June 13, 2010

Parents Should Be Warned of IVF

1 Doubled Birth Defect Risk with ART

French scientists said today that couples undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) should be advised that they have twice the risk of having a baby with birth defects compared with conceiving naturally, reports MSNBC. Clinical geneticist Geraldine Viot said the study is the largest to date on risks of procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and ICSI, which involves injecting sperm directly into an egg in the laboratory. The team surveyed 33 French fertility clinics, analyzing data from each ART birth from the clinics in 2003 to 2007, representing a total of 15,162 kids. Researchers said that the higher rate of defects was partly caused by a greater number of heart problems in ART babies, and to abnormalities of urinary and reproductive systems, especially in boys.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: ART Risks, In Vitro Fertilization Risks, ICSI Risks, Birth Defect Risks with ART, Birth Defect Risks with IVF, Geraldine Viot, Injecting Sperm Directly into an Egg, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Risks

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Double the Mews

2 Kitten with Two Faces Born in West Virginia

"I hope the little sweet kitten hangs in there. My thoughts and prayers are with him (or her)."
- Mimi in the comments

A kitten with two faces, suffering from a rare birth defect called diprosopus, was born a few days ago in Charleston, W. Va. Diprosopus is rarely seen in cats, and most felines with the birth defect won't survive. The Gazette-Mail reports that the mother cat also gave birth to five other kittens. The kitten with two faces was named Two Face. It has two noses, four eyes and two mouths that move independently. MSNBC reports that the mother cat refused to nurse the kitten, which was taken to a veterinarian's office shortly after it was born. The vet will study the cat's internal anatomy before deciding whether it will survive.

More at Gazette-Mail | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hospice Cat

Tags: Kitten with Two Faces, Diprosopus, Kitten with Four Eyes, Kitten with Two Noses, Kitten Rejected by Mother, Two Face Kitten, Birth Defects in Cats, Rare Birth Defects in Kittens, Gazette Mail

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From Marc and Minnie to Mouse

3 Foal Cloned Using Eggs for First Time

Texas A and M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences researchers achieved a first in cloning: the successful delivery of a foal using oocytes from a live mare. According to a Texas A and M University news release, the foal is the first such clone in the world. The new foal was named Mouse to honor the research that made her possible. The horse that was cloned is named Marc, and the horse who carried Mouse is named Minnie. "I realized I didn't want just another horse to have another body in the barn, I wanted another Marc," said Kit Knotts, owner of Mouse. Equine reproduction expert Dr. Katrin Hinrichs noted that even though Mouse is an identical twin to Marc, there will be some differences due to environmental influences.

More at Texas a and M News | Hat tip to EurekAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Foal Cloned Using Eggs from Live Mare, Oocytes from a Live Mare, Texas a and M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biom, Cloning Animals, Horse Cloning, Dr. Katrin Hinrichs, Equine Reproduction Expert, Cloning Experts

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Micardis Linked with Cancer Risk

4 Blood Pressure Pills Increase Cancer Risk

New research reveals that popular blood pressure medications could cause a slight increase in cancer risk, reports MSNBC. However, doctors warn patients not to stop taking their blood pressure pills as the benefits most likely outweigh the risks. Researchers found a link between angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) and cancer. ARBs are taken around the world for high blood pressure, as well as diabetic kidney disease and heart problems. People taking ARBs had a 1 percent higher chance of getting cancer than people not taking the drugs. The cancers developed by people taking ARBs included breast and prostate cancer, as well as a spike in lung cancer. Around 85 percent of the people who developed cancer were taking telmisartan, which is sold as Micardis.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Air Pollution Affects Blood Pressure

Tags: Popular Blood Pressure Medications, Blood Pressure Pills Increase Cancer Risk, Telmisartan Cancer Risk, Micardis Cancer Risk, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers Cancer Risk, ARBs Cancer Risk, Risks of Taking Blood Pressure Pills, Prostate Cancer Risk, Breast Cancer Risk

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Don't Take It Easy Now

5 More Exercise Is Best During Cancer Treatment

While doctors used to tell cancer patients to take it easy during treatment, now more doctors are saying the opposite: Be as physically active as possible, reports CNN. While cancer treatment may cause fatigue and nausea, exercise could boost energy and help prevent the weight gain that's common during treatment, suggests CNN. Another benefit of exercising during cancer treatment is that it could serve as a morale boost after difficult, body-changing surgeries sometimes associated with cancer. The American College of Sports Medicine says that any amount of exercise is better than none, but they recommend 20 minutes a day, which is the same amount recommended to people free of cancer.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Red Wine, Green Tea Stop Cancer

Tags: Exercising During Cancer Treatment, Physical Activity During Cancer Treatment, Tips for Dealing with Cancer, What to Do During Cancer Treatment, How to Deal with Cancer Treatment, Avoiding Weight Gain During Cancer Treatment, American College of Sports Medicine

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Cross-Contamination Frequent

6 Lax Food Safety in Restaurants

A new restaurant food safety review uncovered an extremely unappetizing finding: Your typical worker in the kitchen cross-contaminates food with pathogens around once per hour! According to an AP article at Huffington Post, the contamination occurs during various activities like using aprons to dry hands, and working with the same utensils and surfaces when preparing raw and cooked foods. The review was completed by a North Carolina State University researcher, Ben Chapman, who utilized video cameras in eight restaurant kitchens for the study. However, your restaurant experience may not be typical of what was observed in the study. A representative for the National Restaurant Association commented that the findings may not be representative of the whole restaurant industry.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: North Carolina State University, Kitchen Workers Cross Contaminate Food, National Restaurant Association, Restaurant Food Safety Concerns, Dining Out Safety, Food Safety in Restaurants, Prepared Food, Typical Restaurant Worker, Huffington Post, Pathogens in Food, Ben Chapman, Restaurant Food Safety Review

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