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FIGO recruiting for new Conference Manager

FIGO is seeking to recruit a new Conference Manager . It is the only organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis. For over 60 years FIGO has collaborated with the world's top health and donor bodies. FIGO currently has Member...

Misoprostol Dosage Chart - new release!

The new FIGO 2017 misoprostol-only dosage chart has been released! An update from the widely used 2012 chart detailing recommended dosages of misoprostol when used by itself for a variety of gynecological and obstetrical indications has been revised and expanded by an expert group and is now...

IJGO impact factor soars to 2.174!

FIGO's journal, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO), has seen its impact factor soar to 2.174, its highest ever! The journal’s ranking has also increased to 36/79 journals (up from 47/80). Visit the journal online. Follow IJGO on Twitter. Visit the IJGO Facebook...

Study: Banned chemicals pass through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, which have been banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new research conducted by Indiana University. The researchers explained that the chemicals are linked to health...

Quarter of women missing smear tests ‘unaware they exist’

More than one-quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue a smear test are unaware of the cervical screening programme, a Cancer Research UK survey has revealed. The survey also revealed that 51 per cent of those overdue for the test said they intended to go in the future.These were more likely...

New test provides breast cancer prognosis

New research has revealed that using a molecular test called MammaPrint can show doctors whether breast cancer is likely to be terminal. During testing, 15 per cent of patients had an ‘ultralow risk’ of dying from breast cancer in the long term. The researchers estimated that as many as...

Women’s risk of angina or stroke ‘affected by reproductive duration’

Every one-year increase in reproductive duration - the years from menarche (a woman’s first period) to menopause - is associated with a three per cent reduction in a woman's risk of angina or stroke, according to a new study. The results, demonstrated in women 60 years of age and older,...

More than 2,000 cases of FGM reported in UK in first quarter of 2017

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has reported that it saw 2,102 instances of female genital mutilation (FGM) between January and March 2017. According to the NHS, 1,236 women and girls had their FGM information collected in the Enhanced Dataset for the first time. The FGM Enhanced...

Acupuncture ‘ineffective at treating infertility in women with PCOS’

Acupuncture, either on its own or combined with the medication clomiphene, does not appear to be effective in treating infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new international study. The finding has cast doubt on previous smaller trials that have suggested...

Hot flushes linked to depression

A new study has linked hot flushes to a greater risk of depression in women. The study, conducted by a group of researchers from Monash University, Australia, looked at the impact of hot flushes and a number of other independent factors on the risk of depression in women 65 or older. They found...

Breast implants ‘could affect ECG results’

New research has revealed that breast implants may impede an electrocardiogram (ECG), which could result in a false heart attack diagnosis. The study was conducted by Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, a cardiologist at Princess Grace Hospital, Monaco, and colleagues. An ECG records the heart’s electrical...

HPV testing ‘can lead to earlier detection of cervical pre-cancer’

Women who receive human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, as well as a cervical smear, receive a faster, more complete diagnosis of possible cervical pre-cancer. This is according to a study conducted by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK, and the University of New Mexico (UNM) Comprehensive...

HIV-positive women ‘more likely to transmit cytomegalovirus to babies’

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus (CMV) in their urine at the time of labour and delivery are more than five times likelier to transmit HIV to their babies than HIV-positive women without CMV, according to a new study led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The researchers...