Anti-TNF drugs linked to higher neutropenia risk in newborns | Surgery corrects child's dangerous skull deformity | Maternal lifestyle counseling may help curb excess birth weight
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October 9, 2014
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Anti-TNF drugs linked to higher neutropenia risk in newborns
A case series published in the journal Pediatrics describes four newborns in France who developed neutropenia after being exposed to the anti-tumor necrosis factor drug infliximab while in the womb. All of the infants made a full recovery within eight to 14 weeks following antibiotic therapy. HealthDay News (10/3)
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Surgery corrects child's dangerous skull deformity
A 19-month-old girl born with craniofrontonasal dysplasia received reconstructive surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Babies with the condition often have tall, narrow skulls that can restrict the brain's growth and also have eyes set deep and far apart. "We now have made space for the brain, we put the eyes into a little bit better position and we've improved the balance of the craniofacial skeleton," said Chris Forrest, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the hospital. Global News Online (Toronto) (10/6)
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Duke School of Nursing Offers Three Distance-Based MSN NP Majors
Classes are forming now for Spring and Fall 2015 Semesters for the Acute and Primary Care Pediatric NP and Neonatal NP Majors at Duke School of Nursing. The courses are now offered as a distance-based option in addition to its regular classroom-based programs. These new study options allow students around the world to conveniently earn their Duke School of Nursing MSN Degree using the latest in distance learning technologies. Click here to learn more.
Health Policy & Practice
Maternal lifestyle counseling may help curb excess birth weight
Adopting a healthy lifestyle may help obese pregnant women reduce the risk of delivering heavier babies, according to a study in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. Data showed that babies born to obese mothers who received lifestyle counseling were 18% less likely to have high birth weight than those born to obese mothers who received standard care. Science World Report (10/7)
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Training infants to recognize sounds can improve speech-related brain development
Teaching infants to be more attentive to complex sounds at 4 months was associated with greater accuracy in recognizing language-related sounds at 7 months, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. HealthDay News (10/2)
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Trends & Technology
Woman with transplanted uterus gives birth
A woman in Sweden who was born without a womb has given birth to a healthy baby by cesarean section about two years after receiving a uterus from a live, unrelated donor. She was one of seven women who received successful transplants, according to doctors and researchers at the University of Gothenburg. The transplant is temporary, and the uteruses will be removed after each woman's pregnancy. Reuters (10/4), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/4), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Speaking of Science blog (10/3)
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Water contaminant may raise risk of certain pregnancy complications
High exposure to chemical tetrachloroethylene in water while pregnant was associated with increased risks for stillbirth, placental abruption and vaginal bleeding, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health. Pregnant women who were exposed to PCE were no more likely to experience preeclampsia or have smaller-than-normal babies than their unexposed counterparts. HealthDay News (10/3)
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Web-based dosing system increases accuracy of prepared meds
The use of a Web- and mobile-based dosing reference system led to a nearly 25% increase in accuracy of medication doses prepared during simulated pediatric emergencies, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The system allowed users to complete dosing eight minutes faster without clinically significant errors, compared with standard medication references. Health Data Management (10/2)
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Now available: Competencies and Orientation Toolkit for NNPs
NANN is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Competencies and Orientation Toolkit for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. The toolkit identifies the core competencies and role of NNPs, offers standardized methods for measuring and validating the competency of NNPs, and includes an expanded procedural checklist. The expanded edition is filled with updated content for neonatal nurse practitioners and will be valuable for NNPs, preceptors and staff educators. Each 90-page book includes downloadable documents to facilitate individual use by NNPs and their supervisors. The downloadable documents include a full PDF of the book, and word documents of seven appendices. Purchase your copy today!
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2015 Conference: Submit your abstract
Are you interested in presenting at the NANN's next Annual Educational Conference? This is your chance to submit your abstract for presentation! NANN's Program Planning Committee encourages you to submit your abstracts that appeal to both the novice and expert neonatal nurse. Suggested areas of interest include: clinical issues, pharmacology, advances in research, staff empowerment, certification review and more. Personal findings and research are highly encouraged. The deadline to submit is Monday, Nov. 3. The 2015 annual conference will be held in Dallas, Oct. 22-25. Learn more.
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's (U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals)Vanderbilt UniversityTN
Clinical Nurse SpecialistEvergreenHealthKirkland, WA
NICU Core Charge Nurse - $3,000 Hiring bonus for level III experienceCentraCare HealthSt. Cloud, MN
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