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NHS (National Health Service)

The National Health Service (NHS) is a publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. The NHS is controlled by the Department of Health.



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Widow takes fight over frozen embryos to High Court

27 June 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The widow of a Falklands veteran is going to the High Court in an attempt to stop the couple's frozen embryos from being destroyed... [Read More]

Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]

Radio Review: Born in Bradford

20 June 2016 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn

The Born in Bradford study, which began in 2007, has recorded data prospectively from 12,000 mothers, 4000 fathers and their 14,000 children born in Bradford General Hospital... [Read More]

Scotland expands IVF on the NHS

13 June 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Scotland is set to expand the provision of publicly funded IVF, increasing the number of cycles for eligible patients from two to three... [Read More]

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]

55-year-old becomes Britain's oldest mother of triplets

11 April 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

A 55-year old woman from Boston, England, has become Britain's oldest mother of triplets... [Read More]

Event Review: Health data - better care or privacy nightmare?

11 April 2016 - by Ari Haque

This discussion stayed too safe. Panellists came equipped with relevant case studies and analogies to demonstrate their opinions, but did not challenge each other or the audience as much as they could have... [Read More]

Scotland joins the 100,000 Genomes Project

07 March 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Genome sequencing in Scotland has received a major cash boost, following a £6 million investment into the Scottish Genomes Partnership (SGP), which will begin working with Genomics England on the 100,000 Genomes Project... [Read More]

TV Review: Inside Out - Looking for a Baby Online    

29 February 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This programme looks at the 'darker side of sperm donation', outside the regulated world of fertility clinics, where some seedy business is taking place... [Read More]

Somerset cuts IVF funding to one cycle only

28 February 2016 - by Rikita Patel

Somerset CCG has announced that its provision of NHS-funded IVF will be reduced from two cycles to one... [Read More]

Genetic test detects 'all known inherited heart conditions'

22 February 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

A new blood test has been developed that can accurately detect all genes known to cause inherited heart conditions, say scientists... [Read More]

Third of GPs back end to NHS IVF funding

15 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A third of general practitioners believe that the NHS should not fund IVF treatment, according to a recent poll... [Read More]

Painkillers during pregnancy reduce fertility of offspring in rats

01 February 2016 - by Fiona Ibanichuka

Scientists have discovered that the use of painkillers during pregnancy in rats may reduce the fertility of their offspring... [Read More]

Adult stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in UK trial

25 January 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A stem cell treatment routinely used for bone and blood cancers is showing promise at reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis... [Read More]

IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception

25 January 2016 - by Rachel Brown

A new IVF technique has been developed which allows fertilisation to occur in the womb rather than in the laboratory... [Read More]

Non-invasive prenatal testing in the non-Western context

25 January 2016 - by Vardit Ravitsky, Jessica Mozersky, Marsha Michie, Rayna Rapp, Megan Allyse, and Subhashini Chandrasekharan

Since its introduction in 2011, the availability of non-invasive prenatal testing has been expanding globally and rapidly. The clinical introduction of NIPT has clear benefits for pregnant women, such as reducing the need for invasive testing. But, depending on local circumstances, it also raises varying challenges and opportunities... [Read More]

100,000 Genomes Project diagnoses children with rare diseases

18 January 2016 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

Two girls have become the first children to be diagnosed with rare genetic conditions through the 100,000 Genomes Project – the NHS DNA-sequencing initiative... [Read More]

Prenatal test for Down's syndrome recommended for NHS

18 January 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A new blood test for Down’s syndrome in high-risk women has been recommended for use on the NHS.... [Read More]

Three-person IVF: What makes mitochondrial donation different?

11 January 2016 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand

We report from the second session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', about the newly legalised process of mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

UK mitochondrial donation regulations introduced

02 November 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

Regulations that came into force this week will enable the UK to be the first country in the world to allow the use of mitochondrial donation techniques during IVF... [Read More]

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