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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

Biomarker linked to prognosis in aggressive ovarian cancer

Researchers have identified a protein biomarker expressed on the surface of tumour cells in high-grade serous ovarian cancer, which is the most common and lethal subtype of the disease. According to the Canadian scientists, from institutions including the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) and...

Early periods linked to gestational diabetes

The age at which girls start menstruation could raise their risk of diabetes during pregnancy in later life, according to a University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, study. UQ School of Public Health researchers said they analysed data from more than 4,700 women who took part in the Australian...

Mediterranean diet could reduce risk of deadly breast cancer

A Mediterranean diet could reduce the risk of a severe form of breast cancer by up to 40 per cent, according to a new study. The scientists involved in the study monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years in order to work out how their diets could affect their risk of breast cancer...

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Pregnant women suffering extreme sickness ‘not told about treatments’

Up to two-thirds of pregnant women suffering extreme sickness in the UK are not provided with information or drugs to treat it, according to new research. A survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) showed that half found accessing care difficult. According to the charity...

New vulnerability in aggressive breast cancer provides treatment target

Researchers from the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Massachusetts, US, have discovered a vulnerability that could provide a new strategy to combat triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Currently, physicians currently have no targeted treatment options available for...

Poor adolescent diet associated with premenopausal breast cancer

Research has shown that women who consumed a diet as adolescents or young adults associated with chronic inflammation had a higher risk for premenopausal breast cancer. A diet low in vegetables and high in sugar-sweetened and diet soft drinks, refined sugars and carbohydrates, red and processed...

Study: No higher risk to newborns from taking flu drugs during pregnancy

A new international study has found that there is no increased risk to newborn babies if their mothers took drugs to prevent or treat influenza during pregnancy. According to researchers from Scandinavia and France, this is the largest study to date that assesses the potential risks of taking...

Blood tests ‘can find ovarian cancer early’

New research has shown that screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer every four months by blood tests may reduce the likelihood of them being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. The multi-institute United Kingdom Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study is a long-term study looking at...