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What happens to those suffering from infertility in Italy now?
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What happens to those suffering from infertility in Italy now?
21 June 2005 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
My heart goes out to all those patients in Italy who continue to have their future governed by what is dangerous legislation on the provision of infertility treatment, in particular IVF. Views expressed by the general public on this issue have been mixed. Many condemned the Church's intervention in what... [Read More]
Infertility on the rise in Europe
21 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: A British scientist has issued a warning about fertility, saying that the way modern Europeans live their lives may have devastating effects on their ability to reproduce without assistance. Professor Bill Ledger, from the University of Sheffield, said that since more and more people... [Read More]
The fate of frozen embryos under the Italian fertility law
21 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: A presentation given at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) shows what effects restrictive Italian fertility laws, which came into force on 10 March 2004, have had on people's choices about their frozen embryos. Italy's laws, said... [Read More]
ICSI success rates have declined in Italy since new law
21 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: A presentation given at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) shows what clinical effects restrictive Italian fertility laws, which came into force on 10 March 2004, have had on success rates - both in the laboratory and the... [Read More]
More evidence for benefits of single embryo transfer
21 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: IVF babies born after single embryo transfer (SET) are healthier than those born after more than one embryo is transferred, say researchers, in two studies presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Copenhagen this week. In... [Read More]
Soya products may affect sperm
22 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: A British scientist has claimed that eating some foods may affect a woman's chance of getting pregnant, because chemicals in them affect the ability of sperm to fertilise an egg. Lynn Fraser, professor of reproductive biology at King's College, London, told the annual conference... [Read More]
ICSI more common than IVF in Europe, children more intelligent
22 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has shown that, for the first time, the use of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has overtaken normal IVF procedures as a method of treating infertility in Europe. This suggests that infertility may be becoming more... [Read More]
Efficacy of ART improving across Europe
22 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: Data presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has shown that the quality and effectiveness of assisted human reproduction technologies (ARTs) across Europe is improving year on year. Professor Karl Nygren, chair of ESHRE's European IVF... [Read More]
Gene 'profile' linked to extended fertility
24 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: The ability of some women to conceive naturally after the age of 45 could be down to genetic differences, Israeli researchers say. The team, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (EHSHRE) in Copenhagen... [Read More]
Only one genetic imprinting disorder linked to ARTs
24 June 2005 - by BioNews
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Copenhagen: Beckwith-Wiedermann syndrome (BWS) is the only rare genetic 'imprinting' disorder linked to the use of assisted reproduction techniques (ARTs), according to the results of the largest study carried out to date. Researchers at University College in London investigated a possible link between ARTs and... [Read More]
Licensing of 'ethnic' heart drug triggers debate
27 June 2005 - by BioNews
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first ever drug targeted specifically at one ethnic group, a heart failure treatment called BiDil. The medicine, actually two existing drugs combined in a single pill, is apparently most effective in African Americans. The FDA approved the drug last week... [Read More]

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