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January 29, 2013
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Folic acid supplementation doesn't boost cancer risk, analysis finds
    An examination of 13 trials involving nearly 50,000 individuals found no significant difference in the incidence of cancer between those who received folic acid supplements for five years and those who took placebos. Folic acid was not associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, either, including cancers of the colon, prostate, lung or breast. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risks for female smokers reach a new high
    Female smokers face higher mortality risk from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than they did two decades ago, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrating risk on par with that of men. The shift is likely explained by women starting smoking at younger ages. However, a second study in the same journal emphasized that although lifelong smokers lose about a decade of life compared to those who never smoked, quitting can help give years of life back to patients. "You're never too old to quit," said Dr. Michael Thun. WebMD (1/23), HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Pregnant women should be vaccinated against whooping cough
    In response to a spike in the number of pertussis cases last year, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that women, both teens and adults, get a booster dose of TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy. The updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the journal Pediatrics suggested that mild allergic reactions to eggs should no longer be a barrier for flu vaccination. HealthDay News (1/28), WebMD (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Survival rates for babies with Down syndrome improve
    A new study suggests that babies born with Down syndrome are living longer -- once they survive the neonatal period -- but those born to African-American mothers are still less likely to reach adulthood than those born to white or Hispanic mothers. The population-based study analyzed records of 16,506 babies born with DS from 1983 to 2003. Overall survival at 1 month and 1, 5 and 20 years were 98%, 93%, 91% and 88%, respectively. Except for the neonatal period, survival rates improved modestly over time for all age points. Babies born at a very low weight were 24 times as likely to die during the neonatal period compared to those of normal weight, but the risk lessened with age. Babies born with heart defects were nearly five times as likely to die by age one and an increased risk continued through age 20. While racial disparities in mortality rates declined, particularly during infancy, the association between race and mortality increased with age. Pediatrics (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Neonatal Health 
  • Safety program curbs infection rates in NICUs
    The rate of central line-associated bloodstream infection in neonatal intensive care units participating in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's safety program dropped by 58% in 11 months. A report said the program helped prevent an estimated 131 infections and up to 41 deaths and saved more than $2 million in medical costs. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Jumbotron in Times Square opens APHL/CDC 50 Years of Saving Babies' Lives Campaign
    The Association of Public Health Laboratories recently launched the 50 Years of Saving Babies' Lives Campaign with a PSA on the CBS jumbotron in Times Square. The campaign aims to inform the public about the benefits of newborn screening, a nationwide public health service that saves or improves the lives of 12,000 babies annually in the U.S. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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