The R value and growth rate, UK Health Security Agency (updated 23rd July 2021)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). 23 July 2021Updated R and growth rate estimates for England and English regions. Updated to reflect JBC taking on responsibility for R and growth rate estimates. 16 July 2021The R range for England is 1.2 to 1.4 and the growth rate range for England is +4% to +7% per day as of 16 Jul y 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Indian at-home fertility test Inito heads to the US
The Inito fertility hormone tracker measures estrogen and luteinising hormone levels and informs users if they ovulate. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 22, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Nigeria: Expert Urges Collaboration to Tackle Infertility, Other Health Challenges
[Daily Trust] A consultant gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Dr Kenneth Egwuda, has called for more collaboration among players in the health sector to ensure quality service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Contraceptive and abortion practices of young Ghanaian women aged 15 –24: evidence from a nationally representative survey
ConclusionsYoung people ’s intermittent sexual activity, desire for methods that do not harm their health, access barriers and provider bias, likely contribute to their greater use of coital-dependent methods. Providers should be equipped to provide confidential, non-discriminatory counseling addressing concerns about in fertility, side effects and alternative methods. Use of social networks can be leveraged to educate around issues like safe abortion and correct use of N-tablet. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Seeds of Innocence to add 20 IVF & fertility centres across India by FY22
During this month, Seeds of Innocence (SOI) will be launching IVF centres in Guwahati (Assam) and Haldwani (Uttarakhand). The centre in Guwahati will also mark the first venture of the company in the eastern part of the country, Seeds of Innocence& Genestrings Founder Gauri Agarwal told . (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The R value and growth rate, DHSC (Updated 16th July)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ultrasound misses endometrial cancer in Black women
Using transvaginal ultrasound to measure endometrial thickness to determin...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiologists can help reduce disparities around COVID-19 6 ways to address healthcare inequality in radiology Hysterosalpingo contrast ultrasound shows promise in infertility exams Ultrasound steps up in COVID-19 pandemic Model predicts metastases in endometrial cancer patients (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 15, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

' I Did Nothing Wrong:' MDs Used Own Sperm for Fertility Patients'I Did Nothing Wrong:' MDs Used Own Sperm for Fertility Patients
Several physicians secretly used their own sperm for their fertility patients. No one knew until years later, when the unaware offspring sent DNA samples to tracing sites. Lawsuits ensued.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Hims & Hers investor backs Australian startup Eucalyptus to build behavioural health, chronic disease care telehealth modules
The company currently runs a telehealth platform catering to men's health, fertility health, sexual wellness and skincare. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 14, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Contraceptive Access May Not Be as Life-Changing for the World ’s Poorest Women as Previously Thought, According to a New Study
At the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in early July, the U.N. attracted political and business leaders from across the globe to talk about gender equality, and also invited them to put their moneys where their mouths were. Among the Forum’s seven key platforms were a push for more economic justice for women—meaning equal access to education and jobs and caregiving support—and a greater ability for women to control their “bodily autonomy”—meaning more access to sex education, contraception and abortion services. It’s an article of faith among development experts that those two a...
Source: TIME: Health - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Belinda Luscombe Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Google trends, the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility misinformation
(American Osteopathic Association) In an era of rampant misinformation, researchers review how misinformation regarding infertility and the COVID-19 vaccine spread. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The young women refusing a Covid jab because they fear it could harm fertility
Billie Gianfrancesco would love to have children but - as she's single and successive lockdowns have made it hard to meet anyone - she's worried time is not on her side. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

East Africa: How Covid-19 Has Increased Fertility, Adolescent Pregnancy and Maternal Deaths in East and Southern African Countries
[UNFPA] LUANDA, Angola, MBABANE, Eswatini, PRETORIA, South Africa and LUSAKA, Zambia--"Young people are able to access [sexual and reproductive health] services but not as much as they used to before the lockdown," said Kondelwani Kamanga, a 27-year-old student from Zambia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 11, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

SARS-CoV-2 Virus in Semen After Recovery From COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 Virus in Semen After Recovery From COVID-19
This study evaluated the semen quality of sexually active men following recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection.Human Reproduction (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

The R value and growth rate, DHSC and SAGE (updated 9th July 2021)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). 9 July 2021The R range for England is 1.2 to 1.5 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +7% per day as of 9 July 2021. 2 July 2021The R range for England is 1.1 to 1.3 and the growth rate range for England is +2% to +5% per day as of 2 July 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Natural Cycles snags FDA clearance to use wearable temperature data in its fertility algorithm
This new tool eliminates the need to manually add a temperature in the app.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 8, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Telephone Consults Convenient, Effective for Gynecological Care
77 percent of patients would repeat a telephone consult; most beneficial for menopause, fertility, endometriosis follow - up (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 8, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

With COVID-19 heralding possible fertility changes, leaders must urgently support women ’s rights and choices
CHISINAU, Moldova/TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique/CARACAS, Venezuela –“I don’t want to be scared anymore,” 26-year-old Maira Opikuko told UNFPA in Zulia, Venezuela. “I already have six children. I don’t want to have any more children.”  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

