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Researchers complete participants’ enrollment in Phase III trial of vaginal ring for HIV prevention

Researchers complete participants’ enrollment in Phase III trial of vaginal ring for HIV prevention

In a first for HIV prevention, an international team of researchers have completed follow-up of participants enrolled in a pivotal Phase III trial that tested the safety and effectiveness of a vaginal ring for preventing HIV in women. [More]
Caya contoured diaphragm to expand U.S. women's options for nonhormonal barrier contraception

Caya contoured diaphragm to expand U.S. women's options for nonhormonal barrier contraception

With the launch of the Caya contoured diaphragm this June, women in the United States will have access to a method of contraception that is nonhormonal, has few side effects, and can be used for up to two years. Last fall, the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared the single-size Caya contoured diaphragm for marketing in the US, and now the diaphragm is available by prescription from healthcare providers. [More]
WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

WHO prequalifies new male circumcision device to prevent HIV

The ShangRing, a novel medical device for voluntary medical male circumcision, has received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) for use. [More]
Groundbreaking UVA research may lead to creation of male contraceptive

Groundbreaking UVA research may lead to creation of male contraceptive

Groundbreaking new reproductive research from the School of Medicine has identified key molecular events that could be playing a critical role as sperm and egg fuse to create new life. The findings might one day lead to the creation of a male contraceptive. [More]
Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Improved birth control advice reduces unintended pregnancy rate among young women

Providing health workers with training on how to educate young women about intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants reduced the rate of unintended pregnancy by almost half in a study of women seeking family planning services. [More]
Study shows that women with endometriosis at increased risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy

Study shows that women with endometriosis at increased risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy

Women with endometriosis are at an increased risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, according to results of a huge nationwide study presented today. Moreover, women with a history of endometriosis whose pregnancies progressed beyond 24 weeks were found to be at a higher than average risk of complications, including haemorrhage (ante- and postpartum) and preterm birth. [More]
WHO's updated essential medicines list includes progesterone contraceptive vaginal ring

WHO's updated essential medicines list includes progesterone contraceptive vaginal ring

The World Health Organization released its 2015 updated essential medicines list and for the first time included the progesterone contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR), a contraceptive safe and effective for lactating women in the postpartum period. [More]
Findings could lead to new therapies that stop breast cancer progression

Findings could lead to new therapies that stop breast cancer progression

Scientists have discovered a trigger that allows breast cancer cells to spread to the lungs. They have found that blocking the signals in mice with breast cancer greatly reduces the number of secondary tumours found in the lungs. [More]
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany forms Global Fertility Alliance with Illumina and Genea

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany forms Global Fertility Alliance with Illumina and Genea

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials today announced the formation of the Global Fertility Alliance, a new collaboration to advance excellence in fertility technologies and processes within the assisted reproductive treatment (ART) laboratory. [More]
Women contribute around $3 trillion to global health care, but almost half of this is unpaid, unrecognised

Women contribute around $3 trillion to global health care, but almost half of this is unpaid, unrecognised

A major new Commission on women and health has found that women are contributing around $3 trillion to global health care, but nearly half of this (2.35% of global GDP) is unpaid and unrecognised. [More]
Montefiore's School Health Program awarded $3 million grant to support teen pregnancy prevention initiative

Montefiore's School Health Program awarded $3 million grant to support teen pregnancy prevention initiative

Montefiore Health System announced today that its School Health Program received a $3 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, which is dedicated to furthering the causes of education, the arts, health, and social justice. The generous pledge will support a new teen pregnancy prevention initiative in the Bronx, which has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation. [More]
TAPP awarded grant to support reproductive health care programs for pregnant teens in DC

TAPP awarded grant to support reproductive health care programs for pregnant teens in DC

Teenage girls in the District of Columbia's Anacostia neighborhood are twice more likely to become teen mothers than their peers in other parts of the city, and almost three times more likely than the national average. [More]
New tool kit aims to support family planning efforts

New tool kit aims to support family planning efforts

In developing regions where the economy is weak and medical services are limited, global health experts say as many as 200 million women want access to long-term, reversible contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies and to help space out the births of their children. [More]

Merck signs in vitro fertilization deal with Genea Biomedx

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, today announced the global collaboration agreement with the fertility technologies expert Genea Biomedx, an Australian company, dedicated to advancing fertility science and helping couples create families. With this partnership, Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck, and global market leader in drugs for Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART), receives global marketing and commercialization rights to Genea Biomedx’s product portfolio. [More]
Penn study highlights need for more guidance on contraceptive use in women with cystic fibrosis

Penn study highlights need for more guidance on contraceptive use in women with cystic fibrosis

Only half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
New educational resource to help improve knowledge, treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

New educational resource to help improve knowledge, treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A new educational resource for doctors and healthcare professionals will help improve knowledge and treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Resource Centre was developed by Elsevier, the journal Digestive and Liver Disease, and was made possible through an educational grant from Ferring Pharmaceuticals. [More]
Study: BPA exposure during pregnancy affects fertility, reproductive function

Study: BPA exposure during pregnancy affects fertility, reproductive function

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. [More]
Studies reveal that dietary supplement can improve reproductive health

Studies reveal that dietary supplement can improve reproductive health

Current statistics on U.S. birth rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report a continued trend toward delayed motherhood. As fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35, the risk of experiencing difficulty conceiving may increase. In addition to age, there are other common reasons why women may experience difficulties conceiving, including: irregular ovulation cycles and poor egg quality, which may be associated with stress, lifestyle or poor diet. [More]
Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. [More]
Study pinpoints how body clock genes could lead to recurrent miscarriages

Study pinpoints how body clock genes could lead to recurrent miscarriages

Researchers at the University of Warwick and UHCW have discovered how body clock genes could affect women's ability to have children. [More]
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