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Diabetes in pregnancy - a growing concern in South Asia

The 1st DIP Asia Pacific Symposium on Diabetes, Hypertension, Metabolic Syndrome and Pregnancy (DIPAP) was held in Colombo from 8-10 September. Please see the latest news piece on the issue of diabetes in pregnancy, featuring the involvement of the FIGO Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy Working Group .

FIGO supports World Contraception Day (26 September 2016)

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

Colombo Declaration is ‘just the beginning’

South Asian leaders have pledged to make the link between maternal health and diabetes a public health priority. It’s a promising step in a growing global effort, advocates for healthier pregnancies say. Click here to view the full story on the World Diabetes Foundation website...

Hot flushes at night linked to depression

A new study has revealed that menopausal women who experience hot flushes at night are more at risk of depression. The study’s first author Dr Hadine Joffe, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, said: "When women...

Baby born from method using three people’s DNA

The world’s first baby created by a new ‘three person’ fertility technique has been born. The baby boy has DNA from his mother and father as well as genetic code from a donor. This new method aims to prevent any serious genetic conditions being passed down to children. Medical...

Philippines reports first case of Zika in pregnant woman

The Philippines has reported its first case of Zika in a pregnant woman. Two other people have also tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of people affected in the country to 12. According to the Department of Health (DoH) in the Philippines, the victim has been confirmed as a 22-...

Thailand investigating suspected Zika-related microcephaly cases

Authorities in Thailand are investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly. The cases involve three infants and a 36-week unborn baby. They would be the first cases of microcephaly caused by Zika in Southeast Asia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The Thai Ministry...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who enter menopause early could be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center (MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, looked at the effect of a woman’s age at the onset of menopause as well as its duration on certain...

Depression linked to development of gestational diabetes

Researchers have discovered a two-way link between depression and gestational diabetes. According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health, USA, women who reported feeling depressed during the first two trimesters of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes...

Cervical cancer screening prevents 70%of deaths

Screening for cervical cancer prevents 70 per cent of deaths and if all eligible women were tested, this figure would rise to 83 per cent, according to a new study. Cancer Research UK said that its study is the first to establish the impact that screening has on deaths from cervical cancer by...

New FIGO Chief Executive appointed

Johan Vos has now been appointed to the role of FIGO Chief Executive. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the charity/not-for-profit sector, and has extensive experience of leadership within national and international health charities and membership-based organisations. His most...

New research links dust to fertility problems

Chemicals found in household dust have been linked to fertility problems as well as cancer, according to new research. The chemicals originate from common products, such as cleaning products and electrical items. Amongst the chemicals highlighted by the new research, conducted by scientists at...

UK’s failure to successfully prosecute FGM is a ‘scandal’

The UK’s failure to carry out one successful prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) is a “national scandal”, according to the Home Affairs Committee. According to a report compiled by the Committee, it was “beyond belief” that there had been no convictions in...