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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

Glossary

Clinical trial

A research study in which new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat disease are tested on human participants.



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100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF

22 May 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with poppyseed oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study... [Read More]

DNA tests spot returning lung cancer a year before scans

02 May 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Blood tests for tumour DNA could predict relapse of the most common type of lung cancer up to one year before clinical signs show up on patient's scans... [Read More]

Unproven stem cell therapies – promise versus evidence

02 May 2017 - by Cathal Farrell

The ability of stem cells to divide into different mature cell types has ignited the field of regenerative medicine. Stem cells promise to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues without the need for orthodox medical or surgical interventions. However, there is disparity between the expectations held by the general public and some medical professionals versus the reality of the emerging clinical evidence... [Read More]

Autism stem cell trial reports improvement in symptoms

10 April 2017 - by Dr Lucy Freem

Children with autism spectrum disorder who received infusions of their own stem cells from banked umbilical cord blood as part of a clinical trial have no apparent lasting adverse effects after one year... [Read More]

Fertility treatment add-ons: do they add up?

03 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The controversial issue of IVF 'add-ons' – techniques and treatments offered to fertility patients on top of standard IVF – has been the subject of intense debate and media attention since last November's BBC Panorama's documentary, which claimed that many techniques advertised on fertility clinics websites were not backed up by good scientific evidence of success... [Read More]

Stem cells could be used to create 'endless supply of blood'

03 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A new method of producing red blood cells outside the body on a large scale has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol... [Read More]

Stem cells used to treat erectile dysfunction

03 April 2017 - by Emma Laycock

Men with erectile dysfunction following prostate surgery were able to have intercourse again after receiving an experimental stem cell therapy using cells taken from their own abdomen, a Danish study has shown... [Read More]

Existing drugs could benefit one in five breast cancer patients

20 March 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A genetic study of breast cancer patients suggests that existing drugs for treating rare breast and ovarian cancers may help more patients than previously thought... [Read More]

Remission in one-third of terminal lymphoma patients after gene therapy

06 March 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A trial gene therapy has reversed terminal blood cancer in a third of patients... [Read More]

First human trial of gene therapy for Fabry disease

17 February 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A Canadian man with Fabry disease – a rare, inherited enzyme deficiency – is the first person to be given gene therapy for the condition... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

Anti-CRISPR - an off-switch for genome editing

09 January 2017 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

Scientists have discovered a new set of proteins that can block the CRISPR/Cas9 system... [Read More]

IVF practices challenged: a response

05 December 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen

Professor Adam Balen argues that the recent Panorama investigation into the use of add-ons in fertility clinics is a misrepresentation of these clinics and a misunderstanding of the data... [Read More]

China begins first CRISPR human therapy trial

21 November 2016 - by 

Chinese scientists have injected CRISPR/Cas9 gene-edited cells into a human for the first time... [Read More]

Second team corrects sickle-cell mutation using CRISPR

14 November 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Researchers have had further success using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to repair the mutation that causes sickle-cell anaemia... [Read More]

Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation

17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams

This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]

Stem cell therapy reverses paralysis

19 September 2016 - by Dr Greg Ball

An experimental stem cell therapy appears to have restored some feeling and limb control in five patients paralysed by spinal cord injuries... [Read More]

One-fifth of genomics papers flawed due to Microsoft Excel

05 September 2016 - by Rikita Patel

Around one-fifth of scientific papers involving genomic data contain errors caused by the default settings in Microsoft Excel, according to a study... [Read More]

TV Review: My Amazing Twin

05 September 2016 - by Isobel Steer

My Amazing Twin offers a thought-provoking look at both the scientific and the personal side of type 1 neurofibromatosis... [Read More]

IVM breakthrough suggests cheaper and lower-drug alternative to IVF

30 August 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

Researchers have reported on an experimental technique that could improve the fertilisation success rate of in vitro maturation IVM, an alternative fertility method to IVF... [Read More]

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