Fox Family Edge: Study Finds Link Between Processed Meat & Male Fertility

Published 10/17 2013 09:54AM

Updated 10/29 2013 12:43PM

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STUDY: CHILDREN OF TEEN MOMS HAVE SAME COGNITIVE SKILLS AS THOSE BORN TO OLDER MOTHERS
A new study finds little difference in cognitive skills among children born to teen moms and those born to women in their 20's and 30's. Researchers assessed children's' non-verbal, spacial and verbal skills at age five. Kids born to teen moms did have lower scores in all areas, but when social and prenatal factors were accounted for, their non-verbal and spacial skills were nearly the same as kids born to older moms. Experts say efforts to improve the education and prenatal care among teenage mothers could help their children achieve higher academic success.

RESEARCHERS FIND LINK BETWEEN PROCESSED MEAT & POOR SPERM
Men wanting to boost their sperm count may want to skip the bacon and eat more fish. Harvard University researchers compared the eating habits of more than 150 men undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments, and were able to link processed meat intake to poorer semen quality. Fish is linked to better semen quality. Experts don't know why certain foods can harm or promote fertility, but red meat is thought to contain high levels of pesticides and other substances that may interfere with hormones. It is important to note, the study did not look at individual kinds of processed meat.

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