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December 18, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Study looks at role of detection method on breast cancer survival
    An analysis of data on 126,537 women in Japan found that mammography and clinical breast examination may be better for patients than mammography alone. Women screened using mammogram and clinical breast exam had a 96.8% five-year survival rate compared with 92.7% for those diagnosed by clinical breast exam alone, and 86.6% for those diagnosed by self-detection. The results didn't prove that mammography together with clinical examination had any protective effect. The study was published in the journal Breast Cancer. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health risks for older women seen in yo-yo diets
    Yo-yo dieting in postmenopausal obese women can result in higher cardiovascular and diabetes risks than before weight loss, according to a study on the website of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Wake Forest University researchers said risks went back to baseline or worsened even in women who regained only some of the lost weight, which shows the importance of weight management. HealthDay News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 Survey Results: The Role of Mobility Strategies in Healthcare
Nearly 300 healthcare organizations were surveyed to better understand how hospitals are implementing mobility strategies and what topics they identify as important to consider. Read report.

  Obstetrics Focus 
  • IVF twin pregnancies carry greater risk of complications than single births
    Twin pregnancies through in vitro fertilization resulted in more complications such as premature birth and low birth weight compared with two separate IVF singleton pregnancies, Swedish researchers found. Risks for breathing problems, sepsis or jaundice were higher among twin babies, while preeclampsia and C-sections were more likely among women carrying twins, according to the study in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Reuters (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts see lapses in pregnancy weight advice among providers
    Twelve of 24 overweight and obese women were advised by their health care providers to gain too much weight during pregnancy, based on guidelines for normal-weight patients rather than the appropriate ones for heavier women, a study revealed. Researchers also found only 10 women got advice about exercise during pregnancy. The findings appear in Women's Health Issues. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Fertility preservation in young female cancer patients
    Given the risks cancer treatment can pose for future childbearing, fertility preservation counseling should be a key part of cancer care, asserts a new report in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. For female cancer patients, embryo banking, in which oocytes are fertilized in the laboratory and the embryos are frozen for future use, is the most commonly used approach. Recent advances in and availability of oocyte cryopreservation, in which a patient's egg cells are frozen for future fertilization, make this a more attractive technique for some women -- particularly those without a male partner. Banking of ovarian tissue for future auto-transplantation or harvesting of oocytes, as well as hormone therapy to prevent ovarian failure, also show promise. Ovarian transposition, in which the ovaries are surgically moved out of the radiation field, is commonly used to protect women undergoing radiation in the pelvic area. Individual assessments should be made to determine the need and best technique for fertility preservation, conclude the authors. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
QI Collaborative to Explore Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Vermont Oxford Network’s 2013 quality improvement collaborative, Controversies in Caring for Infants Affected by Neonatal Abstinence, will assist teams of neonatal & obstetric professionals to improve the quality, safety & efficiency of care for substance-exposed newborns through a series of web sessions, self-audits & improvement tools. View the full curriculum at the Vermont Oxford Network website.
  Neonatal Health 
  • Babies born via C-section have higher obesity risk
    An analysis in the International Journal of Obesity showed children born via cesarean section were up to 40% more likely than vaginally born children to become obese. Researchers said that while the results do not show a causal relationship, the link between C-section births and obesity should not be neglected. Reuters (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • Nurses helping nurses
    Looking for a great, quick way to make a lasting impact in the health of women and newborns? Help your fellow nurses with a year end charitable donation. Support a nursing organization dedicated to helping nurses like you provide the best evidence-based care to women and newborns. Giving is quick and easy. Your gift to AWHONN helps develop new tools for nurses on topics like breastfeeding, full term pregnancies, obstetric hemorrhage, and diabetes. Give today; it's an easy way to help great nurses provide the best care for women and newborns. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Music City is calling!
    Nurses from around the globe will be heading to Nashville for the 2013 AWHONN Convention, which is developed by and for nurses who specialize in caring for women and newborns. Join us in Nashville to tackle the issues and challenges that keep us up at night, the moments of joy that keep us going, and the determination we share to improve ourselves, our profession and the lives of our patients. Come to your convention. All nurses specializing in women's health, obstetric and/or neonatal care can earn over 30 hours of CNE that will have a direct effect on your patient care. The AWHONN 2013 Annual Convention offers world class CNE, events that will build lasting memories, and all the fun, history and excitement Nashville has to offer. Register today for early bird rates along with travel and hotel discounts. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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