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Katy Sinclair

Katy Sinclair was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and currently works in the field of mental health. Previously she studied Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, and went on to obtain an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and an MSc in Philosophy of Mental Disorder at Kings College London.

BioNews Comment articles written by Katy Sinclair:
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Is the embryo sacrosanct? Multi-faith perspectives
1 December 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
The annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust - 'Is the embryo sacrosanct? Multi-faith perspectives' - was expertly chaired by Baroness Haleh Afshar, Founder and Chair of the Muslim Women's Network and Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the University of Strasbourg. The panel comprised Anil Bhanot, General Secretary of the Hindu... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Katy Sinclair:
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Study finds link between older fathers and lower IQ scores in children
16 March 2009 - by Katy Sinclair
A study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, appearing in the journal PLoS Medicine, has found that children of older fathers perform less well in a range of cognitive tests than children born to younger fathers. The research, led by John McGrath, studied data from... [Read More]
UK government considers allowing gametes to be frozen for up to 55 years
23 February 2009 - by Katy Sinclair
Draft regulations proposed by the UK government would allow men and women at risk from infertility to freeze their sperm and eggs for a maximum of 55 years, as opposed to the current ten year limit. The purpose of the changes to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology... [Read More]
IVF drugs do not increase risk of ovarian cancer
9 February 2009 - by Katy Sinclair
Researchers at the Danish Cancer Society have ascertained that taking fertility drugs does not increase a woman's chance of developing ovarian cancer. The results of the study are published in the British Medical Journal. Allan Jensen and colleagues studied 54,362 women referred to fertility clinics between 1963... [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]
IVF works well in women under 35, study finds
19 January 2009 - by Katy Sinclair
Researchers at Harvard Medical School, US, have conducted the largest study ever into IVF live births, using data from Boston IVF and Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, in an attempt to quantify the success rate of IVF in both younger and older women. The findings are published in... [Read More]
Research links intelligence to sperm quality
16 December 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
Researchers at London's Institute of Psychiatry have found that more intelligent men have better quality sperm, suggesting a correlation between intelligence and evolutionary fitness, in a study published in the journal Intelligence. The research team embarked on the study to test the hypothesis that more intelligent people... [Read More]
Study shows passive smoking causes fertility problems
8 December 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
Research published by scientists at the US University of Rochester Medical Centre in the Journal of Tobacco Control reveals that women exposed to second-hand smoke as children or young adults have an increased likelihood of experiencing miscarriages or trouble conceiving. The research team studied 4,800 women treated... [Read More]
Acupuncture does not increase chance of IVF conception: further evidence
17 November 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
By Katy Sinclair Two new studies have found that acupuncture does not increase the chances of conception through IVF. The first study was conducted by Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, and was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in San Francisco, and the second was published in... [Read More]
Survey shows Australians' lack of fertility knowledge
10 November 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
A study conducted by IVF Australia, the results of which were presented at the National Fertility Conference in Brisbane, has found that many Australian couples seeking IVF are largely ignorant of basic fertility facts. The clinicians conducting the study tested the fertility knowledge of 60 women who... [Read More]
Acupuncture aids IVF success
29 September 2008 - by Katy Sinclair
Researchers at the University of Southampton and Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, UK, have found that women undergoing acupuncture at the same time as IVF increased their chances of having a baby from one in five to one in three. The research, published on the Cochrane Library's... [Read More]