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October 23, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Obstetrics group revises cervical cancer screening guidelines
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued new guidelines on cervical cancer screening that encourage women ages 30 and older to get a Pap test, along with a test for human papillomavirus, every five years, instead of every year. Women ages 21 to 29 should be screened every three years, rather than every two years, the group said. The guidelines were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. HealthDay News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calcium supplements may protect women from hormone disorder
    Data from the Nurse's Health Study helped show that women who regularly took at least 500 milligrams of calcium supplements had a 40% to 70% lower risk of developing primary hyperparathyroidism than those who didn't take the supplements. Women with low-calcium diets faced a greater risk of developing the hormone disorder. The findings were reported in BMJ. WebMD (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Fertility treatments may slightly increase risk of birth defects
    The use of assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization was associated with a small increase in the odds of having babies with birth defects, but the overall risk remains low, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Treatments such as artificial insemination, intrauterine insemination and fertility-enhancing medications were not tied to a greater risk of birth defects. WebMD (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study to test whether blood lost during natural birth can be reused
    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in Wales will conduct a 12-month study to test whether blood lost during natural birth can be cleaned and safely re-infused. Consultant anesthetist Catherine Ralph, the lead researcher for the project, said midwives will be tapped for help in identifying women who may benefit from the procedure, which will involve the use of an adhesive drape around the perineum for the collection of blood during vaginal birth. Nursing Times (U.K.) (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • How nurses can communicate safe infant sleep practices
    Sudden infant death syndrome is the leading cause of death in infants, yet studies show that hospital nurses often do not consistently follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' safe sleep guidelines, says an article in Nursing for Women's Health. Now, the AAP's 2011 expanded guidelines also recommend that hospital nurses endorse the guidelines to help convey their importance to parents. Most SIDS prevention controversy among parents is rooted in four key recommendations: (1) back-only sleep; (2) in a safe crib; (3) do not sleep with your baby; and (4) keep soft or loose items out of the crib. Nurses often avoid complying with the recommendations due to a number of factors, including a lack of knowledge and understanding of the evidence supporting them; trusting their own experience over the recommendations; and wanting to avoid conflict with parents who do not agree with the recommendations. Strong commitment from hospital leadership is key to establishing nurse compliance and endorsement of SIDS prevention efforts. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Nov. 15 live webinar: Spontaneous Labor -- It Still Matters!
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