News: IVF

Updated: Feb 5/15


Age
IVF works well in women under 35, study finds (Jan 19/09. BioNews #491)
IVF can't beat biological clock, warns Yale fertility expert (16 April 2012. BioNews)
UK: One in five IVF procedures are in women over 40 (25 Nov 2011. BioEdge)

Assisted hatching
Assisted Hatching May Not Improve IVF Outcome in Women below 38 Years (Apr 21/09. IVF News Direct)

Cost of treatment
• USA: Couples take novel approach to IVF fundraising (Mar 15/10. BioNews)
Buying up baby: Why are experts dragging their heels when it comes to cheap IVF?  (Oct 14/2010. The Independent)
Top fertility doc says London IVF clinics are “cashing in” by overcharging patients (BioEdge. May 21/11)
IVF: Lord Winston on private fertility treatment costs (Jun 16/11. BBC)
'Win A Baby' competition on Canadian radio station condemned (Sept 12/11. BioNews)
• "Win a baby" contest exploits life, family (Op-ed by Joanne McGarry. Nov 2/11. The Catholic Register)
Making more babies is not the only incentive (Nov 12/11. Camden Advertiser, Australia)
Big Money Riding on the Hopes and Dreams of the Unwilling Childless (The Age. July 1/14)

Environment

Genetic Screening

ICSI
ICSI reverses baby gender ratio (Dec 05/09. BioEdge)
Test-tube boys may inherit fertility problems (Sunday Times, Feb 7/10)
ICSI is overused, says its inventor (Mar 1/10. BioNews)
Are IVF sons inheriting infertility from their dads? (BioEdge. Aug 28/10)
ICSI no more effective than IVF (26 January 2015. BioNews 787)

IVM (in vitro maturation)
No-Drugs IVF (in-vitro maturation) just as effective for under 35s (Nov 16/08. BioNews #484)
Giving birth to IVM babies more difficult, study finds (Jul 5/10. BioNews)

Lifestyle issues
Overweight women risk their IVF chances (Oct 21/09. BioNews 531)
Alcohol reduces IVF success (Oct 22/09. BioNews 531)
Report recommends refusing IVF to women with unhealthy lifestyles (Jan 25/10. BioNews)
Overweight women risk IVF miscarriage (Jun 28/10. BioNews)
Stress doesn't affect IVF success, study finds (Feb 28/11. BioNews)
Obese women may be denied IVF treatment by Canadian clinic (Sept 26/11. BioNews)
Just a little too much weight can affect IVF success (Oct 10/11. BioNews)
Smokers and obese people denied IVF by some NHS trusts (12 March 2012. BioNews 648)
Coffee and saturated fats not good for IVF success, studies say (09 July 2012. BioNews 664)
Obesity linked to abnormal eggs in women undergoing IVF (17 September 2012. BioNews 673)
Canada’s fertility specialists weigh guidelines for treating obese mothers-to-be (Postmedia News. May 5/14)
Obese women as likely to give birth following IVF as those of normal weight (By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News. July 28/14)

Multiple Births

Outcomes for Children
Picture Emerging on Genetic Risks of IVF (Feb 16/09. New York Times) 
New Study on Genetic Risks of IVF (Feb 23/09. BioNews #496)
Doctors must alert patients to IVF risks to children (Mar 23/09. BioNews #500)
IVF children may have altered gene activity (Jan 11/10. BioNews)
IVF babies risk major diseases in later life (Jan 14/10. BioEdge)
Birth defect risk higher for IVF babies (Jun 16/10. BioEdge)
• Assisted reproduction could lead to increased risks of congenital malformations, say scientists (Jun 14/10. BioNews)
Slight cancer risk for IVF babies (Jul 26/10. BioNews)
IVF children found to do better in tests (Sept 27/10. BioNews)
IVF increases risk of cerebral palsy, study suggests (Nov 8/10. BioNews)
UK IVF clinics to inform patients about birth defect risks (Jan 17/11. BioNews)
Quebec doctor probes possible autism, IVF link (By Charlie Fidelman, Montreal Gazette. Aug 29/11)
In-vitro fertilization linked to rare genetic disorders (By Tom Blackwell. National Post. Sept 25/11)
Freezing embryos after IVF may result in 'healthier' babies (09 January 2012. BioNews 639)
IVF linked to risk of birth defects and heart disease (BioEdge. 20 Apr 2012)
Dark side of IVF makes an impact (28 Apr 2012. BioEdge)
Fertility drugs linked to cancer in children (28 Apr 2012. BioEdge)
Fertility treatment only partly responsible for increase in birth defects (08 May 2012. BioNews)
More data rolls in about IVF birth defects (11 May 2012. BioEdge)
IVF slightly increases risk of adverse outcomes for mother and baby, report (11 June 2012. BioNews)
IVF birth defects may be decreasing (4 Oct 2012. BioEdge)
IVF young adults are well-adjusted and happy, say researchers (3 Nov 2012. BioEdge)
Absolute risk is low but IVF babies 25% more likely to have birth defects (19 November 2012. BioNews 682)
Asthma more likely in children born from infertility treatment (10 December 2012. BioNews 685)
Birth defects more likely in IVF children (8 Mar 2013. BioEdge)

