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Why fertility patients should consider what they eat before resorting to more invasive fertility treatments
2 February 2009 - by Dian Shepperson Mills
Eating is something we do every day. It sustains us and keeps us healthy, and poor food choice can make us unhealthy. The maturing ova, sperm, endometrium and fetus depend upon nutrients for development. If the diet is laced with environmental endocrine-disrupting chemicals, trans-fats, refined sugars, or excess additives, or... [Read More]
Stem cell hope for multiple sclerosis
1 February 2009 - by Dr Rebecca Robey
A promising new stem cell therapy has reversed the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) for the first time. In a small clinical trial published in the journal Lancet Neurology, researchers from the Northwestern Freinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, US, treated MS sufferers with their own stem cells... [Read More]
Three studies home in on psoriasis 'genetic hotspots'
1 February 2009 - by Ben Jones
Three different studies on genetic factors that may contribute to causing psoriasis have identified a number of new specific genetic targets for research. The studies, performed in the US by the University of Michigan; in China and Singapore by the Genome Institute of Singapore and the Anhui... [Read More]
New screening technique developed in UK clinic may improve IVF success rate
1 February 2009 - by Dr Nadeem Shaikh
By Nadeem Shaikh:.A British fertility clinic has revealed they have developed a new method of screening eggs for IVF treatment. The CARE clinic in Nottingham, UK, has used the novel Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH) method to assist a 41 year old woman to become pregnant. Currently, only one in... [Read More]
Gene variant influences brain cancer risk
1 February 2009 - by Alison Cranage
Researchers in France have found a gene variant that may increase a person's risk of developing a brain tumour at a young age. The study was published last week in the journal Neurology by a team of researchers led by Dr Marc Sanson. The study included 254... [Read More]
Friendships are down to genetics, says new study
1 February 2009 - by Adam Fletcher
How much choice do we really have when deciding on whom we make friends with? This was the question posed by a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. In it, US teams at Harvard University and the University of California... [Read More]
Adult stem cells may lead to new infertility treatment
2 February 2009 - by Dr Will Fletcher
A special class of adult stem cells, known as human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, has for the first time been reprogrammed into cells that develop into human eggs and sperm. The research, carried out by members of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)'s Broad... [Read More]
NHS Grampian appeals for donated sperm and eggs on staff payslips
2 February 2009 - by Katy Sinclair
The health board of NHS Grampian in Scotland have included a plea for sperm and egg donations on thousands of staff payslips, in an effort to restore depleted stocks at their Aberdeen fertility clinic. The message has appealed for male donors aged 18 to 45 and female... [Read More]
Gene therapy trial for immune disorder hailed a success
2 February 2009 - by Dr Megan Allyse
Researchers in Italy and Israel have announced that they have successfully used gene therapy to treat ten children who suffer from a rare form of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) called ADA-SCID. The trial marks one of the first successful uses of gene therapy since past trials of... [Read More]
Household chemicals may delay pregnancy, study shows
1 February 2009 - by Ailsa Stevens
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) - found in everyday household materials such as shampoo, food wrappings, non-stick frying pans and upholstery - may be linked to infertility, according to a study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction this week. The study showed that women with high levels of the chemical... [Read More]
Birth of octuplets through fertility treatments sparks controversy
1 February 2009 - by MacKenna Roberts
Last Monday, eight babies - six boys and two girls - were born to a woman, whose identity has not been released, in Southern California at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Centre. The babies were delivered by a team of 46 attending professionals within a span of five minutes by... [Read More]

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