualities that are believed to attract potential mates.
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War of words over looming EPA dioxin study
January 27th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

War of words over looming EPA dioxin study

With the EPA's deadline only days away, a war of words has erupted over whether the agency should go ahead with a dioxin study decades in the making.

Vietnam veterans, environmental advocates and women’s groups were among the more than 2,000 individuals and organizations signing a letter Thursday urging EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to publish the dioxin risk assessment.

“We are writing to strongly urge you to finalize the EPA’s study on dioxin, which has been delayed for over 25 years,” the one-page letter says.

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November 7th, 2011
06:14 PM ET

Medical views: When does human life begin?

Mississippi residents vote Tuesday on a controversial ballot initiative that seeks to define a fertilized human egg as a person with full legal rights.

Anti-abortion advocates crafted Initiative 26, which defines personhood as "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

Amendment would declare fertilized egg a person

If passed, the law could affect a woman's ability to get the morning-after pill or birth control pills that destroy fertilized eggs, and it could make in vitro fertilization treatments more difficult because it could become illegal to dispose of unused fertilized eggs. FULL POST


October 18th, 2011
06:45 AM ET

No proven IVF-cancer link, doctors say

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic's efforts to conceive have been the main theme of her reality show "Giuliana and Bill." On Monday she revealed she has to postpone her next round of IVF after her new fertility expert insisted she get screened for breast cancer, even though she is only 36 years old.

Rancic said, on the Today Show,  that her doctor told her "I don't care if you're 26, 36. I won't get you pregnant if there is a small risk you have cancer. If you get pregnant it can accelerate the cancer. The hormones accelerate the cancer."

Her doctor may have been taking the step as a precaution.

"There’s no evidence for a link between breast cancer and infertility treatment," says Dr. Eric Widra, who chairs the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. A 2005 study looked at a possibility but the study authors concluded a link to breast or ovarian cancer had not been found.

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Maria Menounos' plans for her embryos
October 6th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Maria Menounos' plans for her embryos

Last week, entertainment celebrity Maria Menounos made news when she announced she plans to freeze her eggs for future use.

But in an interview with CNN, Menounos clarified that she's actually freezing embryos, not eggs. Fertility doctors will make the embryos by fertilizing her eggs with her boyfriend's sperm in a lab. The resulting embryos will then be banked until the couple wants to use them to start a pregnancy.

The difference between freezing eggs and freezing embryos is significant. Women who freeze their eggs usually do it because they don't have a partner and they're concerned their eggs will be too old by the time they find one. Menounos, on the other hand, has a boyfriend, writer/producer/director Keven Undergaro.
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What the Yuck: Are celebs more fertile than the rest of us?
Kelly Preston became pregnant at 47, although she hasn't said whether or not she used IVF.
July 15th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

What the Yuck: Are celebs more fertile than the rest of us?

Too embarrassed to ask your doctor about sex, body quirks, or the latest celeb health fad? In a regular feature and a new book, "What the Yuck?!," Health magazine medical editor Dr. Roshini Raj tackles your most personal and provocative questions. Send 'em to Dr. Raj at whattheyuck@health.com.

Are celebs more fertile than the rest of us? How come so many are able to have babies in their mid- and late 40s?

You've stumbled onto one of Hollywood's "Dirty Little Secrets": donor eggs and in vitro fertilization (IVF). While being famous can get you far in life, it doesn't extend the warranty on your ovaries. It just gives that A-lister greater access to cutting-edge fertility treatments and doctors that the rest of us may not know about or be able to afford.
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Relax! The Zsa Zsa-baby thing won't happen
April 14th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

Relax! The Zsa Zsa-baby thing won't happen

You probably saw the headlines Thursday about 94-year-old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor becoming a mother. Sounds like a miracle of modern science, right?

Wrong. There are a bunch of significant problems with the whole scenario that make it, in the end, just another sensational Hollywood tale that won't actually happen.

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Mouse study may offer hope for infertile men
March 24th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Mouse study may offer hope for infertile men

After decades of failure, researchers have managed to create fertile sperm in a laboratory, raising hopes for infertile men.

“I think for everyone in the field, especially for the potential patients, it’s quite exciting,” says Martin Dym, a professor of biochemistry at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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