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FIGO/Chien-Tien Hsu Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology

The Chien-Tien Hsu Research Foundation and FIGO have established a Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology to enable young obstetricians and gynecologists - who are beginning a career in gynecologic oncology - to attend the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and to visit a gynecologic...

Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The September 2017 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here . The FIGO President (centre) demonstrating the ‘FIGO Gyn Cancer Management’ app at the 25th Asian & Oceanic Congress of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (AOCOG), Hong Kong (June 2017), with the...

Non-medical gender-biased sex selection - a joint ICM-FIGO statement

Non-medical gender-biased sex selection A joint statement from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Please click here to view the statement. French version Spanish version

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...

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...

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...