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FIGO supports the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (23 May 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Please click here to view the statement.

FIGO recruiting for Deputy Project Director - Institutionalization of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and qualified Deputy Project Director to support the Institutionalization of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services Project. Please click here for full application details. The deadline for...

FIGO supports International Day of the Midwife 2016

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the International Day of the Midwife 2016. Please click here to view the statement.

Russian researchers 'edging closer' to new Zika medicine

Researchers in Russia have claimed that tests for a new medicine that could potentially be effective in treating the Zika virus are close to completion. According to Sputnik News, the country's health minister Veronica Skvortsova told reporters: "The testing of new medicines against Zika,...

Zika outbreak 'the fault of governments', WHO claims

?The current Zika epidemic and the resulting birth defects are the fault of governments that chose to abandon programs aimed at controlling mosquitoes and offering basic family planning assistance to young women. That is the damning verdict of the World Health Organization (WHO), which warns that...

Zika proven to cause severe birth defects

The Zika virus may trigger an immune response that causes developing brain cells to stop dividing and self-destruct, according to the latest research published in the Nature journal. Links between Zika and the birth of babies with abnormally small heads or microcephaly has grown stronger, yet it is...

Excess folic acid in pregnancy linked to autism

Excess amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 during pregnancy could increase a baby’s risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder, according to scientists from Johns Hopkins University. Usually, pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet, to protect...

Some 25% of pregnancies terminated

Each year, one in four pregnancies end in an abortion, global estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute suggest. According to the report, 56 million induced abortions take place on an annual basis, a figure much higher than previously estimated. Although rates...

Breast cancer can be classed as ‘ten different diseases’

Critical new genetic information about how breast cancer develops, and the genetic changes that can be linked to survival, has been identified by scientists, a new study has revealed. Funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Nature Communications, researchers analysed tumour samples that...

Cervical cancer death rate peaks in Israel

Women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer and cervical tumours in Israel are at a higher risk of dying from the disease than in any other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) country. This is according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which revealed that only 40...

Women’s placebo effects boosted by vasopressin

Women are particularly susceptible to the pain-relieving placebo effect of vasopressin, according to the official journal of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. In a recent study by the society, it was revealed that placebos are used to help accurately measure clinical responses when studying the...

Fructose during pregnancy could cause defects

Consuming too much fructose during pregnancy could lead to placental and fetal defects, according to a recent study published in the journal, Scientific Reports. Diabetes and obesity have also previously been linked to an over-consumption of fructose, but research now suggests a high-fructose diet...

Weight gain during pregnancy could ‘imprint’ obesity

Women who gain excess weight or have elevated blood sugar during their pregnancies could be harming their children. According to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, children in such circumstances are more likely to become overweight or obese during...