Overall, in vitro fertilization treatments were not linked to an increased risk of autism in singleton children, but IVF with intracytoplasmic sperm injection carried a slightly higher risk of autism or intellectual disability, a Swedish study showed. Conception of twins under the most serious forms of male infertility was tied to a fourfold greater risk of autism compared with less severe forms of male infertility, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Anxiety, depression and stress might have an effect on a woman's ability to get pregnant while under treatment for infertility, but new research shows that whether women inform their employer about the fertility treatments does not affect stress levels at all. In the study, 43% of women undergoing treatment said they did not tell their employer, compared to 32% who said they did. The researchers said, "results of this survey suggest that disclosure of one's infertility status is not a significant factor in either increasing or diminishing personal stress."
A new study says physicians tend to provide reduced chemotherapy doses to women with breast cancer if those women are lower-income, less-educated or obese. The study said research showed severely obese women were four times more likely than lean women to receive less chemotherapy.
Nurse practitioner Greg Lind, who is the runner-up in the 2006 NP Entrepreneur of the Year competition, is making the most of Washington state's status as offering some of the nation's most favorable laws supporting NPs opening their own practices. Lind's practice, the Lake Serene Clinic, in Lynnwood, Wash., offers walk-in service for primary care and is even open on Christmas.