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Seoul Sets Advisory Limits on IVF Embryo Transfer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 02, 2015

South Korea’s Health Ministry is revising its guidelines for in vitro fertilization, discouraging medical professionals from transferring more than three embryos in a single procedure to prevent possible adverse birth outcomes and unwanted multiple births.

European Court Upholds Italy Law Against Embryo Research

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 02, 2015

Thursday (August 27) saw the European Court of Human Rights uphold an Italian law against the donation of human embryos for scientific research.

Meet Hurricane Katrina's Youngest Survivor: The Boy, 8, Born From an Embryo Rescued from a Flooded Fertility Center in New Orleans

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

A couple whose frozen embryo was rescued from a flooded hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit have introduced the son they were able to have 16 months after the tragedy.

Study Suggests Couples Need Better Antenatal Care Following Fertility Treatment

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

Couples who have successfully conceived following fertility treatment need additional antenatal care and support, new research has found. Two per cent of all births in the UK are a result of fertility treatments such as IVF. An increasing body of evidence suggests the needs of these parents are often not adequately addressed, leaving them feeling abandoned in some cases.

6 Weird Things that Boost Your Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 01, 2015

If you are trying to get pregnant (or thinking about it), you’re probably familiar with the standard advice: Maintain a healthy weight. Go easy on the coffee and booze. And avoid stress (if only!). But there are a handful of other things that may help boost your baby-making odds—from changing your sushi order to mixing up your workouts. Read on for six tips to consider. 

Antidepressants Affect Fertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

More than one quarter of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness and the number of patients treated with antidepressants continues to rise. Additionally, anxiety and depression are becoming more prevalent among couples trying to have children, and so medications prescribed to treat these disorders are also increasingly common. What isn't clear is the impact mental health and the use of such treatments has on fertility, and whether untreated mental illness is detrimental to fertility.

Light Therapy Seems to Boost Fertility in Mouse Model

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

Targeting circadian clock disruption could prove to be an effective treatment for age-related impaired fertility, and fertility issues in younger women, that may be exacerbated by disruptions in light-dark cycles, according to early animal studies.

New PCOS Research May Offer Hope in Infertility Struggle

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 31, 2015

A new PCOS research may offer hope in infertility struggle

Boy celebrates Surviving Hurricane Katrina As An Embryo

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

Noah Benton Markham was born 16 months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. The now-8-year-old likes to say he is “Katrina’s youngest survivor.” Police saved his embryo in a floodwater rescue of a New Orleans fertility clinic after the hurricane flooded 80 percent of the city 10 years ago this weekend.

New Embryo Image Processing Technology Could Assist in IVF Implantation Success Rates

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 28, 2015

A collaboration between biologists and engineers at Monash University has led to the development of a new non-invasive image processing technique to visualise embryo formation. Researchers were able to see, for the first time, the movement of all of the cells in living mammalian embryos as they develop under the microscope. This breakthrough has important implications for IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatments and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).


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