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Media Wrap Up - Week Ending 5 August 2016

News on Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Women’s Health: Australia

Fertility expert attacks critics of 62-year-old first-time mother
The woman, who does not wish to be identified, received IVF overseas where she was implanted with a fertilised donor embryo. The woman gave birth via a caesarean section at 34 weeks pregnant at the Frances Perry private hospital in Melbourne on Monday, supported by her 78-year-old partner.
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Why I called out a 62-year-old's decision to have a child as selfish and wrong
This case should open a broader debate about assisted reproduction in Australia, and the issue surrounding the obstetric care of women returning home pregnant after "treatment" overseas - AMA President Dr Michael Gannon.
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Are today's medical students seeing too few births?
Many medical students are missing out on a good grounding in obstetrics as they’re being forced to compete for placements with growing numbers of midwifery students, specialists warn.
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News on Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Women’s Health: New Zealand

Sleep pods to be funded as officials over-ruled
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has over-ruled his officials, reversed a decade-long refusal to fund the pods and ordered an urgent national roll-out to save babies' lives.
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Research news

Researchers are urging surgeons to reconsider using a particular type of thread for a cervical stitch to prevent premature birth
In a new study, researchers at Imperial College London analysed 671 UK women who received a cervical stitch procedure to prevent miscarriage or premature birth.
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News on Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Women’s Health: Around the World

Scientists edge closer to creating effective Zika virus vaccine
Successful short-term trials of three different vaccine formulations boost confidence that a viable human vaccine is on the horizon.
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Ending preventable maternal death
Today, more than 800 women will die due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99 percent of these deaths will occur in poor countries.
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Disease with $78 billion cost draws drugmakers to women's health
Drugmakers Bayer AG and AbbVie Inc., leaders in female health, are turning their sights to endometriosis, a disease that's hard to diagnose and even harder to cure.
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