Male Infertility Most Common Reason For IVF Treatment, UK Audit Reveals

Male Infertility Most Common Reason For IVF Treatment, UK Audit Reveals

Male infertility is the most common reason couples in the UK have IVF treatment, official UK data has revealed.

The most common reasons for IVF treatment after male infertility (37%) were ovulatory disorder (13%), blocked fallopian tubes (12%) and endometriosis (6%), although in 32% of cases the cause of infertility was unexplained.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s (HFEA) report for 2014-2016 revealed that 40 years after the first child was born following in vitro fertilisation, IVF treatment is at the strongest it has ever been in the UK. The report showed that in 2016, more than 68,000 IVF treatments were performed (an increase of 4% from 2015), with over 20,000 babies born. Current treatments are now 85% more likely to succeed than when records began in 1991, as the average birth rate per embryo transferred for women of all ages is 21%.

“Assisted reproduction has come a long way in the 40 years since British doctors pioneered IVF with the birth of Louise Brown,” said Sally Cheshire, chair of the HFEA . “With well over a million treatments performed in the UK since records began, and more than 300,000 babies born, as a country we remain at the forefront of fertility […]

Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms And Prognosis Explained

Motor Neurone Disease Symptoms And Prognosis Explained

Stephen Hawking has died aged 76, after living with motor neurone disease (MND) for more than 50 years. The scientist was first diagnosed with MND when he was 21 and was not expected to see his 25th birthday, yet he defied doctors’ prognosis by half a century.

“The question of why Professor Hawking lived so long after being diagnosed with MND is a question that has intrigued researchers around the world,” Brian Dickie, Director of Research Development for the MND Association, told HuffPost UK.

“One view is that something in his genetic makeup was helping to arrest the progression of the disease and this theory has led to detailed genetic studies to look for these protective genes in exceptionally long survivors. Prof Hawking helped to highlight the importance of genetic research and encouraged those diagnosed with MND to participate in MND Association’s National DNA Bank.” Joe Giddens – PA Images via Getty Images Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rare disease affecting two in every 100,000 people in the UK each year. It is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It affects the nerves that control the body’s movement, it can affect arms and legs, […]

The Theory Of Everything Showed Me I Had MND, Stephen Hawking Taught Me How To Live With It

The Theory Of Everything Showed Me I Had MND, Stephen Hawking Taught Me How To Live With It

PA Archive/PA Images Back in January 2015, I went to see the film, ‘The Theory of Everything’ . For over two years I had known that there was something very wrong with my body, but after numerous visits to doctors, and several tests and scans, I was still looking for a diagnosis. As I watched Eddie Redmayne (playing the part of Stephen Hawking) struggling to pick up coins from the floor of his Cambridge study, and tripping over his own legs as he walked to a lecture, I became convinced that I too had Motor Neurone Disease. I was given my diagnosis three months later.

One of the most difficult things to get your head around when you are told that you have MND is the fact that the prognosis is so bleak. I well remember my sense of desolation when I read that my expectancy of life beyond diagnosis was only about 14 months. My MND clinical nurse, however, told me that every case is different, and then she said, ‘remember Stephen Hawking.’ At the time, I didn’t really find this very comforting, but I did begin writing a blog about my experiences with the disease that I shared […]

Is The Ultimate Goal For Cyclists To Ride To Work?

Is The Ultimate Goal For Cyclists To Ride To Work?

Now the mornings are lighter, the weather is warmer and spring feels less than an arm stretch away, I’m wondering whether to rethink my decision about not cycling to work. I used to wake up, leave the house, and arrive at work while it was still dark outside. Now, I see daylight the moment I open my eyes and mornings seem better. Much better.

I tried to cycle to work once. I tried one and a half times, in fact. Neither of those times I actually needed to be at work – both attempts were on a weekend to see if I could complete the journey to the office away from the stress of the typical, weekday, early morning rush.

[READ MORE: Why I’m committing to riding a bike again aged 27 ]

On my first attempt, I went with a cycling instructor from my local council. He suggested, during some skills sessions he was doing with me ( which you can read about here ), he would cycle with me to my office and back to show me two different routes. I took him up on the offer. The cycle took one hour. It was a 10-mile ride (my […]

The Waugh Zone Wednesday March 14, 2018

The Waugh Zone Wednesday March 14, 2018

As the National Security Council meets this morning, Theresa May has some big calls to make if it concludes that Russia was indeed behind the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Last night’s midnight deadline to provide answers on the poisoning was ignored by Russia , but the real danger is of over-threatening and then little changing. A great big shrug from Moscow is not the response No.10 is looking for, especially with so much at stake for our reputation on the global stage. But are we prepared too for the Russian retaliation if we do get tough? The Russian Embassy in London ominously tweeted a graphic of Newton’s Third Law that ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’.

Expelling large numbers of Russian diplomats and officials may be one option that tempts the PM, though the danger is we lose our own assets in Moscow (still much prized by Washington for their expertise) as part of the retaliation. Tougher EU sanctions look tricky despite the warm words from Merkel and Macron. The UN route may give us some moral support but of course Russia has a veto and China may not want to get involved. As […]

Posters featuring black gay couples launched in London

Posters featuring black gay couples launched in London

Me. Him Us. (Photos courtesy GMFA) Posters featuring black same-sex couples are going up on high streets across London.

