Hysterectomy alternatives may be underused | Analysis: Women, men get similar cardiac benefits from statin use | Insulin problems linked with increased breast cancer risk
January 20, 2015
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Hysterectomy alternatives may be underused
Data on 3,397 patients with benign conditions who were treated with hysterectomy showed that in 37.7% of cases, doctors had not tried alternative treatments, while 18.3% had pathology that did not support hysterectomy. "This study provides evidence that alternatives to hysterectomy are underutilized in women undergoing hysterectomy for [abnormal uterine bleeding], uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic pain," researchers wrote in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (1/13)
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Analysis: Women, men get similar cardiac benefits from statin use
The use of statin medications cut the risk of major vascular events such as stroke, heart attack and related mortality by similar rates in men and women, researchers from the University of Oxford reported in The Lancet. Data showed the drugs also helped reduce the need for coronary revascularization procedures. Medscape (free registration) (1/13)
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Episiotomy use is decreasing, study finds
The percentage of vaginal births that included an episiotomy decreased from 17.3% in 2006 to 11.4% in 2012, Columbia University researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, which analyzed data on more than 2.2 million women who delivered infants at 510 facilities, found that white women and patients with private insurance were more likely to have the surgical procedure than black women or patients with Medicaid, indicating nonmedical factors may be tied to use of the procedure. PhysiciansBriefing.com (1/13)
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University of Colorado Offers Nitrous for Birthing
In October 2014, the University of Colorado Hospital started offering Nitrous Oxide as an alternative pain relief for labor. Birthing mothers can choose one of the two Porter Nitronox units as a way to help them relax during childbirth, and best of all, they can use it on their own terms. Read the story and watch the video.
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Report: Nurses should guide childbearing women to reputable websites
As childbearing women increasingly use the Internet to seek health information, clinicians should anticipate this behavior and proactively refer patients to reputable websites as part of routine prenatal care, the authors of a new report in Nursing for Women's Health conclude. According to a pilot study of 42 childbearing women, the authors found that participants searched the Internet for four key reasons: to help with decision-making; know what to expect (e.g., during pregnancy); connect with others; and obtain general information. The authors express concern over the accuracy of information on the Internet, noting that of the websites identified as most popular among their study participants, only one (BabyCenter.com) had an easily identifiable editorial team that included health care personnel. The authors assert that perinatal nurses should direct their patients to websites that offer accurate patient information and should include lists of reputable websites in prenatal care information. Such sites, they note, include those of AWHONN and other medical associations, government entities such as the CDC and medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic. Read the abstract.
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CDC: 2013 marks all-time high for twin birth rate
A CDC report showed the rate of twin births in the U.S. reached a record high at 33.7 twin births per 1,000 deliveries in 2013, a 2% increase from a previous all-time high in 2012. Researchers also noted lower rates of cesarean births. Reuters (1/15)
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U.S. sees decline in birth defects after folic acid fortification
Folic acid fortification of grains has prevented 1,300 cases of neural tube defects in U.S. infants per year, according to the CDC, which reported a 35% decline in serious birth defects since 1998. However, researchers said more work is needed because 25% of women still do not get the recommend daily intake of folic acid. USA Today (1/16)
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Early vaccination may stave off meningococcal infections in infants
Sixty percent of meningococcal infections in infants younger than 12 months were caused by the serogroup B strain, according to a study in Pediatrics. Early immunization among infants against all three major strains and vaccinating mothers and potential carriers against meningococcal strains may help reduce the odds of infection, researchers said. DailyRx.com (1/12)
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National Nursing Summit publishes ethics report
As one of the collaborating partner organizations to the recent National Nursing Ethics Summit held at Johns Hopkins University, AWHONN is proud to announce the summit's publication of A Blueprint for 21st-Century Nursing Ethics: Report of the National Nursing Summit. This timely resource includes practical guidance from leading clinicians and scholars on ethical issues facing the nursing profession. Learn more.
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