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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...

Most women ‘not gaining healthy amount of weight during pregnancy’

Some three quarters of women around the world are not gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy, according to a new international study led by Australia’s Monash University. The study found that this leads to preventable adverse health consequences for women and their babies...

Pregnancy after breast cancer ‘does not increase risk of recurrence’

Having a baby after suffering from breast cancer does not increase the risk of the disease recurring, a new study has revealed. The researchers, from the Institut Jules Bordet in Brussels, Belgium, found that women who became pregnant after an early breast cancer diagnosis, including those with...

Alcohol consumption linked to postmenopausal muscle loss

Higher alcohol consumption has been linked to more muscle loss in postmenopausal women in a new study published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Both ageing and menopause affect sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass and strength, which then affects...

FIGO condolences: Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

Professor CN Purandare, FIGO President, said: 'FIGO wishes to pass on its sincere condolences to UNFPA on the very sad passing of Dr Babatunde Osotimehin , its Executive Director. 'Dr Osotimehin was truly a great global health champion, and highly regarded for his work on sexual and...

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, passes away

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has passed away at his home in New York, US. A Nigerian physician, he was a globally respected leader in the public health sphere, as well as a key figure in the empowerment of women and young people. He...

Breastfeeding ‘could protect against chronic pain after caesarean section’

Breastfeeding after a caesarean section (C-section) may help manage pain, according to new research by scientists at the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Valme in Sevilla, Spain. The findings reveal that mothers who breastfed their babies for at least two months after birth were...

Home births ‘biggest risk factor for neonatal deaths in Africa’

Giving birth at home is the most significant risk factor for neonatal deaths in large parts of Africa, according to a study by Michigan State University, US. Africa continues to see the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world. The researchers found that in both East and West Africa, many...

Ethnicity and breastfeeding ‘influence gut bacteria in infants’

The bacteria in a child’s gut could be influenced as early as its first year by ethnicity and breastfeeding, a new study from McMaster University, Canada, has revealed. According to the study, while stable gut bacteria - called microbiota - may not be established until the child is between...

World Health Assembly opening calls for reduced inequality

The 17th World Health Assembly opened in Geneva this week (22nd May), with director-general Dr Margaret Chan calling for health inequalities to be reduced. Dr Chan explained that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands for fairness” and called for countries to work on their...

Cancer Research study looks at DCIS breast cancer links

A new group led by Cancer Research UK will look at the links between ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and breast cancer. Annually, roughly 6300 women are told they have the condition and are often warned that it can be an indication of future breast cancer, while some are told they have stage zero...