The campaign from gay men’s health charity GMFA is aimed to reach out at the city’s queer black and minority ethnic (BAME) community, who are often not represented in public health campaigns.

As part of the ‘Me. Him Us.’ initiative, posters of BAME same-sex couples holding hands, which will be displayed on high streets across South London, including Brixton, Streatham, Kennington and Waterloo.

The ads, which was developed by BAME gay and bisexual men for BAME gay and bisexual men, aims to increase levels of HIV testing in the community, bearing the message: “I test for HIV because it looks after both of us. Testing is easy and confidential.” Ian Howley, Chief Executive of Health Equality and Rights Organisation (HERO) said: “Over the last few years, HERO has been working close with the BAME LGBT+ community.

“One of the issues that kept on coming up was the lack of representation, especially in mass media health promotion campaigns. At HERO we listened and acted on this feedback.

“What people see is completely developed by BAME gay and bisexual men for BAME gay and bisexual men. From […]

Man Utd 1-2 Sevilla: Jose Mourinho’s side went out with a whimper – Ally McCoist analysis

Man Utd 1-2 Sevilla: Jose Mourinho's side went out with a whimper - Ally McCoist analysis

Jose Mourinho’s only realistic remaining chance of silverware this season is the FA Cup – his side play Brighton in the quarter-finals at Old Trafford on Saturday Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is getting a lot of stick from his side’s fans for the way they went out of the Champions League on Tuesday – and rightly so.

Mourinho said afterwards he did not think United’s performance in their defeat by Sevilla was bad but that does not tally with what I was watching.

United were very poor for almost the entire 90 minutes but it was not so much the way they set up or their formation that I could not understand – it was the way they went about playing the game without any real urgency or tempo.

Everything was done at a leisurely pace. Watching it, you would not have believed they had an opportunity to reach the last eight of the Champions League.

It was such a massive disappointment. If they had showed the same desire and determination they did in the second half against Crystal Palace, when they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the start of March, then their supporters would have settled for […]

Science and tech community mourns Stephen Hawking

Science and tech community mourns Stephen Hawking

Tributes from around the scientific community are pouring in for prominent physicist Stephen Hawking, who died early on Wednesday aged 76.

The messages highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.

One of the world’s best-loved scientists, he was renowned for his work on black holes and relativity.

He wrote hugely popular science books, and even broke into a pop culture.

Suffering from a rare form of motor neurone disease he spent most of his life in a wheelchair and was largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.

US TV scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson said Hawking’s death left a huge vacuum. His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 Report Caltech physicist John Preskill said Hawking’s work inspired millions of young scientists to try and follow in his footsteps."I’ll remember the sharp wit and twinkling eyes; he never took himself too seriously. His friends will miss him terribly," he wrote on Twitter. Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 Professor Hawking transformed […]

How To Stop Smoking When Pregnant

How To Stop Smoking When Pregnant

If you’re a smoker when you become pregnant , quitting is the best thing you can do for your baby. But knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to do. While it may be easy for some women to go cold turkey, others may find the withdrawal stage difficult, especially when dealing with early pregnancy symptoms such as tiredness, nausea and headaches.

NHS Digital recently revealed that just one in six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are meeting the “national ambition” that fewer than 6% of women should be smoking at the time they deliver their baby. It also found wide variation across the country , with smoking rates at delivery more than 17 times higher in some CCGs than at others.

But if you are among that group of women still smoking while pregnant, don’t despair: no matter how far into your pregnancy you are, it’s never too late to give up, as your baby will still reap the benefits.

“As soon as you stop smoking, both you and your baby will be better off,” said Elizabeth Duff, senior policy advisor at the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) . “Carbon monoxide and chemicals will clear from the body and oxygen […]

Emma Gonzalez, Parkland’s gun control activist honored with LGBTI award

Emma Gonzalez, Parkland's gun control activist honored with LGBTI award

Emma Gonzalez accepts the Visibility Award on behalf of the Gay Straight Alliance at her school | Photo: Facebook/Equality Florida The ‘bisexual Cuban’ called for stricter gun control after a mass shooting at her Parkland school has been given a LGBTI award.

Emma Gonzalez, 17, captured the world’s attention when she delivered an impassioned speech after 17 people were gunned down on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Florida.

She has taken on the NRA (National Rifle Association) and led a planned nationwide student walkout on March 24.

Gonzalez is also the head of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at her high school.

On Saturday night (10 March) she was honored along with her Parkland gun control activists with Voice for Equality award.

Equality Florida awarded the students and invited Gonzalez to address Saturday’s gala dinner.She began by calling for a moment’s silence for the victims of both the Parkland and Pulse shootings. In 2016, 49 people were killed at the gay nightclub, Pulse in Orlando. ‘Just over three weeks ago, we experienced a tragedy that has been described as many things, but for now I’m going to go with “unnecessary”,’ she said in her speech.‘It’s important that we remember these […]