Study examines factors related to NICU mortality | Flu-related conditions more likely in children born prematurely | Calif. pertussis cases reach nearly 10K this year
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December 11, 2014
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Study examines factors related to NICU mortality
A study in Pediatrics found 31% of NICU deaths were linked to potentially modifiable risk factors, the most common of which was delivery at a health care facility that lacked proper support. Researchers said most early gestational age infants died from extremely low birth weight, intracranial hemorrhages and sepsis. 2 Minute Medicine (12/8)
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Flu-related conditions more likely in children born prematurely
An analysis in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found children born prematurely had double the risk of pneumonia and other flu-related complications, suggesting that such patients should be prioritized for annual vaccinations. Researchers also found pediatric patients with diabetes, neurological ailments and weakened immune systems face greater odds of flu-related conditions. HealthDay News (12/4)
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Congress reauthorizes newborn screening law
The Senate and House have passed the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act after it was amended to require parental consent before the samples can be used in genetic research. The bill includes timeliness measures added in response to a report in 2013 that found many hospitals sending blood samples late to state labs. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (12/10)
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Pregnancy discrimination case goes before Supreme Court
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of a woman who says United Parcel Service violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 by not accommodating the physical limitations of pregnant workers. The high court took the case after an appeals court rejected Young's arguments. "The most important aspect of this case is that UPS provided accommodated work to basically anyone who has a lifting restriction of 20 pounds or more, except when it results from pregnancy," said law professor Samuel Bagenstos of the University of Michigan. MSNBC (12/3), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/30)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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Drug labels to include risks to pregnant women under new FDA rules
New labeling rules for prescription drugs and biological products that could harm pregnant women were unveiled Wednesday by the FDA. Drugmakers will have to summarize all important details about risks posed by their products to pregnant women under the new requirements, which will take effect on June 30. The Hill (12/3)
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Federal survey finds underreporting of IVF births
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed 38,496 babies were born using in vitro fertilization in the U.S. in 2011, which was twice as many as had been reported by states on birth certificates. Researchers said Florida showed the greatest discrepancies in reporting IVF births, while Utah exhibited the least. Reuters (12/10)
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A powerful resource for NNPs and staff educators
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