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Female infertility and asthma and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 02 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1165

Female infertility and asthma

Intrigued by evidence of a link between female fertility and asthma, Danish investigators prospectively gave asthma questionnaires and tests for atopy and asthma to 245 women attending a clinic with unexplained subfertility (Eur Resp J doi:10.1183/13993003.01389-2015). Women with asthma had fewer successful pregnancies during fertility treatment (39.6% v 60.4%), and the median total time to pregnancy was 32.3 months in the 149 non-asthmatic women versus55.6 months in the 96 with asthma.

Sibling caregivers

It’s relatively uncommon for brothers or sisters to become caregivers, although demographic trends mean it may become commoner. Using data from the national survey of midlife development in the US, investigators compared the experiences of 61 sibling caregivers with 570 other family caregivers (Gerontologist doi:10.1093/geront/gnw008). Siblings were …

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