Researchers have discovered a way to determine if a couple should skip less-invasive treatments and go straight to assisted reproductive technology (ART), in which eggs are combined with sperm in the laboratory to achieve fertilization. A new test can detect sperm that lack critical genetic elements that increase chances of fertility.
If your baby is born prematurely, you may feel helpless. But you can help—enormously. One recent study found that an intervention to teach mothers of preterm infants how to interact with their babies results in better weight gain and growth for the infants. Another revealed that a major component of the same intervention helps infants develop the muscle control to bottle-feed more successfully.
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cause a wide range of health problems, among them infertility, but also irregular menstrual cycles, obesity, diabetes and depression. A review of medical literature, however, has found that women with PCOS can manage some of these symptoms by changes in lifestyle combined with taking the drug metformin.