NICUs in the Ozarks see spike in opioid-addicted newborns | Recall initiated for Medtronic's pediatric, neonatal tracheostomy tubes | U.S. Supreme Court upholds ACA exchange subsidies
June 25, 2015
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NICUs in the Ozarks see spike in opioid-addicted newborns
The Ozarks are seeing a spike in babies born with opiate withdrawal, reflecting a national increase. In 2014, the NICU at Mercy Children's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., admitted 13 infants with withdrawal and has already surpassed that number so far this year. The CoxHealth NICU in the same city recorded five admissions in 2010 and 30 in 2014. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (6/16)
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Recall initiated for Medtronic's pediatric, neonatal tracheostomy tubes
A recall was initiated by Medtronic involving some lots of its Covidien Shiley pediatric and neonatal tracheostomy tubes produced after Nov. 29, 2012. The firm, which advised replacement to address the problem, made the recall over concerns that the products' wider angle bend may cause breathing difficulties and other injuries. FDAnews (6/24)
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Health Policy & Practice
U.S. Supreme Court upholds ACA exchange subsidies
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The Supreme Court. (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)
The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act for people buying insurance through the federal insurance exchange, HealthCare.Gov. The 6-3 opinion in King vs. Burwell was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. The decision confirms that people qualify for subsidies whether they buy health plans through state or federal exchanges. NBC News (6/25), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/25)
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Senators seek HHS decision on updated preterm birth guidelines
A bipartisan group of senators asked HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to speed up the agency's review of updated guidelines to prevent preterm birth, which were submitted in 2014. "By reducing the rate of preterm births through expanded risk screening and preventive treatment, we can reduce the rate of infant mortality in the U.S.," the senators said in their letter to Burwell. Medscape (free registration) (6/17)
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Trends & Technology
Telbivudine may prevent perinatal HBV transmission, study finds
Researchers found that none of the infants whose mothers received 600 milligrams of telbivudine daily from the 24th week through the 32nd week of gestation were hepatitis B virus-positive at 6 months, compared with 14.7% of those in the control group. The findings, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, also revealed no severe telbivudine-related adverse events or complications in the women or their infants. Specialty Pharmacy Times (6/18)
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Study links tubal ligation with improved endometrial cancer prognosis
A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that young women who had tubal ligation before developing aggressive endometrial cancer had increased survival rates compared with women who did not have tubal ligation. "Our study provides evidence that transtubal spread is an important mechanism of metastasis for aggressive histological types of endometrial carcinoma and that this process can be inhibited by TL," the study team wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/20)
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Deadline tomorrow: NANN Conference Scholarship Program
Are you interested in attending NANN's 2015 Annual Educational Conference? NANN is pleased to offer scholarships to attend the 31st Annual Educational Conference taking place Oct. 22-25 in Dallas. Supported in part by a grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition, these scholarships are open to NANN members who have an interest in advancing their career and involvement in neonatal care, management and/or research. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 26. Learn more.
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2015 NANN/NANNP Election
Make your voice heard in the 2015 NANN and NANNP election! NANN will elect one President-Elect, two Directors-at-large, and one Staff Nurse Director-at-large. NANNP will elect three Council Members. NANNP members will have access to NANN and NANNP ballots after logging in. Voting is underway and will close on Wednesday, July 15, at 11:59 pm PST. Vote now.
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