Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Scientists have created an "artificial womb" in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely. So far the device has only been tested on fetal lambs. A study published Tuesday involving eight animals found the device appears effective at enabling very premature fetuses to develop normally for about a month. "We've been extremely successful in replacing the conditions in the womb in our lamb model," says Alan Flake, a fetal surgeon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who led the study published in the journal Nature Communications. "They've had normal growth. They've had normal lung maturation. They've had normal brain maturation. They've had normal develo

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) – Support Those Facing Infertility

This year’s NIAW theme is “Listen Up” and it’s important to those who are coping with infertility. We can all probably do a better job of listening to others – everyone is busy and it’s easy to focus on whatever problem might be right of front of you. Many individuals and couples trying unsuccessfully to conceive often suffer in silence – and they shouldn’t have to. When someone listens, it’s support. You don’t have to understand all the clinical issues that might be causing the problem but understanding the emotional and financial toll can make a difference. For RESOLVE, the National Infertility Organization, a major goal of the campaign is working to “transform how others view infertility

Myths about IVF, surrogacy and adoption

As fertility options advance, myths about their methods increase. Couples and singles unable to conceive naturally have a variety of options to find a child, as long as they have the financial means and patience to do so. Not every option works for everyone. So, it's important to do research. Here are a few common myths about surrogacy, adoption and in vitro fertilization. Surrogacy The baby is biologically related to the surrogate. Embryos already prepared using an egg and sperm are implanted into a surrogate's uterus. While the baby grows inside, it does not have the genetic makeup of the woman — but, rather will be biologically related to the egg and sperm donors. Surrogates are poor or h

Sperm Are Being Turned Into Tiny Weapons to Attack Gynecological Cancer

Getting enough toxic material to the right place in your body for it to kill tumors – while not damaging anything else – has always required thinking outside of the box. Wrapping sperm cells in an iron suit and then guiding them to a target using magnetic fields could be one innovative way to deliver drugs to parts of the female reproductive system affected by cancer. Researchers from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences and the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany have found a way to harness a process already well adapted to navigating the harsh environments of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes to treat conditions such as gynecological cancer, endometriosis, and

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