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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...

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...

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 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...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who experience the menopause early are at greater risk of heart disease, according to new research. Scientists at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, have revealed that on average women who experienced the menopause before the age of 45 were 50 per cent more likely to...

Babies born to diabetic women at higher risk of complications

Babies born to women with diabetes - gestational or pregestational - are at higher risk of complications at birth than those born to non-diabetic women, according to a new study. The research, carried out by Dr Basilio Pintuadi, of the Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital, Italy, and colleagues,...

Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and FIGO sign the Colombo Declaration

Signing of the Colombo Declaration in Sri Lanka (8 September 2016) . A landmark document was signed during the opening ceremony of the 1st South Asia and Asia Pacific International Congress on Diabetes, Hypertension & Metabolic Syndrome in Pregnancy held in Colombo, Sri Lanka last week. The...

Study: Ovarian cancer deaths fall thanks to contraceptive pill

Deaths in women caused by ovarian cancer have fallen globally, largely because of the use of the contraceptive pill, according to a new study. The Italian academics who published the study said that another factor is the worldwide reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Taking...

Thailand confirms 21 new cases of locally-acquired Zika

Thailand’s public health ministry has confirmed that the capital city, Bangkok, has seen 21 new cases of locally-transmitted Zika. The infected people include a pregnant woman, who, according to the ministry, gave birth with no complications. The new cases were located in Sathorn, an upmarket...