Special Collection: In vitro fertilisation – effectiveness of add-ons
Special Collection: In vitro fertilisation - effectiveness of add-ons Infertility affects as many as 1 in 7 couples. Many of these people turn to fertility treatments for help. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is generally considered the most advanced treatment option, and is recommended in many cases, regardless of the cause of subfertility.Currently there are many adjunctive treatments offered in addition to standard IVF, in the hope that pregnancy outcomes will improve. These have been called IVF ‘add-ons’. The term has gained popularity and is applied to collectively group any extra (non-essential) proced...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 16, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news
Nigeria: Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation Rolls Out CSR Initiative for Couples
[This Day] The Founding Pastor of Trinity House Church, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo has stated that the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IFF) will require a maximum of N150 million to fulfill his late wife, Mrs. Ibidunni Ighodalo, last wish of helping 40 couples that could not have their own babies to have access to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) medication. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Cameroon: Yaounde Reproductive Hospital - Motherhood Celebrated in Grandiose Christmas Feast
[Cameroon Tribune] The First Lady, Mrs Chantal Biya, spent her weekend with mothers and babies born via In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) exchanging Christmas gifts. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 24, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Cameroon: In-Vitro Fertilisation Success Rate Continues
[Cameroon Tribune] The hospital has delivered its 160th baby amidst the retrieval of some 50 Ooctytes from three women and 10 embryo transfer for future IVF babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 18, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Featured Review: Interventions for unexplained infertility
Couples are classified as having unexplained infertility when they have tried to conceive for at least one year and no abnormality in semen analysis, ovulation, or tubal patency has been identified. Treatment options for unexplained infertility include expectant management, ovarian stimulation (OS), intrauterine insemination (IUI), OS-IUI, and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) with or without intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Cochrane authors conductednetwork meta-analysis on interventions for unexplained infertility.Cochrane Gynecology and Fertility sat down with Dr Rui Wang, the lead author of the study, who answered t...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 27, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news
France May Face Sperm Shortage Under Macron Plan to Ease IVF Rules France May Face Sperm Shortage Under Macron Plan to Ease IVF Rules
France risks a shortage of frozen sperm if lawmakers approve new legislation that allows single women and lesbian couples access to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and abolishes the right of sperm and egg donors to keep their identities secret, clinicians said.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news
Podcast: Assisted reproductive technology: an overview of Cochrane Reviews
Cochrane Overviews bring together the findings from multiple reviews and one of the largest, first published in September 2013, was updated and republished in May 2018. Cindy Farquhar, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand describes this enormous volume of evidence for assisted reproduction." Infertility is defined as failure to conceive after one year of trying. Up to one in six couples will experience this at some point in their lives and many will seek fertility treatment in the form of assisted reproduction. When they do so, they will hope that they are gett...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - August 7, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news
RCN backs campaign to publicly honour IVF nurse pioneer
A campaign to secure public recognition for a pioneering nurse who helped to develop in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment has been backed by the Royal College of Nursing. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 26, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news
Ian Craft obituary
Gynaecologist and IVF pioneer whose methods often proved controversialThe early days of assisted reproduction were fraught with controversy, as media commentators and religious figures denigrated its practitioners for playing God or interfering with nature.Louise Brown, the world ’s first baby to be conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), arrived in 1978. By 2018, eight million babies worldwide had been born using IVF or related techniques. The rapid acceptance of the concept was largely due to the pioneering work of gynaecologists such as Ian Craft, who, along withRobert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe (who trea...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Georgina Ferry Tags: Fertility problems IVF Reproduction Medical research Hospitals Devon Source Type: news
DF-PGT, now possible through massive sequencing techniques
