A study of patients of five San Francisco area fertility clinics suggests that mental health issues are not adequately addressed in fertility centers. While over 75% of women undergoing fertility treatments showed symptoms of depression, only 27% of them received information on mental health services. The authors of the study list cost and tight schedule of fertility treatments as a barrier for patients seeking mental health services and propose that clinics have a mental health professional in-house.
A recent study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine reports a lack of informational materials for the LGBT patients compared to heterosexual patients. As part of the study, investigators surveyed CDC and fertility center websites for information directed to LGBT patients. The researchers suggest there may be unequal access to care for LGBT patients and advise that creating appropriate educational materials is one way to address health care disparity in the fertility space.
The first gene therapy for children was approved in Europe to treat a type of severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID). The treatment, called Strimvelis, proved successful in repairing the faulty gene in all 18 children involved in the clinical trial. As part of the treatment, the gene responsible for ADA-SCID is repaired in the patient’s stem cells which are then reintroduced to the body.
The Human Genome Project completed in 2003 is actually “99% complete”. As sequencing technology gets better, should we take a stab at the last 1% which holds about 200 genes?
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