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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

Glossary

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is a variation of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). During ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg, in order to fertilise it and then transferring the fertilised egg to the woman's womb.



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Bedfordshire CCG considers removing all funding for IVF

18 April 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting the public on whether to remove all funding for IVF treatment, apart from for special medical exceptions... [Read More]

Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies

22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [Read More]

Genetic test 'could predict IVF success'

01 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Researchers from the UK and the Netherlands have identified a 'genetic signature' in the womb that could help explain repeated IVF failure in some women.... [Read More]

Fertility treatments do not increase risk of developmental delay

11 January 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Children conceived using IVF and other fertility treatments are at no greater risk of developmental delays than children conceived naturally, according to a large US study... [Read More]

Natural killer cells and fertility: unwarranted treatments flourish amid misinformation and poor regulation

09 November 2015 - by Dr Norman Shreeve

In recent years a range of treatments aimed at suppressing uterine natural killer activity have sprung up, but this has no scientific rationale and can have significant and dangerous side effects... [Read More]

Spermatid injection technique allows 'sterile' men to become fathers

09 November 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Men previously considered sterile have successfully fathered children thanks to a newly improved technique called round spermatid injection (ROSI)... [Read More]

North East Essex CCG cuts IVF funding

05 October 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that it is ending its IVF funding, and fertility treatment will only be available to specific groups of patients... [Read More]

How studying blogs can improve communication around fertility

14 September 2015 - by Karen Kinloch

If used sensitively and ethically, infertility blogs can give a unique insight into the experience of struggling to conceive and be used to improve patient care... [Read More]

RNA findings could diagnose male infertility

13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker

A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Ectopic pregnancies following assisted reproduction fall by half

22 June 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

The rate of ectopic pregnancies in the UK following assisted reproduction has almost halved in the past 12 years, according to a new analysis... [Read More]

Event Review: Pint of Science Festival - From Sticky Sperm to Sugary Doughnuts

26 May 2015 - by Natalie Moska

Last week I attended a Pint of Science session entitled 'Sugar and Sperm' held at a floating pub on Albert Embankment in London - part of a worldwide festival hosting more than 600 evenings of science in 50 cities and eight countries as far afield as Australia and the USA... [Read More]

IVF culture media may influence sex of embryo

23 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

The nutrient-filled liquid used to grow embryos during IVF might affect the resulting male to female birth ratio, a study suggests... [Read More]

Complications for IVF babies declining, says Scandinavian study

26 January 2015 - by Purvi Shah

A study has shown a decline in the rates of stillbirths and premature deliveries of babies conceived via assisted reproductive technology in four Nordic countries.... [Read More]

ICSI no more effective than IVF

26 January 2015 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A US study has found that despite increased use of ICSI over recent years, the technique is not associated with any improved reproductive outcomes over conventional IVF... [Read More]

Look north: Better Together but fertility 'devo max' in Scotland is a good thing

27 October 2014 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva

As a consultant clinician working in one of the four NHS tertiary fertility units in Scotland, I was somewhat surprised to read the objection from the Association of Clinical Embryologists about proposed plans to devolve legislative powers for fertility treatment to the Scottish Government... [Read More]

Better Together: Why devolution of fertility legislation is not a good thing

20 October 2014 - by Stephen Harbottle

The Association of Clinical Embryologists is concerned that proposals to devolve powers for forming legislation covering the provision of fertility treatment, genetic screening and abortion to the Scottish Parliament may be a step too far in the process of devolution... [Read More]

Book Review: The Pursuit of Motherhood

06 May 2014 - by Dr Vivienne Raper

This journey through one woman's seven-year quest to conceive could be best described as a cross between Eat, Pray, Love and Bridget Jones’ Diary... [Read More]

Stuck on you: sperm-to-egg-binding protein discovered

28 April 2014 - by Rachel Brown

A protein that allows eggs and sperm to fuse together has been identified by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge... [Read More]

Birth complications more likely in IVF babies

13 January 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Babies born after fertility treatment could be twice as likely to suffer from complications such as low birth weight, premature birth and neonatal death, a large-scale study has found... [Read More]

An inconvenient truth: ICSI is not necessary for the majority of IVF patients

11 November 2013 - by Dr Steven Fleming

Despite the views of several IVF experts that intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection is overused in IVF, it continues unabated. So why is nobody listening?... [Read More]

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