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News Article | April 21, 2017
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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "European Procedure Numbers for Gynecological Devices 2016 - MedPro" report to their offering. In the case of Uterine Fibroid Embolization, the number of patients receiving treatments also demonstrates the number of procedures being performed using Microspheres compared to PVA particles. The changes in Essure® procedures provides a context for the adverse health effects currently being publicized and the impact it is having on potential patients. Finally, for both Female Urinary Incontinence Sling procedures and Pelvic Organ Prolapse procedures, there is a 1:1 ratio between unit sales and the number of procedures performed. However, the procedure numbers illustrate doctor and patient preferences as there is a shift in the types of slings and meshes used for procedures. The procedures included in this segment all link to the unit sales for capital equipment. The Assisted Reproduction device market demonstrates the relationship between the average number and types of supplies used per cycle of IVF or ICSI. The procedural data also helps to clarify the unit sales in the different sub-segments of the gynecology market. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/l9qhqc/european


News Article | April 25, 2017
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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "European Market Report for Assisted Reproduction Devices 2016 - MedCore" report to their offering. Procedures in the assisted reproduction market are projected to experience strong but stable growth throughout the forecast period. Unlike other industries within gynecology, the assisted reproduction market is minimally affected by economic downturns. This is potentially because unlike costly procedures that are able to be delayed, the age of females significantly impacts fertility and the success rate of becoming pregnant. The largest changes in the market are in terms of emerging technology and superior processes to perform assisted reproduction treatments. As more research is published, the industry is adapting to optimize success rates. Patient reimbursement and differing legislation by country also produces a substantial impact on procedure numbers across Europe. Assisted reproduction technologies (ART) help women or couples conceive children. Most couples who use ART are affected by infertility, although ART can also be used to help lesbian couples or single women. A couple is considered to be infertile if they have not conceived after one year of intercourse without birth control. While there are a number of techniques used to aid fertilization, the products discussed in this chapter are those used for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). An IVF procedure removes the woman's eggs and then fertilizes them with sperm in a lab setting. IVF has been very successful in helping couples become pregnant within their first or second cycle. ICSI takes a sperm cell and injects it directly into an egg. ICSI can facilitate fertilization in conjunction with IVF. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/l3zjtr/european_market


News Article | May 29, 2017
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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Japan Procedure Numbers for Gynecological Devices 2017 - MedPro" report to their offering. Despite Japan's preference to invest in high-end medical devices, the gynecology device market is constrained by the lack of training, diversity in alternative procedures and investment in specialty equipment. The predominant shift towards capital equipment that can be used off label across procedure types is both limiting capital equipment sales and access to preferred treatment options in 2016. The assisted reproduction technology device market comprised 66.8% of the overall market for gynecological devices in 2016. The investment in cutting edge technology fueled by exponential patient demand has led to increasing patient growth across all five market segments. The treatment cycles covered in the ART market include IVF, ICSI and FER cycles. Additionally, the ART market is being heavily impacted by numerous mergers and acquisitions, creating monopolies on prices and market shares. Japan has the highest rate for uterine fibroid embolization procedures worldwide. The preference for UFE is the most pronounced in Japan; however, this trend is true throughout Asia and Oceania. The influence of embolization technology and newly approved devices is carrying over into the field of gynecology. The markets for endometrial resection and the emergence of endometrial ablation are projected to cannibalize UFE procedures over the forecast period. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7cblhf/japan_procedure


