Fertilizer

  • Urea plants revival: PMO asks Fertilizer department to draw up plans August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to reduce urea imports, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has asked the Department of Fertilizers (DoF) to draw up plans for reviving two or more urea plants in the eastern parts. In a high-level meeting last week at the PMO of the Secretary Fertilizer, the Secretary Petroleum and...
  • Stop marijuana use to boost fertility: Study June 5, 2014

    London : Planning to start a family? Stop using marijuana now as cannabis use may put your fertility at risk, especially if you are young. Young men who use marijuana (or cannabis) may be inadvertently affecting the size and shape of their sperm, a new research shows. "Our data suggests that marijuana...
  • Australian team of doctors help infertile woman conceive, create IVF history September 3, 2013

    In a world first, an infertile Australian woman has conceived after growing new eggs in ovarian tissue transplanted into her abdomen, a breakthrough doctors say has the potential to revolutionise fertility treatment. The woman, known only by her first name, Vali, is nearly 26 weeks pregnant with twins after previously being...
  • Childless couples taught how to get babies August 18, 2013

    Surinder Pal, 38, married Sushma Pal, 35, 12 years ago, but the couple were longing for their little bundle of joy. The distraught couple recently saw a glimmer of hope when they attended a counselling session at a Delhi hospital on the right ways to have a baby. The psychosexual counselling...
  • 14 bodies recovered from Texas plant blast site April 20, 2013

    Houston: The death toll in the massive fertilizer plant explosion in Texas has risen to 14, with US investigators announcing they had nearly finished search and rescue efforts. Two days after the West Fertilizer Company fertilizer facility exploded in the US town of West, Texas, the residents were grappling with...
  • US: At least 5 dead in Texas plant explosion April 18, 2013

    West Texas: Police in Texas say between five and 15 people were killed in a fertilizer plant explosion that also injured more than 160 others. Waco police Sgt William Patrick Swanton said on early Thursday morning that the death toll is only an estimate as search and rescue operations remain...
  • US: 2 dead, 100 injured in Texas fertilizer plant explosion April 18, 2013

    Waco: A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday killed two and injured more than 100 people, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and leveling buildings for blocks in every direction. The explosion at West Fertilizer in West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened...
  • Half of Indians with erectile dysfunction are diabetic November 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Diabetes is emerging as a leading cause of erectile dysfunction among Indian men. A recent study says that nearly half of Indian men above the age of 40 years suffering from the condition are diabetic. The study conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group - an association of doctors...
  • Reforms could lower India's fiscal deficit to 4.6 pc: Kelkar report September 29, 2012

    The Kelkar panel on Friday said that India was on the edge of a 'fiscal precipice' and that it should urgently slash fuel, food and fertilizer subsidies to cut its fiscal deficit. A wary government, however, said that certain levels of subsidies were unavoidable. The report goes on to add that the...
  • Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015 August 20, 2012

    Gangtok: Sikkim, which started eco-friendly farming from a small area of land about a decade ago, is set to become a fully organic state by 2015, a senior state official has said. "The entire state will be converted into a certified organic state by 2015. Our schemes and policies are well...
  • UP expressway scam: builders get land cheap July 20, 2011

    New Delhi: It could be India's biggest land controversy. CNN-IBN exposes how the Uttar Pradesh government has turned rich agricultural land next to waterways into expressways in violation of all norms. Over 30,000 hectares of rich fertile agricultural land is being handed over to private real estate developers. Eight major expressways in...
  • Antioxidants 'boost male fertility' July 19, 2011

    Melbourne: Dietary antioxidants can boost male fertility - at least in crickets, say scientists. A new study by the University of Western Australia and Monash University has found a combination of antioxidants can provide the best weapon to boost the health of sperm in males, the 'Ecology Letters' journal reported. Lead scientist...
  • Fertile women can tell straight from gay June 24, 2011

    Toronto: A woman can more accurately tell whether a guy is gay or straight by looking at his face during her most fertile period. "This suggests that fertility influences a heterosexual woman's attention to potential mates rather than merely increasing sensitivity to sexual orientation or nonverbal cues more generally," says Nicholas...
  • 'Octomom' fertility doctor loses medical license June 2, 2011

    Los Angeles: The fertility doctor who helped California's so-called Octomom have her eight babies had his license revoked on Wednesday by the state's medical board. The board said in a report that Beverly Hills doctor Michael Kamrava committed gross negligence by making "an excessive number of embryo transfers" into Nadya Suleman,...
  • Rich, educated Indians aborting girl child May 24, 2011