Risks
IVF increases risk of pre-eclampsia by 40%, study claims (Oct 24/11. BioNews)
Aggressive IVF puts women and babies at risk, experts say (19 May 2012. BioEdge)
Senior IVF doctor declaims 'serious health risk' of ovarian stimulation (21 May 2012. BioNews)
Startling admissions in IVF journal (4 Aug 2012. BioEdge)
The clinical benefit & safety of current/ future assisted reproductive technology, (01 May 2012, Reproductive BioMedicine Online)
Woman dies after rare complication following IVF (29 October 2012. BioNews 679)
IVF increases risk of blood clots during pregnancy, say scientists (21 January 2013. BioNews 689)

Single Embryo Transfer (SET)
Potential fall in success under SET (single embryo transfer) (Oct 20/08. BioNews #420)
Higher Pregnancy & Birth Rate wth Single Embryo Transfer (Mar 30/09. BioNews #501)
Single Embryo Transfer: Why Not Put All Your Eggs In One Basket? (May 5/09. American Fertility Association)
One embryo as good as two for IVF success (Nov 1/09. BioNews 532)
Single embryo transfers on the rise (Feb 22/10. BioNews)
New fees boost single-embryo transfer  (May 17/10. BioNews 558)
Study favours IVF with single [vs double] embryo transfer (Jan 24/11. BioNews)
Meta-analysis Provides Fresh Evidence on the Clinical Effectiveness of Elective Single Embryo Transfer (IVF News.direct, Apr 3/11)
Canadian study suggests that single-embryo transfer is safer option (BioNews. Apr 18/11)
New method avoids twins, maintains live birth rates (Jul/11)
One or two embryos in IVF? It depends on your age, study says (16 January 2012. BioNews 640)
 • IVF single embryo transfers have better chance of survival (09 July 2012. BioNews 664)
[Canadian] Fertility doctors get new guidelines on maximum number of embryos to transfer (Postmedia News, June 4/13)

Success rates
Cumulative pregnancy probabilities among couples with subfertility: effects of varying treatments (Mar 31/09. Fertility & Sterility)
Researchers predict IVF success from previous cycles (Jul 26/10. BioNews)
Melatonin could improve women's IVF success (BioNews. Sept 20/10)
Fertility treatment success may depend on season (BioNews. Sept 20/10)
IVF success rates plunge after second attempt, study finds (Nov 8/10. BioNews)
Online tool for predicting IVF success launched (Jan 10/11. BioNews)
Type of treatment and cause of infertility are key factors in IVF success, study finds (Jan 17/11. BioNews)
Fertility treatment success linked to weight and race, study claims (Feb 14/11. BioNews)
Stress doesn't affect IVF success, study finds (Feb 28/11. BioNews)
Keep trying for IVF success, new study suggests (Mar 7/11. BioNews)
Lower IVF success in women of African origin linked to autoimmunity, suggests study (May 9/11. BioNews)
Can reducing stress really improve IVF success rates? (May 9/11. BioNews)
Is '15' the perfect number for IVF success? (May 16/11. BioNews)
Anti-mullerian hormone levels & IVF success, new links found (Jun 13/11. BioNews)
New fertility test kit [SpermComet] for men (Jun 13/11. BioNews)
New method avoids twins, maintains live birth rates (Jul/11)
Cochrane review finds little evidence aspirin affects IVF (Sept 15/11. BioNews)
New fertility microscope boosts rates of successful birth (BioEdge. 28 Apr 2012)
First British baby born with help from IVF embryoscope incubator (30 April 2012. BioNews)
How long should women persevere with IVF? (5 May 2012. BioEdge)
First study of chromosome test suggests increase in IVF success (08 May 2012. BioNews)
Under right conditions, IVF approaches birth rates of natural conception (02 July 2012. BioNews)
Simple scratch could double success of IVF treatment (The Telegraph. 01 Oct 2012)
The fertility clinic guessing game: Canadians have no way to find out success rates of pricey IVF treatments
(By Tom Blackwell. June 22, 2014. National Post)

Miscellaneous
Life on Ice (Jun 19/09. Newsweek)
Couple endures 25 years of IVF before baby arrives (Jan 22/10. BioEdge)
Risk of stillbirth 4 times higher after IVF/ICSI (Feb 22/10. Oxford Journals)
• IVF less successful for Asian women, study finds (Mar 1/10. BioNews)
Pioneer Reflects on Future of Reproductive Medicine (Mar 22/10. New York Times)
Professor Robert Edwards awarded Nobel Prize for pioneering work in IVF (Oct 4/10. BioNews)
Vatican official criticises Nobel Prize for IVF pioneer (Oct 11/10. BioNews)
Father of IVF wins Nobel Prize in Medicine (Oct 15/10. BioEdge)
UK: Charity raffles fertility treatment (Jul 11/11)
After IVF, an unexpected pregnancy (18 May 2012. BioEdge)
Sher Institute offers free IVF treatment to winners of video competition (25 June 2012. BioNews)
Selling the Fantasy of Fertility (New York Times. Sept 11/13. Op-Ed by Miriam Zoll & Pamela Tsigdinos)


