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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter



One of a pair of two female reproductive organs, which produce eggs and hormones.

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Unlocking the genetics of breast cancer

07 April 2014 - by Baroness Delyth Morgan

The news of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy last year brought breast cancer genetics, risk and prevention into the international spotlight. Her decision was only possible due to the efforts of researchers, over the past twenty years and more, to identify the inherited genetic mutations... [Read More]

Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics

07 April 2014 - by Matthew Thomas

At the launch of their 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics' project, a panel of experts and a lively audience grappled with the difficult topic of cancer genetics... [Read More]

BRCA1 cancer study suggests alternative to major surgery

31 March 2014 - by Dr Sarah Spain

BRCA1 mutations put carriers at high risk of cancer by failing to protect cells against the effects of high levels of oestrogen hormone found in breast and ovary tissue, researchers have established... [Read More]

Harnessing the 'Angelina effect': Improving care for people with a family history of breast cancer in the UK

31 March 2014 - by Dr Caroline Dalton

As we learn more, and as technologies develop, there are continuing challenges for the NHS to meet in providing the best possible care for people at risk of familial breast cancer... [Read More]

'Cheaper, safer' IVF trialled

21 October 2013 - by Rachel Brown

An IVF method that claims to be cheaper and safer than conventional methods may give older women a greater chance of pregnancy, according to a study... [Read More]

Ovaries 'reawakened' and baby born to early menopause mother

07 October 2013 - by Dr Lucy Freem

A new treatment to stimulate egg production from post-menopausal ovaries has resulted in the successful birth of a child after testing in a small clinical trial... [Read More]

Big breakfast might help counter common fertility problem

07 October 2013 - by Lucy Harris

Eating a hearty breakfast can improve fertility in women with a common menstrual disorder, a small study suggests... [Read More]

Pioneering ovarian tissue graft helps cancer survivor become pregnant

09 September 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

A woman in Australia has become pregnant with her own eggs following an ovarian tissue transplant seven years after her ovaries were removed during cancer treatment.... [Read More]

Helq gene linked to ovarian cancer risk in mice

09 September 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe

Researchers have identified a gene in mice that, if faulty, increases the chances of developing ovarian cancer.... [Read More]

Fertility after cancer: separate studies give cause for concern, optimism

29 July 2013 - by James Heather

Despite treatment for childhood cancer causing an increased risk of infertility, most women still manage to conceive, research has shown... [Read More]

Old fertility science is still painfully relevant for today's women

22 July 2013 - by Dr Archana Vasireddy and Professor Susan Bewley

The science is clear: most women, even in their late 30's, will succeed in having children, but many will face more infertility, miscarriage and complicated pregnancies... [Read More]

The inconvenient truth of fertility decline

15 July 2013 - by Irenee Daly

Who could blame women for hoping that they are more reproductively robust than is actually the case?.... [Read More]

Obese women almost one-third less likely to have a baby due to 'abnormal womb environment'

11 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

Obese women have a much lower chance of having a baby than those with a normal BMI when using a donated egg, according to a study of almost 10,000 women... [Read More]

NHS ordered to fund £6000 private IVF for couple kept waiting

24 June 2013 - by James Heather

The board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland, has been told to pay for a couple's private fertility treatment and alter their policies after making a 'number of failures' when providing IVF... [Read More]

First baby born from 'safer' IVF method

24 June 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

A new IVF hormone treatment that has resulted in the birth of a baby boy could make IVF less risky, scientists report... [Read More]

An historical turning point? The implications of the Myriad decision on the patentability of human genes

24 June 2013 - by Dr Linda Briceno Moraia and Dr Jane Kaye

The US Supreme Court decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics will have far-reaching implications, not just by lowering the costs of genetic tests, but also for the development of innovations in genetics and genomics and in other emerging fields such as stem cell research and synthetic biology.... [Read More]

US Supreme Court: Human DNA is a 'product of nature' and cannot be patented

17 June 2013 - by Dr Sarah Spain

The US Supreme Court has unanimously rejected a number of patent claims made by Myriad Genetics on isolated forms of two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.... [Read More]

Event Review: It's All in the Genes - Medical Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

28 May 2013 - by David O'Rourke

Medical genetics has changed how we think about diagnosis and treatment in almost every field of medicine. At an evening event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), medical genetics teamed up with obstetrics and gynaecology to explore the impact of genetics on the diagnosis of ovarian and breast cancer.... [Read More]

Difficult decisions faced by women with a BRCA gene mutation

28 May 2013 - by Chris Jacobs

The news about Angelina Jolie opting for a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer has undoubtedly raised concerns among women with a family history of the disease. Whilst this news has certainly raised awareness of hereditary cancer, there are two key points that it is important to emphasize... [Read More]

Over 80 genetic regions linked to breast, prostate or ovarian cancer

08 April 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

The largest ever study into cancer genes has identified more than 80 genetic markers for breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item


Envisioning the Reproductive Medicine of Tomorrow
17 October 2009  Georgia World Congress Centre, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591, USA
The 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine... [Read More]
Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility Conference
20 August 2009  Taipei International Convention Centre, 1 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan
The 7th Conference of the Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility... [Read More]

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