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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

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...

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Pregnant women suffering extreme sickness ‘not told about treatments’

Up to two-thirds of pregnant women suffering extreme sickness in the UK are not provided with information or drugs to treat it, according to new research. A survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) showed that half found accessing care difficult. According to the charity...

New vulnerability in aggressive breast cancer provides treatment target

Researchers from the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Massachusetts, US, have discovered a vulnerability that could provide a new strategy to combat triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Currently, physicians currently have no targeted treatment options available for...

Poor adolescent diet associated with premenopausal breast cancer

Research has shown that women who consumed a diet as adolescents or young adults associated with chronic inflammation had a higher risk for premenopausal breast cancer. A diet low in vegetables and high in sugar-sweetened and diet soft drinks, refined sugars and carbohydrates, red and processed...

Study: No higher risk to newborns from taking flu drugs during pregnancy

A new international study has found that there is no increased risk to newborn babies if their mothers took drugs to prevent or treat influenza during pregnancy. According to researchers from Scandinavia and France, this is the largest study to date that assesses the potential risks of taking...

Blood tests ‘can find ovarian cancer early’

New research has shown that screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer every four months by blood tests may reduce the likelihood of them being diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. The multi-institute United Kingdom Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study is a long-term study looking at...

Health chief urges smoking checks for pregnant women

The chief executive of Public Health England has urged all hospitals to test pregnant women for carbon monoxide to establish if they smoke. Duncan Selbie said he wants wants midwives and nurses to screen expectant mothers when they first report their pregnancy, keep monitoring them during all...

Flowers used to remind women to attend cervical cancer screening

Health campaigners have set up a huge wall of flowers in the city centre of Glasgow, UK, in an attempt to get more women thinking and talking about cervical cancer screening. Campaigners are also handing out one thousand flowers to women in the city as a reminder to attend their next cervical...

Listeria may be ‘serious miscarriage threat’

Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, US. Ted Golos, a UW-Madison reproductive physiologist and professor of...