Shooting Up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK

Public Health England, November 2016

This Public Health England report describes the extent of infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in the United Kingdom.

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Maternal use of oral contraceptives and risk of birth defects in Denmark: prospective, nationwide cohort study

BMJ, 6 January 2016

This prospective cohort study aims to research whether oral contraceptive use around the time of pregnancy onset is associated with an increased risk of major birth defects?

The study finds that oral contraceptive exposure just before or during pregnancy does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects.

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HIV home-test kit launched in England

BBC News, 19 November 2015

A free HIV home-testing kit has been launched across England as the latest figures show 18,100 people in the UK are unaware they have the infection…

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Safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopic sterilization: an observational cohort study

BMJ, 13 October 2015

The objective of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization with the “Essure” device with laparoscopic sterilization in a large, all-inclusive, state cohort.  The study concludes that patients undergoing hysteroscopic sterilization have a similar risk of unintended pregnancy but a more than 10-fold higher risk of undergoing reoperation compared with patients undergoing laparoscopic sterilization. Benefits and risks of both procedures should be discussed with patients for informed decisions making.

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Petals – FGM APP launched at Coventry University

Coventry University – July 2015

Researchers from the Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CCSJ) at Coventry University have created a new app, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The app, which works across most smartphones, tablets and laptops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.

Click here to more information and to view the website/app.


Royal college strengthens its guideline on female genital mutilation

BMJ, 9 July 2015

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guideline on female genital mutilation to clarify healthcare professionals’ legal responsibilities, the requirements to notify cases, and the management of women who have undergone mutilation who are pregnant or giving birth…

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Having a smear test: What is it about?

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, June 2015

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. They have produced a range of materials and resources around smear tests.  This includes an easy-read booklet which explains what a smear test is, the terminology and what will happen and is suitable for people with a learning disability.  The booklet and other resources can be downloaded for free.

Click here to access the booklet and resources.