02/2018 - Ovarian Reserve: How many ova have I got left? Is it too late for me to become a mother?

Women are unable to generate new ova. We are born with the total number of ova that will be released over the course of our lives up until the menopause. Our body is only able to generate ova whilst we are growing inside our mother's womb.
This reserve of 2 million that we have when we are born and that reduces quite considerably during puberty to between 400,000 and 500,000 oocytes, has an expiry date. In the same way that the placenta is scheduled by nature to survive for 9 months, or in the same way that milk teeth change after infancy, ova will inevitably lose their ability to generate a pregnancy once we reach 35 to 40 years of age.
A woman's ovarian reserve will vary depending on age and individual characteristics. Natural selection sees to it that the best ova - those that are best suited to pregnancy - are the ones that are released during the first few years of menstruation whilst women are young. As women age, the ova with the worst prognosis will develop. The difficulties that arise, both in getting pregnant and in terms of the increased chances of having a pregnancy with complications after 36 years of age, are proof of this. For example, in the case of Down's Syndrome, the chances of having a child with this condition at 42 years of age is 1 in every 60 pregnancies compared with 1 in every 1,000 pregnancies at 30 years of age.
However, it is true that this natural selection process would have made more sense years ago when, in order to have a child, a woman necessarily needed to be 'young'. Quality of life and the life expectancy of human beings as they age is far greater in the 21st century and does not pose a physical impediment in terms of raising children. In fact, women are now quite probably socially and professionally better prepared for this role.
In the light of these facts, there is little we can do to give our ova a longer life. The number of cases of fertility issues associated with ovarian reserve are on the increase. Women who, at the age of 20 or 25, would have had no issues at all in getting pregnant, are faced with a poor ovarian quality prognosis as a result of having delayed pregnancy. In many cases, it means they have to turn to donated ova (egg donation) in order to become mothers.
The unit for the treatment of poor ovarian reserve at Instituto Bernabeu provides women with the option of forming a family using their own ova. That is, personalised courses of 'wake up' treatment including an analysis of all associated aspects and designing the personalised therapy that is best suited to optimising, on the one hand, their quantity and, on the other, their ability to fertilise. This specialist unit at Instituto Bernabeu includes an interdisciplinary team of gynaecologists, reproduction biologists, pharmacists, endocrinologists and geneticists and they are pioneers in applying solutions to improve ovarian reserve because the only way to take into account all the aspects of the new medical and social reality of our time is to deal with it from a multifaceted point of view.
A committed in-house R&D programme applied daily at the clinic means that Instituto Bernabeu, one of the most prestigious reproductive medicine clinics that has been running since 1985, can lead progress in ovarian research work backed by innumerable scientific publications and international research projects. It has clinics in Alicante, Elche, Cartagena, Albacete, Benidorm and, since 2017, in Madrid.


08/2017 - Assisted Reproduction in Spain: advantages and disadvantages

Undergoing reproductive treatment abroad is not an easy task. Although there is a large list of countries to choose from; Spain is one of the most common destinations for those in search of quality.  When choosing a medical centre, your selection can be based on several positive parameters:

  • Experience. Spain is the country that carries out the largest amount of infertility treatments in Europe. You may also base our decision on the medical centre's own experience, by assessing the amount of cycles carried out and their track record.
  • Spain is at the cutting edge of research. It is widely known that some medical centres only provide assistance, while others also undertake research. However, there is a greater chance of pregnancy sucess in centres that provide customised treatment solutions and assistance by a team at the leading edge of the latest advances. Without a doubt, Spain is a country with countless clinics who introduce new reproductive medicine scientific advances on a yearly basis. An example of this is the Instituto Bernabeu group of clinics, who have achieved important advances on repeated implantation failure, a highly valued issue for patients who have undergone several failed attempts, in addition to therapeutical advances in regards to IVF for patients with low ovarian reserve.
  • Highly qualified medical staff. If you want to ensure that you only receive assistance from the most experienced, competent gynaecologists and biologists, you are welcome to check our staff's medical and scientific background online.
  • Pricing. Although it is quite possible to find more economic locations, our offering provides the best results in addition to value for money. We recommend only selecting clinics who provide clear, closed estimates.

