Entries by katharine

UK pregnancy scan study shows how our brains develop

A revolutionary new brain-scanning project is now underway to see just how our brains develop. Scientists from the Developing Human Connectome Project (DHCP), are scanning the brains of 1,000 sleeping newborns and are hoping the results will help to understand the beginning of neurological disorders. The study, which is set to continue over the next […]

Could your baby’s heartbeat predict their sex?

There are a lot of old wife’s tales surrounding the predictability of a baby’s sex. Some appear logical, while others are downright bizarre. One particular method of predicting baby’s sex is listening to the rate of baby’s heartbeat. While there’s no research to back up this theory, could a baby’s heartbeat really predict their sex? […]

All you need to know about your first pregnancy scan

Heading off to your first pregnancy scan can be both exciting and terrifying. It’s the first time you get to see your growing baby, but there’s always a fear something may be wrong. It can also be daunting not really knowing what to expect at the first scan. If you’re due your first pregnancy scan, […]

Study reviews the impact of endometriosis on IVF success

Endometriosis can be a debilitating condition, impacting many areas of a patient’s life. The endometriosis and fertility link has long been studied and now a new study has revealed the true impact endometriosis has on IVF success. It revealed patients with worsening endometriosis, had a reduced chance of pregnancy via In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Here, […]

Is genetic testing the future of prenatal diagnosis?

Two new studies have indicated that genetic testing could be the future of prenatal diagnosis. Researchers have been working towards improving non-invasive testing for the early detection of genetic abnormalities for years now and it appears they are finally getting closer. Here, we’ll look at the two recent studies carried out and what they mean […]

Ovarian Cancer Drug Gets NHS License

A groundbreaking ovarian cancer drug has been approved for inclusion for the first time on the NHS Cancer Drugs Fund. According to experts, this new drug could be a game changer for thousands of women in the future. Not only could the drug prevent ovarian cancer from developing further, but it can also prolong life […]

5 Ways to Optimise Your Fertility

It is estimated that 1 in 7 couples in the UK have problems conceiving, with many not realising it until they’ve been trying for over a year. There are a lot of things which can affect fertility and according to experts, 35%-50% of couples experience trouble due to sperm-related problems. This means it’s no longer […]

IVF Turns 40: Charting the Changes

As IVF celebrates its 40th birthday this month, it’s hard to believe just how much the fertility treatment has achieved over the years. From its first ‘test tube baby’ in 1980, to now over 8 million babies born worldwide through the treatment, IVF has had a remarkable journey. Here, we’ll look at some of the […]

Acupuncture and IVF

With an estimated one in three women in the UK experiencing reproductive health issues, it’s unsurprising many turn to alternative fertility treatments available on the market. Acupuncture is one treatment which claims to improve fertility and treat reproductive issues in a natural and safe manner. However, a new study has revealed acupuncture actually has no […]

One in Three UK Women Experience a Reproductive Health Issue

A new government survey has revealed one in three UK women experience a reproductive health issue. The most surprising revelation of the study is that almost 50% of women aged 25-34 haven’t enjoyed having sex for at least 12 months. According to experts, lack of enjoyment in sex can contribute towards reproductive health issues, as […]