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The growing burden of diabetes and its consequence for women

FIGO-IDF Joint Statement and Declaration on Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy The growing burden of diabetes and its consequence for women On 6 December 2017, FIGO agreed and signed an important joint statement with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) at its biennial international Congress , which...

FIGO reaffirms commitment: World AIDS Day 2017

On 1 December 2017, FIGO reaffirms its commitment to highlighting World AIDS Day, an international day raising awareness about HIV and AIDS globally. FIGO Member Societies can play a critically important role at the grassroots level, influencing and guiding communities, in areas such as HIV...

April 2018 - Upcoming FIGO Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa!

FIGO is holding a Regional Congress of Middle East and Africa from 11-13 April 2018. Please click here for full details.

PTSD associated with higher cortisol levels in pregnancy

Researchers investigating the effect of past stressors and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on pregnant women have found that those with a dissociative type of PTSD that is often related to childhood abuse or trauma had cortisol levels up to ten times higher than their peers. According to...

Artificial ovaries ‘could be superior to hormone drugs’

New research in rats could result in the possibility of bioengineering artificial ovaries to provide a safer, more natural hormone replacement therapy for women undergoing the menopause. The team from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, US, has found that engineered ovaries are...

Stressed babies’ behaviour ‘not indicative of pain’

Behaviour alone is not a reliable way of assessing pain in stressed newborn babies, according to new research carried out by the UK’s University College London (UCL) and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). The researchers found that hospitalised newborns, who are already stressed by...

Regional breast cancer guidelines needed in Middle East and North Africa

Researchers surveying breast cancer management in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) say they have identified barriers to applying international guidelines in this area. They are now calling for localised best practice. The MedicalSurveys-17 Research Group, a group of oncologists working in...

Length of stay in ICU can affect premature babies’ behaviour

The length of stay in the ICU is the factor that best explains some premature babies' behavioural problems relating to emotional regulation, according to a study by the University of São Paulo's Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine (FMRP-USP), Brazil. According to research,...

Living in a 'war zone' linked to low birthweight

Pregnant women living in war zones or areas of armed conflict are at heightened risk of giving birth to low birthweight babies, according to new research. Lead author James Kearsley, of the University of Warwick, UK, said: “People living in war zones are under constant threat of attack, which...

Abbreviated breast MRI ‘extra screening option for dense breasts’

Women with dense breast tissue, for whom traditional mammograms are less effective at detecting cancer and who request additional screening after a negative mammogram, abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MR) may be a valuable cancer detection tool, according to new research from Penn Medicine, a division of...

Eye contact between babies and adults ‘helps synchronise brainwaves’

Eye contact between a parent and their baby helps to synchronise their brainwaves, new research by the UK’s University of Cambridge has revealed. According to the researchers, when a parent and infant interact, various aspects of their behaviour can synchronise, including their gaze, emotions...

Complications at birth associated with chemical changes in the brain

Adults who were born prematurely and who also suffered small brain injuries around the time of birth have lower levels of dopamine in the brain, according to new research by the UK’s King’s College London and Imperial College London, and the US’ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount...

NICE recommends banning vaginal mesh operations

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines recommending that vaginal mesh implant operations be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, according to the BBC. The Victoria Derbyshire programme found that NICE has recommended that the implant...