Here are some of the news stories you’ll find in our current issue:
“Kangaroo care” involves skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding when possible, and early hospital discharge with close monitoring. A study that followed infants who were no more than 4 lb. at birth found that the benefits of kangaroo care remained 20 years later.
A new VA rule allows three types of APRNs to practice to “the full extent of their education, training, and certification” without physician supervision: certified NPs, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives. It’s aimed at improving access to care and reducing wait times for the more than 9 million veterans served by the VA.
A study of a day care center in Arkansas found that childcare providers and parents only washed their hands properly 22% of the time—underscoring the need for educational programs to increase handwashing.
In the 12 months following the 2012 repeal of its universal helmet law, helmet use in Michigan declined, and 14% more hospitalized riders had head injuries.
According to a national study of data regarding births and deliveries between 2004 and 2013, there was a disproportionately higher increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (also known as neonatal withdrawal syndrome) in rural compared with urban areas.
In addition, click here and scroll down to “In the News” for this month’s NewsCAPs (brief takes on timely health-related topics) as well as a recap of announcements from health agencies.