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More male tests needed in cases of repeated miscarriages – UK study | Society | The Guardian
Imperial College scientists find DNA damage in sperm could be undetected cause
fertility  IVF  DNA  damage 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Sperm quality improved by adding nuts to diet, study says - BBC News
The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked to pollution, smoking and diet.

Researchers said there was growing evidence a healthy diet could boost the odds of conceiving.
chronic  sick  population  IVF  fertility  sperm  count  public  health  prevention  diet  western  epigenetics  microbiome  microbiota  S.A.D.  inflammation  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Regular fast food eating linked to fertility issues in women - BBC News
Women who regularly eat fast food and not enough fruit are more likely to struggle to conceive, a study suggests.
public  health  fertility  IVF 
may 2018 by asterisk2a
Painkillers in pregnancy may affect babies' future fertility - BBC News
Edinburgh University found the drugs may also affect the fertility of future generations, by leaving marks on DNA.

Experts said the findings added to growing evidence some medicines, including Paracetamol, should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Researchers stressed advice for pregnant women remained unchanged.

Current guidelines say, if necessary, Paracetamol should be used at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time. Ibuprofen should be avoided during pregnancy.

The study looked at the effects of Paracetamol and ibuprofen on samples of human foetal testes and ovaries.
epigenetics  pregnancy  parenthood  DNA  fertility  IVF  damage 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
IVF clinics 'should pay NHS if their treatments cause complications' | Society | The Guardian
The potentially fatal condition is triggered by overstimulation by hormones of the follicles of the ovaries. Symptoms include back pain, bloating and nausea. In extreme cases, OHSS can cause the ovaries to expand to more than 12cm (4.7 metres), about five times their usual size.

Some women need to be treated in intensive care and at least four are known to have died from the condition in the UK. The number of cases has been rising in recent years as more women undergo IVF treatment.
IVF  NHS  Privatisation 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
In search of surrogates, foreign couples descend on Ukraine - BBC News
Foreign couples have been coming to this corner of Europe in droves since 2015, when surrogacy hotspots in Asia began closing their industries one-by-one, amid reports of exploitation. Barred from India, Nepal and Thailand, they turned to Ukraine, one of the few places left where surrogacy can still be arranged at a fraction of what it costs in the US.

"We have so many childless couples coming to our country - it's like a conveyor belt," says Ana, who asked for her identity to be protected.

When she was 21, and after some years of hotel work, Ana finally decided to become a surrogate. By then she had a daughter and realised she was eligible. Under Ukrainian law, a surrogate must have a child of their own before carrying someone else's. If you have your own child, you are less likely to become attached to the one you must give away, those who recruit the women say. [...] Europe's capital of surrogacy
Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine "has increased probably 1000% in the last two years alone," says Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, a Sydney-based charity that advises would-be parents.

The country, he adds, "has found itself almost accidentally as one of the handful of nation states" which allow surrogacy tourism.
IVF  fertility  public  health  crisis  western  diet  S.A.D.  lifestyle  infertility  autoimmune  disease  diseases  poverty  exploitation  trap  global  south  west  Ukraine  UK  India  USA  surrogate  surrogacy  parenthood  capitalism  Kapital  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  neoliberalism  neoliberal  ethics  moral  philosophy  Sociology  adoption 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Boss quits as his Major NHS trust put in special measures - BBC News
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/11/nhs-bosses-bloody-stupid-to-demand-4bn-cash-injection & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/11/the-guardian-view-on-nhs-funding-hospitals-are-hurting & https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/10/quit-hospital-boss-nhs-chair-kings-college-hospital-london & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/11/nhs-managers-england-back-kerslake-underfunding-claim - in protest at what he says is NHS underfunding and hospitals being given unrealistic savings targets. & https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/10/nhs-trust-boss-bob-kerslake-resigns-underfunding-health-services // A major London hospital trust has been placed in special measures because of funding problems.
NHS Improvement announced the sanction against King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust the day after chairman Lord Kerslake resigned criticising the "unrealistic" approach to NHS finances.
The regulator said a deficit of £92m was now forecast this year - more than twice the original £38m planned for.
Chief executive Ian Dalton said the position was simply "not acceptable".
NHS  Austerity  STP  CEP  CQC  sickcare  demand  healthcare  chronic  sick  population  winter  crisis  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  waiting  times  elective  care  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  treatment  delay  rationing  ageing  demographic  bubble  CCG  Trust  IVF  obesity  overweight 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Doctors to breathalyse smokers before allowing them NHS surgery | Society | The Guardian
He said that by introducing “increasingly harsher policies” CCGs might believe they were alleviating financial pressure but they could actually cost more in the long term because of the risk of complications and the cost of healthcare in the interim. The CCGs said no financial savings were expected as a result of the measures, which they claimed were aimed at improving the long-term health of residents. They also stressed that if at any time the harm of waiting for surgery outweighed the benefit of losing weight or stopping smoking, then the patient would be referred.
NHS  CCG  STP  CEP  Austerity  rationing  obesity  overweight  healthcare  demand  sickcare  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  referral  waiting  times  patient  safety  delayed  treatment  premature  ageing  GP  A&E  IVF 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
DNA editing in human embryos reveals role of fertility "master gene" | Science | The Guardian
The failures of fertility treatments could be down, in part, to a reliance on mouse studies, which until now have been seen as the best way to work out the role of genes during embryonic development – and why things sometimes go wrong. The latest work highlights the shortcomings with this approach, showing that the OCT4 gene appears to play a different role in early human embryos than in mice.