When considering Spain, you must also bear in mind other negative aspects. One of them is the high number of clinics that have recently been created in view of the high demand from local and foreign patients. However, some clinics are unable to provide the quality levels characterising all top Spanish medical centres, since their medical assistance is based on achieving savings, resulting in a negative rate of successful pregnancies due to the lack of excellence of the laboratories where the embryos are generated. Fortunately, high quality centres are often the norm, although we must not ignore the dangers of receiving treatment at disguised lowcost centres or those led by corporations without any medical liaison. 


05/2017 - Clinica Luganese Moncucco - New medical partner in the field of Internal Medicine, Oncology and Bariatric Surgery - Obesity Treatments.

La Clinica Luganese Moncucco is a private health institution with over 100 years of history. The clinic, always called Moncucco for its geographical position, is a fundamental part of the Canton Ticino Health System and welcomes every year almost 50’000 patients needing services in the field of acute somatic. More information.


04/2017 - MORBILLO, US ALERT FOR TOURIST: ITALY, GERMANY AND BELGIUM AT RISK OF HEALTH - Interview with Professor Pasquale Ferrante, Worldwide known Virologist, Medical Scientist and Ordinary Professor at the University of Milan and a member of the scientific committee of Ticino Health SA, Lugano.

Dopo aver saputo che i Centri per il Controllo e la Prevenzione delle Malattie del Dipartimento della Salute statunitense hanno emesso un avviso per i cittadini americani in partenza per l’ Italia dei focolai di morbillo nel nostro paese, e quindi la raccomandazione ai viaggiatori di vaccinarsi e di assicurarsi di prendere ogni possibile precauzione come lavarsi le mani ed evitare di toccarsi bocca, naso e occhi, e stante anche la casistica dei nostri giorni che porta allarme, mi son detto che occorreva avere sottomano notizie di sicuro riferimento. D’altronde, dall’inizio dell’anno 2017 secondo i dati ufficiali del Ministero della Salute ci sono stati in Italia numerosi casi di morbillo, una malattia che sembrava scomparsa e di cui improvvisamente hanno ripreso ad occuparsi i giornali, le televisione e per la quale lo stesso ministro della salute Lorenzin ha lanciato l’allarme non più tardi del 16 marzo di quest’anno. Read full text.

02/2017 - I SEGRETI DEL CERVELLO DEGLI ADOLESCENTI Prof. D. Levi & Prof. G. Broggi – Istituto Europeo delle Neuroscienze

La maggior parte degli neuroscienziati riteneva che il cervello fosse un prodotto praticamente finito dal momento in cui un ragazzo raggiunge i 12 anni. Per molto tempo si è creduto che il cervello raggiungesse in tale età la sua dimensione completa, inoltre molta letteratura legata alle neuroscienze, sino agli arbori degli studi neuropsicologici, dallo psicologo Jean Piaget, si evidenzia che lo stadio più alto sulla scala dello sviluppo cognitivo, quello delle operazioni formali, si verifica a 12 anni.” Ormai è scientificamente dimostrato ciò che ogni genitore sa di un adolescente: non solo il cervello dell’adolescente è lontano dall’essere maturo, ma sia la sostanza grigia che che quella bianca sono sottoposte ad estesi cambiamenti strutturali ben oltre tale età. La maggior parte degli studi sullo sviluppo cognitivo prendono in considerazione soggetti fino a 18 o 20 anni. Se rifacessero tali studi oggi probabilmente porterebbe l’età massima fino a 25 anni. Gli studi eseguiti con la risonanza magnetica funzionale hanno aperto un oblò su come avviene lo sviluppo cerebrale, i ricercatori stanno tentando di capire come le differenze neuroanatomiche e funzionali dell’encefalo nell’ età adolescenziale di recente scoperte possano spiegare i comportamenti degli adolescenti così familiari ai genitori. SEND E-MAIL FOR FULL REPORT


