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February 5, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Researchers debunk common weight-loss assumptions
    Many common weight-loss beliefs -- including making small dietary changes for consistent weight loss, having realistic goals and using breast-feeding to prevent obesity -- do not show enough evidence to be presented as facts, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study also found a lack of evidence to support ideas associated with eating breakfast, consuming fruits and vegetables, yo-yo dieting and snacking. HealthDay News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Folic acid supplementation doesn't boost cancer risk, analysis finds
    An examination of 13 trials involving nearly 50,000 individuals found no significant difference in the incidence of cancer between those who received folic acid supplements for five years and those who took placebos. Folic acid was not associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, either, including cancers of the colon, prostate, lung or breast. The findings were published in The Lancet. Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Asthma increases pregnancy complications, study suggests
    Women with asthma are at increased risk for numerous complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery, suggests a new study of nearly 225,000 pregnant U.S. women. The findings are concerning, say the authors, because asthma is the most common chronic disease during pregnancy and its rates continue to rise. In the study, 7.6% of the women had asthma. These women experienced increased odds of preeclampsia (14%), preterm birth (17%), low birthweight (16%), placenta previa (30%), placental abruption (22%), bleeding (9%), pulmonary embolism (71%) and gestational diabetes (11%), even after adjusting for risk factors. They were also less likely to experience spontaneous labor and vaginal delivery. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, involved data collected from 12 centers in the U.S. between 2002 and 2008. More research is needed, conclude the authors, to identify factors that predict poor obstetric outcomes and to determine if targeted treatment can benefit vulnerable women. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • 33-day-olds' responses to clicks help assess choline supplements
    Babies born to mothers who took choline supplements during pregnancy had different brain responses to sounds, indicating a lower risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers found no adverse reactions linked to choline supplementation for mothers and children. DailyRx.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Feb. 21 live webinar -- Making Sense of Preeclampsia Laboratory Values
    Do you know the best way to properly assess the laboratory values obtained during care of a woman with preeclampsia? The best way is to understand how preeclampsia impacts a woman's body and her laboratory results, and then you'll be able to identify the critical laboratory values that indicate maternal decompensation or improvement. With this webinar, you'll be able to learn the meaning of studies for renal, hepatic and coagulation function testing, and the laboratory trends as indicators of maternal decompensation. Speaker: Judith H. Poole, Ph.D., MHA/MBA, RNC-OB, C-EFM. Get more information and register. Hospitals, purchase one registration and all your staff can attend and earn CNE hours! 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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