Egyptian Revolution Brings an IVF Rush
A fertility clinic in Cairo. Credit: Rachel Williamson/IPSBy Rachel WilliamsonCAIRO, Oct 3 2013 (IPS) The young couple inspecting Dr Bassem Elhelw’s Cairo Fertility Clinic knew what they wanted from him: a baby boy. They also knew they wanted the child by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). After only four months of marriage they were already experienced at this game. They had seen two other fertility doctors, and the young woman had undergone two ovulation inductions to stimulate egg development. Elhelw said that had his advice been to be patient and try less invasive procedures before going straight to IVF, the couple would ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 3, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rachel Williamson Tags: Arabs Rise for Rights Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Peace Population Projects Regional Categories Religion Special Report TerraV Source Type: news

'Reawakened' ovaries and infertility cure claims
Conclusion This study has developed a technique that can reactivate ovarian tissue from women with primary ovarian insufficiency as long as they have residual follicles (the small sacs in the ovaries in which eggs grow and mature). It should be noted that the researchers point out that women without any residual follicles will not respond to this technique. They also point out that although this technique could be used on older women, it does not overcome age- or environment-related increases in defects in eggs. So the Daily Express’s fanciful claim that this technique could lead to women in their sixties giving birth is...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Kenya: Making a Career From a Miracle
[Destination Magazine]Nairobi -One of the greatest gifts modern medicine has given us is In Vitro Fertilisation and surrogacy, which give couples who can't naturally create children the chance to have a baby of their own. The trend is just beginning in Kenya, but as with any industry where large amounts of money are involved, there are already concerns as to where it is headed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

The future of fertility: is it really too late for a baby?
For decades women have been told that their fertility falls dramatically through their 30s – knowledge that affects their choice of career and relationship. But the biological clock doesn't run as fast as we've been toldIn the tentative, post-9/11 spring of 2002, I was, at 30, in the midst of extricating myself from my first marriage. My husband and I had met at university but couldn't find two academic jobs in the same place, so we spent the three years of our marriage living in different states. After I accepted a tenure-track position in California and he turned down a postdoctoral research position nearby – th...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 13, 2013 Category: Science Tags: Fertility problems Medical research Society Women Features Life and style Childbirth The Observer Science Source Type: news

The amazing story of IVF: 35 years and five million babies later
The birth of Louise Brown in 1978 was the start of a revolution in fertility treatment – and there's more to comeThere's an old bell jar that sits on top of a cupboard at a Cambridgeshire fertility clinic where history was made; it was in a dish inside this jar that the world's first IVF baby spent the hours after her conception. With the success of in vitro fertilisation (IVF), scientist Robert Edwards and his gynaecologist colleague Patrick Steptoe had changed the future for infertile couples around the world.Louise Brown, that first IVF baby, is 35 this month and what was then a revolutionary scientific advance has be...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Kate Brian Tags: The Guardian Children Fertility problems Medical research Society Features Science Source Type: news

IVF poses minimal risk of autism and low IQ
Conclusion This large cohort study showed that compared with spontaneous conception, IVF treatment (all techniques combined) was not associated with autistic disorder but was associated with a small, borderline significant increase in the risk of mental retardation. For specific IVF procedures, IVF with ICSI was associated with a small increase in the risk of ASD and mental retardation compared with IVF that did not involve ICSI. This study benefits from a large sample size and robust data collection methods, and did well to address an issue few other studies have looked at. But it's worth noting that there may be other u...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Neurology Mental health Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

What Is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)? What Are Test Tube Babies?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common and most effective type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help women become pregnant. The procedure involves fertilizing an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting it in a woman's uterus. In a normal pregnancy a male sperm penetrates a woman's egg and fertilizes it inside her body after ovulation - when a mature egg has been released from the ovaries. The fertilized egg (now an embryo) then attaches itself to the wall of the uterus (womb) and begins developing into a baby... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Fertility Source Type: news

Nanotechnology and religion: a complex relationship
There is much evidence that public views on nanotechnology will be shaped by religious beliefsIn the science fiction short story Halo, a panel of Muslim scholars discuss a strip of bacon made by a "molecular assembler", a device capable of producing the meat directly from individual atoms, instead of slicing the meat from an animal. All meat from a pig is forbidden according to Islam's halal laws. Synthetic bacon is identical to the real one, but it has never been part of a living pig. Is it still forbidden?"The story may look like a joke, but it shows how the capacity of nanotechnology to manipulate atoms may change the m...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 12, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Michele Catanzaro Tags: Islam Blogposts Biology World news Judaism Nanotechnology Human biology Christianity Religion Science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Advocacy for Test-Tube Babies
[This Day]Mary Ekah explored the world of childless couples to tell the story of test-tube babies and the stigma associated with their conception. But an advocacy group has stepped up to assist childless couples embrace and overcome the challenges of conception through in-vitro fertilisation (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 20, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Windows or Doors? Experts, publics and open policymaking | Jack Stilgoe
Conclusions from the Phillips Inquiry'Trust can only be generated by openness''Openness requires recognition of uncertainty, where it exists''The public should be trusted to respond rationally to openness''Scientific investigation of risk should be open and transparent''The advice and reasoning of advisory committees should be made public' Openness, according to Phillips, is not just about transparency. It also, crucially, is about being open-minded. Opening up expert advice means paying attention to scientific uncertainties, rather than obscuring them. It means opening up the inputs to scientific advice (who is allowed to...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 18, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Jack Stilgoe Tags: Blogposts Science policy Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Most People Are Ignorant About IVF Services'
[Daily Trust]Lagos -In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a human reproductive technique that has not been totally embraced by Nigerians. But at the 10th anniversary press briefing held in Lagos, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, Managing Director, Nordica Fertility Centre told Daily Trust that it is not just the ordinary Nigerian that is suffering from the ignorance, some elites have the same issues. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 16, 2013 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Fertility Clinic Welcomes First Birth
[Namibian]PROMINENT Namibian gynecologist, Dr Matti Kimberg, has announced the success of the first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) pregnancy through the Namibia Fertility Clinic which culminated in the birth of twin boys at the Rhino Park Hospital last Sunday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2013 Category: African Health Source Type: news

World Health Organization confirms fertility threat from endocrine disruptors
Technological solutions to infertility are not enough on their own (Source: Alliance for Natural Health)
Source: Alliance for Natural Health - February 27, 2013 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Sophie Tags: contraception EDC endocrine endocrine-disrupting chemicals europe fertility hormones in-vitro fertilisation infertility international IVF NHS NICE pregnancy WHO Source Type: news

Argentine woman becomes first to give birth after heart transplant
In what doctors Tuesday said was a medical first, an Argentine woman with a transplanted heart has given birth to a baby girl following an in vitro fertilisation. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: heart transplant argentina woman pregnancy first birth Source Type: news

IVF pregnancies 'increase blood clot risk' in mothers
Conclusion This large study provides information on how common blood clots are in women who have conceived through IVF compared to similar women who conceive naturally. The study’s strengths are its size, and making the two groups comparable in terms of maternal age and when they gave birth. However, there are a number of points to note: The women who had IVF in these studies gave birth between five and 23 years ago. The practices in IVF may have changed over this period, and this could mean that rates for women receiving IVF nowadays could differ. The registries assessed only include women who had a live birth...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 16, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news