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FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017 (28 May). Click here for more information. Join in the campaign...

FIGO congratulates new Director-General of WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of WHO. FIGO extends sincere congratulations to him. He has confirmed attendance at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2018. Pictured at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: L-R: Professor C N...

FIGO Secretariat awarded SILVER by ‘Investors in the Environment’!

We started working with Investors in the Environment (IIE) towards reducing our impact on the environment in early 2016. We are now excited to announce that we have been awarded the ‘Silver’ level accreditation, scoring over 90 per cent in this category! We will now be putting all...

New vulnerability in aggressive breast cancer provides treatment target

Researchers from the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Massachusetts, US, have discovered a vulnerability that could provide a new strategy to combat triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Currently, physicians currently have no targeted treatment options available for...

Poor adolescent diet associated with premenopausal breast cancer

Research has shown that women who consumed a diet as adolescents or young adults associated with chronic inflammation had a higher risk for premenopausal breast cancer. A diet low in vegetables and high in sugar-sweetened and diet soft drinks, refined sugars and carbohydrates, red and processed...

Study: No higher risk to newborns from taking flu drugs during pregnancy

A new international study has found that there is no increased risk to newborn babies if their mothers took drugs to prevent or treat influenza during pregnancy. According to researchers from Scandinavia and France, this is the largest study to date that assesses the potential risks of taking...

Blood tests ‘can find ovarian cancer early’

New research has shown that screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer every four months by blood tests may reduce the likelihood of them being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. The multi-institute United Kingdom Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study is a long-term study looking at...

Health chief urges smoking checks for pregnant women

The chief executive of Public Health England has urged all hospitals to test pregnant women for carbon monoxide to establish if they smoke. Duncan Selbie said he wants wants midwives and nurses to screen expectant mothers when they first report their pregnancy, keep monitoring them during all...

Flowers used to remind women to attend cervical cancer screening

Health campaigners have set up a huge wall of flowers in the city centre of Glasgow, UK, in an attempt to get more women thinking and talking about cervical cancer screening. Campaigners are also handing out one thousand flowers to women in the city as a reminder to attend their next cervical...

Listeria may be ‘serious miscarriage threat’

Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, US. Ted Golos, a UW-Madison reproductive physiologist and professor of...

Pre-eclampsia ‘increases risk of heart disease’

Women who suffered pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times more likely to have heart failure in later life, according to new research by Keele University, UK. The study also found that expectant mothers with pre-eclampsia, which presents with high blood pressure and protein in the woman...

Biennial mammograms best after age 50

Screening for breast cancer every two years appears just as beneficial as yearly mammograms for women ages 50 to 74, with significantly fewer false positives, according to new research. The study, conducted by the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF), US, found that this was true even...

Exercise ‘can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women’

New research has shown how regular exercise can help menopausal women lose weight and control symptoms such as hot flushes, even in women who previously led sedentary lifestyles. Scientists from the University of Granada, Spain, who carried out the research, explained that decreased oestrogen...