Featured Post

Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

First Baby Born in Scotland Using New Ground-Breaking IVF Technology

GLASGOW, Scotland, June 14, 2013 
Baby Eva named after the test that gave her life

by F Guzzardi

The Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) one of the UK's most innovative IVF clinics, announces the birth of the first baby to be born in Scotland using a ground-breaking new approach to IVF, The 'Early Embryo Viability Assessment' (Eeva) test, that improves embryo selection.
Scotland is welcoming Baby Eva today, the world's first baby to be born and named by her parents after the new Eeva test. Eva was born on 11 June following Susan Walker-Dempster and David Dempster hardship of trying to build a family together. Susan and David chose to have the Eeva test at the GCRM to increase their chances of IVF success. The new mother, Susan said "we wanted every chance to be successful, so we chose Eeva"
The Eeva test uses unique predictive software in combination with a time-lapse analysis technique to automatically analyse embryo development against scientifically and clinically validated cell-division parameters. The test aids embryologists in selecting the most viable embryos for transfer, potentially increasing the chances of a successful IVF cycle.
Scientist Professor Richard Fleming at GCRM said: "We are very proud to be among the first clinics in the world to announce this news as it demonstrates how successful this new technology can be in enabling couples to have a higher chance of conceiving a baby with IVF. GCRM has always strived to be one of the leading IVF Centres in Europe, offering couples the latest innovations with the best possible outcomes.  The Eeva test is the practical end point of good quality research and is the start of a new chapter in the evolution of IVF."
"We are delighted to hear the news of this successful birth and wish the family the very best. " said Lissa Goldenstein, president and CEO of Auxogyn Inc "The Eeva test has been developed to give IVF clinicians objective information about the embryo and provide insight into its growth potential. With more couples choosing to use Eeva, we are looking forward to many more births like Baby Eva today."
About IVF
Infertility affects one out of every 7 couples in the United Kingdom. The demand for assisted reproduction tools and procedures is growing worldwide . This growth is occurring despite the significant cost per IVF cycle and the low success rate, with approximately one-third of cycles resulting in a live birth. This necessitates the transfer of multiple embryos and/or conducting multiple cycles, leading to greater physical, emotional, practical and financial costs, before determining if pregnancy can be achieved.
About GCRM
GCRM is a member of the 'Academic Reproductive Partnership' (ARP). ARP was formed by the merger of a number of the UK's leading fertility clinics. The partnership is currently the largest single provider of NHS and private IVF services in the UK.
GCRM provides patients with access to the very latest fertility treatment techniques. Patients also benefit from the sharing of best practice and scientific resources by teams across the UK who are at the pinnacle of the assisted reproduction sector. Please visit  http://www.gcrm.co.uk   for more information.
About the Early Embryo Viability Assessment (Eeva) Test
The Eeva test provides IVF clinicians with predictive information about the embryo's development potential to help improve embryo selection. Eeva's proprietary software automatically analyzes embryo development against scientifically and clinically validated cell-division parameters conceived by researchers at Stanford University in the US. With results from the Eeva test, IVF teams now have predictive and objective information to combine morphological assessment to help improve the embryo selection decision. The Eeva Test was validated in a prospective, multi-centre, 54-patient clinical trial with 758 embryos. Embryologists using Eeva were significantly able to improve their ability to identify non-viable embryos relative to traditional methods alone. Additionally, Eeva was able to increase the consistency of embryo assessment across embryologists. Results of this study were presented in July 2012 at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Annual Meeting and published by Conaghan et al in Fertility and Sterility, May 2013.
Eeva is currently CE Marked and available for use in the EU and is pending FDA clearance in the  United States . For a full list of clinics offering the Eeva test please visit  http://www.eevaivf.com   or follow us on Twitter @EevaIVF.

Popular posts from this blog

BPD Distortion Campaigns

Africa Investment Forum