American Society for Reproductive Medicine – Facts about Fertility

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American Society for Reproductive Medicine
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Dr. Erol Onel is a physician with many years of experience in the field of urology. Currently vice president of Heron Therapeutics in California, Dr. Erol Onel is also affiliated with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a recognized leader in the field of reproductive medicine. It works through education and advocacy in order to further human knowledge of reproductive medicine and improve fertility treatments for men and women.

In order to disseminate reproductive information to the general public, the ASRM operates reproductivefacts.org. This website provides general education on a wide range of topics, including fertility, family planning, and reproductive system concerns. It also operates the Protect Your Fertility campaign, a program designed to help the public manage reproductive health.

This campaign provides specific information about the lifestyle choices and health concerns that impact fertility, such as weight, age, and smoking. Men and women of all ages can learn about fertility and infertility through the ASRM at www.reproductivefacts.org.

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The First Violins

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Violin
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After earning his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Erol Onel went on to become the director of medical affairs at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Suffern, New York. Erol Onel also plays the violin.

While the first violins (called fiddle in some quarters) were an evolution of handheld stringed instruments that were played in Europe during the middle ages, experts suspect that these devices sprung from models developed in Central Asia, like the Mongolian morin khuur.

Nevertheless, the first recognizable violins are considered to have emerged in northern Italy during the 16th century. Though three string versions had been circulating since earlier in the century, a luthier named Andrea Amati built the first four string model in 1555.

The instrument was so well received by both musicians and the nobility that in 1560, King Charles IX of France ordered 24 of them. One of this set still exists and is the oldest violin in the world.