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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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Potential drug treatment for aggressive breast cancer identified

Scientists have identified a molecule vital to the growth of so-called ‘triple-negative’ breast cancers. It is hoped that this will lead to the development of new drug treatments for patients who are resistant to chemotherapy. The researchers from the UK’s King’s College...

Compound in onions could protect against ovarian cancer

A compound in onions could help prevent ovarian cancer, says a new study by researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan. Researchers found that onionin A (ONA) inhibited the pro-tumour activities of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which they said are linked with the suppression of the anti-...

Hot flushes in menopause may have genetic link

Scientists have found that genetics may play a part in the hot flushes some women experience during menopause. Researchers, led by a team from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), US, have found more than a dozen common genetic variants that appear to have strong links to menopausal hot...

Young women drinkers ‘face higher breast cancer risk’

Young women who limit their alcohol intake could face a reduced risk of breast cancer later in life, according to a new study by the Cancer Council Victoria, Australia. The research has found that drinking alcohol between the age of 15 and a woman’s first pregnancy is associated with a 35 per...

Diary date: AGOICON-2016, 2-4 December 2016

The Silver Jubilee Conference of the Association of Gynaecologic Oncologists of India takes place from 2-4 December 2016, at Hotel Leela, Ambience, Gurgaon. Professor Purandare, FIGO President, will be in attendance

Two pregnant women infected with Zika in Miami

Two pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus in Miami, US, according to officials in the country. The cases have been reported in a new outbreak zone in the Florida city. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that the new zone is located in an area of about...

Artificial sweeteners ‘could reduce women’s fertility’

Artificial sweeteners - like those found in diet soft drinks - have been linked to reduced fertility in women. The study, carried out by researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, also found that the use of sugar in soft drinks and coffee can result in poorer quality eggs and...

Research confirms role of menopause in memory lapses

New research has confirmed that menopause is linked to memory lapses in women. However, according to the research by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), US, reproductive stage, not just chronological age, can contribute to changes in memory and brain function. Studying women aged 45 to 55 -...

FIGO Committee for Women's Health and Human Rights - a new name for a global mission

Please click here to access the first Newsletter of the FIGO Committee for Women's Health and Human Rights...

Women’s ovaries ‘can grow new eggs’

A new study has found evidence that women’s ovaries may be capable of growing new eggs after taking a cancer drug called ABVD. The research, by the UK’s University of Edinburgh, may give hope to women who had previously been unable to conceive naturally. During the small study, ovarian...