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2005-06-21 18:05:00

Copenhagen, Denmark - Although there are considerable risks to becoming pregnant later in life, more and more women are choosing to do it, a scientist told the 21st annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005). Professor Michael de Swiet, from Queen Charlotte's Hospital, London, UK, said that in the UK in 2000-02, 10% of women in their first pregnancy were over 35 compared to 3% in 1988-90. Declining fertility is an obvious risk for...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'