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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.

FIGO joins IDF in highlighting World Diabetes Day 2017

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to highlight World Diabetes Day 2017 (14 November 2017). Please click here to view the statement.

Wellbeing of Women’s Project Grants' round for 2018 is now open!

Wellbeing of Women’s Project Grants' round for 2018 is now open! The deadline is 16 February 2018 . WOW (with whom FIGO has a Memorandum of Understanding) is inviting applications to its Research Project Grants. These awards are open to all researchers leading their own work in women...

Pre-eclampsia linked to rise in heart disease risk

Pre-eclampsia may permanently alter women’s blood vessels, leaving them with an increased lifetime risk of heart disease, according to new research by Pennsylvania State University, US. The researchers compared women who had healthy pregnancies with those that experienced pre-eclampsia, which...

Study: HRT will not shorten lives

New research has found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will not shorten the lives of women taking it. Dr JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conducted a follow-up study to research published in the late 1990s. It found that women who...

Scientists develop new method for monitoring foetal heartbeat

An international team of researchers have developed a new technique to accurately isolate foetal heart sounds from background noise in acoustic recordings, which allows them to distinguish between different segments of the heartbeat. This technique could potentially lead to non-invasive and...

New treatment recommendations for pregnant women with HIV

A group of international experts have issued new recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV that could help them make more informed choices. Published in the BMJ, the recommendations are different from current guidelines. The authors say they are intended to support...

Folic acid ‘could reduce autism risk from pesticides’

Mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception could reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk, according to new research. Carried out by the University of California Davis (UC Davis), US, and other institutions, the research found that children whose mothers...

Coping skills ‘can affect women’s anxiety levels’

New research has found that having a strong sense of coherence and good coping skills can help women facing adversity to overcome anxiety. The study - carried out by the University of Cambridge, UK - found that women encountering difficult circumstances, such as living in a deprived community, who...

Existing drug ‘could curb infertility from cancer treatment’

An existing drug may soon be able to protect pre-menopausal women from infertility that is commonly caused by cancer treatments, according to research conducted by Cornell University, US. Women who are treated for cancer with radiation or certain chemotherapy drugs are commonly left infertile. The...

Pre-eclampsia linked to lower breast cancer risk

Researchers have found that women who have a history of pre-eclampsia - a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure - can see up to a 90 per cent fall in the risk of breast cancer if they carry a specific common gene variant. The research was directed by lead author Dr Mark Powell...

FIGO/Chien-Tien Hsu Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology

The Chien-Tien Hsu Research Foundation and FIGO have established a Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology to enable young obstetricians and gynecologists - who are beginning a career in gynecologic oncology - to attend the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and to visit a gynecologic...

Women who breastfeed ‘less likely’ to be diagnosed with endometriosis

Women who breastfeed for long periods of time have a significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis, it has been reported. The Women in the Nurses' Health Study II by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women's Hospital, US, offers insights into a condition that until...