November 2, 2009 |
Female fertility can be a mysterious business. No matter how carefully a woman tracks her ovulation or times her romantic encounters, there's no guarantee that a baby will be on the way. Women who have trouble conceiving get lots of free advice: Relax, take a cruise, try different intercourse positions, etc. But could the solution lie in a supplement? Two companies promise to boost female fertility through blends of herbs, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The ingredient list for FertilityBlend for Women, manufactured by Daily Wellness Inc., includes the herb chasteberry ( Vitex agnus-castus )
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1995 |
Crispina and Mark Calvert said they were grateful to the UC Irvine fertility clinics that helped them have a healthy 5-year-old son from a surrogate mother. But the couple now is suing the university and fertility team for allegedly misplacing their embryos. "We always thought that these doctors walked on water," Mark Calvert said. "They were God-like to us. . . . Now we feel they've stolen our heritage."
April 9, 1997 |
The federal trial of fertility clinic operator Dr. Sergio C. Stone, which was scheduled to start Tuesday, will now probably begin this summer, according to attorneys involved in the case. The postponement came at a pretrial hearing Monday after federal prosecutors sought deletions from the 35-count mail fraud indictment against Stone, the first of UC Irvine's fertility clinic doctors to stand trial. Stone and his two medical partners--Drs. Ricardo H. Asch and Jose P.
May 12, 1998 |
Dr. Sergio C. Stone, convicted of insurance fraud in connection with UC Irvine's fertility clinic scandal, was spared jail time and sentenced Monday to three years of probation. Stone, 56, must serve one year in a home detention program. He also must pay $50,000 in fines and more than $14,000 in restitution. "The sentence in this case has nothing to do with the eggs scandal," U.S. District Judge Gary L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 |
The biggest settlements to date arising from the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal were approved this week, when University of California regents reached agreement with five couples victimized by doctors treating the wives for infertility. Two of the couples received settlements of $695,000 and $654,000 each, the largest sums awarded in the 72 civil lawsuits settled so far. The other three settlements also finalized Monday were for $5,450, $55,000 and $260,000.
June 9, 1995 |
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center will sever all ties with its branch of the Center for Reproductive Health because of alleged insurance fraud, misappropriation of funds and misuse of drugs at the main clinic at UC Irvine, a spokesman said Thursday. But attorneys for the clinic's doctors dug in their heels, contending that Saddleback has not filled contractual obligations to provide their clients with grounds for termination and an opportunity to remedy any perceived problems.
May 11, 2007
Re "And then there were two," Opinion, May 6 Implanting five embryos to get one or two viable ones is really human farming. Dan Neil and his wife accepted the abortions as part of the fertility process. Neil acknowledges the need for killing fetuses later in his article, after the introductory lie claiming "we didn't mean to." With all the other issues here, this article really highlights how eugenics (the boys might have been autistic) is the driving philosophy. The slippery slope of choice here is who gets to play God and who consciously decides who lives and who dies.
July 24, 1995 |
When the headline-grabbing allegations of possible human egg theft broke at UC Irvine in May, Newport Beach attorney Theodore S. Wentworth swung into action. Within weeks he had signed on one local couple as clients, put them through a crash course in media relations and sat them in front of reporter after reporter to field intimate queries about allegations that the wife's eggs may have been given to another woman.
June 15, 1995
Here are excerpts from Wednesday's testimony before a Senate panel probing UC Irvine's Center for Reproductive Health. Debra Krahel: whistle-blower and former senior associate director of ambulatory care at UCI Medical Center: "By December, 1993, I had discovered questionable financial arrangements between the medical center and the doctors at the Center for Reproductive Health.
January 20, 2003 |
Scientists have identified the glue-like action that causes embryos to stick to the lining of a woman's uterus, a discovery that could lead to new treatments for infertility and new kinds of contraceptives. The research, appearing Friday in the journal Science, explains for the first time what causes the embryo, floating freely in the reproductive tract, to stop and burrow into the wall of the uterus.