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expert reaction to study investigating flame retardants and pregnancies in women undergoing IVF

Publishing in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers looked at organophosphate flame retardants (PFRs), studying the urinary concentrations of their metabolites along with outcomes of IVF treatement. They reported a negative association between the concentration of certain types of PFR metabolites in the urine of these women and the proportion of successful outcomes of IVF. read more

expert reaction to media coverage of ivf add-ons

In a paper published in BMJ Open, researchers looked at claims of benefit for interventions offered by fertility centres in the UK via the information on the centres’ websites. They then looked at what evidence was cited for these claims. They report that while many fertility centres in the UK offer a range of IVF add-on procedures, and provide claims of benefit for many of these interventions, in most cases the claims are not quantified and evidence is not cited to support them.
The Panorama documentary on BBC One (Panorama: Inside Britain’s Fertility Business) also looks at this issue. read more

expert reaction to a study looking at semen quality of adult ICSI offspring

A group of researchers have examined the sperm quality of the world’s oldest group of young men conceived by of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) fertility treatment and report their results in the journal Human Reproduction. The authors report that sperm quantity and quality of these man was lower than average. read more

expert reaction to study investigating improving IVF success rates for women aged 43 and above

Attempting to investigate possible reasons for the decline in pregnancy rates for older women who undergo IVF, a team of researchers have published their work in the Journal of Endocrinology. In a specific type of cell which surrounds the egg they report the expression of several genes to be different between older and younger women, and also that this cell type replicated less frequently in older women. read more

expert reaction to kisspeptin and ovarian stimulation

Research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reported that kisspeptin can be used to trigger ovulation after ovarian stimulation in IVF, and that the substance may reduce ovarian hyper stimulation; a serious complication of IVF associated with use of an alternative hormone. read more

pre-ESHRE preview briefing

The annual meeting of ESHRE, the world’s leading event in reproductive medicine took place in London from 7-10th July. As usual, the SMC invited 5 leading fertility experts to come and talk through the most significant, newsworthy studies being presented at the conference. read more

IVF and autism

In a JAMA study of more than 2.5 million children born in Sweden in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was associated with a small but statistically significantly increased risk of mental retardation, though not associated with autistic disorder. read more

expert reaction to IVF and autism

In a JAMA study of more than 2.5 million children born in Sweden in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was associated with a small but statistically significantly increased risk of mental retardation, though not associated with autistic disorder. read more

IVF and autism

A group of international scientists have been investigating whether there is an association between the use of IVF and the risk of autistic disorder or mental retardation in offspring. read more

announcement on mitochondrial DNA transfer

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies will outlined the government’s response to the advice and information provided by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on new IVF techniques for the prevention of mitochondrial disease. read more

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