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3-D Printed Ovaries Can Help Restore Fertility in Female Cancer Survivors

In its one-of-a-kind discovery, experts at the Northwestern University in America were able to successfully implant 3-dimensional ovaries in female mice. These bioprosthetic ovaries housed immature eggs and were able to produce healthy offspring in mice. “Using bioengineering, instead of transplanting from a cadaver – to create organ structures that function and restore the health of that tissue for that person – is the holy grail of bioengineering for regenerative medicine,” noted Teresa K Woodruff, from Northwestern’s Women’s Health Research Institute in the US.   The team created biological hydrogel…

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Moderate drinking may not affect women’s fertility

 (iStock) Although current U.S. guidelines encourage women to stop drinking while trying to get pregnant, a new Danish study suggests giving up alcohol may not be necessary for improving the chances of conceiving. Women in the study who drank up to 14 drinks per week were just as likely as those who didn’t drink at all to get pregnant in the first month of trying. “We tell women not to eat seafood, or consume too much caffeine when trying to conceive,” Dr. Christina Porucznik of the University of Utah in…

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Chemotherapy may affect baby girls’ fertility in adulthood

Chemotherapy may affect baby girls’ fertility in adulthood (Harry Sieplinga/Getty Images) Chemotherapy treatment undertaken by women during their pregancy may negatively affect their unborn baby girls’ fertility in later adulthood, warns a study.   The findings showed that a drug called etoposide can damage the development of mouse ovary tissue grown in the lab. Etoposide is used to treat several types of cancer and is considered safe for use in pregnancy because it has a low risk of miscarriage and birth defects. However, little is known about the longer terms…

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