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Posted by Dr. Zhang


Good Evening.  Its my favorite time, Dr. Zhang’s Blog.  Today I would like to take the opportunity to talk about mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA, nuclear transfer and treating patients with a genetic disease for In Vitro Fertilization.  It sounds like a lot of topics but really, everything is revolving around Mitochondria. 

The reason I chose this topic is because today in February 2016, the National Academy of Science has made a statement that they are beginning to discuss techniques, clinical application, and ethics about mitochondrial replacement therapies. 


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Topics: Fertility, New York, New Hope Fertility, Technology, IVF News, IVF, SART, ASRM, mitochondria, DNA, nuclear transfer

The Catherine Foundation and New Hope Fertility Center Hosts Fertility Preservation Seminar

Posted by New Hope Fertility Center

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Topics: Flash Freezing, New York, Announcements, Technology, Egg Freezing, Fertility Preservation, Events, Egg Banking

New Hope's Dr. Zhang in Time Magazine

Posted by NHFC

A recent Time Magazine article, Frontiers of Fertility, quoted Dr. Zhang when talking about Mini-IVF™, the newest and most advanced "art of IVF." As we have talked about in numerous posts and on our website, the article mentions that a primary advantage of Mini-IVF is that "the physiologic changes the body experiences [with this protocol] are close to the natural cycle, without excessive drugs." The article says that while some people question the efficacy of Mini-IVF™, "Zhang just completed a five-year look at mini-IVF success rates that he is submitting for publication and promises will be a “time bomb”—presumably the good kind—in the field." The article also touches on Embryoscopes (they call it a time-lapse-photography system), as an advanced tool for monitoring embryonic development. New Hope is one of only a dozen clinics in the country that has EmbryoScope Technology.
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Topics: Mini-IVF, New Hope Fertility, Technology, Research

CGH Testing: Reducing Risk & Promoting Success During IVF

Posted by NHFC

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Topics: PGD, New York, New Hope Fertility, Embryo Transfer, Technology, IVF, Research, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

Our New PGD Testing Process | IVF Success Stories

Posted by NHFC

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis testing is a valuable tool for anyone wishing to avoid passing along genetic disorders to their unborn child.  At New Hope, we've been offering PGD testing since 2004, and have recently partnered with PGD experts, Reprogenetics, to provide our patients with the latest in PGD testing technology.  In addition to using PGD testing for family balancing, our latest PGD aCGH testing is officially the most comprehensive test that families can utilize in their efforts to detect significant genetic abnormalities.

In the past, our PGD tests could only check for a specific types of chromosomes to help us identify the healthiest fertilized eggs for use in IVF treatment or subsequent embryo freezing.  With the help of Reprogenetics, however, aCGH PGD testing now allows our embryologists to test all the chromosomes in a given selection of embryos, greatly increasing our ability to detect genetic abnormalities across a wider spectrum.  Our new aCGH testing not only decreases the chance of transferring an embryo that carries chromosomal deviants, but greatly increases our patients' chance of achieving a healthy pregnancy and bringing it to term since we're selecting, implanting, and freezing only the healthiest embryos.

We have a few recent IVF success stories involving women who used our PGD testing during their treatment at New Hope.  Our first patient, a 40-year-old, used our new aCGH biopsy to ensure we used the healthiest embryos during her cycle. Upon completing an aCGH biopsy and subsequent embryo transfer, she announced she was pregnant.  We're thrilled to be able to provide her peace of mind through our latest PGD testing process, and can't wait to continue a healthy journey with her during her pregnancy.

Our other two patients utilized our PGD testing for family balancing purposes.  The first, a 37-year-old, came to New Hope after struggling with secondary infertility.  While her first transfer failed transfer following her Mini-IVF™ cycles, she got pregnant with her first daughter following a second frozen embryo transfer.  Congrats to Ms. 37 on her pregnancy, and to her first child, who now has a baby sister to look after!

Our final IVF success story using PGD involves a 22-year-old, also suffering from secondary infertility.  After a couple of our trademarked Mini-IVF™ cycles, she was able to get pregnant with a boy following her first frozen (single) embryo transfer.  Congratulations to Ms. 22 on the upcoming birth of her first son!

If you or your partner are known carriers of genetic disorders and wish to avoid passing them along to your child, schedule a consultation with us or visit Reprogenetics online to learn more about PGD using aCGH.

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Topics: PGD, Fertility, Mini-IVF, New York, New Hope Fertility, Technology, Patient Satisfaction, IVF, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic

You Can Actually Prevent Birth Defects With IVF

Posted by NHFC

baby-hand.jpgToday’s Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) helps to increase the healthy birth rates of babies through genetic testing. This is because only the healthiest embryos are transferred for implantation during a fresh IVF cycle and/or Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET). Genetic testing helps to reduce the number of cycles required to achieve a healthy pregnancy.

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Topics: PGD, Fertility, Unique Technology, New York, New Hope Fertility, Technology, Research, Infertility, Best Fertility Clinic, genetic screening

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