Medical Ethics

Celebrating Women’s Health in Taiwan

FIGO President Elect Dr Jeanne Conry and Past President Prof. C.N. Purandare honoured at the 8th International Symposium of Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology (TAOG).

New study highlights risk factors associated with C-section infections

New research has identified a number of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an infection during a caesarean section delivery, some of which are potentially avoidable. The University of Florida Health Jacksonville team carried out a retrospective chart review of 90 C-section deliveries...

Lab-created eggs 'could be major fertility breakthrough'

Human eggs have been created outside of the human body for the first time and some scientists believe that it could prove to be a major fertility breakthrough. The sex cells were grown in a laboratory at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, using tissue from the amniotic membrane...

3-person IVF ethical to avoid disorders

An enquiry has found that a controversial IVF technique which creates embryos from genetic material from two women and one man is ethical. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the three-person IVF could be used to prevent life-threatening disorders such as mitochondrial disease, which occurs when...

C-section numbers 'tripled over past 30 years'

The number of babies born by caesarean section has nearly tripled over the past 30 years, new research has revealed. Researchers from Scotland analysed data from almost 365,000 births in 1980-81, 1990-91 and 1999-2000 for their study. In the 80s, women from the most deprived parts of the UK were...

Women 'should be encouraged to have natural births'

There is a "real need" to encourage more women to opt for natural births rather than caesareans, it has been claimed. According to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in the UK, while caesareans are a safe procedure and most women who have them go on to have no adverse effects, they are a...

Repeat Caesareans 'increase hysterectomy risk'

Women who have repeat Caesarean sections are at an increased risk of needing a hysterectomy, it has been claimed.

US caesarean births reach new high

Almost a third of all births in the US are by caesarean section, according to data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following a decline in the early 1990s, the number of caesareans has risen in the last decade. Caesareans rose to 1.4 million in 2007, the equivalent of 32...

Pregnant women in New Zealand encouraged to get seasonal flu jab soon

Pregnant women in New Zealand have been urged by health officials to get an early seasonal flu jab in the next few weeks in case there is an early reappearance of swine flu. The H1N1 influenza, which spread to New Zealand after it broke out in Mexico and the US last year, has been included in the...

Physicians Call For Elimination Of Female Genital Mutilation

A call to eliminate female genital mutilation as a gross form of violence against women has come from the World Medical Association (WMA) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).