September 6, 2004 |
Twice-daily injections of the hormone leptin, best known for regulating appetite and weight, may be able to jump-start an idling reproductive system. Doctors found that the treatment restored menstruation in five of eight female athletes who were so lean they had stopped having periods. Leptin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by fat cells, so athletes, dancers and other thin people may have less of it. It is also being studied for its role in obesity.
June 5, 1995 |
Three UC Irvine fertility specialists profited at the expense of the university, their patients and insurance companies by receiving cash payments and failing to report nearly $1 million in income, according to an independent audit released Sunday.
June 7, 1995 |
In the letter that prompted UC Irvine to launch a full-scale inquiry into its Center for Reproductive Health, three whistle-blowers paint a graphic picture of what they call "wrong, likely illegal and highly improper" procedures, according to documents obtained by The Times on Tuesday. Most of the accusations involve Dr. Ricardo H.
July 19, 1995 |
Despite mounting evidence of improper human egg transfers at UC Irvine's famed fertility clinic, Chancellor Laurel L. Wilkening told auditors to hold off pursuing the allegations in May, 1994, according to confidential university documents. The documents contradict Wilkening's statements about when she first learned of the improper egg transfers and raise questions about her role in the unfolding scandal.
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March 28, 1996 |
UC Irvine will host a four-day ethics conference on reproductive medicine next month in the wake of a human egg-swapping scandal that drew international headlines and rocked the infertility field. University officials said the conference was organized to make a "positive contribution" to the field and to confront issues raised by allegations against three doctors at UCI's now-closed Center for Reproductive Health. The trio--Ricardo H. Asch, Jose P.
May 20, 1995 |
The Orange County district attorney's office is trying to determine whether one of the nation's foremost fertility experts broke any laws in the handling of human eggs at his multimillion-dollar UC Irvine clinic. Investigators are particularly interested in whether Dr. Ricardo H.
February 2, 1995 |
Offering new evidence that could support a fiercely debated theory that male fertility is decreasing because of environmental pollution, French researchers reported today that average sperm counts of Parisian men have declined by one-third in the last 20 years. The analysis of more than 1,300 healthy men at a Paris sperm bank confirms the findings of several other European studies that sperm volumes have decreased dramatically over the last 50 years.
July 17, 1999 |
Attempting to recoup millions of dollars spent on legal settlements, the UC Board of Regents voted Friday to sue the doctors who ran the scandal-ridden fertility clinic at UC Irvine. The regents want Ricardo H. Asch, Jose P. Balmaceda and Sergio C. Stone to reimburse them for more than $19 million that the university has agreed to pay infertile couples who sought help at the once acclaimed but now defunct Center for Reproductive Health.
October 1, 1997 |
Federal prosecutors charged Tuesday that Dr. Sergio Stone and his two partners at UC Irvine's Center for Reproductive Health were "partners in crime" who lied on medical documents to dupe insurance companies and reap extra profits. But Stone's defense attorney told a U.S. District Court jury that "the wrong person is on trial" and insisted that his client has broken no laws.
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January 23, 1996 |
Dr. Ricardo H. Asch, a key figure in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal, concluded four days of sworn testimony Monday, acknowledging the grief of patients whose eggs and embryos apparently were taken without their consent and admitting that he shared some responsibility.