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December 11, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
 
  • High carotenoid intake may reduce women's risk of breast cancer
    The odds of developing breast cancer were lower among women with the highest levels of carotenoids in their blood than among those with the least, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The link was more prominent among lean women and smokers. WebMD (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
 
  • Initiatives aim to reduce bleeding and other birth complications
    The CDC is funding initiatives across the U.S. to help build guidelines and protocols that improve safety during childbirth and prevent complications including severe bleeding and blood clots. The programs include drills that involve blood loss simulations and massive transfusion protocols to train doctors and nurses in quickly responding to maternal complications. Childbirth emergencies increased by 75% in the 10 years ending in 2009, according to a new report from the CDC. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
 
  • Study: Pregnancy-onset snoring increases risk of hypertension
    Women who begin chronic snoring -- a sign of sleep-disordered breathing -- during pregnancy are at increased risk of cardiovascular problems that can harm them and their baby, concludes a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers found that women with pregnancy-onset snoring were 2.36 times more likely to develop gestational hypertension and 1.59 times more likely to develop preeclampsia, compared to non-snoring pregnant women. While all women who snored were at increased risk, those with pregnancy-onset snoring were at greatest risk. At the same time, no independent association was found between pregnancy-onset snoring and gestational diabetes. Among 1,719 third-trimester prospective study, 34% reported habitual snoring (at least 3-4 times per week), while 25% report that snoring began during pregnancy. The authors conclude that simple screening of pregnant women for snoring could potentially help identify women who at high risk for hypertensive disorders. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
QI Collaborative to Explore Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Vermont Oxford Network’s 2013 quality improvement collaborative, Controversies in Caring for Infants Affected by Neonatal Abstinence, will assist teams of neonatal & obstetric professionals to improve the quality, safety & efficiency of care for substance-exposed newborns through a series of web sessions, self-audits & improvement tools. View the full curriculum at the Vermont Oxford Network website.
  Neonatal Health 
 
  • Study backs iron supplements for low birth weight babies
    Low birth weight babies given iron supplements were less likely to develop behavioral problems than those in the placebo group, Swedish researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They found no significant differences in IQ scores between the babies receiving iron and the placebo group. Researchers tracked 285 children past age 3. Reuters (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Circumcision offers protection against UTI in boys, men
    Australian researchers reviewed 22 studies involving 407,902 males and found that uncircumcised boys had a 9.9 times greater risk of developing urinary tract infections between birth and age 1 compared with circumcised boys. The odds of UTI were 6.6 times and 3.4 times higher in 1- to 16-year-olds and males aged 16 and older, respectively, according to the study in the Journal of Urology. Reuters (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Fetal livers contain substantial BPA concentrations
    Liver samples from 50 first- and second-trimester fetuses showed varying levels of bisphenol A, including cases of significant chemical exposure during pregnancy. University of Michigan researchers also reported in the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology that fetuses were not as capable as adults at removing the chemical from the body. HealthDay News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • The best gifts
    The best gifts won't fit in a box or in a stocking. They can't be purchased in a store or even online. Healthy patient outcomes are one of the best gifts a family can receive. And while you can't wrap them with a bow, you can give a gift that makes a real difference in patient care for women and newborns. AWHONN works year-round to promote the health of women and newborns. We bring new research and evidence-based practices to the field, promote healthy activities (like breast-feeding), educate nurses, and develop nursing leaders. Our work helps nurses provide the best patient care. And charitable gifts to AWHONN help us do even more. Donate today and make a difference for women and newborns. 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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