Are test-tube babies at greater health risk?
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - By The Telegraph

For couples considering IVF, new research suggesting that it could be to blame for a rise in birth defects over the last 25 years might give pause for thought. The study, published last week in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, had two crucial – and related - findings. The first was that in 14 countries across Europe there was a 50 percent rise in the number of multiple births between 1984 and 2007, most of which were ascribed by researchers to the increasing use of hi-tech fertility treatments. Secondly, in the same period, the rate of birth defects among these babies almost doubled, from 5.9 to 10.7 per 10,000 births.


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