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March 26, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Study: Estrogen eases postmenopausal joint pain, not swelling
    Data on nearly 11,000 postmenopausal women showed 23.7% of those on estrogen treatment experienced less joint pain at one year, compared with 20.8% of those in the placebo group. However, estrogen treatment was not associated with improvements in joint swelling, researchers wrote in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report predicts 18M cancer survivors in U.S. in 2022
    The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. may reach nearly 18 million by 2022, a report by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute indicated. Prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and melanoma were the three most common forms of cancer in male patients, while breast, uterine and colorectal cancers were the most common forms in women. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 9 Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today’s healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you’ll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Read white paper.

  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Maternal grief is tied to increase in congenital heart defect risk
    Women who suffer the death of a loved one within a year of conception have an 11% greater risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect than those who have not lost someone, Danish researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. The study shows that losing a child or romantic partner carries a slightly higher risk of having a baby with such a defect compared with those who lose a sibling or parent. (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Parents increasingly doubt HPV vaccination safety
    While clinicians increasingly recommend human papillomavirus vaccination for adolescent girls, parents who do not intend to vaccinate their teens for HPV are growing more worried about its safety, concludes a new study in Pediatrics. The findings are based on data from the 2008-2010 National Immunization Survey of Teens. While HPV vaccination rates increased from 2008 to 2010, the rate of parents planning to avoid vaccinating their daughters also increased, going from 39.8% to 43.9%. The rate of physicians recommending the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer increased from 46.8% to 52.4%. Parents cited similar and consistent reasons for not immunizing their teens with any of the recommended vaccines for adolescents (Tdap/Td, MCV4, HPV) -- most typically, that it was unnecessary. However for HPV, concerns about the vaccine's safety increased from 4.5% to 16.4%. One potential limitation of the study, say the authors, is that only parents who did not intend to vaccinate against HPV were asked for reasons, whereas all parents were queried about nonvaccination for other immunizations. The findings, conclude the authors, imply that strategies beyond clinician recommendation will be needed to ensure HPV vaccination of adolescent girls. Read the article. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Study points to need for Group B Strep vigilance in newborns
    Health experts in Minnesota are expressing concern regarding an increase in cases of a drug-resistant form of Group B Streptococcus called serotype IV. The strain made up 16% of neonatal cases in 2010, according to a study published in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Researcher Dr. Patricia Ferrieri highlighted the importance of watching for signs of drug-resistant Group B Strep in an infant's first days of life. Minnesota Public Radio (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prepregnancy pertussis vaccination may protect babies
    Getting vaccinated against whooping cough before pregnancy reduced babies' odds of having the condition by 52%, compared with babies whose mothers were not vaccinated, Australian researchers found. The study, presented at an infectious disease meeting, included 217 babies with whooping cough and 585 healthy babies. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • Announcing a new online resource!
    Assessment and Care of the Late Preterm Infant Implementation Toolkit: This new online toolkit is tailored to help you save time, administrative and clinical costs, and improve patient outcomes, and reduce risks associated with being born at late preterm and early term birth. You'll gain access to ready-to-use, customizable tools and strategies for assessing risks, providing appropriate evidence-based care, and tracking outcomes for late preterm and early term infants in your facility or health care system. The toolkit is designed to support and build on the information presented in AWHONN's Assessment and Care of the Late Preterm Infant Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline. Publication of this resource was supported through an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions and MedImmune. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • April 25 -- Webinar -- New Mandates for Reporting Perinatal Measures
    Last year, the Joint Commission and the CMS made changes to their requirements for hospitals with a perinatal unit. These changes may affect your hospital's accreditation and CMS reimbursements. This webinar will show you the current developments in perinatal measurement reporting (CMS and the Joint Commission), the perinatal measures under development and data definitions that will affect your hospital in the future. Plus, AWHONN will update the nation on the first ever set of nursing care quality measures that are under development by the Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures Panel. Get more information on our website and register today! Hospitals, purchase one registration and all your staff can attend and earn CNE hours. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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