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Monday 08 November 2010

Fertility specialist Professor Simon Fishel of Care Fertility, has pioneered a new screening test which could dramatically increase the success rates of the fertility treatment IVF. The pioneering technique could double or even triple a woman's chances of having a baby. Before the fertilised embryos are implanted back into a woman’s womb, the embryos with the best chance of survival are selected using something called BCS which stands for Blastocyst Chromosome Screening. Simon Fishel tells Claudia Hammond why he thinks the new technique is so significant.

Simon Berry has come up with the idea to fill the space in every crate of Coca Cola bottles with essential medical items and then use the company's amazing distribution system to get them out to remote places. Claudia discusses the viability of this scheme with Simon Berry and Euan Wilmshurst from Coca Cola.

In Kilifi, one of the poorest districts in Kenya, women and girls don't have access to basic sanitary protection. Anna Lacey reports on how a girls' football organisation in Kilifi, called Moving the Goalposts is trying to find a solution.

Jane Shepherd has a condition known as post polio syndrome after contracting polio as a baby 57 years ago. After hearing last week's Health Check item about the attempts to eradicate polio through vaccination, she contacted the programme to tell us about the often forgotten condition that affects millions of people around the world.


4 items
  • New test to dramatically increase chance of IVF success

    A new screening technique to check the health of embryos could significantly increase the chances of having a baby from IVF.

    Read more on BBC News
  • Can Coke save lives in Africa?

    Plans to supply medicines to remote communities by harnessing Coca-Cola's distribution network are being trialled in Zambia

    Read more on BBC News



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