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October 30, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
 
  • Quitting smoking can add 10 years to women's lives
    A 12-year study of more than 1 million women in the U.K. found that smokers had a nearly threefold higher risk of death if they still smoked three years into the study compared with nonsmokers, but quitting early enough might dramatically cut that risk. Researchers found that smokers reduced the increased risk of premature death by more than 90% when they quit before age 40 and by more than 97% when they stopped before age 30. The study was published online by The Lancet. HealthDay News (10/29), United Press International (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Flavonoid-rich diet may protect women from stomach cancer
    Women who consumed more than 580 mg of flavonoids daily were 51% less likely to develop stomach cancer than those who had less intake, according to a European study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. However, researchers said that high flavonoid intake was not significantly associated with stomach cancer in men. Reuters (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
 
  • Mother's weight loss may lower children's genetic obesity risk
    A woman's pre-pregnancy bariatric surgery might change her future children's risk for obesity, according to a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Researchers compared obesity-related genes in siblings and found different expression profiles in those born after their mother's bariatric surgery. "Basically, this study tells us that maternal obesity affects the obesity and cardiovascular risk profile of offspring and that weight loss can improve the cardiovascular health of children," said researcher Frédéric Guénard. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal intake of probiotics may lower babies' risk of eczema
    Babies born to mothers who took probiotics during the last two months of pregnancy and first two months of breastfeeding had a lower risk of developing eczema than the placebo group, a Finnish study showed. The findings, based on 241 pregnant women and their babies, appear in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Reuters (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Screening finds few cervical cancers in young women
    Pap testing in young women detects few cervical cancers yet can lead to many unnecessary and potentially harmful interventions, concludes a new government study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Medical groups call for cervical cancer screening to begin at age 21, yet many health care providers begin screening much earlier. The new findings, say the authors, should reassure clinicians about the safety of complying with the newer recommendations. Using federal cancer surveillance program data for 1999 to 2008, they found that Pap testing detected an average of 14 carcinomas per year among women aged 15-19, and 125 carcinomas per year among those aged 20-24. The authors assert that women under 25 have high rates of cervical abnormalities that will regress on their own and that screening women under age 21 can lead to unnecessary testing and procedures that can have potentially cause future reproductive problems. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Neonatal Health 
  • Advisory panel approves meningitis vaccine for at-risk babies
    GlaxoSmithKline's bacterial meningitis vaccine, known as MenHibrix, can be used in babies facing a higher risk of meningococcal disease, the CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices said. The vaccine is recommended for at-risk infants, including those with sickle cell disease or complement component deficiency. Reuters (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA clears lung-support device for children, infants
    The FDA has given Medtronic 510(k) clearance to market the Affinity Pixie Oxygenation System to provide lung support for child, infant and neonatal patients during open-heart procedures. Blood bypasses the heart to be oxygenated and cleaned of carbon dioxide as well as warmed or cooled by the device. MassDevice.com (Boston) (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  AWHONN News 
  • Call for presenters -- Summit on Perinatal Staffing Leadership
    Do you have a program, project, or tool about perinatal nurse staffing that you want to share? Now’s your chance! The call for presenters for the 2013 Leadership Summit on Perinatal Staffing is now open. The Leadership Summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, June 15, 2013. Presenting at the Leadership Summit is a great opportunity to display your staffing achievements in front of your nurse-leader peers (in 2012 we had over 130 nurse leaders in attendance). The deadline to submit your abstract is November 16, 2012, so don’t wait! Find complete information. Questions? Contact staffing@awhonn.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nominate a nurse for the new REAL Awards
    The REAL Awards is a first-of-its-kind global awards platform, created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition (of which, AWHONN is a member) designed to develop greater appreciation for the lifesaving care provided by health workers around the world and here in the U.S. Do you know of a U.S.-based nurse who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a real impact on the community? Visit www.therealawards.com to learn more and nominate a nurse by Nov. 26. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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