Researchers found that women who gave birth to their firstborn at 37 or 38 weeks' gestation had a twofold to threefold higher risk of subsequent premature delivery, compared with those who gave birth at term. The findings in Obstetrics & Gynecology were based on 2005 to 2011 data involving more than 160,000 women who gave birth in California.
Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, and local and state officials are investigating the cause of positive cultures for a type of Serratia bacteria found in its NICU. Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato said the state is investigating "infections caused by Serratia marcescens bacteria" and the hospital said it has stopped accepting transfers to its NICU as a precaution.
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Prenatal multivitamins for pregnant women may not have health benefits, except for folic acid and vitamin D supplements, which were linked to preventing neural tube defects in infants and strengthening bones of both mothers and newborns, respectively, according to a UK report in the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. Researchers said the findings, based on a review of studies on health benefits of multivitamin and individual vitamin and mineral supplement usage during pregnancy, indicate that eating healthy foods before and during pregnancy can sufficiently curb complications related to vitamin deficiencies.
Researchers found that 8.6% of pregnant women admitted they smoked during the final trimester of gestation, but urine tests showed that 16.5% had high levels of nicotine exposure while 7.5% had low-level exposure from secondhand smoke, suggesting that maternal smoking during pregnancy may be significantly underreported. The findings in the Journal of Perinatology were based on 2014 to 2015 data involving 708 women who gave birth at an Ohio hospital.
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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a lightweight, inexpensive test for the Zika virus and published their findings in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The test relies on viral RNA, rather than antibodies, costs $2 and is the size of a soda can.
Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea and Yemen are the countries most at risk of mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus if the virus were to reach the nations through Olympics-related travel, according to the CDC. The report shows the overall additional risk of spreading of the Zika virus due to Olympic travel is low, Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Justin Lessler said.
NANN's Task Force on Neonatal CNS Education Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies invites your comments on the latest version of its Education Standards, Curriculum Guidelines, and Competencies for the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. In 2014, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) created a task force to develop education standards, curriculum guidelines, and competencies for the neonatal clinical nurse specialist (CNS). The task force is now ready to invite public comment on the document before its final revision and publication. The public comment period ends on Aug. 19. The task force welcomes your valuable comments on this important document.
There is still time to share your photos with NANN!
Neonatal nursing has many faces -- from dedicated nursing professionals to the faces of growing and prospering neonates and their families -- and NANN wants to share them with the world. NANN members will vote online for their favorites beginning in mid-August with a winner announced during the Annual Educational Conference where the photo submissions and narratives will be also be displayed. The contest winner will receive a complimentary registration to NANN's 2017 Annual Conference and the photo will be considered for use on the cover of an issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. All photos must be submitted in high-resolution electronic format, preferably 300 DPI, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 1.