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January 7, 2013
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  • 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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  • More U.S. women are getting Pap tests as recommended
    CDC researchers found that more women aged 30 and younger are getting Pap tests in accordance with the national guidelines for cervical cancer screening. However, in a separate study, they reported that about 60% of women get Pap tests despite having a total hysterectomy, which is unnecessary in cases when the hysterectomy was performed for noncancerous reasons. Both studies were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (1/3) , Nurse.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACOG: Obese women can safely gain less weight during pregnancy
    Gaining less than the recommended amount of weight during singleton pregnancy does not pose adverse effects in overweight or obese women, provided that the fetus is growing appropriately, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. The group also urged these patients to continue with nutritional counseling and exercise and to undergo height and weight assessment during pregnancy. The recommendations appear in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Need for early NICU therapeutic intervention seen in study
    Early therapeutic interventions in the NICU may be needed to help the muscle and nerve development of premature infants, according to a small study from Washington University in St. Louis. Therapeutic intervention can help preterm infants interact with caregivers and gain muscle tone, researchers said. Missourinet (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low maternal vitamin D levels linked to low birth weight
    Women with low vitamin D levels during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy were more likely to have babies who weighed less than their peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The researchers studied preserved blood samples of 2,146 pregnant women who participated in the Collaborative Perinatal Project from 1959 to 1965. Results would likely be different in a modern-day study, the researchers said. MedicalDaily.com (12/22) , ZeeNews.com (India)/Asian News International (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prenatal use of SSRIs doesn't increase stillbirth risk in Swedish study
    Rates of stillbirth and infant death were similar for women who were prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor during pregnancy and those who weren't after factors such as age and smoking were taken into account, a Swedish study found. An expert not involved in the study said its findings were limited because it looked at prescription and not ingestion. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. WebMD (1/1) , U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Practice 
  • Enrollment in advanced nursing programs is on the rise
    A report from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing shows increases in nursing-school enrollments in 2012. Entry-level baccalaureate programs grew by 3.5% while RN-to-BSN programs grew 22.2%. Enrollment in master's and DNP programs, meanwhile, jumped by 8.2% and 19.6%, respectively. Nurse.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Governors' report supports expanding NPs' scope of practice
    Nurse practitioners and physicians offer comparable quality of care in terms of patient satisfaction, prescribing accuracy, preventive education and time spent with patients, according to a report from National Governors Association. Kaiser Permanente in 2011 enlisted NPs to lead a prenatal clinic in Colorado, and while cost comparisons are not available other measures have been found to be the same as with a physician-led model. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends 
  • Mobile app helps screen newborns for heart defects
    A smartphone application created by cardiologists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta called Pulse Ox Tool can automate pulse oximetry screening calculations, helping to prevent a delay in diagnosis of congenital heart defects in newborns. The free app, available from iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store, yielded substantially lower error rates compared with manually calculated algorithms. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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