A biological fireworks show 300 million years in the making
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Scientists using the Advanced Photon Source have determined that amphibian eggs release showers of zinc upon fertilization, just like mammalian eggs. This research could have implications for human fertility studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 7, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The reproductive advantages of large male fish
(Bielefeld University) In mosquitofish, of the genus Gambusia, male fish are smaller than females - sometimes only half the size. Biologists had previously assumed that smaller male mosquitofish had at least some reproductive advantages. Researchers from the transregional collaborative research centre NC ³ at Bielefeld University have shown in a systematic review and meta-analysis that larger mosquitofish are actually more successful at reproduction. The re-searchers are presenting their findings today (07.07.2021) in the Journal of Animal Ecology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 7, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mediating effects of emotional self-disclosure on the relationship between depression and quality of life for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization - Kim M, Hong JE, Ban M.
This study aimed to identify the moderating and mediating effect of emotional self-disclosure between depression and quality of life for women under infertility treatment. The subjects included 169 infertile women under in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatme... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

What Problems are Ciliopathies Associated With?
Discussion Nephronophthisis (NPHP) one cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) usually occurring before age 30 years. NPHP is a non-motile ciliopathy affecting cellular sensing in the renal tubular epithelium. See To Learn More below. The incidence varies according to location with 1:1 million in the US but 1:50,000 in Finland. There are 3 subtypes: Infantile Occurs usually within 1 year of life Enlarged kidneys and severe hypertension In utero can have oligohydramnios problems such as pulmonary hypoplasia, facial dysmorphisms, limb contractures Extra-renal problems include congenital heart disease, liver fibrosis, recur...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 5, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The R value and growth rate, DHSC and SAGE (updated 2nd July 2021)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). 2 July 2021The R range for England is 1.1 to 1.3 and the growth rate range for England is +2% to +5% per day as of 2 July 2021. 25 June 2021The R range for England is 1.2 to 1.4 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +5% per day as of 25 June 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ovarian Stimulation Drugs Not Tied to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 -- Women treated with ovarian stimulation drugs for infertility do not have a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the July issue of Fertility and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Patients paying for unproven IVF add-on treatments
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Despite only limited evidence that fertility add-ons increase the odds of having a baby, the majority of women (82%) have used one or more of these treatments as part of their IVF.This is the conclusion of a retrospective study of 1,590 Australian patients which also found more than seven in 10 (72%) had incurred additional costs for these unproven additional therapies and techniques which range from Chinese herbal medicine to endometrial scratching. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In vitro fertilization with frozen-thawed embryos increases pre-eclampsia risk, study says
Women who undergo in vitro fertilization using frozen-thawed embryos are at increased risk for experiencing sudden spikes in blood pressure, a European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology study found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Not Told About Need for Contraception After IVF Births Women Not Told About Need for Contraception After IVF Births
After an IVF birth, many women have misperceptions about their fertility and have unexpected, spontaneous pregnancies, suggesting an urgent need to address the contraceptive needs in these women.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Exposure to common chemicals wreaks havoc on your hormones: Endocrine disruptors linked to multiple health problems
(Natural News) Endocrine disruptors are toxic chemicals that interfere with your endocrine system, which is the network of glands that produce, store and secrete hormones. Also known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC), these toxins are linked to multiple health problems, including infertility, diabetes, cancer and stunted brain development. Endocrine disruptors are found in a long list of common, everyday products, such... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

France legalizes IVF for lesbians and single women
France’s lower house of parliament has approved a law that will allow single women and lesbians access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Pediatrics, Research, Obstetrics, Fertility, News, Source Type: news

French lesbians and single women to get IVF rights
After years of heated debate France extends fertility treatment to lesbians and single women. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids Born Through Fertility Treatments Have No Higher Cancer Risk
TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 -- Good news for couples considering fertility treatments: Children born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) don't have an increased risk of cancer, researchers say. In the new study, kids born through high-tech... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 29, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

