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Kisspeptin hormone could make IVF safer for mothers

The new technique uses the natural hormone kisspeptin to stimulate egg development instead of the usual fertility drugs. Doctors hope using kisspeptin will give mothers a lower risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), a potentially life-threatening condition that can be triggered by IVF drugs used now.
For more details: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_18-6-2013-16-42-49

Recent use of some oral contraceptives increases breast cancer risk

Numerous studies have suggested that birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer. Now, a new study suggests that this increased risk may only apply to recent users and is dependent on the formulation of the pill.
For more details: http://www.fhcrc.org/en/news/center-news/2014/08/Some-new-birth-control-raise-breast-cancer-risk.html

Women using IVF 'half as likely to conceive if vitamin D deficient'

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) finds that women who are deficient in vitamin D are half as likely to conceive using in vitro fertilization compared with women without vitamin D deficiency.
For more details: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/773342

The first step in freezing human organs: A successfully cryo-preserved whole sheep ovary

In a paper recently published in Human Reproduction, Prof Bruce Campbell and his team at the School of Medicine, Nottingham set out some exciting results on the restoration of fertility - the cryopreservation and transplantation of whole adult sheep ovaries. This is the first time that a whole organ from an adult large mammal has been successfully frozen, successfully transplanted and successfully produced immediate results.
For more details: http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/8/1749.abstract

New, powerful single-cell technique developed to study environmental effects on DNA

Researchers at the BBSRC-funded Babraham Institute, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Single Cell Genomics Centre, have developed a powerful new single-cell technique to help investigate how the environment affects our development and the traits we inherit from our parents. The technique can be used to map all of the 'epigenetic marks' on the DNA within a single cell. This single-cell approach will boost understanding of embryonic development, could enhance clinical applications like cancer therapy and fertility treatments, and has the potential to reduce the number of mice currently needed for this research.
For more details: http://www.babraham.ac.uk/researchers-develop-new-powerful-single-cell-technique-to-study-environmental-effects-on-dna/

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months.

Defects in mitochondria cause severe, incurable diseases in one in 6,500 UK babies each year.  Many of these diseases are fatal in infancy. However, mitochondrial replacement techniques to avoid diseases caused by defective mitochondria, which are only inherited from the mother, are being developed with a centre based at Newcastle University carrying out further work on the procedures.

For more details: http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_439970.asp

Children born to women with diagnosed fertility problems at greater risk of psychiatric disorders than those naturally conceived.

Children born to women with fertility problems have a higher risk of psychiatric disorders than naturally conceived children. The increase in risk was described as "modest" by researchers from Denmark, but was found to persist throughout childhood and into young adulthood
For More details: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/esoh-cbt062614.php

IVF NEWS

Kisspeptin hormone could make IVF safer...
The new technique uses the natural hormone kisspeptin to stimulate egg development instead of the usual fertility drugs.

Recent use of some oral contraceptives...
Numerous studies have suggested that birth control pills increase the risk.

Women using IVF 'half as likely to conceive ...
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) finds that women who are deficient in

Dates 2014

25-27
Sept
Annual Meeting of the Middle East Fertility Society

Location: Abu dhabi, UAE
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26-27
Sept
Epigenetics in reproduction (ESHRE Campus Event)

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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9-12
Oct
11th Congress of the Mediterranean Association for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Location: Antalya, Turkey
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