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July 22, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Well-intentioned, yes. But practical, no. Trying to split identical twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, was never going to work, not even in the rarefied air of Stanford in the '90s. Not when they arrived on campus from Camarillo with the parental-installed policy of defaulting singles finals against one another to avoid strife. "Stanford separates siblings, and they knew we were twins. 'OK, let's put Mike on the other side of the campus,' " Bob said. Mike: "Opposite sides."
July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A donation to the Twins Days festival from the estate of two frugal Pennsylvania farmers is enough to make some people do a double-take. John and William Reiff, once recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most identical twins, left most of their estate to the festival in Twinsburg near Cleveland. Plans to develop their suburban Philadelphia farm are nearing completion, and the festival will get about $4 million to $5 million, said festival spokesman Forrest Norman.
June 25, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Women who have a male twin are less likely to marry and have children, perhaps because of being exposed to their brother's testosterone for nine months in the womb, researchers have reported. A study of Finnish twins showed that women were 25% less likely to have children if their twin was a male. Those who did have children gave birth to an average of two fewer babies than women who had a twin sister.
June 25, 2007 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, Brianna Morrison gave birth to six babies in Minneapolis. Less than a day later, Jenny Masche delivered six babies in a Phoenix hospital. Both of the women had been treated for infertility and had used fertility-enhancing drugs. The two families expressed joy, but many fertility doctors were dismayed. For years, doctors have been pushing to lower the rate of multiple births due to fertility treatment.
June 16, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
Since June 26, 1998, Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers has lived life in triplicate. From bassinets to bikes, his joys and responsibilities have been multiplied by three. When wife Christine delivered the Gonzalez triplets, in reverse alphabetical order, Megan, Jacob and Alyssa became the kind of three-base hit that only a handful of major leaguers achieve. Sunday is Father's Day, and Gonzalez will have to go to work. There are Angels to conquer and his own little angels to feed.
June 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The mother of sextuplets suffered acute heart failure shortly after the delivery but is now stable, doctors said in Phoenix. The heart problems were due to the huge volume of blood that Jenny Masche, 32, was carrying in her body while pregnant, Dr. John Elliott said at a news conference at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. When the babies were delivered Monday, some of the extra blood was lost and "stretched her heart and blood vessels to a very, very critical level," Elliott said.
April 2, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Doctors have identified a third type of twins -- somewhere between identical and fraternal -- after performing extensive genetic tests on two children. They are referring to the pair as "semi-identical" -- two sperm cells fused with a single egg -- and said this was a previously unknown way for twins to arise. With fraternal twins, the most common type, the mother contributes two eggs that each are fertilized in the womb by two different sperm cells from the father.
January 17, 2007 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
Canada's first sextuplets, born more than a week ago, are facing an additional complication to the usual premature baby's struggle for survival: Their parents' religion forbids blood transfusions, a typical part of a preemie's treatment. The babies' condition remains a mystery, and the hospital refuses to confirm reports that one infant has died. The six babies were born Jan. 5 and 6 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to parents who are Jehovah's Witnesses.
December 4, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Twins, they talk about the darndest things. Rodrick Stewart, for instance, will call identical twin Lodrick to tell him that he's about to go to class at Kansas. Lodrick will report that he's doing nothing more than lying down at home and is preparing to see a tutor at USC. A short while later, one of the twins will invariably call the other to say that he's going to basketball practice. "We'll call each other back and forth like that the whole day," Lodrick said. "Just little stuff."
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