Gynaecology and Women's Health

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...

Low doses of aspirin recommended for women to avoid stroke

Experts have recommended that women aged between 55 and 79 should consider taking a dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of having a stroke. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - a panel of experts that reviews evidence and makes preventative health recommendations -...

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Across the US, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, while the UK marks Cervical Cancer Prevention Week at the end of the month. The US-based National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) has explained that almost “13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each...

IUDs and implants ‘least likely to cause stroke in diabetic women’

New research has shown that strokes and heart attacks are rare for diabetic women who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. The study - by the University of California (UC), Davis, US - is one of the first to evaluate hormonal...

Pregnant women advised to be aware of heart problems

Doctors are advising pregnant women to look out for symptoms of heart disease. It is now the leading cause of death in the months leading up to childbirth and the weeks following, causing two deaths in every 100,000 women. Led by Professor Marian Knight, from the Nuffield Department of Population...

Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and newborn deaths launched

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) has joined forces with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Pediatric Association (IPA) to launch the Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and...

UN calls for action to protect young African women from HIV

A new UNAIDS report has revealed that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives and has called for a “life-cycle approach” to find solutions for people of all ages. ? UNAIDS also announced that by June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to HIV...

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...

WHO: Pregnant women should have 8 antenatal healthcare appointments

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued updated recommendations for pregnant women to improve the quality of antenatal care and reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications. According to the WHO, an estimated 303,000 women died from pregnancy-related causes around the world...