“This is in a way unexpected, because of the dogma that the earliest stages of development are common for all mammalian and even some non-mammalian species,” said Dusko Ilic, reader in stem cell science at King’s College London. “The study is another proof that the findings from experimental animal models cannot be always extrapolated to humans.”
chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  IVF  fertility  DNA  Crispr  mouse  models  Crispr-Cas9  epigenetics 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Free IVF no longer offered in county where it all began - BBC News
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area has become the third place in the UK to withdraw free IVF treatment.
Government guidelines recommend that women under 40 should be offered three free cycles if they have been trying to conceive for three years.
The local clinical commissioning group (CCG) said the decision would save the county £700,000 a year.
It comes after a 20-week public consultation - and will stop with immediate effect. The decision will be reviewed next in April 2019.
IVF  UK  sick  population  fertility  NHS  Austerity  STP  rationing  Privatisation  chronic  obesity  overweight  diabetes  western  lifestyle  diet  S.A.D. 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland-only folic acid plan ruled out - BBC News
An estimated 85% of women do not take enough folic acid in their diet.
The NHS currently recommends that women trying to conceive a child should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, a day.
western  diet  chronic  sick  population  UK  folic  acid  folate  S.A.D.  fertility  health  care  demand  IVF  NHS  medical  advances  prevention  Public  USA  Germany  premature  death  birth 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
IVF cut back in 13 areas of England to save money, new data shows | Society | The Guardian
which means cost-cutting CCGs are defying advice set out by the government and the NHS’s own advisers.
CCG  Trust  rationing  STP  Austerity  IVF  chronic  sick  population  mental  health  NICE  LGBT  Transgender  care  demand  medical  advances  NHS  UK  healthcare  prevention  fertility 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Men are affected by the biological clock as well, researchers find | Science | The Guardian
But for younger women the man’s age mattered. Women aged under 30 with a male partner aged 30 to 35 had a 73% chance of a live birth after IVF. But that impressive success rate fell to 46% when the man was aged 40 to 42. Whether they can hear it or not, the biological clock ticks for men too.
IVF  fertility  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Maternity care on brink of crisis after rise in number of over-45s giving birth (From HeraldScotland)
rise of over 45s births are more complex and risky. need more attention. more specialist docs, more than younger mothers pool would need. ie diabetes, obesity, cvd - blood pressure,
NHS  Austerity  STP  sick  population  IVF 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Stem cells 'link' to repeat miscarriages, say scientists - BBC News
[ is this a western phenomenon? sick population? not africa, not some parts of japan? ] Accelerated ageing "In fact, this may be the only way to really prevent miscarriages in these cases." The team found a shortfall of stem cells was the likely cause of accelerated ageing of the womb lining which resulted in the failure of some pregnancies. The lining has to renew itself each cycle and this renewal capacity is dependent on the resident stem cell population. Prof Brosens said: "Cultured cells from women who had had three or more consecutive miscarriages showed that ageing cells in the lining of the womb don't have the ability to prepare adequately for pregnancy." [...] "The real challenge now is to develop strategies to increase the function of stem cells in the womb lining," she said. The team will soon start piloting new interventions to improve the womb lining, she said. [ diet and lifestyle? ]
premature  ageing  chronic  diseases  telomere  genetics  epigenetics  sick  population  health  crisis  miscarriage  IVF  female  fertility  fertility  infertility  assisted  fertility  treatments 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health care 'failing most people' - BBC News
Inadequate and underfunded mental health care in England is leading to thousands of "tragic and unnecessary deaths" [...] around three-quarters of people with mental health problems received no help at all. It said more needs to be done to tackle rising suicide rates. Ministers agreed with the findings, committing a £1bn extra a year by 2020 to treat a million more people. This is to come out of the £8.4bn the government has promised to the health service during this Parliament and comes on top of extra money already announced for children's services. David Cameron said the plan would help put "mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing". [ would help on the way, but not actually putting it, no targets, nothing to be held accountable to. this is piecemeal, satisfying the headlines, appearing to do something. is minority service. easier to under fund than cancer or neuro. demand resource mismatch @those ] //&! bbc.in/1QgiJxX
