Women's Health

New partnership launched to develop AIDS vaccine

A new partnership has been formed between European and African researchers to develop a new vaccine that can be used to prevent infection with different strains of HIV across the globe. The Globally Relevant AIDS Vaccine Europe-Africa Trials Partnership (GREAT) will set out to evaluate a new...

Scientists discover structure of immature Zika virus

Researchers have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, which they have said is a step towards better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads. The scientists at Purdue University, Indiana, US, explained that Zika belongs to a family of viruses called...

WHO: Zika no longer public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus no longer represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It was explained that the WHO’s Emergency Committee originally recommended a PHEIC in February 2016 on the basis of an extraordinary cluster of...

What is the psychological impact of miscarriage?

As many as one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet it is still a topic that is often considered taboo. Indeed, it's so little talked about that its links to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have only recently been clearly exposed, while psychological support for women affected is...

Singapore urges tests for pregnant women with Zika symptoms

Authorities in Singapore have urged pregnant women with the symptoms of Zika infection to get tested for the virus. Symptoms include fever, rash, red eyes or joint pain. The state has already seen more than 150 people test positive for Zika, with two pregnant women amongst them. Posting on his...

Hong Kong reports first case of Zika

Hong Kong has registered its first case of Zika, according to the autonomous territory’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP). The woman who presented with the infection had recently travelled to Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean earlier in August. The CHP urged Hong Kong citizens to “...

Pregnancy-related deaths increasing in US, according to study

The number of women dying during or shortly after pregnancy has increased by 26.6 per cent between 2000 and 2014 across the majority of the USA, according to new research. This is in contrast to international figures, which are decreasing. For example, the UK saw nine deaths per 100,000 live births...

Calcium supplements ‘linked to dementia’ in some women

A new study has revealed that women may face an increased risk of developing dementia after taking calcium supplements. Researchers discovered that women who had previously had a stroke were almost seven times more likely to have developed dementia after taking calcium for a five-year period than...

HIV discovery could lead to new drug target

Scientists have discovered how the HIV virus infects cells whilst avoiding being detected by the immune system. The discovery, made by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge and University College London, UK, presents a new target for drug...

Olympics 'could spread Zika virus around the world' expert warns

Athletes, officials and fans risk spreading the Zika virus all over the world, a leading expert has warned. Dr Sam Allen, an expert in ­infectious diseases from Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Scotland, claims that all of those visiting Rio de Janeiro this summer are at risk of contracting...