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November 20, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Early menarche may predict cardiovascular risk
    U.S. researchers looked at Framingham Heart Study data on more than 1,600 women and found that those who began menstruating at a younger age were more likely to have certain risk factors for heart conditions than other women. Early menstruation was linked to greater BMI, larger waist circumference and obesity in adulthood, according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. HealthDay News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 6 Lessons Learned About Hospital Smartphone Integration
As more and more hospitals work to incorporate smartphones into their communication network, they have learned important lessons that can help other facilities make a smooth transition. Read white paper.

  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Pregnancy risks of diabetes are explored in study
    Data on 148,498 pregnant women showed those with type 1 diabetes face a greater risk of spontaneous abortion, perinatal mortality and fetal macrosomia compared with those without diabetes. The findings were published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal smoke exposure may affect children's reading skills
    Children whose mothers smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day during pregnancy scored 21% lower on reading comprehension tests compared with children of nonsmoking mothers, according to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics. Despite taking into account other factors that may affect children's reading ability, the difference in test scores remained, researchers said. Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Free birth control reduces unintended pregnancies, study suggests
    A new study suggests that providing at-risk women with free birth control, and promoting the use of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, including intrauterine devices and implants, can significantly reduce unintended pregnancy rates. Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended. In the study, reported in Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers recruited 9,256 teenagers and women in the St. Louis region. All participants were given information about the effectiveness and safety of LARC methods and received the no-cost reversible contraceptive method of their choice for 2-3 years. Most participants (75%) chose a LARC method. The researchers found that teenage birth rates -- a surrogate in the study for unintended pregnancies -- were significantly less among the study group (6.3 per 1000) than nationally (34.3 per 1000). Additionally, abortion rates in the study group were less than half the regional and national rates. 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: Epo is well tolerated in neonates with HIE
    Early trial data showed erythropoietin, given in addition to hypothermia treatment, was well tolerated and may be neuroprotective for neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, said they plan to do a large randomized trial of Epo that will follow infants for two years to evaluate neurologic outcomes. Medscape (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Birth season may predict future risk of multiple sclerosis
    The risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life was 5% higher among babies born in April, and 5% to 7% lower in those born between October and November, which are warmer, sunnier months, U.K. researchers reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The study involving almost 152,000 MS patients in northern countries raises the question of whether vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women in some areas could help mitigate the risk of MS. HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pneumococcal vaccine shows high efficacy rate
    A pediatric study of the pneumococcal vaccine PHiD-CV10 showed efficacy rates of 100% and 92% for the 3+1 and 2+1 vaccination schedules, respectively. "For the first time, effectiveness of a 2+1 schedule in infants was confirmed in a clinical trial," Finnish researchers reported in the journal The Lancet. News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Brown Exec. Master of Healthcare Leadership
The Brown University Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership is an intensive 16-month program for mid-career professionals. Gain a comprehensive perspective that goes beyond local concerns, and develop skills to create flexible, responsive and sustainable healthcare organizations.
  AWHONN News 
  • Live webinar Dec. 13 -- Myths & Truths of Amniotic Fluid Embolism/Anaphylactoid Syndrome of Pregnancy
    Amniotic fluid embolism, now called anaphylactoid syndrome of pregnancy, is a rare, catastrophic event. For decades, it was believed to be embolic in nature, but contemporary research strongly suggests that its etiology is immunologic. With this webinar, you'll learn how to differentiate the myths from the truths about this syndrome, new insights into the etiology and pathophysiology of this syndrome, and the essential roles of the multidisciplinary health care team to improve patient outcomes. Get more information on our website and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A gift for women and newborns
    When you give to AWHONN, you give in support of healthier, happier outcomes for women and newborns. Your gift helps fund programs that promote full-term pregnancies, breastfeeding, and wellness at every age. You'll also help transform the nursing profession by bringing more research into practice and advancing policies that best serve our patients. Give today and make a greater difference in the care of women and newborns. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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