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FIGO supports World Health Day 2016 (7 April 2016)

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Effect of smoking cannabis in pregnancy revealed

Pregnant women who smoke cannabis are more likely to give birth to an underweight infant, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Open. Researchers discovered that expectant mothers who smoked marijuana are 36 per cent more likely to be diagnosed as anaemic, as well as having a 77 per...

Babies with higher BMIs 'more likely to grow up obese'

Infants who have a higher body mass index (BMI) are more likely to grow up to be obese than babies who are deemed to be in the normal range, according to a new study. Research from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the US involved analysis of almost 74,000 infants throughout their...

Bluetooth pregnancy test launched

First Response has launched the world's first Bluetooth-enabled pregnancy testing kit, linking the process with women's smartphones in an innovative move. The Pregnancy PRO Digital Pregnancy Test was previewed at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year and has recently been...

STIs 'behind birth of monogamy'

Sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) may have led to the development of monogamy in early humans, according to a new study. Research carried out by scientists from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suggests that the spread of STIs due to polygamous relationships may have eventually...

How gestational diabetes sufferers can reduce blood pressure in later life

Women who suffer with gestational diabetes during pregnancy can reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure in later life by adopting a healthier diet, according to a new study. Past research has shown that gestational diabetes sufferers are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with...

Epilepsy 'does not make it harder for women to get pregnant'

Women with epilepsy are able to get pregnant just as easily as females without the condition, according to a new study. Research conducted by doctors from a number of health centres in the US led to the discovery that epilepsy has no significant effect on a woman's ability to conceive. This is...

Why do women now outlive men?

For centuries, men outlived women, but there has been a significant shift in recent years, with females now often living for several years longer than their male counterparts. According to new research from doctors at Uppsala University in Sweden, lower birth rates have played a key role in...

Breast ironing 'should be held in same regard as FGM'

The cultural practice of breast ironing, which involves heavy objects being placed on girls' chests to stop them from developing, should be held in the same regard as female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to eliminate it for good. This is the opinion of Louise Bours, health spokesman for the...

Women Deliver 2016 - 'New PPH evidence for policy and programs' event (17 May 2016)

Please join us for this expert panel highlighting some of the most critical new thinking and research around PPH with important implications for how we think about and manage this challenge globally. The panel, co-organised by Gynuity Health Projects and FIGO , will feature presentations on new...

Super-gonorrhoea spreading throughout UK

The sexually-transmitted infection (STI) super-gonorrhoea is spreading rapidly throughout the UK, according to a new report. Super-gonorrhoea is a strain of the STI that has become antibiotic-resistant over time, making it extremely difficult for doctors to treat, potentially affecting people's...