NHS  mental  health  mental  illness  stigma  vulnerable  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Jeremy  Hunt  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  budget2015  budget2010  austerity  minority  public  sentiment  Simon  Stevens  IVF  cancer  heart  disease  diabetes  obesity 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mutant sperm-factories spread in testes - BBC News
But the University of Oxford study showed mutant spermatogonia gain a "tumour-like" competitive edge, leading to a greater proportion of sperm becoming defective. Experts said couples should consider having children earlier in life. A range of diseases including autism and schizophrenia are more likely with older dads due to mutations in their sperm. And the risk of very serious health problems goes from around four in every 200 births to five in every 200 once the father passes the age of 50.
female  fertility  fertility  assisted  fertility  treatments  IVF  Social  Freezing  public  health  policy  public  health  generationy  Millennials  epigenetics  gene  expression 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
South Somerset deploys ‘health coaches’ to take pressure off NHS - FT.com
Chronic conditions make a big share of cost // Underpinning the approach is a careful “segmenting” of patients to discover which are making maximum demands on the system. [...] In South Somerset, it was discovered that just 4 per cent of local people were between them consuming up to 50 per cent of the health and social care budget. High quality global journalism requires investment. Early results among a sample group of 100 patients are striking. Emergency admissions have fallen by 42 per cent, accident and emergency department visits by 4 per cent and outpatient appointments by 15 per cent, year on year, since the establishment of a “hub”, bringing together doctors, nurses and care workers to span the historically iron divide between GP surgery, community and hospital services. [...] “health coaches”. Cheaper than clinicians, and bringing a different skill set, they are seen as key to ensuring patients take responsibility for their own health [...] [mismatch of resources & demand]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' strike: BMA totally irresponsible - Jeremy Hunt - BBC News
[ by redefining Saturday as non weekend day, Gov gets it's 7 day NHS without paying more than needed ] Ministers offered doctors an 11% rise in basic pay last year, but that was offset by curbs to other elements of the pay package, including payments for unsociable hours - they have maintained there is not extra money for junior doctor pay. The government says the changes are needed to create more seven-days services, but the BMA warns safeguards to keep a lid on excessive hours are being weakened and also has concerns about career progression and weekend pay. //&! Jeremy Hunt blames unions for junior doctor concerns - bbc.in/1SFZgxs //&! Last-minute talks are taking place between doctors and government negotiators to avert Wednesday's strike over a contract dispute. - bbc.in/1TaDC45 - [Closed nearly deal; BMA] put forward a proposal that would have seen doctors' basic pay rise by about half the 11% offered by ministers in return for Saturday not to be treated as a normal working day.
Jeremy  Hunt  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  spin  doctor  PR  Positioning  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  constituency  babyboomers  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  sick  population  health  crisis  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  premature  ageing  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  A&E  GP  adult  social  care  elderly  care  Council  austerity  mental  health  IVF  general  election  2015  election  campaign  promises  Manifesto  Career  Politicians  dogma  ideology  CQC  Privatisation  Westminster  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Junior  Doctors  staff  morale  locum  staff  staff  shortage 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why postcodes are determining fertility treatment - BBC News
austerity! >> IVF treatment is minority on budget and on peoples mind! // Health chiefs have blamed the cuts on "extremely challenging financial circumstances". Each IVF cycle costs individual CCGs anywhere between £1,300 and £6,000, depending on geography. Mid-Essex said it treated about 100 people a year, and could make annual savings of £750,000 by ending specialist fertility services. Its medical director, Dr Donald McGeachy, told Inside Out he could understand patients' "displeasure" at the cuts. But he said with a £9m deficit to plug, tough decisions had to be made. "We try very hard to provide everything that we need, but there are some things that we are not going to be able to do," Dr McGeachy added. [...] !!! One in six couples in the UK struggles to conceive, making fertility concerns one of the most common reasons women visit their GP. !!! //&! http://nutritionfacts.org/?s=fertility