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Researchers analysed data of hundreds of UK children who had been born through IVF or ICSI (when the man has a low sperm count), testing the same groups of children every few years up to the age of 11. They found a positive association between artificial conception and cognitive development when a child was between the ages of three and five. The study published in the journal, Human Reproduction, also shows that parents who undergo such treatments are generally older, more educated and have a higher socio-economic status than parents who had naturally conceived children. Artificially conceived babies are more likely to be part of a multiple birth or have low birth weight, however, this study finds their family backgrounds 'override' the possible negative effects to health that could lessen cognitive ability. The findings are significant given previous studies show a mixed picture, with some research suggesting assisted reproductive treatments can harm a child's cognitive abilities. Researchers Professor Melinda Mills and doctoral student Anna Barbuscia, from the University of Oxford's Department of Sociology and Nuffield College, used data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, a nationally representative group of 18,552 families. They analysed a sample of babies born in 2000-1 who were resident in the UK at nine months, using data from the Department of Social Security Child Benefit Registers. Out of 15,281 artificially conceived children born in 2000-1, 8,298 were followed up for cognitive ability tests in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2012. Out of 15,218 children born in 2000-2001, who were followed up for cognitive ability tests in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2012, 214 were conceived artificially through IVF or ICSI. Standardised tests (British Ability Scales) were used at each stage to assess the children's vocabulary skills (at three and five); reading at seven, and use of verbs at 11. The scores were compared with those of children who had been naturally conceived. Analyses show that mothers and fathers are on average four to five years older, respectively, than parents of naturally conceived children. This group of parents is also likely to have a higher income and belong to a higher social class, with the mothers more likely to be highly educated and employed than mothers of naturally conceived babies. The study notes that these factors are 'consistent and statistically significant' and highlights that they are widely accepted as being linked with children with higher cognitive abilities in the early years. Researcher Professor Melinda Mills, from the Department of Sociology, said: 'The findings suggest that the positive effect of the family background of children conceived through artificial reproduction techniques "overrides" the risks of related poor health impairing their cognitive ability. Although artificially conceived babies have a higher risk of being born prematurely or as a multiple birth, we have found they also have parents who are older, better educated and from a higher income bracket. 'These are all factors linked with better outcomes for children. What is significant is that this positive effect is over the long term up to the age of 11. The findings support other studies showing that on balance such fertility treatments do not impair a child's higher thinking skills.' Lead author Anna Barbuscia said: 'The strong desire and considerable psychological and financial effort involved in having a child through artificial conception treatments undoubtedly contributes to more attentive parenting. 'Parents may perceive their children as more fragile but once past the period of greatest risk, their parenting style may change to become more like other parents. This might account for the fact that the gap in higher cognitive ability has closed by the time both groups of children had reached the age of 11 with only slightly better scores for artificially conceived children at this later stage .' The paper explains that since the first IVF baby was born in 1978, there has been a rapid increase in the use of artificial reproductive technology, with more than 5 million children conceived this way (up to 2012). To date, results on the long-term effects on children have been mixed. Some studies reported an increased risk of damage to their behavioural, social, emotional and cognitive development, as well as mental disorders or physical problems such as low birthweight and premature delivery. By contrast, a series of systematic reviews concluded, however, that there were no developmental differences once the baby was a few weeks old. Other studies draw similar conclusions to the Oxford study, showing not only comparable but higher mental health and social development in IVF children.


Furthermore, increasing aging population, rising obesity, and other lifestyle-associated diseases causing infertility are likely to boost the market during the forecast period. In the U.S., one third of infertility cases are due to female factor, one third due to male factors, and remaining one third are unexplained. DNA fragmentation technique was the largest segment in male infertility tests market in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period due to rapid growth in next few years. High cost and increasing adoption in developed countries due to higher sensitivity and reliable analysis of sperm DNA integrity are the key factors for its dominance. In 2016, ART segment dominated in the treatment market due to high success rate. In Vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) are the major ARTs used. Medications include corticosteroids and hormonal therapy; however, they are effective in very few cases. Hence, low demand, less adherence, and lower cost as compared to ART are likely to slow the growth of the medication market. Browse full research report with TOC on "Male Infertility Market Analysis By Test (DNA Fragmentation Technique, Oxidative Stress Analysis, Microscopic Examination, Sperm Agglutination, Sperm Penetration Assay), By Treatment, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025" at: http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/male-infertility-market Further key findings from the report suggest: Grand View Research has segmented the global male infertility market on the basis of test, treatment, and region: Grand View Research, Inc. is a U.S. based market research and consulting company, registered in the State of California and headquartered in San Francisco. The company provides syndicated research reports, customized research reports, and consulting services. To help clients make informed business decisions, we offer market intelligence studies ensuring relevant and fact-based research across a range of industries, from technology to chemicals, materials and healthcare.


Furthermore, increasing aging population, rising obesity, and other lifestyle-associated diseases causing infertility are likely to boost the market during the forecast period. In the U.S., one third of infertility cases are due to female factor, one third due to male factors, and remaining one third are unexplained. DNA fragmentation technique was the largest segment in male infertility tests market in 2016 and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period due to rapid growth in next few years. High cost and increasing adoption in developed countries due to higher sensitivity and reliable analysis of sperm DNA integrity are the key factors for its dominance. In 2016, ART segment dominated in the treatment market due to high success rate. In Vitro Fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) are the major ARTs used. Medications include corticosteroids and hormonal therapy; however, they are effective in very few cases. Hence, low demand, less adherence, and lower cost as compared to ART are likely to slow the growth of the medication market. Browse full research report with TOC on "Male Infertility Market Analysis By Test (DNA Fragmentation Technique, Oxidative Stress Analysis, Microscopic Examination, Sperm Agglutination, Sperm Penetration Assay), By Treatment, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025" at: http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/male-infertility-market Further key findings from the report suggest: Grand View Research has segmented the global male infertility market on the basis of test, treatment, and region: Grand View Research, Inc. is a U.S. based market research and consulting company, registered in the State of California and headquartered in San Francisco. The company provides syndicated research reports, customized research reports, and consulting services. To help clients make informed business decisions, we offer market intelligence studies ensuring relevant and fact-based research across a range of industries, from technology to chemicals, materials and healthcare.


