Health Check - 01/03/2010
A world first: two births from one ovarian transplant; Dentistry at the Winter Olympics; Risk of Caesarean sections; Sleep deprivation sailing across the Atlantic.
TWO BIRTHS FROM ONE OVARIAN TRANSPLANT A world first - Stinne Bergholdt became the first woman to give birth to two children after an ovarian transplant restored her fertility after cancer treatment. She talks to Claudia Hammond about the birth of her second child and Professor Claus Anderson from Copenhagen in Denmark explains how the ovarian transplant meant Stinne could get pregnant naturally. He explains why this might offer hope to menopausal women.
DENTISTRY AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS From Wu Tangs in the Skier Cross to keeping your stone in the house – the Winter Olympics in Vancouver has been showcasing some of the most exciting, unusual and occasionally dangerous winter sports. What's less well known is that over 75 dentists are on hand to treat the competing athletes for fractures, check ups and sometimes even worse. Claudia talks to the Winter Olympics chief dentist Dr Chris Zed about some of the worst cases in his chair like abscesses and why it’s an elite athletes high pain threshold which might mean they sometimes neglect their dental health.
CAESAREAN SECTIONS A new report in the medical journal The Lancet looked at the outcomes of more than 100,000 births in 9 Asian Countries. China had by far the highest rate of C sections with nearly half of all births done by this method. Jim Dornan, past international vice president of the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in the UK, one of the authors of the new study – and Metin Gülmezoglu, an obstetrician working for the World Health Organisation in Geneva discuss the findings and the conclusions that can be drawn from the study.
SAILING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION Charlie Pitcher has just won the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race sailing over 2000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. To achieve this he rowed 2 hours then would have 1 hour off, rowing in total 16 hours a day. Chris Idzikowski from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre in Scotland explains what effects this kind of sleeping pattern would have on Charlie and his race.