No Increase in Breast Cancer Risk With Fertility Treatments No Increase in Breast Cancer Risk With Fertility Treatments
The results are"reassuring," say investigators of the largest meta-analysis to date, which involved 1.8 million women who were followed for an average of 27 years.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Selection tool accurately predicts ovarian damage in girls with cancer
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Cancer treatments can cause premature ovarian failure (POI) including in girls who want to become mothers eventually. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) provides a future fertility option but is invasive, has risks and evidence indicates that most girls don't develop POI. So, doctors face the dilemma of how to offer OTC appropriately. An assessment tool has been found to help predict correctly which female cancer patients aged under 18 years will develop POI and should therefore be offered OTC. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clinics retrieving 'far too many' eggs from IVF patients
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Studies indicate that the optimal and safe number of oocytes needed for achieving an ongoing pregnancy is between six and 15. A retrospective observational study suggests that IVF clinics in the UK may be retrieving " far too many oocytes " and that most of them " may never be used and are probably discarded " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A step forward for IVF patients with predicted poor response to treatment
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Fertility patients who have a poor response to ovarian stimulation represent a stubborn challenge in IVF. Clinical guidelines indicate that increasing the drug dose for stimulation or applying any of several adjunct therapies are of little benefit. A study assessing two cycles of ovarian stimulation and two egg collections in the same menstrual cycle may yet provide a real advance for predicted poor responders in IVF. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Acceleration Rights Plan for Gender Equality Mooted at Equality Forum
Katja Iversen with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 2019 Gender Equality CouncilBy Nayema NusratNEW YORK, Jun 28 2021 (IPS) As the global gathering for gender equality, the Generation Equality Forum, kicks off in Paris on June 30, 2020, IPS conducted an exclusive interview with Katja Iversen. Iversen is a leading global influencer on leadership, sustainability, and gender equality, an executive advisor to Goal 17 Partners, UNILEVER, Women Political Leaders, and others. She was also on President Macron’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council in 2019. The Generation Equality Forum, convened by UN Women and co...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Nayema Nusrat Tags: Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women in Politics Source Type: news

No Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: Study
MONDAY, June 28, 2021 -- COVID-19 infection doesn't reduce the chances of successful fertility treatment in women, a small new study suggests. Concerns have been raised about how the virus affects women's fertility because it invades its target... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 28, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cancer risk in ART children and young adults is not increased
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) The risk of cancer in children born as a result of fertility treatment has been found to be no greater than in the general population. An 18-year median follow up study demonstrates that the overall chance of developing malignant disease did not increase in ART-conceived offspring. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Previous infection with COVID-19 does not affect the chance of success in IVF
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) More than a year after COVID-19 infection rates first hit peak levels and in the knowledge that receptors for SARS-CoV-2 are present in the ovary, are we able to assess the effect of the virus on reproductive function. A new study has shown that the ovarian reserve of women previously infected with the virus was not adversely affected, and that their chance of success from fertility treatment remained as it was before infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AI and computer vision remove the need for cell biopsy in testing embryos
(European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) Testing embryos for aneuploidy (known as PGT-A) has so far required a sample single cell or several cells taken from the embryo by biopsy, and this too has raised fears over safety such that a search for non-invasive methods has arisen in recent years. Now, a new study suggests that euploid embryos can be visually distinguished from aneuploid according to artificial intelligence references of cell activity as seen by time-lapse imaging -- and thus without the need for cell biopsy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Newly discovered sperm movement could help diagnose, treat male infertility
(University of Toledo) The research finds that the atypical centriole in the sperm neck acts as a transmission system that controls twitching in the head of the sperm, mechanically synchronizing the sperm tail movement to the new head movement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 28, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

What Types of New Therapies are Available for Cystic Fibrosis?
Discussion Cystic fibrosis (CF) was identified in 1938 by Dr. Dorothy Andersen who described 49 patients with pancreatic insufficiency. Since that time significant achievements in the knowledge about the disease and treatments for patients have changed the mortality from a few months to patients living into middle adulthood or even later. Quality of life for patients and their families and friends has also markedly improved. CF is the classic Mendelian autosomal recessive genetic disorder which is a worldwide disorder but affects people of north European ancestry more often where the main mutation is more common. There are...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 28, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

England's Covid R rate stays FLAT amid signs outbreak is now slowing
SAGE estimates the reproduction rate - which measures how quickly the virus is spreading - is still between 1.2 to 1.4 in England, but it could be as higher in the South West. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The R value and growth rate, DHSC and SAGE (updated 25th June 2021)
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19). 25 June 2021The R range for England is 1.2 to 1.4 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +5% per day as of 25 June 2021. 18 June 2021The R range for England is 1.2 to 1.4 and the growth rate range for England is +3% to +6% per day as of 18 June 2021. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community-based Reference Ranges to Estimate PCOS Prevalence Community-based Reference Ranges to Estimate PCOS Prevalence
This study examined the likely prevalence of PCOS in a community-based sample using reference ranges for sex steroids and the modified Ferriman-Gallwey (mFG) scale.Human Reproduction (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

Fertility Drugs Won ’ t Raise Breast Cancer Risk
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - June 23, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gynecology, Obstetrics, Nursing, Oncology, Fertility, News, Source Type: news

Adverse childhood events and substance misuse in men who perpetrated intimate partner violence - Rivas-Rivero E, Bonilla-Algovia E.
The objective of this study was to analyze the rela... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

How to find out your egg count - the simple way to check your fertility
CONCEIVING is a struggle for one in seven couples, and often this is down to the woman having a low egg count. Worried about your egg count? Here's how to find out how fertile you are. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fertility Drugs Won't Raise Breast Cancer Risk
WEDNESDAY, June 23, 2021 -- Women battling infertility are often given medications to help them conceive, and potential side effects are always a concern. Now, research suggests use of the drugs won't raise a woman's odds for breast... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 23, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news