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February 26, 2013
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • USPSTF: Postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D, calcium
    Noninstitutionalized postmenopausal women should not take vitamin D and calcium supplements, as they do not show efficacy in preventing fractures and are associated with higher risk of kidney stones, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated. It is unclear whether the supplements work for younger populations, according to the statement published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Family Practice News (2/25), Reuters (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Maternal alcoholism linked to increased SIDS risk
    Babies born to mothers who were diagnosed with an alcohol-use disorder while pregnant or during the baby's first year were at least seven times more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome than those born to nonalcoholic mothers, Australian researchers found. They reported in the journal Pediatrics that babies of alcoholic mothers were also at greater risk of dying from causes other than SIDS. (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Robotic hysterectomy soars, adding cost but little benefit
    The use of robotic surgery for hysterectomies is soaring across the U.S. but adds little benefit while significantly increasing care costs, concludes a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers from Columbia University evaluated data on 264,758 women who underwent hysterectomy for noncancer reasons at 441 U.S. hospitals from 2007 to early 2010. During that time, the use of robotic surgery shot from 0.5% to 9.5% of all hysterectomies. In hospitals where the procedure had been performed for three years, 22.4% of hysterectomies were robotic-assisted by 2010. Laparascopic hysterectomy -- an alternative, minimally invasive procedure -- increased from 24.3% to 30.5% of hysterectomies. Overall complication rates for robotic-assisted and laparoscopic hysterectomy were similar -- 5.5% versus 5.3%, respectively. Robotic procedures, however, cost $2,189 more than laparascopic hysterectomy. Read the study. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Neonatal Health 
  • C-section babies are at greater risk for allergies
    Babies delivered via cesarean section were five times more likely to develop allergies by age 2 than those born vaginally when exposed to high levels of allergens, a study found. Gastrointestinal microbes may increase C-section babies' development of immunoglobulin E after allergen exposure, lead author Christine Cole Johnson said. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology conference. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low birth weight babies may need more screening for infections
    Standard culturing used in low birth weight babies to detect bacterial infections and early-onset sepsis failed to spot more than 20 bacterial species, a study showed. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, suggest the need to conduct several tests among such newborns to detect infections missed by standard exams. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fetal heart development takes longer than previously thought
    The heart's four chambers develop in the eighth week of pregnancy, but the heart lacks fully organized muscle tissue until the 20th week, according to a U.K. study in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface Focus. Since a fetal heartbeat begins at about 22 days of pregnancy, researchers said the findings were surprising. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Live webinar March 21 -- 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 and register today! Hospitals, purchase one registration and all your staff can attend and earn CNE hours! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings -- live Web stream
    The Committee on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings will hold a public workshop on March 6 to review updates to the 1982 IOM-NRC report Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings. AWHONN's Vice President of Research, Education and Publications, Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, will serve as a featured panelist and present information from AWHONN's Perinatal Staffing Data Collaborative. The workshop will highlight research findings that advance the understanding of the effects -- on maternal labor, clinical and other birth procedures, and birth outcomes -- of maternal care services in different birth settings, including conventional hospital labor and delivery wards, alternative birth settings that may be hospital-affiliated or free-standing, and home births. The workshop topics will consider research on different organizational models of care delivery, workforce requirements, patient and provider satisfaction levels, and birth outcomes. Information on how to access the live streaming option will be posted by Wednesday. More info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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