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Latest FIGO Newsletter available online!

The September 2016 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here.

FIGO Statement on the Zika virus

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the Zika virus. Please click here to view the statement.

FIGO Past President appointed Officer to the Order of Canada

FIGO congratulates Past President Dr Dorothy Shaw on her recent appointment as Officer to the Order of Canada. Dr Shaw was recognised for her publications and advocacy efforts to advance women’s rights and improve the health of women, newborns and children. More information on the appointment...

Hong Kong reports first case of Zika

Hong Kong has registered its first case of Zika, according to the autonomous territory’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The woman who presented with the infection had recently travelled to Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean earlier in August. The CHP urged Hong Kong citizens to “...

Zika linked to condition that enlarges brain ventricles

The Zika virus has been linked to ventriculomegaly, a condition in which the ventricles in the brain are enlarged, according to new research. Carried out in north-eastern Brazil, the study draws from the results of imaging and autopsies from 17 confirmed cases of Zika infection in newborns. The new...

Pregnancy-related deaths increasing in US, according to study

The number of women dying during or shortly after pregnancy has increased by 26.6 per cent between 2000 and 2014 across the majority of the USA, according to new research. This is in contrast to international figures, which are decreasing. For example, the UK saw nine deaths per 100,000 live births...

HRT use can increase risk of breast cancer three-fold

A new study has shown that women who use combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are up to three times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not. More than 100,000 women took part in the the Breast Cancer Now Generations Study - led by scientists at the UK’s Institute of...

Russian MP drafts bill to make FGM illegal

A Russian member of parliament has drafted a bill proposing that female genital mutilation (FGM) should be made illegal. Those found guilty of carrying out the procedure on children should be punished by up to ten years in prison, according to MP Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs. Russian news outlet RT...

Calcium supplements ‘linked to dementia’ in some women

A new study has revealed that women may face an increased risk of developing dementia after taking calcium supplements. Researchers discovered that women who had previously had a stroke were almost seven times more likely to have developed dementia after taking calcium for a five-year period than...

First baby with Zika-related microcephaly born in Guatemala

The first baby with microcephaly linked to Zika infection has been born in Guatemala, according to officials. The director of the infectious diseases department at Guatemala City’s Hospital Roosevelt, Carlos Meija, said that another two babies were being tested to establish whether their...

Paracetamol in pregnancy may be linked to behavioural problems in children

Using paracetamol - also known as acetaminophen - during pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of behavioural problems in children, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Bristol examined links between behavioural problems in children and their mothers' prenatal and...

Breast cancer sufferers in the UK missing out on treatments

Breast cancer sufferers in the UK are being denied innovative treatments available in other countries, according to new research by the charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK. The ‘International Comparisons of Health Technology Assessment' report has said that this is likely...

HIV discovery could lead to new drug target

Scientists have discovered how the HIV virus infects cells whilst avoiding being detected by the immune system. The discovery, made by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and University College London, UK, presents a new target for drug...