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March 19, 2013
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Breast cancer treatment tied to heart disease risk
    Women who undergo radiation treatment for breast cancer face increased risk of developing heart trouble later in life, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found radiation can promote hardened and clogged arteries, which are risk factors for heart attack. Researchers emphasized that the increased risk is small, and the cancer treatment saves lives. Designing EMRs to act like personal dosimeters for radiation exposure may help limit risks, said Dr. David Slosky, a Vanderbilt University cardiologist. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)/The Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Timely palliative consults help gynecologic cancer patients
    Women with gynecologic cancers who had earlier palliative consultations had less aggressive care and fewer hospital admissions in the final 30 days of life, researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City reported at a Society of Gynecologic Oncology conference. Among the factors evaluated were hospital and ICU admissions, death in an acute care setting and admission to hospice fewer than three days before death. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 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 
  • Analysis examines prenatal use of antidepressants
    Taking antidepressants during pregnancy was associated with slightly higher risk for preterm birth, shorter gestation age, lower birth weight and lower Apgar scores, but the effects were small, an analysis of 23 studies found. The risks of stopping antidepressants, however, may exceed the risks of taking the drugs, researchers said. The study appeared in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. WebMD/Medscape (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study looks at weight gain during pregnancy, cesarean risk
    Gaining 35 pounds or more during pregnancy increases a woman's risk of cesarean section, forceps or vacuum-extraction delivery, according to a study involving more than 50,000 women in Norway. Being overweight and obese before pregnancy also raised a woman's risk of cesarean delivery. The study appeared in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. HealthDay News (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Breast-feeding does not prevent obesity, suggests study
    Breastfeeding does not protect babies from becoming overweight or obese preteens, despite common beliefs to the contrary, suggests a large, new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The report involved 13,879 new mothers from Belarus who participated in a study to gauge the effectiveness of a breast-feeding promotion intervention. Women in the intervention group were much more likely to breast-feed their babies exclusively and for a longer period of time. However, when the researchers followed up with their children at age 11.5, they found that breast-feeding made little difference in how many were overweight or obese, as well as in body mass index, percent body fat, waist circumference and blood levels of insulin-like growth factor, which helps regulate childhood height and body composition. The authors speculate that previous, observational studies suggesting otherwise were prone to confounding. They also point out that, while breast-feeding may not prevent obesity, it has many health benefits and should continue to be supported through public health efforts. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Preemies may not be at greater risk of metabolic syndrome
    Researchers reviewed 27 studies involving 17,030 preterm babies and 295,261 full-term babies and found that those who had been born prematurely were no more likely to suffer most symptoms of metabolic syndrome in adulthood than term babies. However, they noted that preterm-born adults were more prone to higher diastolic and systolic blood pressure and slightly increased levels of low-density lipoprotein. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Congratulations, Bridget Lai, AWHONN 2012 Recruiter of the Year!
    On behalf of everyone here at AWHONN we would like to congratulate Bridget Lai of the Hawaii Chapter on becoming the 2012 AWHONN Recruiter of the Year! Bridget recruited 21 new members last year en route to becoming one of AWHONN’s top recruiters of all time. As the top recruiter she was awarded a free trip to AWHONN 2013 Convention, a $300 travel voucher, a $100 AMEX gift card, a free one-year membership renewal and more! Thank you for your continued support of AWHONN and our mission: promoting the health of women and newborns. Do you have what it takes to be an All-Star Recruiter? Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWHONN Auto Dues Program -- Set it and forget it
    Already an AWHONN Member? Simplify your budget by signing up for the AWHONN Auto Dues program today and opt to pay your annual dues in convenient $17 monthly installments. You will continue to receive all of your member benefits and never have to worry about your membership expiring. It's fast, easy and convenient! Visit or call our Customer Service Team at (800) 354-2268 to make the switch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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