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April 17, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Exercise boosts stress management efforts for breast cancer patients
    In combination with behavioral therapy, exercise reduced signs of depression and fatigue and improved the quality of life of breast cancer patients during treatment, according to a new study from the University of Miami. Although this study isn't the first to show the benefits of physical activity for those with breast cancer, it is among the first to demonstrate that activity improves the benefits of other stress management measures, researcher Jamie M. Stagl said. WebMD (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USPSTF: Ovarian cancer screening does more harm than good
    In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force renewed a 2004 recommendation against routine ovarian cancer screening, saying a review of 64 studies showed a risk of false positives without a significant decrease in death rates. The panel's recommendation does not cover women at greater risk for ovarian cancer because of family history or known genetic predisposition. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/11), (4/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Telbivudine eliminates mother-to-child HBV transfer in study
    Telbivudine therapy at 12 to 30 weeks' gestation prevented mother-to-infant hepatitis B transmission, compared with 9% transmission in the control group, in a study of 88 pregnant women with high viral loads and alanine aminotransferase levels. Researchers reported that 77% of women who took the drug had normal ALT levels one month after giving birth, compared with 49% in the control group. (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study supports weight loss for obese women before pregnancy
    Obese women should lose weight before getting pregnant, according to University of Illinois researchers who studied rats and found that obese mothers gave birth to babies who were up to 17% smaller than normal. The study in the journal Biology of Reproduction found that the nutrient-supply region of the placenta of an obese mother is half the size of one in a normal-weight mother. United Press International (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • New study links obesity with autism
    Mothers who are obese or have diabetes during pregnancy are significantly more likely to have children with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delays, concludes a new study in Pediatrics. The findings are particularly worrisome, say the authors, given that nearly 60% of reproductive-age women are overweight, one-third are obese and 8.7% have diabetes. The study involved approximately 1,000 children aged 2 to 5, half of whom had autism; the remaining half had developmental disorders or typical development. The researchers found that obese mothers were 1.67 times more likely to have an autistic child and 2.08 times more likely to have a child with developmental delays. Mothers with diabetes were 2.3 times as likely to have a child with development disorders, although the association between diabetes and autism was not statistically significant. The authors conclude that, given the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among women of childbearing age, their findings could have serious public health implications. Pediatrics (4/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Maternal weight, blood glucose levels may affect newborns
    Data from the 2008 Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome study show that even slightly elevated blood glucose levels and weight during pregnancy can increase babies' birth weight and insulin levels. The risk for greater birth weight was higher in women who were slightly overweight with moderately elevated blood glucose levels than for women who were obese with normal blood glucose or for normal-weight women who had gestational diabetes, researchers said. The Wall Street Journal/Health Blog (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "5 S" method beats sugar in relieving infant pain after shots
    When soothed with four of the "5 S's" -- swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing sounds, swinging and sucking -- most babies stopped crying within 45 seconds of a vaccine injection, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that babies who were given a sugar solution to relieve pain were still crying two minutes after the shot. CNN/The Chart blog (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Convention early-bird discounts end April 25!
    April 25 is your last chance to qualify for significant early-bird registration discounts for the 2012 AWHONN Convention June 23-27 in Washington, D.C./National Harbor, Md. The 2012 AWHONN Convention will meet all of your clinical and professional education and information needs in one event. Whether you need to evaluate new furniture for your birthing rooms (visit the Expo Hall), want an evidence-based update on pain management in labor and delivery (Session H4) or are interested in what one PACU has done to successfully institute skin-to-skin care (Innovative Program Poster), it’s covered at the 2012 AWHONN Convention, thanks to 125+ exhibitors, 200+ poster presentations and more than 100 educational and networking sessions. Consult the Preliminary Program or for full details -- and don’t forget to register by next Wednesday, April 25 to get the early-bird savings! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The online AWHONN Supplier Marketplace is designed specifically for nursing industry professionals and is easily accessible from the AWHONN homepage. Unlike traditional search engines, this vendor search enables you to conveniently perform targeted searches for industry-related products and services using either a user-defined keyword search or an alphabetized category directory search. Start exploring now at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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