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January 2, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Undiagnosed diabetes linked to poorer outcomes in breast cancer
    Twenty-six percent of women with breast cancer in a study had previously undiagnosed diabetes, according to research published in BMC Cancer. "In breast cancer, previously undiagnosed diabetes is associated with advanced stage cancer and increased mortality," the researchers wrote. "Identifying biological factors would require further investigation." Healio/O&P Business News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: CRC screening is no better with online education
    A study of more than 900 women found online educational materials aimed at improving colorectal cancer screening rates were no more effective than printed outreach materials or usual care, according to researchers from Fox Chase Cancer Center and Case Western. Only about 12% of women were screened regardless of educational materials, which gastroenterologist Dr. Hemant Roy said was "flabbergastingly disappointing." WBUR-FM (Boston)/National Public Radio (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Fertility drugs don't raise risk of uterine cancer recurrence
    Women who took fertility drugs after fertility-sparing therapy for uterine cancer were not more likely to experience recurrence than those who didn't receive fertility drugs, according to a review in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers looked at data on 141 patients and found a similar rate of five-year disease-free survival among women who did and didn't take fertility treatments. News (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mayo Clinic introduces pregnancy guide app
    The Mayo Clinic tells expectant parents about pregnancy, birth and the first months of life through an application called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy. The app, available for tablets, desktops and laptops that use Windows 8, has advice for staying healthy and fit during pregnancy as well as ways to soothe crying infants. United Press International (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Program increases chlamydia screening at women's health practice
    The CDC recommends annual Chlamydia trachomatis screening for all sexually active women under age 26, yet less than 60% of women in this age group are screened. Now, a new study in JOGNN suggests that individual health practices can significantly improve chlamydia screening rates through a combination of education, provider feedback and clinic prompts -- and that nurses can play a key role. In the study, a women's health practice increased its chlamydia screening rates for the target age group by 42.7% (from 53.4% to 76.1%) during the five months after a multi-component intervention was initiated. Components included assessing the practice's current practices to identify screening barriers and strategies to overcome them; establishing a "champion" -- a nurse manager -- to coordinate the effort; educating providers and nursing staff; and establishing a screening policy that flagged patients under age 26. Nurses then identified eligible patients and placed chlamydia screening packets, with a provider flag and lab requisition forms, outside their exam rooms. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Study examines early CPAP for extreme preemies
    Early use of continuous positive airway pressure for extremely premature infants led to outcomes comparable with surfactant treatment, according to a randomized study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers noted that mortality was higher with a lower oxygen-saturation target than in a group with higher oxygen-saturation levels. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA recalls 2 ventilator models
    The FDA has recalled two ventilator-related devices. The Bunnell Life Pulse High-Frequency Ventilator Patient Circuit, used for critically ill infants, has heater wire insulation that can melt, causing sparking and smoke. The Ventlab manual resuscitator was found to have a potentially leaking valve that could result in little or no airflow to the patient. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Research grant and young investigator award call for applications
    The American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee and the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics are pleased to announce the availability of the 2013 Neonatal Resuscitation Program Research Grant and the NRP Young Investigator Award. The awards are designed to support basic science, clinical, educational, or epidemiological research pertaining to the broad area of neonatal resuscitation. Physicians-in-training or individuals within four years of completing fellowship training are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 through the NRP Young Investigator Award. Any health care professional with an interest in neonatal resuscitation can submit a proposal for up to $50,000 through the NRP Research Grant Program. Potential applicants should submit an intent for application to the NRP Steering Committee by May 3. For more information and to view the guidelines visit the NRP Grant Website or call (800) 433-9016, ext. 4798. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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