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 affect around one in 6,...
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 having direct UK data....
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 early stage research, the results do...
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 leftover embryos, ...
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