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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 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL and HARRY NELSON, Times Staff Writers
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."
November 26, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
When should a women have her first baby? A majority of Americans said age 25 or younger would be the ideal, according to a new survey.   Gallup recently polled 5,100 people and found that 58% said women should start having children in their early 20s or late teens.   Only 3% of respondents said 31 or older is the ideal time for a woman to have her first child.   In this teetering economy -- and with the unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds hovering around 13% -- the survey sparks the question: Exactly who thinks 25 is "ideal"?
December 23, 2002 | Dianne Partie Lange
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.
November 2, 2009 | Chris Woolston
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 )
December 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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.
March 4, 1994 | from Staff reports and wire services
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.
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