News Article | May 29, 2017
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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Japan Market Overview for Gynecological Devices 2017 - MedView" report to their offering. Despite Japan's preference to invest in high-end medical devices, the gynecology device market is constrained by the lack of training, diversity in alternative procedures and investment in specialty equipment. The predominant shift towards capital equipment that can be used off label across procedure types is both limiting capital equipment sales and access to preferred treatment options in 2016. The assisted reproduction technology device market comprised 66.8% of the overall market for gynecological devices in 2016. The investment in cutting edge technology fueled by exponential patient demand has led to increasing patient growth across all five market segments. The treatment cycles covered in the ART market include IVF, ICSI and FER cycles. Additionally, the ART market is being heavily impacted by numerous mergers and acquisitions, creating monopolies on prices and market shares. Japan has the highest rate for uterine fibroid embolization procedures worldwide. The preference for UFE is the most pronounced in Japan; however, this trend is true throughout Asia and Oceania. The influence of embolization technology and newly approved devices is carrying over into the field of gynecology. The markets for endometrial resection and the emergence of endometrial ablation are projected to cannibalize UFE procedures over the forecast period. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2r8x5n/japan_market


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Pacific Reproductive Center's live birth success rates are now exceeding the national average by fifteen percent. This includes success rates for women who are undergoing egg retrievals and IVF procedures. Call (310) 853-5793 for more information and scheduling. For over twenty years, Pacific Reproductive Center and Dr. Rifaat Salem have been compassionately helping women with infertility issues achieve their fertility goals. This includes comprehensive options for therapy, such as ovulation induction, ICSI, IVF, IUI and more. Over the years, PRC has been instrumental in pioneering state-of-the-art reproductive technologies. This includes preimplantation genetic testing, in-house IVF and ICSI as well. The success rate of 57% for those under 35 years old is exceptionally high compared to the national average, and has helped thousands of women achieve their fertility goals over the past two decades. PRC has four locations in the LA and OC metro areas including Glendale, Torrance, Irvine and Corona CA. Treatment is provided with Board Certified providers who are caring and work to individualize the treatments based on a patient's previous experiences. For those between the ages of 38-40, PRC still maintains success rates over ten percent higher than the national average. For top fertility treatment in Los Angeles and Orange County, visit http://pacificreproductivecenter.com and then call Pacific Reproductive Center at (310) 853-5793.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2015

With missions surrounding counterproliferation, nonproliferation and WMD reduction, the stakes for DTRA are incredibly high. Effectively conducting this work involves cooperation and coordination across a wide range of military and government organizations throughout the United States and the world. The decentralization of threats has led to an explosion in the sources and types of data needed to identify, track, and mitigate these threats. Managing highly diverse information drawn from a wide range of agencies and open sources is exceptionally challenging. Even when this problem is restricted to unstructured text, there is simply too much data coming from too many sources for any analyst to appropriately handle all available information and effectively exploit the knowledge it contains with current NLP technologies. Under the Semantic Parsing and role Labeling In Combination Effort (SPLICE), DAC has partnered with the ICSI to build a Deep NLP capability that combines the strengths of Semantic Parsing with those of Semantic Role Labeling. The resulting Deep NLP capability will: 1) find links between entities, events and concepts that previously could only be found through manual analysis; and 2) support population of semantically structured knowledge bases with the confidence that all relevant available information can be fully exploited.


Grant
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 150.00K | Year: 2014

ABSTRACT: Although Natural Language Processing research has produced powerful techniques for parsing and data extraction, computers remain mostly oblivious to the meaning of the language they process. Computers cannot, in general, connect the words and phrases in language to a larger model of the world that permits reasoning about the implications of what is written or said. We propose an algorithm that analyzes text-based language data using a method of inference designed to match the way humans process and describe activities and events. Our approach to language understanding combines text with external knowledge encoded in a flexible and expressive structure called an X-net. X-nets, invented by DAC team member Dr. Srinivas Narayanan, act as abstract and computationally efficient simulation of activities, states, and events. Unlike other inference techniques, X-nets make it practical to perform inference on language describing complex, uncertain, and interrelated events that unfold over time. We will evaluate our text inference capability using the same evaluation measures used to assess reading comprehension in middle and high school. BENEFIT: If we are successful, the technology developed under this effort will represent a major step towards the development of algorithms that achieve human-like understanding of text. Computers will be able to find and react to language data based on its meaning and implications, rather than the surface form of the words used. Existing stores of language data will become enormously more valuable once we can extract information based on implications instead of key words. And general-purpose, meaning-aware language understanding algorithms will act as the foundation of a new generation of data analysis and human interaction tools. In Phase I of this project, we focus on understanding the language of the limited domain of disasters and disaster response. Humanitarian Aid / Disaster Relief (HADR) is important to many Government, NGO, and private organizations. The results of Phase I of this project will be immediately applicable to a number of our current and potential customers who need exploit text data generated from large-scale, rapidly evolving events such as natural disasters.

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