New Test Can Better Predict Successful IVF Embryos, Scientists Say

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Findings support need for fewer embryos to be transferred back to womb during IVF

Scientists at University College Dublin have discovered a new way of measuring the potential success rate of an embryo before it is transferred back into the womb during in vitro fertilization (IVF).

According to the findings published online in the journal Fertility and Sterility, the fluid within a woman’s ovaries that surrounds the egg or oocyte holds metabolic information that can improve predictions on which embryo is more likely to lead to pregnancy.

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Seed Hunters Make Mad Dash to Save the Food Crops of Humanity

In the face of today`s burgeoning loss of seed diversity, the need for a doubling in food production in the next fifty years and the threatened spread of deadly food fungus has instigated seed hunters to scour world markets in a desperate search for the last varieties of wheat, rice, barley, lentils and chickpeas.

Food diversity extinction is rampant. In the USA, 90 percent of historic fruit and vegetable varieties have vanished. In the Philippines thousands of varieties of rice are now shrunk to a few hundred. China has lost perhaps 90 percent of wheat varieties. This former diversity was the result of more than 10,000 years of domestication.

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Hospital Emergency Services Meltdown Feared

Consultants have warned of chaos in the country’s emergency departments (EDs) from next month, claiming that only five departments around the country will have a full complement of medical staff from July 11.

They have warned that the shortage will lead to restrictions in emergency department opening hours and say there will be clinical risks to patients.

The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) said a survey it has just carried out reveals that there will be 25% fewer junior doctors than needed in A&Es from July 11, which is the normal changeover date when juniors take up new posts as part of their rotational training schemes.

The IAEM says even more alarming is a one-in-three shortfall in experienced middle grade doctors who contribute essential senior decision-making support on a 24/7 basis in hospital emergency care.

“This will lead to either a curtailment  Continue reading