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Gene Editing Approved For UK Scientists

March 17, 2016 1:00 pm Leave your thoughts

The UK is the first country to gain approval for a DNA altering technique in human embryos.  Approval was granted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), an independent regulator overseeing human embryo research. Dr Kathy Niakan will lead this work. When asked why she requested permission to edit the embryos, she stated, “We would really like to understand the genes needed for a human embryo to develop successfully into a healthy baby. The reason why it is so important is because miscarriages and infertility are extremely common, but they’re not very well understood.” The Relationship between Genetic Editing and IVF Treatments This type of genetic editing will offer hope for further understanding the blastocyst stage, in which cells... View Article

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5 Interesting Facts about IVF Treatment

December 21, 2015 9:30 am

Here are several interesting In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) facts thanks to the help of recent research and a look back into history. Read on for a lighter look at this fascinating procedure. Robert G. Edwards was Awarded the Nobel Prize The English physiologist was born in Yorkshire and received the Nobel Prize in 2010 in the category of ‘Physiology or Medicine’. Edwards also received the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award in 2001, and was ranked 26th in the Telegraph’s list of 100 greatest living geniuses in 2007.  According to a BBC news article in 2013, his determination and dedication stemmed from a conviction that “the most important thing in life is having a child.” Rajo Devi Lohan is the World’s... View Article

IVF Mother Gives Birth at 46

June 12, 2014 8:14 am

A woman from Orlando, Florida, is now the oldest IVF mother using her own, unfrozen eggs after starting treatment at the age of 46. Belinda Slaughter conceived after creating four embryos using her own eggs and her husband’s sperm. One implanted successfully and a boy was born last September. She was unaware of breaking any records, but was aware that she only had a 1% chance of conceiving using this method. The age of the egg is what is remarkable about her pregnancy. A woman has given birth at the age of 69 using donated eggs, and women have been able to give birth later using frozen eggs, but this case is the first published in Fertility and Sterility using... View Article

Where You Live Can Affect Your NHS IVF Treatment

May 28, 2014 2:43 pm

Despite strict NICE recommendations on IVF and fertility treatments, many women will face a post code lottery when it comes to getting the right treatment. Government health advisors have recently told the NHS to stop denying infertility treatment to childless couples, stating that the denial betrays the NHS’ guiding principle. The NHS in England and Wales is required to offer 3 IVF cycles to infertile women if they are under the age of 40, but this policy is often ignored by NHS trusts throughout the country. An audit of policies by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (Niac) found that 49% only offered 1 IVF cycle and 24% offered 2 cycles. Less than a quarter offered the full 3 cycles and... View Article

Diet and Exercise During IVF: Increase Your Chances of Pregnancy

May 14, 2014 2:02 pm

Undergoing IVF can mean making some lifestyle changes to increase your chances of pregnancy and ensure that you’re healthy and comfortable throughout the process. While lowering alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine intake is widely accepted, some recommendations such as exercising less can seem counter-intuitive but is just as important for maximising your success rate. Eating well for IVF It’s important to avoid major changes to your diet once you’ve started IVF, particularly once the eggs are implanted. Simply continue with the diet recommendations given prior to your IVF cycle and avoid fish that is high in mercury. It’s also best to avoid eating food that’s more than 12 hours old to ensure that everything you eat is safe and healthy. It’s... View Article

How to Relax During IVF

April 9, 2014 2:09 pm

Due to the hormonal treatments and the general worries surrounding cost and infertility, many women can find IVF stressful. However, it’s essential that you learn to relax during your IVF cycle to ensure that you have the best chance of success. Studies have shown that women who reduce stress and remain emotionally healthy during their IVF cycles are more likely to become conceive. While the overall outcome of IVF is out of your control, and success rates depend on a variety of factors including your age and health before IVF has begun, there are a number of things that you can do to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing both before and after your eggs are implanted. Focus on stability... View Article