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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...

Potential new ovarian cancer treatment discovered

New research may reveal why up to 85 per cent of women experience recurrence of high-grade serous ovarian cancer - which is the most common subtype of ovarian cancer - after treatment with the chemotherapy drug carboplatin. The research, carried out by Dr Sanaz Memarzadeh, of the Eli and Edythe...

Standard UTI testing 'doesn't diagnose all cases of infection'

Women who are suffering from pain when going to the toilet or who constantly feel they need to urinate are likely to have a urinary tract infection (UTI), even if tests come back negative for bacterial infection. Around a quarter of UTI cases do not show up when using standard testing, meaning...

New evidence suggests low-cost drug should become frontline response for major blood loss after childbirth

More than 100,000 women globally die each year from severe bleeding after childbirth. A major trial of 20,000 women found that a low-cost drug called tranexamic acid reduced deaths due to bleeding by a third. If this treatment is used quickly, it could save the lives of thousands of new mothers...

Cheap drug could save thousands from post-partum bleeding

A widely available drug could dramatically reduce the risk of death associated with bleeding after childbirth. A new study tested 20,000 women from around the world to see if the drug tranexamic (TXA) was beneficial. It was found that death as a result of bleeding was reduced by around 31 per cent...

Gene discovery could lead to chlamydia cure

Researchers have discovered genes that can affect how the immune system reacts to infections, which they believe could lead to development of a cure for chlamydia. The sexually transmitted disease (STD) is one of the most common in Britain and usually does not present symptoms in the early stages...

London mayor urged to fight FGM in capital

London's mayor Sadiq Khan is being called on to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). The London assembly has urged the mayor to help put an end to "the hidden crime" of FGM in the city. In its report, the assembly said that an estimated 170,000 girls and women...

Thousands of cancers diagnosed in A&E after GPs miss signs

GPs across the UK are missing the signs of cancer, causing thousands of people to be diagnosed when they visit accident and emergency. New research from Cambridge University, University College London and Public Health England (PHE) has found that people are receiving A&E cancer diagnoses,...

Women with hot flushes 'more prone to depression'

Menopausal women who experience regular hot flushes could be more likely to experience depression. Scientists in Australia have found that those experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause are more likely to also develop depression. These latest findings help to support previous research...

Women's wellbeing 'negatively impacted by contraceptive pill'

Women's general wellbeing can be severely affected by the pill, according to new research. Scientists from Sweden have found that healthy women who take the combined contraceptive pill estimate their quality of life being lower than those who don't. The combined contraceptive pill is one of...

IVF 'doesn't affect long-term health of children'

Children conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not at risk from more future health concerns compared to those conceived naturally, scientists have said. IVF has become more common over recent years, but since its initial inception, there have been concerns over the effect of the method...