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The following links have been gleaned from current news to help keep you informed on reproductive medicine's impact on our world. Note:  Some newspapers and periodicals require free registration to access their online articles. The links on this page may expire within a week of posting; however, most news web sites keep online archives with articles offered either free or available for purchase. WARNING! THE ASRM HAS NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENTS OF THE EXTERNAL WEB SITES LISTED ON THIS PAGE, NOR CAN WE ENDORSE THEM OR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED WITHIN.  

Retroviruses: Human Embryos May Be Affected By Ancient Viral Invaders

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine March 02, 2015

Viruses that invaded the DNA of humanity's ancestors millions of years ago may now play critical roles in the earliest stages of human development, researchers say.

A Brief History of Contraception

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 23, 2015

In the March issue of The Atlantic, Olga Khazan investigates the future of birth control, from remote-controlled implants to a pill for men. The use of contraceptives dates all the way back to 1850 B.C., when women in ancient Egypt used honey, acacia leaves, and lint to block sperm. This two-minute animation traces the history of contraception through the centuries, from sea sponges (500 B.C.), linen sheath condoms (1564), lemon cervical caps (1700), and the "rhythm method" (1920) to modern advancements such as vaginal rings, hormone injections, IUDs, and patches.

President Signs Federal Spending Measure

ASRM Bulletins December 18, 2014

After lengthy fiscal fights that were representative of the most unproductive Congressional session on record, President Obama has signed a $1.1 trillion federal spending package that Congress was able to approve in the final days of the 113th Congress.

Same-Sex Marriage Update: 6th Circuit Ruling Creates Split in Federal Circuits and Likely to Result in Supreme Court Action in the 2014-2015 Term

Legally Speaking November 14, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Update: 6th Circuit Ruling Creates Split in Federal Circuits and Likely to Result in Supreme Court Action in the 2014-2015 Term http://www.sixthcircuitappellateblog.com/files/2014/11/Sixth-Circuit-Gay-Marriage-Opinion-14a0275p-06.pdf

ASRM Presents First-Ever Use of Online Cyber Journal Club™ Technology to Live-Link Conference with International Medical Societies for Interactive Education

Press Releases October 21, 2014

For the first time, using the latest in video technology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) hosted a live online Journal Club during its 2014 meeting -- and connected its live medical conference, in real time, with a worldwide community of specialists from 12 international medical societies.

ASRM Presents First-Ever Online Cyber Journal Club Technology to Live-Link Conference with International Medical Societies

Press Releases October 21, 2014

For the first time, using the latest in video technology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) hosted a live online Journal Club during its 2014 meeting -- and connected its live medical conference, in real time, with a worldwide community of specialists from 12 international medical societies.

ASRM Announces 2014 Awards

Press Releases October 19, 2014

ASRM Announces Awards Distinguished Researcher Award goes to Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAIra and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award goes to Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D, Harvard School of Public HealtSuheil J. Muasher, MD, Distinguished Service Award goes to Barbara L. Collura, M.A. , RESOLVE: The National Infertility AssociationKavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award goes to Paul G. McDonough, M.D., Medical College of GeorgiaKY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology goes to Carlos Simón Vallés, M.D., Ph.D., of Universidad de Valencia Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award goes to Richard P. Dickey, M.D., Ph.D.

Disorders of Sex Development Workshop Info Online

ASRM Bulletins September 04, 2014

In March of this year, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) hosted a scientific research workshop on disorders of sex development (DSD). The NICHD sponsored or co-sponsored previous workshops addressing DSD issues, however, this was the first workshop that focused exclusively on developmental issues and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Catherine Spong, MD Named Deputy Director of NICHD

NIH Announcements August 27, 2014

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Director, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, wrote in an announcement,  “After a rigorous, national search that attracted an impressive array of outstanding candidates, I am extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. has been selected as the Deputy Director of NICHD.  Cathy brings extensive and impressive experience in both our intramural and extramural programs to the position, along with intelligence, interpersonal skills, and visionary leadership that have won her a high level of respect in our research communities.  

ASRM Urges Members to Record and Investigate Their Individual Records in CMS Open Payments Data System

ASRM Bulletins August 19, 2014

The Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that drug and medical devices manufacturers report annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all payments and other transfers of value made to physicians.  Due to various problems and inaccuracies associated with the reporting system, the CMS has recently confirmed that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of the submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals.  Despite the issues, CMS intends to keep to its plan to make the website accessible to the general public beginning Sept. 30, 2014 and has extended the review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to Sept. 8, 2014.

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