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News: Boys born through ICSI have lower sperm counts

13 October 2016 by Rikita Patel

The first generation of men born through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) have lower sperm counts, according to a small study.

Researchers assessed the sperm count and quality from ejaculate semen of 54 single males who were conceived through ICSI, due to their fathers' infertility, and compared these to 57 males who were conceived naturally.

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Article: Semen quality of ICSI-born males – not as bad as we thought

13 October 2016 by Professor Allan Pacey

When ICSI – intracytoplasmic sperm injection – was first introduced into clinical practice in the early 1990s, many doctors and scientists were concerned about the consequences for the health and development of individuals conceived this way. After all, the selection of sperm by an embryologist, and its subsequent injection into an unfertilised oocyte, was hardly under the influence of any kind of Darwinian evolution. Moreover, the poor sperm quality that required the use of ICSI in the first place almost certainly had some underlying genetic factor which was not yet understood.

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Announcement: 7th Yazd International Congress and Student Award in Reproductive Medicine with Second congress of Reproductive Genetics and Congress of Reproductive Immunology

08 October 2016 by Yazd Reproductive Sciences Institute

Reproduction is crucial for survival of every society, which all scientific and practical efforts should be gathered in this arena. Yazd reproductive sciences institute with strong support of Yazd Shahid Sadoughi Medical Sciences University honored to hold 7th Yazd International Congress and Student Award in Reproductive Medicine with Second congress of Reproductive Genetics and Congress of Reproductive Immunology. 

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Conference: The 2nd International Conference and Workshop on "Advances in the Management of Infertility"

05 October 2016 by AJYAL Hospital
The 2nd International Conference and Workshop on "Advances in the Management of Infertility"

We are delighted to invite you to the 2nd international scientific conference and workshop on "Advances in the Management of Infertility" on December 21st to 23rd, 2016. This meeting will be organized by AJYAL Hospital, Sohag, Egypt in collaboration with the American Center for Reproductive Medicine (ACRM), Cleveland, OH, USA.

          We have chosen a venue that guarantees a successful meeting. Sun, Sea and Sand are the perfect words to describe Hurghada. This meeting promises to be highly rewarding on a social basis as well as on intellectual basis. The scientific component will provide state of the art knowledge on the evaluation and treatment of men and women with reproductive dysfunction. It will offer a unique opportunity to interact with key experts in the field of reproductive medicine. 

 

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Oct-2016 (Volume 33, Issue 4)

02 October 2016 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online
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News: The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

02 October 2016 by NPR

For the first time in almost 25 years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay for In Vitro Fertilization for wounded veterans.

As NPR's Quil Lawrence explains, Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that "prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families." Quil tells our Newscast unit that "inside the stopgap spending bill passed this week is a provision to allow fertility treatments including IVF through VA health care."

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News: Announcement of embryology training dates for December-2016

30 September 2016 by Dr Yogita

Asia Pacific Institute of Embryology (ASPIER), one of the best training institutes in the world is now accepting admissions for August batch. Known for its intensive hands-on approach with the aim of developing skills in embryology particularly ICSI and vitrification, ASPIER is a sought after place for embryology training fromall over the world as it ensures that the trainees acquire the embryology skills. ASPIER is the only institute where trainees will actually perform the whole process of IVF, ICSI and Vitrification in addition to denudation of oocytes, testicular tissue processing, sperm DNA fragmentation, etc.

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News: Funding for IVF in England 'bleak'

27 September 2016 by Lone Hørlyck

Thirteen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are considering making cuts to IVF funding, potentially removing the procedure on the NHS in some areas.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme after news that Bedfordshire CCG had deferred a decision to cut funding for IVF, Sarah Norcross co-chair of Fertility Fairness and director of the Progress Educational Trust, which publishes BioNews, said that IVF is often first in line when CCGs are looking for areas where budget cuts can be introduced.

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News: Swedish scientist edits genomes of healthy human embryos

27 September 2016 by Anneesa Amjad

A scientist in Sweden has become the first to edit genes in healthy human embryos.

Dr Fredrik Lanner, a developmental biologist at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, is using the revolutionary genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 in human embryos in order to learn more about early embryogenesis.

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Article: NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

25 September 2016 by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

Last year we and others protested against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline (2013) for unexplained infertility, which recommended expectant treatment for up to two years, and then proceeding to IVF if this was unsuccessful, blatantly ruling out the possibility of using intra-uterine insemination (IUI) as a possible intermediate treatment.

UK clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and to some extent international funding agencies, use NICE guidelines to construct and justify funding policies. Even though the guidance was not based on sound evidence, the civil servants in charge of funding disregarded this fact, and all funding for IUI in several London CCGs was immediately stopped.

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