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) Researchers at the UAB, in collaboration with the Blood and Tissue Bank of Catalonia, have implemented an innovative and universal strategy, prepared for a simultaneous diagnosis of genetic mutations and chromosomal alterations within embryos obtained by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). It allows analysing up to 4,800 genes responsible for the most common hereditary diseases and speeds up the study process and the availability of the results of the family's single gene disorders. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
In vitro fertilisation: 40 years on – Science Weekly podcast
This week, the world ’s first IVF baby turned 40. The procedure has come a long way since 1978, and more than 6 million IVF babies have now been born. But should we be concerned about the rising numbers of fertility treatments? And are we becoming less fertile?Hannah Devlin investigatesSubscribe and review onAcast,Apple Podcasts,Soundcloud,Audioboom andMixcloud. Join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterThis week, the world ’s first IVF babyturns 40. Louise Brown was born on 25 July 1978, weighing five pounds, 12 ounces.IVF has come a long way since then, and 6 million babies have been born thanks to the procedu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 27, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlinand produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Science IVF Fertility problems Source Type: news
Seven ways IVF changed the world – from Louise Brown to stem-cell research
The first ‘test-tube’ baby turns 40 this month, but the impact of in vitro fertilisation extends far beyond solutions to fertility problemsIt sounds rather perverse and archaic today to call a childborn by IVF a “test-tube baby”. The technique of assisted reproduction has become so widespread and normalised, more than 6 million babies down the road, that there ’s nothing so remarkable or stigmatising in having been conceived in a petri dish (“in vitro”means in glass, although test tubes were never involved). In many countries worldwide, 3-6% of allchildren are now conceived this wa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 8, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Philip Ball Tags: IVF Science Reproduction Health Fertility problems Society Pregnancy Stem cells Medical research Biology Reproductive rights Women Parents and parenting Family & wellbeing Ethics World news Source Type: news
Nigeria:National Hospital Celebrates '13 Years of Uninterrupted in Vitro Fertilisation'
[Premium Times] The National Hospital Abuja, on Wednesday celebrated 13 years of providing uninterrupted In Vitro Fertilisation Services (IVF) to Nigerians. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Rwanda:Rwanda Military Hospital Opens Fertility Clinic
[New Times] The Gynecology and Obstetric Department at Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe, will, starting next week, begin offering infertile couples with intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) services. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Tanzania:Lifeline for Infertile Couples
[Daily News] THE Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) is going a huge milestone in medical services provision through the introduction of Infertility and Endocrinology Clinic which, among others, will offer In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 1, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
East Africa: First Public Fertility Hospital to Open Next Year
[Nation] Women with infertility problems in East Africa will soon benefit from the first ever public hospital to offer in vitro fertilisation (IVF) services in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 11, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Does putting the clocks forward make IVF more likely to fail?
Conclusion This study has identified a link between the clocks going forward in spring and pregnancy loss for women who have had IVF embryos implanted in the past 21 days. This link seemed to be particularly pronounced in women who had experienced pregnancy loss before. However, there are some important limitations to bear in mind: The women were all taken from one clinic in America, and were mostly white, so it is hard to generalise results to other populations, including women in a UK setting. Further studies in women from multiple clinics and in different countries are needed to check whether the link is seen in these...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Shift work and heavy lifting may make it harder to get pregnant
Conclusion Many factors affect a couple’s ability to get pregnant, and the numbers of mature eggs produced by the woman is one of them. This study seems to have found a link between physically demanding work, shift work, and egg production. However, the study has many limitations. All the women were seeking IVF treatment, so already knew they had a fertility problem. The numbers of mature eggs, used in the study to calculate the women’s potential for fertility, were counted after extraction during IVF treatment. It’s not clear whether these findings would have applied to women releasing eggs naturally (e...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news
Cochrane Priority Reviews List: June 2019 Update
TheCochrane Priority Reviews List is a ‘living’ record of Cochrane’s attempt to identify reviews that are of greatest importance to our stakeholders and are likely to impact significantly on health outcomes worldwide. The list is updated in real time as reviews are published and new titles added.Some of the titles on the list are open to new authors. If you are interested in one of these open titles please contact the relevantCochrane Review Group before submitting a review proposal:Continuous glucose monitoring systems for monitoring CF-related diabetes(Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis& Genetic Disorders)&mi...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 14, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news
