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FIGO recruiting Project Manager - Global Safe Motherhood (Maternity Cover, 8 months)

FIGO is recruiting a Project Manager for Global Safe Motherhood (Maternity Cover, 8 months) Please click here for full application details. Deadline: 18 April 2017

Georgian government approves amendments banning FGM

The Georgian government has approved a package of amendments to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. It will bring Georgia in line with the provisions of the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the...

Young women ‘too embarrassed to attend cervical cancer screening’

More than one-quarter (26.7 per cent) of young women are too embarrassed to attend smear tests, while more than two thirds (70 per cent) don’t think they lower a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer, according to new research. The study, conducted by UK charity Jo’s Cervical...

Techno music ‘may boost fertility treatment’

Techno music may encourage embryos to grow in the mix of chemicals used during fertility treatments, according to scientists. According to the scientists at Russia’s Altravita IVF clinic, playing techno music 24 hours a day to the eggs in test tubes caused more to be fertilised and also...

Some 42% of breast cancer patients experience severe side effects

A new study has revealed that almost half of all women suffering from breast cancer have reported that they have suffered serious side effects from their treatments. According to the researchers, led by the University of Michigan, US, side effects experienced by 42 per cent of breast cancer...

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Multivitamins during pregnancy ‘can boost child’s cognitive abilities’

According to a new study, the children of pregnant women who take multivitamins can end up cognitively advanced by as much as a school year. The study, performed by an international team including the US’ Harvard University and University of California (UC), Davis and the UK’s...

Cervical cancer mortality risk ‘may have been underestimated’

A new study has revealed that previous estimates may have underestimated the risk of death to women suffering from cervical cancer. According to a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland, US women's risk of dying from the disease may be...

IVF clinics' success rates ‘may be misleading’

According to a new study, success rates displayed on the majority of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinic websites are potentially misleading because these clinics can “cherry pick” their results. Jack Wilkinson, medical statistician at the University of Manchester, UK, said that a ban...

Some 119,000 children born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

An estimated 119,000 children are born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) each year, according to a new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada. The study provides the first estimates of the proportion of women who drink during their pregnancies, as well as...

Blood pressure in mother may predict sex of baby

A new study has revealed that a woman’s blood pressure before pregnancy may be related to the sex of the baby she conceives. Scientists from the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, followed a unique group of young women who were intending to conceive in the near future and evaluated the...