Jun 7, 2020
Infertility: why we’re having fewer babies, sperm counts, myths and facts, the blame game, and infertility treatments // RNA vaccines // COVID-19 mega-update: convalescent plasma, chloroquine, remdesivir, blood vessel disease hypothesis, children with Kawasaki-like complication, antibody tests, and face shields.
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1) Prevalence of infertility according to the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg/key_statistics/i.htm#impaired
2) Age and female fertility: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2014/03/female-age-related-fertility-decline
3) Causes of infertility: https://www.bmj.com/content/291/6510/1693
4) Declining sperm counts: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28981654/
5) Boxers versus briefs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30102388/
6) Laptops and sperm counts: https://academic.oup.com/humrep/article/20/2/452/603276
7) Stress and infertility: https://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d223
8) Zinc for infertility: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2758450
9) Success rates of IVF: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30032255/
10) Add-on therapies for IVF: https://bit.ly/2NmAx3C
11) Convalescent plasma randomized trial: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766943
12) The on-going Canadian trial for convalescent plasma against COVID-19: https://www.blood.ca/en/convalescentplasma
13) The Guardian investigation into the Surgisphere chloroquine paper: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/covid-19-surgisphere-who-world-health-organization-hydroxychloroquine
14) The latest preliminary report on remdesivir: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2007764
15) The Elemental blog post on the blood disease hypothesis: https://elemental.medium.com/coronavirus-may-be-a-blood-vessel-disease-which-explains-everything-2c4032481ab2
16) The Lancet’s review and meta-analysis of face shields for SARS and MERS: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31142-9/fulltext
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