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FIGO Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring Course resource now available for download

The FIGO Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring Course resource (PowerPoint slides) is now available for download ( FIGO Committee for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health ). FIGO Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring Course (PowerPoint slides for download) English ( Part 1 , Part 2a , Part 2b , Part 3 ) Spanish ( Part...

FGM is child abuse says UN chief

The head of the United Nations Population Fund has told the BBC that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse. It is the first time Dr Babatunde Osotimehin has described FGM in such terms, adding that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to be stopped immediately. The...

Olympics 'could spread Zika virus around the world' expert warns

Athletes, officials and fans risk spreading the Zika virus all over the world, a leading expert has warned. Dr Sam Allen, an expert in ­infectious diseases from Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, claims that all of those visiting Rio de Janeiro this summer are at risk of contracting...

Herpes could lead to infertility, researchers warn

A new study has suggested that there may be a strong link between a specific strain of the herpes virus and unexplained infertility. Research published in the journal PLOS One suggests that the herpes strain HHV-6A infected the uterine lining in 43 per cent of the 30 women to participate in the...

UK women over 40 have higher fertility rate than those under 20 for first time since 1947

The fertility rate of women living in the UK aged 40 and above has surpassed that of women aged under 20 for the first time since 1947, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The older age group saw the largest percentage increase in fertility rates in 2015, gaining 3.4...

More funding needed to combat FGM, campaigners claim

More funding is needed in order to combat the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across England, campaigners have warned. Over the last six years, the Tackling FGM Initiative has given £2.8 million of funding to various community-based prevention schemes. The initiative was...

Vietnamese HIV patients at risk amid lowering of foreign funds

An advocate for HIV/AIDS patients across Vietnam, says thousands of sufferers are facing the prospect of a medication shortage, due to foreign donors deciding to pull out. A large majority of treatments for HIV patients across the country comes either from or through the US government agency Pepfar...

Summer a high-risk time for FGM, UK campaigners warn

A conference in Stevenage, England, has marked the start of a national week of action aimed at highlighting awareness of the risks and issues that come with the illegal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The event gave a platform to anti-FGM campaigner Aneeta Prem, who founded the Freedom...

First baby with Zika-related microcephaly born in Florida

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed that a baby in Florida, USA, has been born with microcephaly, a condition linked to the Zika virus. Reports have suggested that the birth mother is of Haitian origin and arrived in Florida to give birth having been infected by the virus in her home...

Past exposure to dengue may boost Zika’s potency

Patients previously exposed to dengue may be at risk of suffering more severe symptoms when infected with the Zika virus, new research has suggested. A paper published in Nature Immunology claimed that researchers found most dengue antibodies were found to help the Zika virus proliferate and invade...

Working longer hours could have negative effect on women's health

Working long hours has a more pronounced effect on the health of women than men, a new study has suggested. Researchers from Ohio State University in the United States published a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the US, which surveyed 7,500 people in order to...