July 2016

Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than first feared WHO experts advise couples abstain from sex or use protection for 8 weeks – up from 4 – when one or both partners return from virus-hit area Comes amid fears the virus can trigger birth defect microcephaly  By Lizzie Parry For Dailymail.com Published: […]

Proportion of people who have tried on in UK increased from 8.9 – 15.5% Country with highest use was France while Portugal had lowest uptake  Debate over health risks with some worrying it acts as ‘gateway’ drug Authors and charities say it should be promoted as smoking substitute By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The […]

just 55% of prescriptions for antidepressants are given for depression Doctors are increasingly prescribing the drugs to patients suffering insomnia, migraine, symptoms of the menopause and ADHD Many of these conditions are ones which the drugs are not approved for  By Lizzie Parry For Dailymail.com Published: 11:03 EST, 25 May 2016 | Updated: 11:36 EST, […]

Couples seeking fertility treatment are being sold expensive add-ons despite little evidence some of them work – and concerns they could even be harmful – experts have warned. Fertility doctors say couples attending private clinics are being increasingly sold treatments aimed at boosting IVF success, including immune system-suppressing drugs, pre-implantation testing and time-lapse photography. In a […]

The most popular form of IVF is ‘ineffective and costly’ and may actually reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant, a leading fertility expert has warned.  Professor Hans Evers, editor-in-chief of the Human Reproduction journal, criticised IVF clinics for handing out an expensive IVF add-on treatment to couples who will not benefit from it. Doctors […]