    Hong Kong: Up to 12 million girls were aborted over the last three decades in India by parents that tended to be richer and more educated, a large study in India found, and researchers warned that the figure could rise with falling fertility rates. The missing daughters occurred mostly in families...
  • Now, test-tube sperm to improve fertility March 24, 2011

    London: For the first time, scientists have grown sperms in a test-tube which are capable of fertilizing eggs, a breakthrough which they say could help millions of infertile men fulfil their dreams of fatherhood. Researchers at Yokohama City University in Japan who used stem cells from mice and cultured sperm in...
  • Spider venom may be the new Viagra March 8, 2011

    London: Next time you spot a spider in your bedroom, don't panic, as scientists say one of their species may actually help boost a man's libido. A single bite from the Brazilian wandering spider has been shown to have side-effects including four-hour long erections. Now, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia...
  • When it comes to male fertility, size matters! May 18, 2011

    Washington: When it comes to male fertility, it turns out that size does matter. The dimension in question is not penis or testicle size, but a measurement known as anogenital distance, or AGD. Men whose AGD is shorter than the median length -- around 2 inches (52 mm) -- have seven times...
  • Direct cash subsidy on fuel, fertilizers February 28, 2011

    New Delhi: Concerned over the misuse of subsidies provided under various schemes, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the government will provide a direct cash subsidy on kerosene and fertilisers to the poor from March next year. "To ensure greater cost efficiency and better delivery for both kerosene and fertilizer, the...
  • Female birds can retard fertility loss January 23, 2011

    Washington: In birds like in humans, female fertility declines with age. Some female birds can slow their declining fertility by choosing the right mates. Female birds become progressively less fertile as age takes its toll, said co-author Josh Auld of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Centre in Durham, North Carolina. Older females lay...
  • Does astrology boost your chances of a baby? January 21, 2011

    London: After four miscarriages and six failed IVF treatments, Mandy Parry was so depressed that she wanted to die. But a consultation with a fertility astrologer finally fulfilled her dream of becoming a mother. "Mark and I had spent more than 50,000 pounds on treatments and we'd both taken...
  • Laughter boosts chances of IVF success January 11, 2011

    London: Bouts of laughter could really boost the chances of IVF success, a study says. Professor Shevach Friedler of the Assaf Harofeh Medical Centre in Israel who led the study believes laughter helps clear stress. He based his findings on a study of about 200 women going through fertility treatment, the...
  • Odds of an IVF baby? There's an app for that January 5, 2011

    London: Want to know your chance of having a baby through in-vitro fertilization? There's an app for that. British researchers have devised a formula which they say gives a highly accurate prediction of the potential success of IVF, to help couples decide whether to try the treatment. They have made it available...
  • New IVF test trebles fertility chances October 27, 2010

    London: Scientists claim to have developed a new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) test that detects faulty embryos and trebles a woman's chance of giving birth to a healthy baby. The new technique involves taking a sample from embryos when they are five days old and checking each of its 23 pairs...
  • Ray of hope for dwindling Parsi community August 9, 2010

    Mumbai: Young Parsis today visit the fire temple in much larger numbers and more often than they did 30 years ago. This may not seem noteworthy to most people, but for Zoroastrians, a community, which is likely to be wiped out in less than 100 years at its present rate...
  • Doc Talk: Fertility age for women sliding down February 11, 2010

    New Delhi: A new study suggests that the magic age for women to plan for a baby is sliding down to the age of 30. The latest corroboration is from a new study published in the journal Public Library of Science, which finds that by the age of 30, women...
  • Thrice as nice! Couple has twins for the third time July 10, 2009

    It's not uncommon to have one set of twins. But three? That is the case for one South Florida family. ...
  • INVO steals the baby thunder from IVF tehniques March 9, 2009

    New Delhi: While the medical world and society debate over whether expensive procedures like IVF are really required for enhancing a couple’s chances to conceive, here comes a new technique called INVO. It is not only far less expensive, it also requires far more basic infrastructure as compared to IVF....
  • Heated car seats can fry up men's fertility August 29, 2008

    London: A heated car seat may keep your bottom warm and toasty on a cold night, but the extra ‘luxury’ might be silently frying your chances of becoming a father, says a new study. Scientists warn that the seats could damage sperm production by raising men''s temperature to unhealthy levels. An optimal...
  • First Indian frozen egg cell baby born in Chennai August 29, 2008

    Chennai: It is yet another step forward in artificial reproductive methods. India's first baby from a frozen egg cell was born in Chennai on Wednesday. The baby is healthy and weighs 2.5 kilos. Frozen egg cell procedure is an artificial reproduction method where the egg cells from a woman are frozen and...