ESHRE 2020 Fabianiread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Expanded carrier screening for assessing reproductive genetic risk in the general population

A study of more than 2000 people trying to conceive naturally or by IVF and screened for carrier status of ten genes responsible for inheritable diseases identified 8.6% as carriers and 2.2% of passing on the disease.

ESHRE 2020 Bahadurread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Maternal-fetal vertical SARS-CoV2 transmission cannot be dismissed

Despite an abundance of case reports and much heterogeneity, a new systematic review of 80 publications and a total of 846 COVID-19 positive pregnant women plus 688 babies born to infected mothers suggests that vertical transmission is possible.

ESHRE 2020 Fehilyread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Updating the EU Tissue & Cells Directives

Following an assessment of proposals, updates to the EU’s directives are expected to be finalised between 2021 and 2022 to take account of technological, epidemiological and clinical developments in ART.

2020 Mahashwariread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

The challenges of a freeze-all randomised trial

The multicentre E-freeze trial in the UK was designed to assess the clinical value and cost effectiveness of a freeze-all approach in IVF. In a ‘breaking news’ session, Laurentiu Craciunas reporting for Focus on Reproduction heard only about the challenges met along the way.

ESHRE 2020 Christensenread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Response to stimulation in IVF may predict longer-term health risks

A large registry study from Denmark suggests that low ovarian reserve – as reflected in a poor response to IVF stimulation – is associated with a higher risk of age-related chronic disease.

ESHRE 2020 Gonzalezread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Serological and molecular tests to improve diagnosis in COVID-19 patients

Further testing for peripheral antibodies and nasopharyngeal PCR has added value to diagnosing COVID-19 patients formerly screened as negative based on exposure and symptoms. Laurentiu Craciunas reports on the diagnostic lessons learned from a COVID-19 session.

ESHRE 2020 Montjeanread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

New practical recommendations for the use of time-lapse technology in ART

New recommendations from ESHRE concentrate on the practicalities of introducing a time-lapse system into IVF labs, not on its use solely to improve delivery rates.

ESHRE 2020 Karavadraread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Pandemic treatment delays prompt steep rise in psychosocial problems for IVF patients

Evidence presented from surveys of UK and Italian patients found that delays and uncertainties in treatment have been – and remain – a source of anxiety and depression for many. Priorities are proposed for resumed treatment.

2020_Adamsonread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

A new world picture of ART activity

The addition of data from China to ICMART’s global registry monitoring has propelled China to the top of the world’s ART nations; China is now completing the same number of cycles as the entire region of Europe.

ESHRE 2020_Michaeliread

ANNUAL MEETING 2020

Telomere length proposed as marker of oocyte quality

An experimental study finds that fertility extended into older age is associated with longer leukocyte telomere length, which may thus be a marker of oocyte quality.

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