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January 22, 2013
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Prolonged breast-feeding linked to lower odds of ovarian cancer
    Breast-feeding for more than 31 months was associated with up to a 91% reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with breast-feeding for less than 10 months, according to an Australian study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Delayed ovulation may explain the link between breast-feeding and lower ovarian cancer risk, researchers said. MedicalDaily.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bacterial makeup could explain gender-based disease-risk differences
    Women may be more prone to autoimmune diseases because the bacteria in their guts differ from those in men's bodies, according to research published in the journal Science. The study found that male and female mice have different types of bacteria, which affect each gender's chemistry and, therefore, the likelihood of developing an autoimmune disease. Scientists also discovered that transferring bacteria from a male mouse to a female helps the latter develop protection against the development of diabetes. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Hypertension in pregnancy is linked with kidney disease risk
    The risk of developing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease was 11 times and 14 times greater, respectively, in women with hypertensive disorders during pregnancy than those without, according to a study of more than 240,000 women in Taiwan. "Close surveillance for microalbuminuria, blood pressure and diabetes should be considered for women with a history of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy," researchers wrote. The findings appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Medical News Today (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Nurses and women patients with diastolic heart failure
    Diastolic heart failure -- a condition in which the heart's left ventricle becomes too stiff to relax and pump enough blood -- is a common form of heart failure, and affects more women than men. Because self-care can slow the disease's progression and decrease morbidity and mortality, women's health nurses must be prepared to educate patients about the disease and its symptoms, and engage them in self-care, asserts a review article in Nursing for Women's Health. Two recent studies shed light on key aspects of self-care, which includes obtaining daily weight, maintaining a low-sodium diet, getting regular exercise and being aware of exacerbating symptoms such as shortness of breath, activity intolerance and fatigue. The first study suggests that an individualized walking/exercise program for women with DHF can improve their total sleep time, quality of life and depressive symptoms. The second study suggested that women have lower confidence in their abilities to perform self-care then men with DHF. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Iron supplements don't improve outcomes in study of 150 preemies
    Premature babies who were given iron supplements did not fare better in terms of transfusion need, red blood cell counts or mortality than infants who did not receive the supplements, according to findings in the journal Pediatrics. The randomized study involved 150 infants smaller than 3.3 pounds. DailyRx.com (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  AWHONN News 
  • Claire Boissevain-Crooke Receives AWHONN Scholarship
    AWHONN awarded the 2013 scholarship to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) to Claire Boissevain-Crooke, RN, BA, of Bloomington, Ind. NIWI is a three-day conference in Washington, DC that teaches nurses how to impact health policy through the legislative process. The AWHONN scholarship will cover the cost of the attending the conference and travel to Washington this spring. Claire has been an AWHONN member since 1997 and is actively involved in the Indiana Section as the Legislative Coordinator. For more information on NIWI, please visit the conference website. Congratulations to Claire!
  • Music City is calling!
    Did you know that AWHONN created a letter template for you to use when requesting permission and funding from employers to attend AWHONN 2013 Annual Convention in Nashville? Download and customize the justification letter today. It's your ticket to Music City! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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