Fertility Updates Blog

The Latest on Fertility Research & Treatment

Some more on “Designer Babies”

Those who follow CHR publications will recall the special CHR Update of February 09 on “designer babies.”  It followed a bravura performance of a California colleague that made front pages all over the country and pivoted him onto almost all national news programs after announcing that his IVF center would start offering patients hair and eye color choices for their offspring. Our Update... Read More

Reproductive Cloning

For once, one has to give credit to the media for only giving relatively little attention to yet another member of our professional community, who isn’t making life easy for our specialty. After octuplets in California and the ridiculous claim of being able to produce “designer babies” with predetermined hair and eye colors by another California-based colleague, now comes Dr. Panayiotis... Read More

The Italian Infertility Law, Law 40

When the Italian legislature in 2004 passed one of the world’s most restrictive laws, governing infertility practices, Law 40, our Italian colleagues were shocked. Under the threat of criminal prosecution, Italian fertility specialists were forced, from one day to the next, to radically modify their practice patterns. Adverse consequences to outcomes, including lower pregnancy rates, have... Read More

The Bernard Madoff of infertility

After Bernie Madoff’s billion dollar Ponzi scheme, stealing only a few million almost appears like a let down. Not surprisingly, little media attention was, therefore, paid to a comparatively small crook, who, nevertheless, caused considerable havoc to the infertility field when he disappeared with somewhere between one to over three million dollars in escrow funds (reports vary on the amount... Read More

The impact of the economy

Like everywhere else, the economy is, of course topic number one. The current recession to a very significant degree also affects infertility services. Universally, fewer new patients present to fertility centers, cancellations are way up, while treatment cycles and medication purchases are down. But the picture is not homogenous: Because especially older women, or women with premature aging... Read More

Research at CHR

CHR’s research program has been as active as ever. Interesting new data and information are available on the following topics: 1. DHEA for "aged" ovaries: CHR has pioneered the utilization of DHEA in women with “older” ovaries. Investigators at the center now have the first evidence that DHEA directly improves ovarian reserve. An over-the-counter drug, DHEA has quietly revolutionized... Read More

What IVF can contribute to the current national debate about socializing U.S. medicine

The increasingly popular fertility treatment In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) well demonstrates the potential impacts of socialized medicine. In vitro fertilization (IVF) recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first IVF birth and has resulted in the birth of over 3 million children world wide. Comparing IVF in the U. S. versus Europe reveals, however, a great deal about what we all can... Read More