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Fertility treatment seen raising cancer risk

WASHINGTON (Bloomberg News) -- Women whose ovaries are stimulated to produce extra eggs for in vitro fertilization have an increased risk of ovarian cancer later in life, according to research published in the journal Human Reproduction.

The long-term risk for ovarian tumors is twice as high among women who undergo stimulation for in vitro fertilization compared with women who don't undergo such treatments to boost fertility, according to the study, which was conducted at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

Ovarian cancer is the eighth-most commonly reported type of tumor, accounting for 3.7 percent of all female cancer cases, according to the journal. More than 140,000 women died from the disease in 2008 worldwide.

The research looked at data from 25,152 Dutch women diagnosed with subfertility between 1980 and 1995. Of the 19,146 women in the treatment group, 31 had borderline ovarian cancer and 30 had invasive ovarian cancer. Of the 6,006 subfertile women who didn't receive IVF treatment, 16 had ovarian malignancies.


Man admits arranging sales of human kidneys

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty Thursday to brokering the sale of organs on the black market in what prosecutors said was the first federal conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to broker an illegal kidney sale.

Each of the four counts carries a maximum five-year prison sentence plus a fine of up to $250,000. Rosenbaum agreed to forfeit $420,000 in real or personal property that was derived from the illegal kidney sales.

Prosecutors say Rosenbaum would buy organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000 and sell them to desperate patients. He was arrested after he tried to set up a kidney sale to a man posing as a crooked businessman who actually was government informant Solomon Dwek, a real estate speculator facing prison time for a $50 million bank fraud.


Abortion clinic deaths lead to two guilty pleas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two abortion clinic workers pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in deaths at a Philadelphia clinic where seven babies were allegedly killed with scissors and a patient died from an overdose of painkillers.

Andrea Moton, 34, admitted her involvement in the death of one baby. Sherry West, 52, pleaded guilty in the February 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, a Bhutanese immigrant. Neither worker was properly trained for the work they did at the clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, authorities said.

Gosnell and nine employees, including his wife, were charged earlier this year after a grand jury report detailed the barbaric conditions at the West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell, the only doctor, and other staff are accused of performing illegal late-term abortions and killing babies born alive by severing their spinal cords with scissors.

Gosnell, who denies the allegations, is being held on $2 million bail.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called the clinic a "house of horrors" in announcing the charges in January.

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