Hospital sends NICU specialists to help other facilities | Research links gestational diabetes to children's congenital heart defects risk | Thailand reports new Zika cases
November 17, 2016
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Neonatal Care
Hospital sends NICU specialists to help other facilities
Children's Hospital Los Angeles partners with hospitals that do not have sufficient NICU staff and services, sending its neonatalogists to treat patients at those facilities and reduce patient transfers. Providence Tarzana Medical Center CEO Dale Surowitz said the program has reduced NICU lengths of stay and unnecessary antibiotic use.
KPCC-FM (Los Angeles)/Kaiser Health News (11/14) 
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Research links gestational diabetes to children's congenital heart defects risk
Researchers found that every 10 mg/dL increase in a woman's blood glucose level during early pregnancy increased the risk of giving birth to a baby with a congenital heart defect by almost 8%. The findings, presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting and based on more than 19,000 pregnant women, suggest monitoring a pregnant woman's blood glucose levels and treating gestational diabetes earlier in pregnancy, said outside expert Dr. Barry Goldberg.
HealthDay News (11/14) 
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Health Policy & Practice
CDC reports faster declining teen pregnancy rates in urban US
A report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics found that births to teen mothers in US counties with large urban areas dropped by 50% between 2007 and 2015, compared with declines of 44% and 37% over the same period in counties with smaller urban areas and rural counties, respectively. The findings also showed lower teen birth rates in more urban areas across racial and ethnic groups.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16),  U.S. News & World Report (11/16) 
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C-section delivery tied to increased childhood obesity risk
Infants born by cesarean section were 40% more likely to be overweight or obese when they reached age 7, compared with those delivered vaginally. The findings, presented at the American Heart Association meeting and based on data involving more than 1,400 full-term births in Boston, also showed a 70% to 80% higher obesity risk among children born by C-section with obese or overweight mothers.
HealthDay News (11/14) 
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Trends & Technology
Imaging sheds light on severe retinal damage from congenital Zika syndrome
Researchers who used optical coherence tomography found that infants with congenital Zika syndrome had ellipsoid zone discontinuation and hyperreflectivity underlying the retinal pigment epithelium; retinal thinning; choroidal thinning; and colobomatous-like excavation affecting the choroid, neurosensory retina and retinal pigment epithelium. The findings, based on imaging from eight babies with CZS, were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (11/11) 
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Report details deadly measles threat despite global vaccination progress
Nearly 400 children worldwide are dying every day from measles despite a 79% lower global measles mortality rate from 2000 to 2015, according to a report from the CDC, World Health Organization, UNICEF and other global health organizations. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that 50% of unvaccinated infants and 75% of measles deaths were from Ethiopia, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reuters (11/10),  Medscape (free registration) (11/10) 
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Why Platform Matters When Choosing an ERP System
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12th Annual Research Summit deadline extension!
Join us for the next Research Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., March 28-30, 2017 by submitting a Research Project or Evidence-Based Practice change project or proposal that you have implemented or are planning to implement and evaluate by early spring 2017. Selected individuals attend the fully compensated summit each spring to present their research or practice change outcomes and discuss the process/results with other researchers from around the country and the world! Submission deadline: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. Central Time. Submit your project today!
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Apply for the NANN Emerging Leader Program by Friday
NANN has partnered with AWHONN to host the highly regarded Emerging Leader Program (ELP), a selective, formal, leadership training program. Nurses interested in nurturing their leadership potential and becoming more involved in NANN activities are encouraged to apply for the 2017 ELP. This year-long program offers training sessions on a variety of leadership and management topics, increases awareness of advocacy and legislative action, enhances the participant's professional network, and provides opportunities for NANN leadership experience. In addition to formal learning sessions, participants will complete a project with their identified mentor that will be presented in poster format at the 2018 NANN Annual Conference. Application due Nov. 18, 2016. Learn more.
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