Sperm from Skin? Almost!

Can skin be turned into sperm? The answer is “yes” in mice and “almost” in man. Yup, we are one small step closer to the holy grail of making sperm from stem cells. And this time, it looks like it might happen using stem cells that are widely available for men.

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You know that I am obsessed with helping men who have no sperm become biological fathers. When FNA mapping yields no testicular sperm, I ask men to do what they have to do to keep moving forward…but to stay tuned to the research advance as well. Honestly, I consider our latest published research a significant “moment” in the sperm-from-no-sperm continuum. And, it hinges on the great potential of good ole’ stem cells. [Read more...]

Protect Your Eyes: Celebrate Healthy Vision Month this May!

Did you know an estimated 61 million Americans are at high risk for serious vision loss? Or that every 13 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the hospital for a sports-related injury? Our eyes are not always top of mind, but they’re important!

May is Healthy Vision Month, an observance coordinated by the National Eye Institute (NEI) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dedicated to empowering Americans to make their eye health a priority and educating them about steps they can take to protect their vision.  [Read more...]

Do You Know Your Numbers? Why Blood Pressure is Important to Your Well-Being

Author: The Measure Up/Pressure Down © Campaign

high blood pressure2The next time you’re sitting in the bleachers at a sporting event or in a pew at church, take a look around. Odds are that someone sitting next to you – or you – has high blood pressure.

Nearly one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, also called hypertension by medical professionals.

May marks National High Blood Pressure Education Month – a time for raising awareness about the disease and encouraging men and women to get in control. [Read more...]

Artificial Sweeteners: Friend or Foe

Despite intense scrutiny of artificial sweeteners for years, the product continues to be popular with dieters, diabetics and many just looking for a sweet fix. Even in the face of declining soda sales, the market share of diet soda continues to expand, with the second most popular soda being a diet variety. At the same time, the global market for non-sugar sweeteners has had impressive sales in recent years. In 2010, over 9 million dollars were spent on non-sugar sweeteners, with the industry anticipating continued growth in coming years.

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‘Robotic’ Sperm to Fight Infertility

Up until recently, health and medicine was basically a hit or miss affair. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also many side effects. With recent research information from Dresden, Germany sperm can now be trapped in nanotubes (grown in a lab with a cylindrical structure that exhibits heat and electrical properties, which are then fabricated on a wafer or “chip”). Then a magnet is used to direct the sperm to the egg, giving the patient a larger chance for impregnation or fertilization. The problem when sperm is released naturally, it can travel anywhere. You start off with millions of sperm that typically last for two days, but unfortunately only one sperm makes it to the egg.

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Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

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Whether or not you can believe it, cold and flu season are already in full swing; cold season typically peaks in January, while flu season not until February.  This year, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that this is the earliest start to flu season since 2003.  Other medical websites mapping cold and flu activity are showing moderate to severe activity in most states. 

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