Latest Research

Anne constantly scans the scientific literature to bring you the most interesting results. Some of these articles are written by Anne, but most are abstracts from scientific journals

General

Multivitamins and the risk of breast cancer

This is a response written by Anne following the publication of a study in Sweden suggesting there may be an increase risk of breast cancer in women who take multivitamins. References are included.

An Assessment of Bisphenol A (BPA) during Pubertal Development: Relationship to Markers of Adiposity

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor found in epoxy resins, used to coat the lining of metal food and beverage cans, as well as polycarbonate plastics. BPA has been shown to have estrogen receptor agonist activity, and potentially obesity-promoting activity.

Probiotics: sorting the evidence from the myths

This Medical Journal of Australia article discusses the importance of probiotics and the evidence for using probiotics for different symptoms.

Vitamins and Herbs

Health benefits of herbs and spices: the past, the present, the future

This is a very comprehensive review of the historical, current and future use of herbs and spices, published in Medical Journal of Australia.

Vitamin D intake and the Vitamin D status of Autralians

This Medical Journal of Australia article outlines the prevelance of Vitamin D deficiency in Australia, the sources of Vitamin D and how it is used in the body.

Vitamin D: effects on pregnancy and the placenta

Recent work emphasizes the importance of nonclassical roles of vitamin D in pregnancy and the placenta. Published in Placenta, Vol 31, Issue 12, 2010

Endometriosis

Urinary peptide profiling identifies a panel of putative biomarkers for diagnosing and staging endometriosis

This abstract is a study that looked at different markers (chemicals) in the urine of women with and without endometriosis and may become a simple diagnostic test to diagnose and stage endometriosis. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Issue 4, 15 March 2011, pp.1261-1266

Premenstrual spotting of two or more days is strongly associated with endometriosis in women with infertility.

In women with infertility, premenstrual spotting of two or more days is strongly associated with the finding of endometriosis at laparoscopy. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Supplement 4, 15 March 2011, p.S15

Fertility & IVF

The Role of Vitamin D Levels on IVF Outcomes in Donor-recipient Cycles

Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are associated with lower pregnancy rates in recipients of egg donation, suggesting that optimal preconception vitamin D levels are an important aspect of treatment. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Supplement 4, 15 March 2011, pp.S8

Female Infertility Patients And Their Male Partners Under-Report Anxiety And Depression

Depression and anxiety is much more common in infertility patients than even they are aware of when comparing self-reports to objective scales. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Supplement 4, 15 March 2011, p.S24

Extent of acupuncture practice for infertility in the United Kingdom: experiences and perceptions of the practitioners

The use of an acupuncture protocol is common but does not conform to traditional acupuncture as it is taught and practiced for other conditions. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 94, Issue 7, December 2010, pp.2569-2573

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: An Ancient Disorder?

This article discusses the evolutionary benefits of having PCO. The genes associated with PCO have been found to be ancient and have persisted through thousands of years. Even though now PCO is associated with reduced fertility, in the past it has helped women to live longer, healthier and reproduce. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, 5, April 2011, p.1544-1548

Male Fertility

Paternal diet-induced obesity impairs embryo development and implantation in the mouse

This study demonstrates that paternal obesity impairs preimplantation embryo development and implantation but does not influence gross fetal or placental morphology. It highlights the important contribution that paternal health and lifestyle choices have for achieving a viable pregnancy. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Issue 4, March 2011, pp.1349-1353

Soy protein isolates of varying isoflavone content do not adversely affect semen quality in healthy young men

This study demonstrates that consuming soy products doesn't interfere with male fertility. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 94, Issue 5, Pages 1717-1722

Overweight and seminal quality: a study of 794 patients

This study shows that being overweight can negatively impact on male fertility. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 94, Issue 5 , Pages 1739-1743

Paternal body mass index is associated with decreased blastocyst development and reduced live birth rates following assisted reproductive technology

This study is the first report linking increased paternal BMI and clinical pregnancy and live birth rates after ART treatment. Published in Fertility & Sterility, Volume 95, Issue 5 , Pages 1700-1704

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