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Amber Rudd: FGM ‘can be wiped out’

UK home secretary Amber Rudd is set to tell a major international conference today (December 1st) that female genital mutilation (FGM) can be “wiped out in a generation,” according to reports. Speaking at the Ending FGM event in London, UK, Ms Rudd will say: “FGM is a devastating...

Scientists develop tool to aid breast cancer surgery

Researchers have developed an optical fibre probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue. It is hoped that this could allow surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. Scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, said the device could help prevent...

UK’s Nice urges doctors to offer breast cancer prevention drug

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) watchdog has issued new guidelines that recommend healthy women be prescribed cheap drugs that will cut the risk of developing breast cancer by half. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), clinicians should consider...

Non-profit warns of FGM rise in Kenyan region over holidays

Chair of the Kenyan non-profit organisation Maendeleo ya Wanawake Mary Kanana has said there could be a rise in female genital mutilation (FGM) in Meru County during this holiday season. She said that the practice is typically more prevalent in the region at this time of the year. Speaking to...

Study finds ‘add-on’ fertility treatments lack evidence

A new study has revealed that fertility treatments offered by clinics in addition to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not supported by high quality evidence. The study, commissioned by the BBC’s Panorama programme and undertaken by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine...

'Together We Can': 3 in 4 maternal, newborn and young child deaths occur in just 20 countries, report reveals

75% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths occur in just 20 countries. The major causes of death are largely preventable, a new report reveals The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses...

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...

FIGO reaffirms commitment: ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016) Please click here to view the statement. View more informatinon on the day here ...

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...

Scientists create new drug design to improve breast cancer treatment

A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), US, has offered a novel structure-based drug design strategy aimed at improving breast cancer treatment. Resistance to breast cancer therapies remains a significant problem, whilst side effects, including an...