U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births | Black women with low birth weight have higher diabetes risk | Study: Older and obese women can reduce heart risk through exercise
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August 26, 2014
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U.S. sees dramatic decline in teen births
The rate of births to mothers aged 15 to 19 hit a record low in 2013, with 26.6 births for every 1,000 women in that age bracket, down from 61.8 in 1991, CDC researchers said. Asian-Pacific Islanders had the least number of teen births, while Hispanics had the most births among all racial groups. Teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest and lowest in the Northeast. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Wonkblog (8/20), USA Today (8/20)
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Black women with low birth weight have higher diabetes risk
Data on more than 21,000 black women revealed those born with low birth weight (between 3.3 pounds and 5.5 pounds) had a 13% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while those with very low birth weight (less than 3.3 pounds) had a 40% higher risk. The findings were published in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (8/21)
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Study: Older and obese women can reduce heart risk through exercise
Postmenopausal and obese women who engaged in high-intensity exercise had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation compared with women who did not exercise, Stanford University researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Data from the Women's Health Initiative also indicated that high BMI and low levels of physical activity were both linked to heart rhythm problems. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/22)
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Maternal celiac disease may not lead to more pregnancy, birth complications
Pregnant women with celiac disease were no more likely to experience preeclampsia before delivery or stillbirth than women without the condition, according to a U.K. study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researchers also found no increased risk of premature birth or low birth weight babies among women with celiac disease. DailyRx.com (8/21)
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AWHONN Spotlight on Research
New technique may increase safety of power morcellation in hysterectomy
A new device may enable women to safely undergo hysterectomy using minimally invasive surgery despite increased concerns about power morcellation. The FDA recently discouraged use of power morcellation -- in which a device cuts the uterus or uterine fibroids into small pieces for extraction through the small surgical incisions -- following reports that it can spread potentially cancerous tissue throughout the abdominal cavity. The new technique involves inserting an inflatable bag into the surgical opening, inflating the bag within the abdominal cavity and then using a power morcellator within the bag to remove the specimen in a contained manner. In a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 73 women underwent uterine tissue extraction using laparoscopic surgery with the isolation bag at four facilities from January 2013 to April 2014. The isolation bag was successfully used in all cases, with no complications related to the technique, no visible evidence of escaped tissue and no visual signs of tears to the bag. The isolation bag is an evolving technique, say the authors, which will benefit from further testing and refinement. Read the study.
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Neonatal Health
Incidence of SCID is higher than previously thought, study says
Previous studies suggested that 1 in 100,000 newborns have severe combined immunodeficiency, but researchers have found a higher incidence rate. Results of the T cell receptor excision circle testing conducted on more than 3 million infants showed that the rate was 1 in 58,000 babies. Early detection and treatments such as transplants, enzyme replacement or gene therapy were associated with better survival in SCID infants, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. DailyRx.com (8/19)
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Studies examine how to improve vaccination rates for children
During the 2011-2012 whooping cough outbreak, the vaccination rate rose slightly for infants in Washington state but dropped again afterward, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Another team of researchers found lower immunization rates in children whose parents refused to give them vitamin K at birth. Another study published in the same journal showed that parents respond best to health messages that highlight the benefits of vaccination for the child. HealthDay News (8/18)
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Call for abstracts open for AWHONN 2015 Convention -- June 13-17, 2015 -- Long Beach, Calif.
AWHONN is soliciting abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the 2015 AWHONN Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., June 13-17, 2015. Presenting at the AWHONN convention ensures your informational session, research, evidence-based quality improvement project, case study or innovative program will be heard or viewed by a highly skilled, sophisticated and influential body of nurses. There are five submission options: Specialty Session, Research Study (Paper or Poster), Evidence-based Quality Improvement Project (Paper or Poster), Innovative Program (Paper or Poster), Case Study (Poster). Find information on criteria and further instructions, and access AWHONN's electronic submission site. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Schick at cschick@awhonn.org. All abstracts are due no later than Sept. 10.
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Clarity in collaboration data definitions initiative survey
The multi-stakeholder ReVITALize project is an effort to standardize terminology used in clinical documentation and data reporting in maternity care. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is leading the development of additional concept definitions that focus on identifying when midwifery care occurred, defining ways in which midwives collaborate with other providers, and capturing critical aspects of care for all provider groups, such as care coordination and continuity. The process of developing these definitions includes public comment. As a stakeholder and/or a participant in the reVitalize Project, we ask that you participate in the survey and distribute the link widely among your colleagues. The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete. Please direct any questions to Leslie Cragin or Maria Freytsis.
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