Zika declared public health emergency in Puerto Rico | Zika virus found in semen after 6 months | Hypothyroidism treatment linked with lower risk of low birth weight
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August 16, 2016
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Zika declared public health emergency in Puerto Rico
HHS has declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to the public health threat from the spread of the Zika virus. The declaration will allow the Obama administration to provide more support to the government of Puerto Rico as the number of confirmed Zika cases has reached 10,690, which includes 1,035 pregnant women, according to HHS.
The Hill (8/12) 
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Zika virus found in semen after 6 months
Ongoing research on two men who had been infected with the Zika virus in Haiti found that their semen remained positive for the infection six months after symptoms began, according to reports in the online journal Eurosurveillance. The CDC said it is reviewing its recommendations in light of the data.
STAT (8/11) 
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Nurse-Midwife Spotlight: Mimi Niles
Frontier Nursing University graduate and Certified Nurse-Midwife Mimi Niles was dedicated to advocating for women's empowerment when she enrolled in FNU's nurse-midwifery program. "Every day that goes by, I am thankful in my heart, body and soul that midwifery chose me to do this work!" Read Mimi's story and see why she is passionate about being a nurse-midwife.
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Obstetrics Focus
Hypothyroidism treatment linked with lower risk of low birth weight
Researchers reviewed the medical records of 366 pregnant women and found that those who received levothyroxine for subclinical hypothyroidism were less likely to give birth to babies with low birth weights and low Apgar scores. The study in the journal Thyroid did not find significant differences in pregnancy loss or other maternal and neonatal outcomes.
Medscape (free registration) (8/9) 
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Arizona State University's Nursing – RN to BSN program is available to licensed nurses looking to advance their skills in clinical research, health promotion and ethical care. Learn how you can prepare for adaptable roles in the medical field, 100% online.
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AWHONN Spotlight on Research
Educational intervention for women with gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes mellitus is one of the most common complications of pregnancy; it affects 9.2% of pregnant women in the United States and 15% of pregnant women worldwide. Authors in JOGNN discuss a pilot test of the feasibility of an educational intervention, Start Understanding Gestational Diabetes and Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes (SUGAR), in women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Read the abstract in JOGNN.
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Neonatal Health
Study finds fourfold increase in infants born with opioid withdrawal symptoms
A CDC study in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found a fourfold increase in newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome to 6 cases per 1,000 births in 2013, compared with 1.5 in 1999. Rates were highest in West Virginia, where 33 babies per 1,000 births in 2013 had opioid withdrawal symptoms.
HealthDay News (8/11) 
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Preemies may benefit from altered breast milk
Preemies may benefit from altered breast milk
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Danish researchers found differences in carbohydrate, protein, fat and metabolite content in breast milk from mothers whose infants were born at 30 weeks of gestation and those whose infants were full-term, but the differences disappeared a few weeks after the preterm birth. The findings in the journal Nutrients, based on data involving milk samples from 45 women up to 14 weeks after giving birth, suggest that the metabolite content of breast milk or formula could be altered to suit the needs of premature babies but more studies are necessary to determine its value on infant development, researchers said.
United Press International (8/9) 
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Infants with RSV produce aerosol particles with RSV
A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that babies with respiratory syncytial virus-positive bronchiolitis produced numerous aerosol particles with RSV that remained airborne for a significant time period and were able to infect healthy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease human ciliated respiratory epithelium. The findings, based on infants in the ward and in an ICU, suggest that such particles lead to the spread of infection to others.
PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (8/12) 
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Enhance Your Fetal Monitoring Skills and Expertise
Whether you need introductory, refresher or advanced content about fetal heart monitoring, AWHONN's top-rated Fetal Heart Monitoring Program has a resource for you. AWHONN's in-person and online formats are convenient, evidence-based and the essential tools for educating the entire team. Learn More
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AWHONN News
2017 call for presenters -- Deadline is Sept. 10!
AWHONN is soliciting abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the 2017 Annual Convention June 24-28. Presenting at the AWHONN convention ensures your informational session, research, case study or innovative program will be heard or viewed by a highly skilled, sophisticated and influential body of nurses. Learn more and submit.
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Risk factors may predispose women to postpartum depression
Depression following childbirth can begin at different times and follow multiple distinct trajectories, say authors of a new study in the Journal of Women's Health. Their findings emphasize the need for nurses and other clinicians to monitor for signs of postpartum depression and be aware of risk factors that may predispose a new mother to depression. Read the article for free (until Sept. 3) in Journal of Women's Health.
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