12/2016 - New Partner in the 3D reconstruction for diagnosis and surgical planning

3D reconstruction for diagnosis and surgical planning allows the interpreting physician to first get a summary view of the entire anatomy and then refer back to the original 2D data for comparison and confirmation. It also allows to simulate the intervention, to design any surgical templates and create exact replicas of the parts to be replaced. Medi.con S.A.V.O.I.R. in Lugano is a three-dimensional radiology clinic that combines the latest technology in the field of three-dimensional surveys, more than forty years of experience in the field.



Una grande differenza esiste tra star bene e non essere malati. Infatti, se non essere malati consiste nel non presentare alcuna patologia organica o psicologica, star bene rappresenta quello stato psicofisico ottimale, definito benessere, che permette all’essere umano di esprimere al meglio tutte le sue potenzialità fisiche, psicologiche e spirituali. L’individuo sano è quindi il soggetto del quale si occupa la medicina integrata del benessere, dopo che la medicina preventiva, attraverso i propri strumenti tradizionali di diagnostica precoce di eventuali quadri morbosi, ha escluso malattie in atto. Essa si rivolge quindi all’individuo riconosciuto come sano puntando non solo al mantenimento dello stato di salute ma al suo continuo perfezionamento e miglioramento. La medicina del benessere pertanto integra ed è completamento della medicina preventiva intesa come diagnostica precoce e ne riduce quindi il bisogno. Il benessere si consegue e si mantiene soprattutto adottando uno stile di vita che contempla diverse componenti tra cui essenziali sono gli aspetti psicologici (mente), fisici(movimento), nutrizionali (cibo e bevande) e spirituali (visione non materialistica ed economicistica dell’essere umano). SEND E-MAIL FOR FULL REPORT


08/2016 - HIV Genes Have Been Cut Out of Live Animals Using CRISPR

Kamel Khalili, Member of Ticino Health Scientific Board and director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University, report in the journal Gene Therapy that they have for the first time successfully eliminated HIV genes from the genomes of mice and rats infected with the virus.


07/2016 -First effective vaccine in the world against chlamydia

A team of researchers from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, a structure of McMaster University in Canada, has developed the first effective vaccine in the world against chlamydia. The success came after the discovery of a new antigen that reduces the symptoms caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common cause of the disease. Chlamydia, show scientists, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. In the US alone there are 2,860,000 cases annually. There are four species of bacteria that can cause infection, the most common of which is C. trachomatis. The infection, however, does not always present symptoms and, consequently, the majority of individuals unaware of being bearer. Infection with clamidya is a major cause of infertility, pelvic disease in women.


06/2016 - Reduce the incidence and mortality rates for a number of tumors with a trivial dose of aspirin every day

A new study reveals how low doses of acetylsalicylic acid – between 75 and 325 mg daily – may decrease the formation of digestive tumors up to 35% and the relative rate of deaths up to 50%. Published in the journal “Annals of Oncology”, the survey conducted in Great Britain noted that 10 years of continued use of aspirin reduces the incidence of colon cancer by 35%, and 30% of esophagus and stomach. Mortality was decreased compared to the average, between aspirin users, 40% for colon cancer by 50% for the esophagus and 35% for the stomach cancer – According to the oncologists’ Queen Mary University ‘in London, “the prophylactic use of aspirin for a minimum of five years at doses between 75 and 325 mg daily appears to produce a positive result in terms of cancer prevention. Prolonged use in all likelihood will have even more benefits “. Risults: benefits after 3 years of use, to be noted that the risks of heart attack in aspirin use concomitantly were reduced by 18%. Aspirin, however, is not without risks in fact there is a slightly increased risk of bleeding (average incidence of 2.2% to 3.6%). Jack Cuzick, first author of the study, said: “Taking aspirin every day seems to be one of the most effective tools to prevent cancer after stopping smoking and reducing obesity “. And he confessed: ” I myself take it. “



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