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FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017 (28 May). Click here for more information. Join in the campaign...

FIGO congratulates new Director-General of WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of WHO. FIGO extends sincere congratulations to him. He has confirmed attendance at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2018. Pictured at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: L-R: Professor C N...

FIGO Secretariat awarded SILVER by ‘Investors in the Environment’!

We started working with Investors in the Environment (IIE) towards reducing our impact on the environment in early 2016. We are now excited to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Silver’ level accreditation, scoring over 90 per cent in this category! We will now be putting all...

Financial worries can affect health of babies

Financial anxiety can have an adverse impact on the health of newborns, findings suggest. A study from Ohio State University found a link between monetary worries and low birth-weight babies, which can later suffer from long-term issues such as obesity and heart disease. Researchers advise...

Women risking health of newborns with needless scans, study shows

Women are putting the health of their unborn babies in jeopardy by agreeing to unnecessary scans, a new poll has suggested. The NHS currently offers scans at 12 weeks and 20 weeks in order to check the health of unborn children, but a poll from Channelmum.com found that nearly a third still pay for...

New scans could help track brain development of unborn babies

New technology allowing detailed scans of baby brains could help scientists to track brain development, a new study has indicated. Research from the Developing Human Connectome Project (dHCP) found new techniques to allow photos to be taken of foetuses and babies that were previously difficult,...

WHO members urged to delink R&D from cancer medicine

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have been urged to delink the costs of research and development (R&D) from the prices of cancer medicines. A number of civil society organisations and health specialists have sent a letter to delegates at the annual World Health Assembly and member...

WHO members urged to delink R&D from cancer medicine

Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been urged to delink the costs of research and development (R&D) from the prices of cancer medicines. A number of civil society organisations and health specialists have sent a letter to delegates at the annual World Health Assembly and member...

Pulse rate could help identify start of fertility windows, study shows

A woman’s pulse rate could help to work out the beginning of a fertility window, a new study has indicated. Research from Ava, a medical technology business focused on innovations in female reproductive health, discovered a substantial rise in resting pulse rate at the start of the fertile...

Cancer Research UK: Prescription history could lead to quicker cancer detection

Cancer Research UK are to fund a new investigation to look at whether patterns in medication taken by patients could help to diagnose cancer earlier than ever before. The findings could especially help those who have nonspecific symptoms that don’t typically suggest cancer. Only around half...

Doctors may be able to predict newborn health during pregnancy

Specific genetic changes in the placentas of women could have an impact on the health of newborns, a new study has indicated. According to research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), these changes could affect the ability of the placenta to develop blood vessels and sufficiently...

Hormone therapy linked with hearing loss in women

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been associated with hearing loss in women, a new study has found. Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts looked into the effects of HRT and found that 23 per cent of participants who underwent the treatment developed hearing...

Introducing an important new resource for Safer Motherhood!

FIGO is introducing a very important new resource for Safer Motherhood. After extensive testing and evaluation, FIGO’s educational platform, The Global Library of Women’s Medicine, is making available a unique Safer Motherhood APP; it is entirely FREE and we hope it will be genuinely...