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April 10, 2012
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News for professionals focused on the health of women and newborns

  Women's Health Update 
  • Study links genital warts to several cancer types
    Data from the medical records of almost 33,000 Danish women and more than 16,000 men with genital warts showed that they have higher rates of cervical, penile, mouth, vaginal and throat cancer compared with the general population. Researchers also found that men with genital warts were more likely to develop anal cancer than their female counterparts. The 30-year study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Reuters (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Contraceptive use may raise breast cancer risk
    Young women who use an injectable form of progestin-only contraceptive have a 2.2-fold higher risk of developing invasive breast cancer, according to a new study in the journal Cancer Research. The risk, however, dissipates within months after a woman stops using the contraceptive. HealthDay News (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Maternal obesity, diabetes may increase risk of autism, study finds
    In comparison with healthy women, those who were obese or had diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy were 1.61 times more likely to have children with autism and were 2.35 times more likely to have children who were developmentally delayed, a study found. Although pregnant women with type 2 or gestational diabetes were 2.33 times as likely to have children with developmental delays, researchers failed to find a statistically significant correlation between diabetes and autism rates. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/8), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Pesticides raise risk for shorter pregnancies, smaller babies
    Women exposed to high levels of organophosphates had pregnancies an average of three to four days shorter and babies who weighed about a third of a pound less than women with lower exposure levels, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. However, researchers found that the reduction in pregnancy duration was statistically significant only in white women, and the lower birth weight was significant only for black women. HealthDay News (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Study: Morbid obesity increases risk of fetal loss following amniocentesis
    Morbid obesity increases a pregnant woman's risk of fetal loss after amniocentesis, concludes a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The findings are important because obese women are more likely to be recommended for invasive prenatal testing, given that maternal obesity hinders the ability of ultrasonography to help detect conditions such as Down syndrome. Women who were moderately obese were not at increased risk of fetal loss after amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling compared with women of normal weight. Women with a BMI of 40.0 or higher, however, were 2.2 times more likely to miscarry after amniocentesis compared with women with a BMI of 25.0 or less, although they had similar rates of fetal loss after CVS. The authors conclude that clinicians should consider using BMI-specific information, particularly for morbidly obese women, when counseling women regarding the risk of fetal loss after an invasive prenatal diagnostic procedure. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Mom's caffeine doesn't wake baby, Brazil study suggests
    Brazilian researchers found no link between the amount of caffeine consumed by mothers and the sleep cycles of their newborns, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Nighttime wakening among babies that age can be due to so many different things. So to tease out caffeine's role is going to be very difficult," said Dr. Aparajitha Verma of the Methodist Hospital Sleep Disorder Center in Houston. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Psychiatric drugs tied to lower motor, neurological scores in babies
    Babies born to mothers who took antipsychotic drugs during pregnancy scored lower on neurological and motor-skills tests than babies with no exposure to such medications, according to a study published online in Archives of General Psychiatry. Babies exposed to antidepressants, however, had higher neurological evaluation scores than those exposed to antipsychotic medications. (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN News 
  • 2012 AWHONN Convention featured session: Anatomy of a Sentinel Event
    During the session Anatomy of a Sentinel Event: Leadership Response and Teamwork, panelists from quality, legal, clinical nursing, risk management and administration will present a sentinel event case study addressing the role of the bedside nurse and nursing leadership, especially in debriefing, striving for a culture of no blame while conducting a root cause analysis. The panel will identify effective methods to mitigate sentinel events. Strategies for forming a cohesive team to address the event and identify processes to prevent future occurrences will be discussed. In addition, there will be a discussion of the aftereffects of a sentinel event, including the emotional components from the moment of the sentinel event through the investigation process and resolution. Attend this session during the 2012 AWHONN Convention, June 23-27 in Washington, D.C./National Harbor, Md. -- it's one of more than 100 educational and networking events designed to provide you the information and solutions you need to promote quality patient care in your facility. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scholarships available for nurses
    The Nursing Scholarship Program (NSP) provides scholarships to nurses and nursing students in exchange for two years of service in an eligible health care facility. Scholarships are awarded competitively and consist of payment for tuition, required school fees and a monthly support stipend. If you are a nursing student or starting classes soon, consider applying. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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