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FDA warning for terbutaline in preterm labor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that terbutaline, indicated for asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, should not be used in pregnant women...

FDA approves drug to reduce risk of preterm birth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate) injection to reduce the risk of preterm delivery in pregnant women with...

Baby deliveries scheduled too soon, says new Leapfrog report

The Leapfrog Group has released a new report stating that thousands of babies are electively scheduled for delivery too early, resulting in a higher...

FDA advises women with breast impants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says women with breast implants may have a “very small, but increased risk” of developing anaplastic large cell...

Do you know which vaccines are recommended for special populations?

Pregnant and postpartum women, immunocompromised children, and persons at high risk for flu-related complications have special immunization needs. Part of ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign, this handout explains how to help ensure that these vulnerable populations are protected.

FDA recommends removing Avastin’s breast cancer indication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that the breast cancer indication for Avastin be removed from its label “because the drug...

Pregnant women and drug trials

Read a thoughtful essay from Melinda Wenner Moyer on clinical trials in women who are pregnant: http://blogs.plos.org/bodypolitic/2011/01/06/why-pregnant-women-deserve-drug-trials/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+plos%2Fblogs%2Fmain+%28Blogs+-+Main%29.

Postpartum depression: Don’t let patients suffer in silence

This might come as a surprise, but postpartum depression (PPD) is the number-one complication of childbearing. Experts estimate it strikes at least one in...

What every nurse needs to know about breast cancer

Breast cancer strikes 1 in 8 American women. This article discusses recent diagnostic and treatment advances (including some you may not know about) that may brighten the outlook for the nearly 180,000 American women diagnosed with the disease each year.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: A threat to appearance, menstruation, and fertility

Affecting 1 in 10 U.S. females, this distressing condition can be treated, though not cured. Your compassionate care and on-point teaching can make a big difference to patients.

Risks pf BSGI and PEM studies

According to a study in Radiology, a single breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) or positron emission mammography (PEM) test is “associated with a fatal radiation-induced...

Avastin may lose metastatic breast cancer indication

An U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-advisory panel has voted to strip Avastin’s indication for metastatic breast cancer because the drug is not effective...

In some situations, axillary node removal doesn’t improve breast cancer survival

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology June meeting found that removing additional axillary lymph nodes to look for breast cancer...

FDA approves new drug for osteoporosis

On June 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Prolia (denosumab), an injectable treatment for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at...

Birth control pill most popular form of contraception in U.S.

Results from in-person interviews of women found that during 2006-2008 the most popular form of contraception in the U.S. was the oral contraception pill,...

Women of child-bearing age more likely to survive cardiac arrest compared to men

Women of child-bearing age more likely to survive cardiac arrest compared to men According to a study in the May issue of Critical Care Medicine,...

Intraperitoneal chemotherapy: Improving the odds for ovarian cancer patients

Patients with ovarian cancer may receive intraperitoneal (IP) chemo­therapy, which delivers chemotherapeutic agents directly into the peritoneal cavity. Drugs given by this route include paclitaxel, carboplatin, and cisplatin.

Vitamin C and E don’t prevent complications of pregnancy-associated hypertension

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, vitamin C and E supplements failed to decrease the rate of adverse maternal...

Pregestational diabetes associated with congenital anomalies

Pregestational diabetes is associated with congenital anomalies, but obesity alone is not, according to a study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology. However, obesity predisposes...

March of Dimes releases new nursing education modules

The March of Dimes has released three new nursing education modules: Diabetes in Pregnancy, 4th Edition; Genetic Issues for Perinatal Nurses, 3rd Edition; and Preterm Infants: Transition...

Drug approval for breast cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tykerb (lapatinib) in combination with Femara (letrozole) to treat hormone positive and HER2-positive advanced breast cancer...

Drugs Today – July/August 2009

A weekly update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Health Network Strives for Excellence in Women’s Health Care

In 1996, a group of physicians, nurses, and healthcare consumers were sitting around a kitchen table in Allentown, Pennsylvania, discussing what keeps women from getting needed health care.

Take Note – April 2009

A monthly round-up of clinical and practice news and alerts.

Ending the cycle

Nurses nationwide work to eliminate partner violence.

Sexuality assessment and intervention tool

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Drugs Today – October 2008

Web Exclusive! An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.

Sex after breast cancer: Helping your patient cope

Sexual dysfunction plagues many breast cancer patients. Learn why this happens and how to intervene appropriately.
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Take Note – September 2008

Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future     In 2002, Johnson & Johnson launched the Campaign for Nursing’s Future to enhance the image of nursing, help...
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Take Note – July 2008

Measles outbreak       Between January 1 and April 25, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of 64 measles cases in nine states—the highest...

Drugs Today – July 2008

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals, and removals.
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Q&A with the Executive Director of AWHONN

In May, we celebrate Nurses’ Week, Women’s Health Week, and Mother’s Day. In the spirit of these celebrations, we asked Joseph C. Isaacs, CAE,...

Stopping the silent progression of osteoporosis

An update on risk factors, prevention, and treatment.
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Take Note – April 2008

Pam Cipriano to receive ANA’s Distinguished Member Award American Nurse Today Editor-in-Chief Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, will receive the Distinguished Member Award from the...

Preeclampsia: The little-known truth

The risks associated with preeclampsia don't end when the newborn is delivered.

Helping homeless pregnant women: A lesson in hope

For some pregnant women, being home for the holidays means staying at a homeless shelter.

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Menopause and Sleep Problems

Data shows that sleep disturbances increase in prevalence during the menopausal transition, with the most common complaint being nighttime awakenings. Take our quick three-question survey...