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FIGO recruiting for new Conference Manager

FIGO is seeking to recruit a new Conference Manager . It is the only organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis. For over 60 years FIGO has collaborated with the world's top health and donor bodies. FIGO currently has Member...

Misoprostol Dosage Chart - new release!

The new FIGO 2017 misoprostol-only dosage chart has been released! An update from the widely used 2012 chart detailing recommended dosages of misoprostol when used by itself for a variety of gynecological and obstetrical indications has been revised and expanded by an expert group and is now...

IJGO impact factor soars to 2.174!

FIGO's journal, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO), has seen its impact factor soar to 2.174, its highest ever! The journal’s ranking has also increased to 36/79 journals (up from 47/80). Visit the journal online. Follow IJGO on Twitter. Visit the IJGO Facebook...

Prime minister intervenes to stop potential FGM deportation

Prime minister Theresa May has prevented the deportation of a woman, after she claimed her daughter would face female genital mutilation (FGM) if they returned to Nigeria. Ms May intervened after the woman's local MP, Hannah Bardell of the Scottish National Party, highlighted the case in the...

Millennials waiting to have children contributing to fertility crisis

Millennials who are choosing to have children later in life are contributing to a looming "fertility crisis". This is according to Clare Tomkins, founder and CEO of startup Future Family, who told Business Insider that this delay could make starting a family more risky and expensive. The...

More than 5,000 new cases of FGM between 2016 and 2017

There were 5,391 newly recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The FGM statistics, which have been published by NHS Digital, also revealed that there were a total of 9,179 in the...

Menstruation ‘does not affect cognitive ability’

A new study has shown that the menstrual cycle and levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the system have no impact on a woman’s working memory, cognitive bias ability to pay attention to two things at once. The study, conducted by the Medical School Hannover, Germany, and...

Finnish mothers ‘carry gene variants protecting them from pre-eclampsia’

Some Finnish mothers carry rare gene variants that protect them from pre-eclampsia, also known as toxemia of pregnancy, according to a new study by the University of Helsinki, Finland, in co-operation with two research groups in the US. It is the first time that mothers' genotypes have been...

Some women ‘mistaking menopause symptoms for tamoxifen side effects’

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer may avoid taking the preventive drug tamoxifen because they are confusing naturally-occurring symptoms with side effects, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK. The researchers say that their findings have implications...

Quarter of women missing smear tests ‘unaware they exist’

More than one-quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue a smear test are unaware of the cervical screening programme, a Cancer Research UK survey has revealed. The survey also revealed that 51 per cent of those overdue for the test said they intended to go in the future.These were more likely...

New test provides breast cancer prognosis

New research has revealed that using a molecular test called MammaPrint can show doctors whether breast cancer is likely to be terminal. During testing, 15 per cent of patients had an ‘ultralow risk’ of dying from breast cancer in the long term. The researchers estimated that as many as...

Perfect hand hygiene ‘can still lead to MRSA transmission in NICU babies’

Perfectly clean hands can still lead to transmission of MRSA among babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to research led by Drexel University, US. Dr Neal Goldstein, assistant research professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and his colleagues examined how a NICU...

Study: Banned chemicals pass through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, which have been banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new research conducted by Indiana University. The researchers explained that the chemicals are linked to health...