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March 12, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
 
  • Study finds mixed results for benign oophorectomy
    A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology found women who choose bilateral oophorectomy during hysterectomy for benign reasons may have a lower risk of ovarian cancer death than women who keep their ovaries, but the procedure did not reduce risk of other mortality and was linked to higher mortality risk among some of those who had not used estrogen therapy. Women who face high risk of ovarian and breast cancer should strongly consider the procedure, researchers noted, but "the association of oophorectomy with increased mortality in the overall population has substantial public health implications." Medscape (free registration) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Regular aspirin use may reduce melanoma risk in older women
    U.S. researchers looked at data from the Women's Health Initiative involving almost 60,000 white women and found that those who took aspirin regularly were 21% less likely to develop melanoma than nonusers. The longer aspirin was used, the lower their risk, according to the study in the journal Cancer. The reduced risk could be attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin, lead author Dr. Jean Tang said. Nurse.com (3/11), HealthDay News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heart failure risk seen among black breast cancer survivors
    U.S. researchers looked at more than 26,000 breast cancer survivors and found that black women had the highest rate of heart failure compared with others. While the risk of heart failure was greater for black women than white women in the study, the risk of death was the same after the disease developed. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 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 
 
  • Weight gain during pregnancy raises C-section risk
    Gaining 35 pounds or more during pregnancy increases a woman's risk of cesarean section, forceps or vacuum-extraction delivery, according to a study involving more than 50,000 women in Norway. Being overweight and obese before pregnancy also raised a woman's risk of cesarean delivery. The study appeared in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. HealthDay News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links GDM to higher type 2 diabetes risk
    Gestational diabetes was associated with an increased future risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a Korean study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers said that up to 50% of Asian women who have gestational diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within eight years of giving birth. Regular blood glucose monitoring after pregnancy is key for women who had gestational diabetes, the lead researcher said. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Postpartum anxiety common, linked to reduced breast-feeding
    Women are far more likely to experience anxiety -- versus depression -- immediately after childbirth, and this condition is linked to reduced breast-feeding and other adverse outcomes, suggests a new study in Pediatrics. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University followed 1,123 mothers who gave birth between 2006 and 2009 and who intended to breastfeed. Based on standardized interviews, 17.1% experienced anxiety during at the hospital, compared with 5.5% who experienced depression. A positive anxiety score during a maternity stay was associated with reduced breast-feeding in the first 6 months, and the association increased among first-time mothers. A weaker link was seen between depression and reduced breast-feeding. Mothers who experienced anxiety were more likely to use health care services. Screening for anxiety during the postpartum stay could improve outcomes, the authors conclude. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Prenatal use of diabetes drugs doesn't affect infant size
    Australian researchers looked at 478 women with gestational diabetes mellitus who were treated with either metformin or insulin and found little difference in circulating maternal and neonatal markers of metabolic status for the two groups. The study in Diabetes Care also found no differences in measures of offspring birth weight between the groups. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Attract top talent to your organization through the AWHONN Career Center
    Are you looking to fill an empty position in your facility? Well look no further! AWHONN's career-management service is designed to help you attract top talent to your organization and fulfill any staffing needs you may have. As a member of the National Healthcare Career Network, AWHONN is able to connect you with the most qualified candidates in the healthcare industry. Visit the AWHONN Career Center today for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWHONN announces retirement of CEO
    AWHONN has announced that Karen Peddicord Ph.D., RN, its chief executive officer, will retire in September. During Dr. Peddicord's five-year tenure as CEO, AWHONN has made critical advances in improving positive outcomes in women's and newborn health. Among the key initiatives and successes under Dr. Peddicord's leadership were the publication of the 2010 Guidelines for Professional Registered Nurse Staffing for Perinatal Units, record-breaking attendance at the 2010 Annual Convention, the launch of consumer resources and the recent Go the Full 40 campaign and annual membership growth to well over 24,000 members. From all of us here at AWHONN, we wish Dr. Peddicord the best and thank her for her years of dedicated service. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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