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November 6, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Sugary drinks raise stroke risk in women, study says
    Women who consumed soft drinks and other sweetened beverages almost every day had an 83% higher risk of stroke than women who never or rarely drank sugary beverages, according to a study of nearly 40,000 people in Japan. The study failed to find a link between sugary drinks and stroke risk in men. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Lupus may double risk of developing preeclampsia
    Researchers assessed the pregnancies of nearly 225,000 women in British Columbia and found that those diagnosed with lupus had twice the risk of experiencing preeclampsia. No statistically significant link was found between prenatal use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and preeclampsia. The findings appear in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. HealthDay News (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SSIs offer risks, not benefits, during pregnancy, study says
    Taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors while pregnant raises a woman's risk of miscarriage, preterm birth and neonatal complications, researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reported. They said there isn't strong data showing benefits, either for mothers or infants, and advised women to discuss use of the medications with their health care practitioner. Medscape (free registration) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study ties multiple C-section deliveries to higher complication risks
    Pregnant women who've had five or more cesarean deliveries had a greater risk of preterm delivery and maternal complications including major obstetric hemorrhage and were more likely to receive blood transfusions and be admitted to critical care units than those who had fewer C-sections, according to a study of 269 women. The findings were published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. HealthDay News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Pneumonia Tied to Adverse Birth Outcomes, Study Finds
    Women with pneumonia during pregnancy are significantly more likely to experience delivery complications compared to those without the condition, suggest findings in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The population-based, Taiwanese study evaluated 1,462 pregnant women who were hospitalized in 2005 with pneumonia -- standard practice in Taiwan -- and compared their birth outcomes with 7,310 unaffected women. Among women with pneumonia, the increased risk of low birthweight, preterm or small-for-gestational-age babies, as well as delivery involving cesarean section, low Apgar scores and preeclampsia/eclampsia was 1.73, 1.71, 1.35, 1.77, 3.86 and 3.05, respectively, after adjusting for comorbidities and potential complicating factors. They found no significant difference in the prevalence of major congenital anomalies, nor in the impact of viral versus bacterial pneumonia. The study is the largest, most comprehensive to date to investigate the relationship between pneumonia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and, say the authors, reinforces the need for immediate medical intervention for pregnant women with the condition. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • NICU nurses evacuate infants in darkness after Sandy cuts power
    After Superstorm Sandy knocked out power at New York University's Langone Medical Center, and the backup generators did not work, NICU nurses, physicians and other clinicians worked in the dark to take critically ill infants down flights of stairs so they could be transferred to other facilities. For infants on ventilators, it took multiple nurses to carry a baby, press the ventilation mask to the baby's face and tote the equipment. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (11/1), Yahoo/TakePart (11/1), CNN (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • Live webinar next week: Spontaneous Labor -- It Still Matters!
    Can you provide education about the benefits that spontaneous labor provides for women and their babies? With this webinar, you'll be able to understand the benefits of spontaneous labor for women and their babies and you will be better prepared to provide supportive education and care for women considering options for labor and birth at term. The benefits of spontaneous labor go beyond those for women, babies and families. Perinatal units with higher rates of women in spontaneous labor at term may make better use of staff and space. These are important considerations for all perinatal units due to the dynamic nature of perinatal care where clinical status and patient volume may change frequently. Get more information on our website and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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