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March 5, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
 
  • FDA staff: Calcitonin salmon may carry cancer risk
    A link between osteoporosis treatments containing calcitonin salmon and cancer risk is possible, according to briefing documents from FDA staff reviewers. The reviewers raised questions about the drugs' usefulness in preventing bone breaks due to osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, the reviewers said. An FDA panel is set to discuss the products on Tuesday. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PTSD symptoms are common among breast cancer patients
    Almost a quarter of breast cancer patients experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms during the months following diagnosis, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Of the more than 1,100 patients included in the study, PTSD symptoms were more common among younger patients, Asian women and black women. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 9 Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today’s healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you’ll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Read white paper.
 

  Obstetrics Focus 
 
  • Study: Laborists reduce induction, preterm births
    Decreases in the rates of preterm birth and induced labor were associated with hospitals' use of laborists, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia reported at a Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. Similar results were found at hospitals with round-the-clock access to laborists in a study from the University of California at San Francisco. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Advanced breast cancer rates increasing among young women
    The number of young women with advanced breast cancer has increased steadily since the mid-1970s, without a corresponding increase in older women, according to a  study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study evaluated National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data from 1976 to 2009, involving 936,497 women diagnosed with malignant breast cancer. The number of women with metastatic disease at diagnosis increased in 25- to 39-year-old women from 1.53 per 100,000 to 2.90 per 100,000. Within this age group, metastatic disease as a proportion of all invasive breast cancers increased from 4.4% to 7.2%. The increase appears to be greater in young women with estrogen receptor-positive cancer subtypes. The findings affect a relatively small number of women -- only 1 in 173 will develop breast cancer by age 40 -- but they are concerning, say the authors, because young women already face the worst prognosis. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Study: Caesarean birth, bottle feeding affect gut bacteria
    Infants delivered by caesarean section and those who do not breast-feed may not develop healthy gut bacteria needed to help regulate digestive and bowel functions and the immune system, Canadian researchers report. These microbes serve an important role in infants by "telling the immune cells not to overreact to certain bacteria but to react to others," said researcher Anita Kozyrskyj of the University of Alberta. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Birth defects are common in Prader-Willi syndrome
    Researchers from Argentina monitored 180 children with Prader-Willi syndrome for over 13 years and found that these children were 5.4 to 18.7 times more likely to have at least one birth abnormality compared with the general population. While most of the birth defects were detected in the first month of life, others were spotted following the diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. DailyRx.com (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • Explore Nashville with AWHONN 2013
    Nurses from around the globe will be heading to Nashville for the AWHONN 2013 Annual Convention. Music City embodies southern hospitality with warmth, energy and style. It is enriched by the fusion of traditions, passions and perspectives that make it a true American original. Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week in Nashville. Enjoy the world-famous honky-tonks, located on Broadway, which offer free, live music 365 days a year. And with more than 130 music venues around town, ranging from large arenas to small clubs and featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that "music calls home." Welcome to the city where music is written, recorded and performed every single day. Welcome to Music City. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thank you, President's Circle Industry Members
    AWHONN gratefully recognizes the generosity of our President's Circle AWHONN Industry Members. These organizations share our passion and commitment to the health of women and newborns. Their continued support makes all of our work possible. Thank you again! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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