Cochrane Priority Reviews List: Reviews open to new authors
TheCochrane Priority Reviews List is a ‘living’ record of Cochrane’s ongoing efforts to identify reviews that are of greatest importance to our stakeholders and are likely to impact significantly on health outcomes worldwide. The list is updated in real time as reviews are published and new titles added.All of the titles on the list below are open to new authors, depending on clinical background and previous Cochrane Review authoring experience:Antivirals for treating influenza and influenza-like illness -Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections GroupNon-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for s...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 14, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news
Nigeria: LUTH Celebrates Birth of First IVF Baby
[Premium Times] The Assisted Fertility Centre (AFC) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Tuesday celebrated the birth of its first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby born through assisted reproductive technology. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 23, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released
Conclusion This study aimed to develop a model that could predict the chances of a live birth over multiple cycles of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The model used a large quantity of data taken from reliable UK medical records belonging to couples who had previously undergone IVF or ICSI. The model also benefits from being able to account for a large number of personal and treatment characteristics. The researchers developed two models for couples in both the pre-treatment and post-treatment phase of treatment cycles. They hope this online tool will serve as an aid for couples ...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
October ’s top stories: Eurocine Vaccines initiated influenza vaccine study, IVF usage led to conceiving male child
Eurocine Vaccines initiated a Phase I/II influenza vaccine study and a new study suggested in-vitro fertilisation increases the chances of conceiving a male child. Drugdevelopment-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from October 2016. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - November 7, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Men conceived by IVF 'may inherit sperm problems'
Conclusion This small cross-sectional study aimed to assess the semen quality of young men who were conceived by ICSI. The study found that when compared with men conceived naturally, men conceived by ICSI had a lower average sperm concentration, total sperm count, and total motile sperm count. This effect remained after the team adjusted for potential confounders. This finding supports concerns that the infertility of a father could be passed on to male offspring, but does not prove it. The study does not rule in or out the possibility of the difference being a result of the ICSI procedure itself or an u...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medical practice Source Type: news
Nigeria: 500 In-Vitro Fertilisation Births in 10 Years - Report
[Premium Times] Jaf Momoh, the Chief Medical Director of National Hospital, Abuja says the hospital has recorded 500 births conceived through In-Vitro Fertilisation between 2006 and 2016. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 10, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Breast cancer risk reassurance for IVF-treated women
Women who receive in vitro fertilisation treatment do not have a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the long term versus those who receive non-IVF therapy and the general population, say Dutch researchers. (Source: MedWire News)
Source: MedWire News - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Breast cancer Source Type: news
Nigeria: Bridge Clinic Records 1,945 IVF Babies
[Guardian] Port Harcourt -Bridge Clinic says it has recorded a total of 1,945 babies from its In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) programme since it begun operation in the country in 2000, noting that out of the number, 354 were from the Port Harcourt centre of the clinic which opened in November 2003. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 5, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news
UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'
"UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos," BBC News reports. The UK body that regulates research into embryos – the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) – has given a licence to Dr Kathy Niakan for her research on stem cells at The Francis Crick Institute in London.The licence provides permission for genome editing techniques to be used on donated embryos for up to 14 days. The UK is the first country in the world to make this type of research legal. It remains illegal to implant modified embryos ...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells QA articles Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Risk of postnatal depression or suicide after in vitro fertilisation treatment: a nationwide case-control study - Vikström J, Sydsjö G, Hammar M, Bladh M, Josefsson A.
