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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...

Spreading the word about Essential Interventions

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Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The December 2016 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here.

Latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online . Click here to subscribe

Latest FIGO PPIUD Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Post-Partum IUD Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter is produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe now to receive the Newsletter directly to your inbox.

IVF using three people’s DNA approved in UK

Fertility treatment creating babies with the DNA of three people has been approved in the UK. The advanced form of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was developed to prevent babies being born with potentially deadly genetic diseases. These diseases are passed down from the mother, so scientists worked...

Scientists reveal how breast cancer spreads before a tumour develops

Even before tumours develop, breast cancer cells with a few defined molecular alterations can spread to organs, remain quiet for long periods of time, and then awaken to form aggressive, deadly breast cancer metastasis. This is according to a team of investigators led by researchers at Icahn School...

Now available! Portuguese and Spanish translations of chapters from 2015 Cancer Report

NEW! Portuguese and Spanish translations of the chapters from the 2015 Cancer Report have been added to Wiley's Online Library, and can be accessed at the following link . A 'Post Publication Notice' has been added to the top of each chapter directing readers to the PDFs that appear in...

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy linked to autism

Scientists have linked a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy to autism in children. The study, led by Australia’s University of Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researcher Professor John McGrath and involving Dr Henning Tiemeier from the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands, found that...

Charity warns of FGM ‘parties’ being held in the UK

A UK charity has warned that British girls are being taken to female genital mutilation (FGM) ‘parties’ where the practice is being carried out. According to the Leeds-based Black Health Initiative, midwives from African countries are being flown into the UK to perform the process,...

Biomarkers of response to breast cancer treatment identified

A new study could provide insight into why some breast cancers respond to treatment whilst others resist. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, US, have reported that they have identified biomarkers that could be used to predict how patients with...

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...