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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.

Latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter online!

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online !

FIGO supports World Prematurity Day 2017

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to highlight World Prematurity Day 2017 (17 November 2017). Please click here to view the statement.

Multivitamins during pregnancy linked to lower risk of autism with intellectual disability

Children whose mothers took multivitamins during pregnancy are roughly 30 per cent less likely to develop autism with a co-occurring intellectual disability, according to a new study led by Drexel University, US. The researchers examined data collected over more than a decade in Sweden and found...

Menopause and oestrogen found to affect muscle function

Oestrogen acts as a regulator of muscle energy metabolism and muscle cell viability, according to new research from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The researchers explained that menopause leads to the cessation of ovarian oestrogen production concurrent to the deterioration of...

Breast cancer death rates ‘fell 39% between 1989 and 2015’

Breast cancer death rates dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, according to Breast Cancer Statistics, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The findings also revealed that while black women continue to have higher breast cancer death rates than white women across the US, death...

Foetal brain damage caused by Zika ‘can be detected by MRI and ultrasound’

Doctors managing Zika-affected pregnancies should use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to standard ultrasound (US), as more detailed MRI images can reveal more extensive areas of damage to the developing foetal brain, according to research presented during IDWeek 2017, organised by the...

Link between intrapartum fever and maternal complications

Scientists have discovered a link between the duration of intrapartum fever and maternal complications. The researchers from Tel Aviv University, Israel, also found that when intrauterine infection is a trigger for the fever, a link between the fever and subsequent neonatal complications exists...

Women with disabilities ‘less likely to participate in breast cancer screening’

Women with disabilities are 36 per cent less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and 25 per cent less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than women reporting no disabilities, according to new research from the University of Oxford, UK. More than a fifth of the nearly 500,000...

Iron supplements show long-term benefits for low birth weight babies

Providing low birth weight babies with iron supplements can prevent behavioural problems at school age, according to a new study led by Staffan Berglund of Umeå University in Sweden. Babies classified as low birth weight (under 2,500 grams) are at risk of iron deficiency, which is linked to...

Pregnant women’s high blood pressure linked to child's risk of obesity

When pregnant women have higher blood pressure during pregnancy, it may raise their child’s risk of developing childhood obesity, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Study first author Dr Ju-Sheng Zheng, of Qingdao...

Characteristics of mobile mammography patients examined

Significant differences were found among women receiving mammograms at a cancer centre compared to those visiting a mobile mammography van, according to new research conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina, US. Mobile mammography units have increasingly been used to address patient...

Advances being made in women’s cardiovascular health

Evidence-based advances are improving clinical care in several key areas of cardiovascular health in women, improving the lives of women living with and at risk for heart disease. This is according to a new review, which was carried out by a number of US institutions. The researchers explained that...