Australia
• VIC: IVF couples must undergo police checks under new Australian law (Sept 14/09. Bionews 525)
Australia reports drop in multiple births as more women opt for single embryo transfer (Sept 28/09. BioNews)
Mobile tech helps IVF patients (Jun 15/10. Science Alert)
Australian court sends back IVF ruling for sex offender (29 October 2012. BioNews 679)
 
Brazil
Is this the worst IVF scandal ever? (BioEdge. May 21/11)

Canada
• Ontario: Raising Expectations: Recommendations of the Expert Panel on Infertility & Adoption (Aug 26/09)
2009 Live Birth Rates (Dec 3/09. Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society)
'Win A Baby' competition on Canadian radio station condemned (Sept 12/11. BioNews)
Why you say 'yuck' [re 'Win a baby' contest] (By Margaret Somerville. Ottawa Citizen. Oct 12/11)
Obese women may be denied IVF treatment by Canadian clinic (Sept 26/11. BioNews)
• "Win a baby" contest exploits life, family (Op-ed by Joanne McGarry. Nov 2/11. The Catholic Register)
Fertility doctors get new guidelines on maximum number of embryos to transfer (Postmedia News, June 4/13)
2011-2012 Live Birth Rates (Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society. Sept 2013)
The fertility clinic guessing game: Canadians have no way to find out success rates of pricey IVF treatments
(By Tom Blackwell. June 22, 2014. National Post)

China
Couples become easy prey [for illegal clinics] in tube baby boom (Nov 2/10. China Daily)

Costa Rica
IVF ban challenged (Aug 5/11. BioEdge)
Court of Human Rights overturns Costa Rica's ban on IVF (07 January 2013. BioNews 687)

Ireland
Ireland's sperm banks hit by euro crisis (27 February 2012. BioNews 646)

Israel
Israel leads the world in # IVF cycles (Jul 22/11. BioEdge)

Malta
‘IVF law will send couples abroad’ – Josie Muscat (Malta Today. 30 July 2012)

Spain
Clinic allows leftover embryos to be donated to others  'without consent' [by patients who created the embryos] (BioNews. Jul 26/10)

Sweden
New method avoids twins, maintains live birth rates (Jul/11)

UK
Grandparents financing British IVF (Aug 5/09. BioEdge)
First baby conceived from screened (via Array CGH) egg is born (Sept 7/09. BioNews 524)
Revised rules allow couples to store embryos for longer (Sept 14/09. Bionews 525)
UK watchdog to disclose IVF errors (Oct 06, 2009. BioEdge)
Top IVF clinic mistakenly uses genetically abnormal sperm to treat infertile couples (Nov 2/09. BioNews 532)
• British IVF clinic makes worst mistake possible, says industry watchdog [HFEA] (Nov 7/09. BioEdge)
Clinic offers repeat IVF cycle in exchange for lifestyle improvements (Nov 30/09. BioNews 536)
The lucrative business of baby-making (Mar 15/10. BioEdge)
IVF doctors to raffle human egg (March 14/10. The Times)
HFEA updates its clinic ratings (Mar 14/10. BioNews)
IVF blunders doubled in one year (May 4/10. BioNews)
New fees boost single-embryo transfer  (May 17/10. BioNews 558)
More blunders put spotlight on IVF watchdog (May 22/10. BioEdge)
NHS hospitals could expand private fertility services (Jul 19/10. BioNews)
Top fertility doc says London IVF clinics are “cashing in” by overcharging patients (BioEdge. May 21/11)
UK fertility watchdog to crack down on IVF clinics “scandal” (BioEdge. Jun 3/11)
IVF: Lord Winston on private fertility treatment costs (Jun 16/11. BBC)
749 IVF babies aborted since 1992 (Jun 30/11. Bioedge)
• Charity raffles fertility treatment (Jul 11/11)
IVF treatment rises 6% in a year (Nov 21/11. BioNews)
Smokers and obese people denied IVF by some NHS trusts (12 March 2012. BioNews 648)
Latest figures on fertility treatment, birth rate, multiple births released (11 February 2013. BioNews 692)

 USA
University of California settles missing embryo lawsuits (Sept 21/09. BioNews 526)
Embryo mix-up mother will give child to biological parents (Sept 28/09. Bionews 527)
US IVF clinic scandals come to light  (Oct 07/09. BioEdge)
New Orleans IVF clinic shuts its doors (Nov 21/09. BioEdge)
Fertility doctor accused of using own sperm (Nov 28/09. BioEdge)
Sher Institute offers free IVF treatment to winners of video competition (25 June 2012. BioNews)

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