18 children with severe combined immunodeficiency respond to gene therapy | 3-drug regimens reduce risk of mother-child HIV transmission | Study suggests mom's presence changes brain functioning of infants in pain
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18 children with severe combined immunodeficiency respond to gene therapy
University of California, Los Angeles, researchers have announced that 18 children with adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency are thriving and have functioning immune systems after being treated with gene therapy. Blood stem cells were collected from the patients' bone marrow and modified to correct the defect that caused the illness. ABC News (11/18)
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3-drug regimens reduce risk of mother-child HIV transmission
An ongoing international study has found that the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission is lower with three-drug regimens given during pregnancy. Overall, 0.5% of infants whose mothers had a lamivudine combination developed HIV, as did 0.6% whose mothers received a tenofovir combination. The study included 3,500 women in Asia and Africa. Healio (free registration)/Infectious Diseases in Children (11/19)
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Study suggests mom's presence changes brain functioning of infants in pain
U.S. researchers used animals to test a theory that a mother's presence might ease pain in infants undergoing medical procedures. The study presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting found hundreds of genes in the brains of baby rats whose activity increased or decreased depending on whether mothers were present during pain. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
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Health Policy & Practice
Childbirth risks are low for women with congenital heart disease, study says
Study data show pregnant women with congenital heart disease had low rates of heart failure, heart rhythm problems and heart attacks when giving birth, and did not have a significantly increased risk of death. However, these women had higher rates of cesarean section deliveries and longer hospital stays, compared with women who did not have congenital heart disease, University of California, San Francisco, researchers reported at the American Heart Association annual meeting. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Trends & Technology
CDC: Infant death rate falls in U.S.
A CDC report found a 4% decrease in U.S. infant death rates between 2006 and 2011, with the largest decline seen among black women at 8%. However, researchers found the fetal death rate has remained steady from 2006 through 2012. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Higher risk of preterm birth seen in women with RA
Children born to mothers with either maternal or preclinical rheumatoid arthritis exhibited lower birth weight and were more likely to be delivered prematurely than those whose mothers did not have the condition, according to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Medical News Today (11/13)
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NIWI scholarship deadline is Friday
It's not too late to apply for the 2015 Nurse in Washington Internship program. NIWI offers a unique opportunity for nurses to learn about the legislative process and ways to advocate on issues that concern them and their patients. The three-day program is open to any RN or nursing student that is interested in an orientation to the legislative process. NANN will award two scholarships to interested members. NIWI is hosted by the Nursing Organization Alliance and will take place March 15-17, 2015, in Arlington, Va. The deadline to apply for the NIWI scholarship is Friday, Nov. 21. Learn more.
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Implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program?
Learn more on antimicrobial use and stewardship by attending NANN's next pharmacology webinar on Thursday, Dec. 11. The webinar will focus on commonly utilized antimicrobial agents in the NICU populations, mechanisms of action, monitoring parameters, and adverse events associated with these agents. Program goals, methodology, and benefits of implementing an antimicrobial stewardship program will be discussed. The webinar will be presented by Jaclyn Ripley, Pharm.D., and Melissa Miller, Pharm.D. One CNE contact hour and one pharmacology hour is available for attending this webinar. Individual and institutional rates are available! Register now!
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief will not publish Nov. 27 and 28
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, NANN SmartBrief will not be published on Nov. 27. Regular weekly publication will resume on Thursday, Dec. 4.
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