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'Maternal health, foetal development and its effects on adult health' - online course now available

Online course (Accredited by the Consell Català de les Professions Continuing Formació sanitaries - Comissió of Formació Continuing the NHS): Programa de formación continuada on-line: Papel e implicaciones de la salud materna en el desarrollo fetal y sus efectos en la salud del adulto Continuing...

FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Spring Newsletter now available

The second issue (Spring 2015) of the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter is produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe here (see top left hand corner of the Newsletter page) to...

FIGO supports World Health Day 2015 (7 April)

The topic for World Health Day 2015 is ‘Food Safety’...

Gestational diabetes link to autism

Women who develop diabetes during the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a child with autism, according to a new study. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the paper explained that this may be as a result of exposure to high levels of...

‘Kick and kill strategy’ may beat HIV

Scientists say that a new vaccine could be developed to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight and eradicate HIV . A collaborative study carried out by University College London (UCL), the University of Oxford, both in the UK, and the University of North Carolina, in the US, says that a...

British women 'delay visit to GP' on spotting potential breast cancer symptoms

Approximately a fifth of of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a potential symptom wait around a month before making an appointment with their GP in the UK. This is according to new research by YouGov on behalf of Breast Cancer Care, which also found that five per cent...

Promoting women’s human rights ‘can reduce maternal mortality’

Placing an emphasis on the importance of women’s human rights is essential in reducing global maternal mortality, an expert has said. Professor Lesley Regan, vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, UK (FIGO's UK member society), and chair of the...

HIV treatment breakthrough

Scientists believe they are getting closer to developing more effective treatment in their battle against HIV . Experts at the Rockefeller University in New York, US, said that HIV patient trials using a “new generation of so-called broadly neutralising antibodies” have delivered...

Childbirth expert Sheila Kitzinger dies aged 86

The world renowned childbirth expert Sheila Kitzinger has passed away at the age of 86, after a short illness. A prolific author, she was best known for promoting natural births and will be remembered for pioneering the concept of a birth plan. She was vociferous in her opinion that the focus...

FGM survivor discusses painful legacy of the act

A survivor of FGM now living in the UK has been discussing the legacy of her experience of the ritual in Eritrea, her country of birth. Speaking to the Mail Online, she revealed that she experienced “the cut” - as it is described - when she was only a few months old. She still suffers...

Advice on how to respond to FGM in England issued

There is “limited awareness” of how to approach the commissioning of female genital mutilation (FGM) related services in England. This is according to new guidance from the British government, which delivers advice to NHS commissioners when developing services to support survivors of...

Healthy diet ‘boosts fertility’

Enjoying a healthy diet is important for boosting your fertility, according to an expert. Isabelle Obert, a nutritional consultant based in the UK, says that with more couples trying for a baby later in life, dietary habits are becoming an increasingly important factor when trying to conceive...

The challenges of tackling FGM during ‘cutting season’

Every two years, the Serengeti District in Tanzania is home to a six-week “cutting season”, where hundreds of young girls are subject to female genital mutilation (FGM). While the practice is illegal in the country, it remains difficult to tackle, explains John Henjewele, acting...