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December 4, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Study: Many women do not understand breast cancer treatment options
    Doctors treating breast cancer patients may need to find new ways to communicate treatment options, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. More than 20% of breast cancer patients surveyed said they were overwhelmed by their choices and unprepared to weigh the risks and benefits of each option. A team composed of an experienced surgeon, a medical oncologist, a plastic surgeon and a radiation oncologist can help women make informed choices that they will be less likely to regret later, says Steven Katz, a University of Michigan researcher who was not involved in the study. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Steroid shots may cause bone loss in older women
    Researchers tracked 28 older women who received steroid injections for their back pain and found that they lost six times more bone mass in the hip over six months than women who didn't get the shots. The findings suggest that doctors should be careful in prescribing steroid injections to older women, particularly those who are prone to osteoporosis, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Spine. HealthDay News (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Birth rates in U.S. dip to lowest level on record
    The number of births in the U.S. dropped to a record low in 2011, to 63.2 babies for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, according to a Pew Research Center study. The low birth rate was led by a decline in the number of immigrant women giving birth and due in part to the recent recession, researchers said. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preeclampsia linked to cardiac death risk in women
    Women who developed preeclampsia in their first pregnancy had a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease later than those who did not have the condition, according to a study in BMJ. Single-child mothers who experienced preeclampsia also were at significantly higher risk than mothers of multiple children who developed the condition during their first pregnancy, researchers said. HealthDay News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: IUD use does not lead to pelvic inflammatory disease
    Women who have intrauterine devices have a low risk for pelvic inflammatory disease regardless of pre-insertion screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea, researchers reported in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study from the University of California, San Francisco, included some 60,000 women, and researchers said the results should reassure clinicians the devices are not linked to PID. Medscape (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Study gauges nurse leader stress, predictors and outcomes
    Nurse leaders report high levels of stress, with role overload, organizational constraints and role ambiguity found to be the biggest predictors of stress, according to a new study published online in JOGNN. The study also found that nurse leaders who experienced stress were more likely to have lower job satisfaction, increased intention to quit and more mental health symptoms. The findings are based on surveys completed by nearly 400 AWHONN members who listed their position in the membership roster as shift supervisor, nurse manager, director or chief nursing officer. The researchers found no correlation between personal factors, such as age, education or tenure, and stress. However, they found that increased autonomy could reduce some of the negative outcomes of stress, such as intention to quit. The findings point to the need for evidence-based interventions to reduce stress among this group, particularly given the challenges of recruiting and retaining nurse leaders. The authors of this study were recipients of a 2008 research grant from AWHONN, sponsored by Hill-Rom. Read the abstact. 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 
  • Assessment tool may help predict obesity risk in infants
    Researchers at Imperial College London have developed an assessment formula, available as an online calculator, that predicts an infant's obesity risk by examining its birth weight, the parents' BMI, the number of people they live with, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked while pregnant. The findings were published in PLOS ONE. Reuters (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pitch of babies' cries may predict risk of autism
    U.S. researchers assessed samples of babies' cries at age 6 months and found that the three babies with the highest-pitched cries were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 3. The cries of at-risk babies were described in the study as being rougher and having less clear quality than babies not considered at risk for autism. The study was published in the journal Autism Research. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • Get the CNE hours you need before the year ends
    The year is not over yet. You still have time to earn the CNE hours you need before 2012 ends. AWHONN offers different opportunities online to earn CNE hours. All of the online resources are available 24/7 on any computer (work or home), which allows you to have complete access whenever it's convenient for you. Online resources include a library of recorded webinars, Fetal Heart Monitoring, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), and Nursing for Women's Health. Plus, we have a library of print resources that offer knowledge on obstetric emergencies, evidence based care, fetal heart monitoring, childbearing and newborns. Get your CNE hours today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWHONN supports Respectful Maternity Care through White Ribbon Alliance
    In every country and community in the world, pregnancy and childbirth are events of great significance in the lives of women and families as well as a time of intense vulnerability. The relationship with maternity caregivers and the maternity care system during this period is incredibly important and has the potential to empower and comfort or to inflict lasting damage and emotional trauma. The White Ribbon Alliance envisions a world in which a woman's right to Respectful Maternity Care is embedded at all levels of all maternal health systems around the globe and that these rights are reflected in a sense of entitlement among women. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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