CDC reports increase in gastroschisis cases among babies | Drug-dependent newborn surge challenges Ohio hospitals | NICU clinicians get special training to staff specialty ambulance
January 28, 2016
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CDC reports increase in gastroschisis cases among babies
CDC researchers found a 263% increase in the prevalence of gastroschisis, a birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines, and sometimes the liver and stomach, protruding from a hole in the stomach, among infants born to young black mothers ages 20 or younger from 1995 to 2012. The findings in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, based on 14 states, found an overall doubling of the rate of the birth defect. HealthDay News (1/21), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21)
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Drug-dependent newborn surge challenges Ohio hospitals
Northwest Ohio hospitals have seen an explosion in the number of newborns affected by opioids taken during pregnancy. At ProMedica Toledo Hospital, neonatal abstinence syndrome cases rose from two in 2007 to 187 in 2015. Mercy Children's Hospital allocated $77,000 for a social worker to help pregnant women get off drugs. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (1/25)
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CDC recommends Zika testing for at-risk newborn infants
The CDC issued new guidance recommending newborns undergo testing for Zika virus infection if their mothers tested positive or inconclusive for the virus, or have reported symptoms of the disease while living abroad in an affected region or within two weeks of travel to such a region. "Even if your child doesn't have calcifications or microcephaly, it's important that a baby born to a mother infected during pregnancy be tested for other complications," said Dr. H. Cody Meissner, a member of AAP's committee on infectious diseases. "There can be neurological damage, or hearing or visual abnormalities." The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/26)
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Tenn. physicians urge lawmakers to act on prescription drug abuse
Dr. Robert Pack of Eastern Tennessee University told Tennessee lawmakers the prescription drug abuse problem in the state is so severe it requires immediate legislative action rather than waiting to see if existing laws are working. Neonatologist Dr. Michael DeVoe of Quillen College of Medicine said problems with neonatal abstinence syndrome are not going to go away and recommended increasing public awareness and taking a regional approach to the problem. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (1/20)
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Increased infant mortality tied to prepregnancy obesity, study finds
Infants born to mothers who were obese before becoming pregnant were more likely to die from preterm birth-related causes and also more likely to die from birth defects and sudden infant death, compared with those born to normal-weight women, according to a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6 million newborn infants born in 38 US states between 2012 and 2013. HealthDay News (1/22)
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HIV treatment generates functional immune system in babies
Early antiretroviral therapy was associated with the restoration of immune systems in infants with HIV, according to a study in the journal PLOS One. In the 66-patient study, researchers found that babies who received treatment developed greater naive T-cell expansion and CD4+ T-cell frequency, and had lower cellular activation. Specialty Pharmacy Times (1/26)
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Wanted: Your perspective on neonatal clinical trials
NANN is an active member of the International Neonatal Consortium (INC), which was launched in 2015 to facilitate the development of innovative therapies for neonates. Wakako Eklund, NANN's liaison to INC, will be presenting at an INC meeting at the FDA in March on the role of nursing in clinical trials. You are invited to contribute your perspective on neonatal clinical trials in a 5-minute survey. Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard! Please respond by Feb. 15.
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Small Grants Program: Apply now!
The Small Grants Mentee/Mentor Program is now accepting applications from all NANN members with an interest in furthering their research by initiating their own research study or evidence-based practice (EBP) project. The program provides an avenue for connecting those with little or no research background with experienced researchers to enhance their skills and promote the success of the research study or EBP project. The deadline to submit your grant application is Monday, March 1, 11:59 p.m. CST. To request a mentor who can assist you with writing your research based grant, please use this form. If your request is for an EBP grant mentor, please use this request form. If you are selected to receive one of the three small grants, you are required to attend NANN's 32nd Annual Educational Conference, October 26 to 29, 2016, in Palm Springs, CA, to be recognized and receive your grant. You are also required to present your findings at the 2018 NANN Annual Educational Conference. To submit an Evidence-Based Grant application, please download, complete, and return these necessary forms. To submit a Research-Based Grant application, please download, complete, and return these necessary forms.
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