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Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

FIGO reaffirms support for 2017’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2017)

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) - held each 6 February - encourages global awareness of FGM/C and promotes its eradication. Please click here to view the statement. View FIGO’s film on FGM...

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Exercise ‘can reduce hot flushes in menopausal women’

New research has shown how regular exercise can help menopausal women lose weight and control symptoms such as hot flushes, even in women who previously led sedentary lifestyles. Scientists from the University of Granada, Spain, who carried out the research, explained that decreased oestrogen...

Just 7% of pregnant women with mental health issues get specialist care

Only seven per cent of women with mental health problems during and after pregnancy in the UK were referred to specialist care, a new survey has revealed. Titled, ‘Maternal Mental Health - Women’s Voices’, which was conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and...

Epilepsy medicine taken by pregnant women ‘does not harm baby’s overall health’

Children whose mothers have taken anti-epilepsy medicine during pregnancy do not tend to visit the doctor more often than children who have not been exposed to this medicine in utero, according to a new study from Denmark’s Aarhus University. Previous studies have shown that anti-epilepsy...

New technique ‘could reduce breast cancer screening recall rate’

A new breast cancer detection technique has the potential to reduce the rate at which women are called back for further examinations, according to a new study. In 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for use with full-field digital mammography...

Having five best friends ‘can boost women’s fertility’

New research has revealed that women who have a close-knit circle of five friends could boost their fertility. Professor Robin Dunbar, from Oxford University, UK, revealed that his research suggests that the stress of having to maintain too many friendships may have an effect on female hormones and...

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...

Pregnant women more likely to quit smoking when supported from first midwife appointment

Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment, according to research from the UK’s Newcastle University. Those women are also more likely to have heavier, healthier babies. The researchers evaluated the ‘BabyClear...

New trial offers combination therapy to combat ovarian cancer

A new clinical trial is offering combination therapy to directly kill ovarian cancer cells and teach the immune system to prevent them returning. The clinical trial is focusing on women whose ovarian cancer results from mutated BRCA genes. It combines one drug that kills the ovarian cancer cells...

Possible cases of FGM reported in UK every day

Possible cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being reported every day in the UK, according to new figures by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The organisation said that between June 2013 and January 2017, its helpline received 1,564 calls from people...

Baby gender could affect pregnancy symptoms

The gender of their baby could have an impact on the symptoms women go through during pregnancy, a new study has suggested. Research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre looked at the immune responses of pregnant women, looking to see if different levels of immune markers (cytokines...