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.
September 30, 1987 |
In a breakthrough for infertile couples, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of California has agreed to pay millions of dollars for in-vitro fertilization treatments to help some of its members conceive so-called "test-tube" babies. The agreement will bring an end to a unique class-action lawsuit filed by more than a dozen Kaiser patients who were denied coverage of the infertility treatment several years ago on the grounds the procedure was "experimental."
December 23, 2002 |
Women who are trying to become pregnant may not be using the most accurate predictor of fertility, says a researcher who has studied the best method of gauging the "window of fertility." That window is the six-day period during which conception can occur. It consists of the five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation itself. But the greatest probability of conception results from intercourse one or two days before ovulation, not the day of ovulation as had been thought, says Dr.
December 11, 2004 |
Scientists at Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island have discovered that an hour of using a computer on the lap is enough to heat up a man's testes, and the 4.9-degree Fahrenheit increase may impair fertility, they reported in the journal Human Reproduction. Further tests are necessary to determine just how much heat would be detrimental to sperm, they said, and the next step is to measure sperm count before and after laptop use. Nevertheless, said Dr.
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April 24, 1997 |
A Sacramento woman filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court on Wednesday alleging that former UC Irvine fertility doctor Ricardo H. Asch stole her eggs and then transplanted one in another woman who gave birth. Jenny Humphrey Kohler, who was Asch's patient in 1987, is seeking unspecified damages against UCI Medical Center, alleging negligence, fraud and conspiracy, among other things, according to court documents.
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March 4, 1994 |
Babies were recently born to two women who apparently are the first in Orange County to conceive using new fertility treatments that involve the injection of sperm directly into an egg, hospital officials reported Thursday. Nicole Joy Tigner was born to Terry and Diana Tigner of Orange on Feb. 12 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. The baby was the first birth at the hospital resulting from a variation of the technique called micro-manipulation, spokeswoman Maureen Mazzatenta said.
June 28, 1996
Two of the three physicians accused of stealing eggs and implanting them in unsuspecting women at UC Irvine's now-defunct fertility clinic were each indicted Thursday on 30 counts of federal mail fraud for allegedly submitting false claims to insurance companies. The indictments handed down by a federal grand jury accuse Dr. Jose P. Balmaceda, 47, and Dr. Sergio C.
January 22, 2005 |
Researchers working in Iceland said Sunday that they had identified a genetic pattern that made some Europeans more fertile. The genetic pattern, known as an inversion, is a stretch of the DNA code that runs backward in people who carry it. Usually, such rearrangements of a chromosome are harmful to carriers. But this one causes carriers to have more children each generation, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Genetics.
June 2, 2003 |
About 40% of men with low sperm counts have varicoceles, an enlargement of the veins within the scrotum, and many of them seek treatment in hopes of improving their chances of having a child. The treatment, however, may not have much effect. A survey of studies comparing pregnancy rates of couples in which men had the condition repaired with those who had no treatment found little evidence that treatment is effective.