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CONTENTS Issue #772
COMMENT
Commissioning decisions reveal the trivialisation of infertility
NEWS DIGEST
REVIEWS
Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum
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Commissioning decisions reveal the trivialisation of infertility
22 September 2014 - by Vicky Whitehead
In the UK, clinical commissioners seem to view the national recommendations on fertility treatment as a sort of à-la-carte menu from which they can pick and choose; altering the definition of a cycle, the age requirements, the number of cycles available, and the access criteria at will... [Read More]
Some NHS commissioners paying twice as much for IVF
22 September 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
Research conducted by the campaign group Fertility Fairness has uncovered significant variations in the amount that NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are paying for one cycle of IVF treatment.... [Read More]
'Angelina Jolie effect' sees breast cancer gene tests double
22 September 2014 - by Jessica Ware
The number of women in the UK being referred to breast cancer clinics doubled shortly after actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had a risk-reducing double mastectomy, a study has found.... [Read More]
Schizophrenia is actually eight distinct disorders, say scientists after genome study
22 September 2014 - by Chris Hardy
Schizophrenia might in fact be a group of related but distinct genetic disorders - a study has identified specific gene clusters that can be linked to eight clinically different types of the psychiatric illness... [Read More]
'Personalised' skin cancer drug wins NICE approval
22 September 2014 - by Dr Lanay Griessner
A skin cancer drug designed to be effective in patients whose cancer is driven by a specific gene mutation has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to treat patients with advanced melanoma... [Read More]
Mice with added human gene are fast learners
22 September 2014 - by Isobel Steer
Mice engineered to carry a human version of the 'language gene' can learn to navigate a maze faster than normal mice. The study offers some insight into how humans evolved to produce and understand speech.... [Read More]
Blood test can tell when prostate cancer drugs stop working
22 September 2014 - by James Brooks
A study where the tumour DNA of 16 prostate cancer patients was frequently checked suggests that, in some patients, commonly used anti-cancer drugs may actually boost tumour growth after a while... [Read More]
Gene find for rare respiratory disease
22 September 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Scientists have uncovered a gene linked to a rare disease that causes respiratory problems similar to cystic fibrosis... [Read More]
Pregnant women confident in new blood test for Down's syndrome
22 September 2014 - by Siobhan Chan
Women are confident in and value a new non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome that is being trialled across a number of maternity clinics in the UK, a study reports... [Read More]
Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum
22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand
Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]

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