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether women who undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment are at greater risk of postnatal suicide or postnatal depression (PND) requiring psychiatric care, compared with women who conceive spontaneously. DESIGN: Case-c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news
Infertility treatments 'not linked' to developmental delays
ConclusionThis prospective cohort study aimed to assess whether use of and type of infertility treatment was associated with a child's development up to the age of 36 months. The study found no convincing evidence that infertility treatment had any impact on a child's development, which will come as a relief to parents who have undertaken treatment. However, while this type of observational study is good for looking at links between an exposure and an outcome over a period of time, it is not able to prove direct cause and effect and say for certain whether there is any link between two factors. For example, various socioec...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Nigeria: Why Success Rate of In-Vitro Fertilisation Can't Be Determined in Nigeria - Expert
[Vanguard] A consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, has said it is difficult to determine the success rate of In-Vitro Fertilisation, IVF, in the country due to lack of monitoring agencies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
U.K. scientists ask to edit human embryo genes
(Reuters) — British scientists have applied for permission to edit the genes of human embryos in a series of experiments aimed at finding out more about the earliest stages of human development. Just months after Chinese scientists caused an international furor by saying they had genetically modified human embryos, Kathy Niakan, a stem cell scientist from London’s Francis Crick Institute, has asked the British government’s fertility regulator for a license to carry out similar experiments. In a statement about her application, which was made to the Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority,...
Source: Mass Device - September 18, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Genetic Engineering Source Type: news
Nigeria: First Test-Tube Baby to Study Medicine
[This Day] Abuja -Exactly 17 years after she was born through In Vitro Fertilisation? (IVF), Nigeria's first test-tube baby, Miss Hannatu Kupchi, has decided to study medicine so she can be of greater help to families in frantic search of babies of their own. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 1, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Nigeria: Country's First Test Tube Baby Turns 17, to Study Medicine in Hungary
[Leadership] Abuja -Seventeen years after she was born through 'In Vitro Fertilisation'? (IVF) process, Nigeria's first test tube baby, Miss Hannatu Kupchi, has been offered admission to study medicine in an Hungarian University. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 1, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Rwanda: Experts Say Successful IVF Deliveries 'a Milestone'
[New Times] It is nearly a year since in vitro fertilisation (IVF) service was introduced in Rwanda, a feat that has helped couples with complications in conceiving get babies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 13, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Does red meat affect male fertility?
ConclusionThis study of a cohort of men attending a fertility clinic for help to conceive found fertilisation rates in the laboratory during IVF were less successful if men reported a diet high in processed meat, and more successful if they ate more chicken. Importantly, the effect of overall meat intake was not related to fertility success, which is the chance of becoming pregnant after the treatment cycles, or having a live birth. It was also not clear whether the variation in fertility rate influenced how many cycles of IVF were needed, or how long the couple needed medical assistance, before they became pregnant or had...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
VIDEO: First IVF birth: 'I feel really special'
Louise Brown says that being the first person born of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) makes her feel "really special". (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Nigeria: Infertility Challenges Can Be Reduced - Expert
[This Day] The Chief Executive Officer, Olive Branch Clinic, Lagos, Dr. Ikenna Emeka, has stated that infertility issues experienced by Nigerian couples can be reduced drastically, if affected persons embrace the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) method. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 14, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
UK MPs vote in favour of three-person IVF technique
The UK MPs have voted in favour of the three-person in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique, setting the stage for Britain to become the first country to allow mitochondrial DNA replacement. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - February 4, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
Britain Votes On Allowing World's First 3-Parent IVF Babies
BY KATE AND KELLAND LONDON Tue Feb 3, 2015 8:55am EST Feb 3 (Reuters) - Britain on Tuesday could become the first country to allow a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step towards creating designer babies. The treatment is known as "three-parent" in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a female donor. It is designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases, incurable conditions passed down the maternal line that aff...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Possible cause of IVF failure in some women identified
(University of Manchester) New research from The University of Manchester has demonstrated a previously unexplored biological process, which can lead to the failure of embryos to attach to the uterine wall during in vitro fertilisation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Nordic IVF outcomes improving - is the same true for the UK?
