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TUBE STATIONARY: Lying down after fertility treatment with intrauterine insemination (IUI) has no effect on the chance of falling pregnant, a study suggests.

Previous studies have shown that bed rest for 10 or 20 minutes can increase pregnancy rates compared to getting up and walking around straight after treatment.

But a new study presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (Eshre) conference in Helsinki found no difference between women who laid still and those who got up after treatment.

IUI involves sperm being placed into the womb through a tube between day 12 and 16 of a woman’s monthly cycle.

FAT CHANCE: Clear evidence that eating the wrong kind of fat can shorten your life has emerged from a study in the US.

Higher consumption of saturated and trans-fat was associated with a greater risk of early death, the scientists found.

In contrast, people whose diets were rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (Pufa) and monounsaturated fatty acids (Mufa) — the kind of fat obtained from plant foods, vegetable oils and fish — had a reduced risk.

Saturated fat chiefly comes from animal sources such as red meat and dairy products, while trans-fats are mostly derived from processed oils.

Replacing 5% of calories from saturated fats with the equivalent amount of energy from Pufa and Mufa was associated with a 27% and 13% lower likelihood of death respectively.

JUNK SUGGESTION: Children associate junk food with having a better time, while watching TV adverts for unhealthy food makes them feel hungry, a report suggests.

Youngsters also love watching funny and engaging adverts and are able to recall advertising theme tunes, it said.

The study, for Cancer Research UK, found the children had a good level of nutritional knowledge but adverts tempted them into eating unhealthy foods. Children said the adverts made them hungry and made them want to eat junk food.

In the longer term, children remembered the adverts, bright colours and packaging, leading to the possibility they would ask for specific products in supermarkets.


Kevin O’Hanrahan, clinical psychologist, HSEWorking life: HSE clinical psychologist Kevin O’Hanrahan

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