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Issue 584 (15 November 2010)

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Comment

Unpacking Cross-Border Reproductive Care
15 November 2010 - by Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent
The Progress Educational Trust's conference next week will tackle the subject of Cross-border Reproductive Care (CBRC), with a range of UK experts coming together to present the evidence and argue over the ethical conundrums. Although the contested term 'reproductive tourism' has firmly entered public vernacular through the popular media, as yet little is known about this rapidly growing phenomenon... [Read More]
A mini break at the Fertility Show
15 November 2010 - by Sarah Norcross
The Fertility Show rolled into town on 5 November. Exhibitors from acupuncturists to fertility clinics pitched their tents at Olympia to promote their goods and services. Helping people with fertility problems is big business. The Progress Educational Trust packed our suitcase and joined them on a mini-break... [Read More]

News Digest

Genetic links to morning sickness
15 November 2010 - by Owen Clark
A new study suggests that severe morning sickness may have a genetic component, because it is more likely to affect women whose mothers or sisters were also affected.... [Read More]
Gay man and lesbian couple in custody battle
15 November 2010 - by Nishat Hyder
A gay man and a lesbian couple have been embroiled in a complex and unprecedented legal battle in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales over access to their two children conceived through artificial insemination.... [Read More]
Skin cells turned into blood
15 November 2010 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas
Canadian researchers have been the first to successfully convert human skin cells directly into blood cells. The technique may help in the production of patient-specific bloods cells for the treatment of blood cancers, anaemia and individuals with a depleted or compromised blood system such as cancer... [Read More]
New screening technique may boost IVF success rates
15 November 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis
UK-based researchers have developed a new screening technique which could double or triple IVF success rates. The new test allows for any chromosomal abnormalities to be detected in embryos before they are implanted into the mother.... [Read More]
Australian scientists magnify sperm to identify 'healthiest'
15 November 2010 - by Ken Hanscombe
A new IVF technique developed in Australia offers hope to couples who have problems conceiving due to damaged sperm. The technique called Digital High-Mag allows fertility experts to study sperm cells at much higher resolution than before, enabling them to more readily detect those cells most likely to lead to a successful conception and full-term pregnancy.... [Read More]
Cord blood used to treat infant with SCID
15 November 2010 - by Chris Chatterton
Doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have used stem cells from donated cord blood to treat a child with a rare genetic disorder.... [Read More]
Sister set to become surrogate for gay brother
15 November 2010 - by Rosie Beauchamp
The London Women's Clinic (LWC) has reportedly received an application for fertility treatment by two gay men wanting to raise a child who wish to use one of the couple's sister as a surrogate.... [Read More]
Laptops and sperm: Scientists find angle of incidence
15 November 2010 - by Ben Jones
A study has suggested that to prevent potential damage to their fertility men should sit with their legs separated when using laptops placed on their legs... [Read More]
Painkillers in pregnancy linked to sons' fertility
15 November 2010 - by Seil Collins
New preliminary research suggests a possible link between the use of mild painkillers during pregnancy and the birth of male children with congenital cryptorchidism, more commonly known as undescended testes, a condition which reduces male fertility. The rates of undescended testes seen in the study remained relatively low.... [Read More]

Reviews

Book Review: Adopting after Infertility - Messages from Practice, Research and Personal Experience
15 November 2010 - by Dr Berenice Golding
This book is a must-read for those with an academic, professional and personal interest in the topic of adoption and assisted reproduction. It provides an accessible, insightful - and at times emotive account - of what it means to be infertile, how the adoption process works, and what it is like to be an adoptive parent... [Read More]

 

 

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