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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...

Yellow fever vaccine linked to breast cancer risk reduction

Researchers at Italy’s University of Padova have claimed that the yellow fever vaccine could potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. They have suggested that administering the yellow fever vaccine to women aged between 40 and 54 could halve the risk of developing breast cancer. During...

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...

European women having fewer children

A new report has revealed that women across Europe are having fewer children and that they are having them at later ages. The report, by France’s National Institute of Demographic Studies, has found that “fertility in Europe has reached low levels: women born in 1974 had 1.7 children on...

Mammograms linked to breast cancer overdiagnosis

Mammograms may result in healthy women being given unnecessary treatment for breast cancer, according to new research from the Nordic Cochrane Center and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new study has provided evidence that links routine screening for breast cancer to an over-diagnosis of...

Existing drug could prevent spread of triple-negative breast cancer

New research has revealed that breast cancer metastasis may be prevented by a class of drugs that have already been approved in the US. Metastasis is the process by which cancer spreads. Researchers at the US’ Mayo Clinic have identified that enzyme pathway CDK4/6 regulates a cancer...

Heartburn medication linked to asthma in children

New research has suggested that children born to mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy could face a greater risk of asthma. A review of studies performed by researchers at the UK’s University of Edinburgh found that children whose mothers were prescribed medicines to treat...

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...

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 -...

Cancer drug 'could hold the key to rejuvenated fertility'

A drug used to treat cancer could reportedly hold the key to rejuvenated fertility in women, after it was apparently found to 'revive' ovaries. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, were looking at the effects of chemotherapy on ovarian tissue in a group of women aged between...

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...