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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...

Late premature birth ‘increases hospitalisation risk for respiratory illness’

A new study of children up to two years of age has revealed that those born late preterm (34-36 weeks) had a significantly greater risk of recurrent hospitalisation for respiratory illness compared to those who were born full term (later than 37 weeks). It was also found that the repeat hospital...

Stillbirth rate in UK falls between 2013 and 2015

The stillbirth rate in the UK fell by almost eight per cent between 2013 and 2015, according to new research. The MBRRACE-UK report found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births. This had fallen from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. However, the report also found that...

Most mothers ‘criticised over parenting skills’

Some six out of ten mothers of children aged up to five-years-old report feeling criticised about parenting, according to a new report from the CS Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan, US. The report is based on responses from a national...

Researcher to ‘train virus to kill ovarian cancer’

A UK-based scientist is beginning work to establish whether a virus can be ‘trained’ to fight ovarian cancer. Senior lecturer at Cardiff University, UK, Dr Alan Parker will examine whether the Ad5 virus, which can cause airway infections, can be genetically modified to destroy cancer...

Foetal immunity ‘develops in second trimester’

Scientists in Singapore have discovered that a foetus' immune system is established as early as the second trimester of pregnancy, and may be able to initiate immune responses independently of the mother's immune system. The researchers are from the Agency for Science, Technology and...

Kadcyla to be made available through NHS England

The drug trastuzumab emtansine - known as Kadcyla - is going to be made routinely available for patients in England, UK, with an advanced type of breast cancer. NHS England has announced that a discounted deal has been agreed with the drug manufacturer. This has been backed by the National...

Menopause linked to lower back pain

A new study has suggested that menopause is associated with the severity of disc degeneration in the lumbar spine. The research was conducted by a group of researchers in China and have been published in an article in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). According...

Uterine fibroid embolisation ‘can help restore fertility’

A minimally invasive treatment could help restore fertility in women with uterine fibroids, according to a new study. Published in the journal Radiology, the research was conducted by Dr João Martins Pisco, from the Department of Interventional Radiology at Saint Louis Hospital in Lisbon,...

Fever during pregnancy ‘may result in risk of autism’

Suffering from a fever during pregnancy could raise the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, according to a study led by scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. The research found the effect was most...

Common periodontal pathogen ‘may hinder conception’

A common periodontal pathogen may delay conception in women, according to a study conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland. Previous studies have shown that periodontal diseases may be a risk for general health, but no data on the specific influence of periodontal bacteria on conception or...