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Social Freezing bietet keine "Babygarantie" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Eizellen einfrieren und später Kinder bekommen - auch in Deutschland interessieren sich immer mehr Frauen für Social Freezing. Die Methode bietet jedoch keine "Babyversicherung", warnen Experten.
Social  Freezing  IVF  female  fertility  assisted  fertility  treatments  male  fertility 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Story: Das Geschäft mit dem Kinderwunsch | Kontrovers | BR - YouTube
1. Philosophy; you don't have freedom, you have freedom to choose between some options. // 2. medical evidence inconclusive and profiders are for-profit corporations and do in most cases not inform completely and transparently. // 3. Higher risk with being pregnant in later life +35 "high risk pregnancy" especially in our current "sick population" situation - "high risk pregnancy" cases will rise.
Social  Freezing  IVF  female  fertility  assisted  fertility  treatments  Capitalism  Gesellschaft  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  exploitation  Leistungsdruck  gender  inequality  gender-based  discrimination  gender  politics  gender  role  medical  profession  high  risk  pregnancy  sick  population  public  health  public  health  policy  health  crisis 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Science of Kissing | It's Okay To Be Smart | PBS Digital Studios - YouTube
100 men, wearing the same t-shirt a week, women chooses the best during her fruitful cycle. chosen one donate sperm. because science. because on compatibility with woman's and man's immune system compatibility. chosen, selected by the woman via the smell of the t-shirt. = healthy new life with optimal immune system.
IVF  assisted  fertility  treatments  fertility  immune  system  pheromone  sweat  smelling  mating  kissing  kiss  science 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Angelina's mastectomy... and other medical stories of 2013
And there is no doubt about the impact a poor night's sleep has on the whole body. The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. [...] There was a shift in understanding psychiatric disorders when it was shown autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia all shared several genetic risk factors.
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december 2013 by asterisk2a
Children of obese mothers 'have higher heart risk'
It is not known how much of the link is down to genetics, influences in the womb or later lifestyle. But the authors say their findings, in the British Medical Journal, are of "major public health concern". One woman in five in the UK is obese at their antenatal booking appointment. >> + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12764721 More than half of women who gave birth in Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital last year were either obese or overweight, the BBC has learned. Consultant obstetrician Alyson Hunter said the problem was turning into an epidemic. + >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22538518
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
Birth Defects Tied to Fertility Techniques - NYTimes.com
Infants conceived with techniques commonly used in fertility clinics are two to four times more likely to have certain birth defects than are infants conceived naturally, a new study has found. >> unintended consequences overcoming nature & evolution.
nature  complexity  IVF  unintended  consequences  evolution 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
IVF: It brings joy to countless families, but as another disturbing study emerges, what is the truth about IVF and birth defects? | Mail Online
Risks

Some scientists suggest this is because ICSI subverts natural selection, in which only the best, strongest sperm wins the race to fertilise the egg.
This, they fear, could raise the embryo’s risk of congenital defects.

It should be pointed out that the vast majority of babies born via ICSI or conventional IVF are perfectly healthy. However, there are growing concerns about the possible risks associated with fertility treatment.
A recent study made shock headlines when it reported that ICSI babies are twice as likely as those conceived naturally or by conventional IVF to suffer birth defects such as cleft palate, heart and lung conditions, cerebral palsy and blood disorders.
Professor Michael Davies, author of the study into 6,100 children born from fertility treatment in South Australia over 16 years, described the ICSI risk as ‘sky high’.

Concerns over other forms of assisted conception have also been raised.
unintended  consequences  assisted  fertility  treatments  natural  selection  evolution  fertility  drugs  Clomid  Clomifene  clomiphene  citrate  ICSI  IVF 
may 2012 by asterisk2a

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