Conclusion This study found an improvement in health outcomes around the time of birth for babies conceived using artificial reproductive technology (IVF, ICSI and frozen embryo transfer) over the last 20 years in four Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland). The study sample was large and the methods robust. This means we can be relatively confident these results paint an accurate picture of what is going on in these countries. But two questions remain: are similar results found in the UK, and what is behind the improvement? On the first question, it is difficult to say without ha...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Could 'DNA editing' lead to designer babies?
Conclusion This laboratory research using sperm and egg cells from mice demonstrates the use of a system to produce targeted alterations in the DNA – a process the media like to call “genetic editing”. The editing happened just before the genetic material of the egg and sperm cell fuse together. The system makes use of an enzyme (Cas9) capable of cutting bonds within DNA, and a “guide” molecule targeting it to the correct genetic location. So far, the techniques have only been tested in animals, and for “editing out” a small number of genes. However, though this is very earl...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Medical practice Source Type: news
South Africa: Cutting the Cost to Conceive
[Health-e]For couples who can't conceive naturally, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can cost ten of thousands of rands but that may be changing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 13, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Benefits of 'three-parent babies' will likely outweigh the risks, experts claim
The medical benefits of creating so-called “three-parent” babies are likely to outweigh any risks, according to two senior science advisers who have defended their recommendation to proceed with caution on the controversial in vitro fertilisation (IVF) technique. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - November 21, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news
Fertility treatments give birth to dilemma for parents
Unexpectedly tricky ethical decisions arise over unused frozen sperm, eggs and embryosBrenda Loblein never wanted to be in this position. She didn’t want to be faced with a decision about what to do with an extra embryo – a potential child – sitting on ice in a sterilised storage facility.Loblein was 35 when she walked down the aisle for the second time, and she was already a mother to three children from her first marriage. But the meteorological satellite operator knew that she wanted a child with her new husband, and in vitro fertilisation was necessary.A 2005 study found that of 58 couples with leftov...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Ellen McCarthy for the Washington Post Tags: Embryos IVF Fertility problems Biology Medical research Science Health Society Source Type: news
Exclusive: The three-parent baby trap - is new IVF technique safe?
Plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children, a senior science adviser has warned. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - November 16, 2014 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news
Stem cells used to improve low vision
Conclusion These phase one/two studies have shown human embryonic stem cells can be developed into retinal cells in the laboratory and successfully transplanted into the eye, causing clinically significant visual improvements. The technique does come with the usual potential surgical complications, but other major side effects were not found. Limitations of the study include the small size, but this is normal in early trials whose primary aim is to determine safety. Larger studies will be required to determine the optimal dose and the most appropriate candidates for the technique, as it was detrimental in one person and...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Older people Source Type: news
OPINION: On Reproductive Rights, Progress with Concerns
Contraceptives on sale at a store in Sanaa, Yemen. Credit: Rebecca Murray/IPSBy Joseph ChamieNEW YORK, Oct 1 2014 (IPS)For most of human history, reproductive rights essentially meant men and women accepting the number, timing and spacing of their children, as well as possible childlessness. All this changed radically in the second half of the 20th century with the introduction of new medical technologies aimed at both preventing and assisting human reproduction.Those technologies ushered in historic changes in reproductive rights and behaviour that continue to reverberate around the world, giving rise to increasingly comp...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Development & Aid Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Population Poverty & MDGs Religion Women's Health Abortion cloning Contraception ectogenesis Family Planning In Vitro Ferti Source Type: news
Nigeria: After Five Agonising Years - How I Became the Mother of 'Test Tube Baby'- Francesca Onwudijo
[Vanguard]COUPLES often face hard decisions when experiencing infertility and harder choices when going through fertility treatments, and yet if they are successful, they face many other decisions as well. Thirty six years ago, on July 25, 1978, Lesley and John Brown faced such decisions prior to successfully undergoing a complicated and at that time, relatively unknown assisted reproductive procedure known as In Vitro Fertilisation, IVF. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 29, 2014 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news