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'Postcode lottery' unacceptable after 30 years of IVF
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'Postcode lottery' unacceptable after 30 years of IVF
14 July 2008 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
Louise Brown, the world's first IVF baby, will be 30 years old on 25 July 2008. Here Clare Brown, who was among those to speak at a reception organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility to mark next week's National Infertility Day 2008, reflects on three decades of... [Read More]
Novel approaches select best sperm for IVF
8 July 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Barcelona:By Ailsa Taylor: Two independent studies presented at a European fertility meeting this week highlight new techniques for selecting those sperm most likely to result in successful pregnancies following IVF using intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The first, by Italian scientists, uses high-powered microscopy to... [Read More]
Lifestyle is a factor in pregnancy after IVF, says fertility scientist
8 July 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Barcelona:By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Scientists looking at pregnancy rates in women who have previously had IVF treatment say that lifestyle factors play a large part in whether a woman will go on to achieve a natural pregnancy or not. Speaking at the annual meeting... [Read More]
Attitudes to surrogacy are improving, say researchers
8 July 2008 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
BioNews reporting from ESHRE conference, Barcelona:By Dr Kirsty Horsey: Delegates at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Barcelona have been told that attitudes towards surrogacy in the UK are still 'broadly negative'. In a poster presentation, Professor Olga van den Akker... [Read More]
Half of all ICSI cycles unnecessary, European figures show
9 July 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
BioNews reporting from ESHRE, Barcelona:By Ailsa Taylor:Data presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) shows that the number of cycles carried out annually in Europe has more than doubled since records began in 1997, when 200,000 cycles were carried out... [Read More]
Embryo test boosts IVF pregnancy rates
9 July 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
A new test which helps IVF doctors pick the healthiest embryos for transfer may boost pregnancy rates by up to 15 percent, was unveiled at a European fertility conference this week... [Read More]
New study shows frozen embryos better than fresh for IVF
10 July 2008 - by Alison Cranage
A new study shows that it is better to use frozen, rather than fresh embryos in IVF treatment. The research was reported by Dr Anja Pinborg at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Barcelona last week. The study has... [Read More]
Fertility preservation hope for cancer patients
10 July 2008 - by Dr Charlotte Maden
A group of German researchers has reported a new technique that will increase the chances of preserving fertility in women having treatment for cancer. The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Barcelona, offer new hope to female... [Read More]
Study casts doubt over the use of acupuncture to improve IVF success rates
14 July 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Scientists have failed to establish a link between the use of acupuncture on fertility patients and IVF success rates. In what is said to be one of the most thorough studies into the issue, close to 2,500 women were studied across 13 clinical trials looking into the... [Read More]
Obesity and diabetes may be linked with male infertility
14 July 2008 - by Antony Starza-Allen
Two studies presented at the annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Barcelona have contributed new research findings into male infertility by examining the relationships between obesity and diabetes, and sperm quality. Studying the link between obesity and sperm quality, researchers from the University... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill: postponed
14 July 2008 - by Ailsa Stevens
Amidst opposition outcry, the government announced last Thursday that final stages of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill would be postponed until October. Labour MPs and the Department of Health were among those to accuse Gordon Brown of rescheduling in order to avoid losing votes in the... [Read More]

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