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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...

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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...

GPs ‘have low awareness of tamoxifen as breast cancer prevention’

New research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Conference has shown that there is a low awareness among GPs of tamoxifen as a preventive treatment for women at medium or high risk of breast cancer. The study - led by Professor Jack Cuzick at Queen Mary, University...

Most female cancer deaths ‘occur in developing countries’

Most deaths caused by breast and cervical cancer occur in developing countries but could be prevented with cost-effective interventions, according to a new study by King’s College London (KCL), UK. A total of two-thirds of breast cancer deaths and nine out of ten deaths from cervical cancer...

One in six pregnant women in Ireland ‘at risk of depression’

It has been revealed that one in six pregnant women in Ireland are at probable risk of depression. A study conducted by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Irish Obstetrics Services found that more than 11,000 women in Ireland are currently at risk. Veronica O’Keane, professor in psychiatry...

Common misconceptions about breast cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end and people begin to focus their attention elsewhere, it seems an appropriate time to discuss some prevalent misconceptions about the disease. Although it is the most common cancer to affect women, there are a number of half-truths and incorrect...

Low doses of oestrogen ‘effective at relieving menopause symptoms’

A study has confirmed that low doses of oestrogen and progesterone therapy started early after menopause are effective at relieving many of the symptoms of the condition. The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), conducted by the Kronos Longevity Research Institute, US, also found that...

Vitamin D supplements for pregnant women ‘should be individualised’

A new study by the University of Southampton, UK, has shown that pregnant women respond differently to vitamin D supplementation depending on their individual attributes. Supplements are less effective at raising vitamin D levels in pregnant women if they deliver their babies in the winter, have...

Water deliveries ‘could present risk to newborns’

Delivering a baby in water offers no benefit to women or babies and could even pose the risk of serious health problems for the newborn, according to new recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Dr Joseph R Wax, chair of the ACOG Committee on Obstetric...

Pregnancy ‘increases risk of stroke in younger women’

Pregnancy has been found to raise the risk of stroke in younger pregnant women, compared to their non-pregnant peers. A study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital also revealed that older pregnant women are not at higher risk of a stroke. The...

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