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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...

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...

Cancer treatment ‘may cause women to grow new eggs’

A new study has discovered that women treated with a common chemotherapy drug combination have more young eggs in their ovaries following treatment. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that a common treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma - known as ABVD - appears to increase...

Study: No link between flu during pregnancy and autism

Children born to mothers who had flu during pregnancy are not at higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than those whose mothers did not suffer from the virus, according to new research. A team of researchers led by Kaiser Permanente, California, US, found that there was no link...

Menopause linked to decline in lung function

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research. An international group of scientists conducted the ‘Menopause is Associated with Accelerated Lung Function Decline’ study by analysing data from 1,438 women enrolled in the European...

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...