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CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

Jul 6, 2018 - The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180706mmwrltbi.html

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

Jul 3, 2018 - The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703hlthframewrk.html

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care

Jul 3, 2018 - On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703teenwebinar.html

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF

Jul 2, 2018 - On June 26, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in various patient populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180702osteofinal.html

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season

Jun 27, 2018 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has reaffirmed its October 2017 recommendation to include live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; FluMist) in its guidance for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180627acipjunemtg.html

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties

Jun 22, 2018 - Research reported in the June 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180622mmwr-obesity.html

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Jun 20, 2018 - Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180620vaccineexempts.html

Family Physicians Needed to Serve on Opioid Expert Teams

Jun 19, 2018 - The AAFP is recruiting family physicians who have experience using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders or are interested in obtaining a waiver to prescribe MAT to be part of opioid expert teams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180619str-tateams.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

Jun 18, 2018 - HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits to further boost those rates.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180618hhs-hpvltr.html

USPSTF: Don't Use ECG to Screen Low-risk Adults for CVD Events

Jun 14, 2018 - On June 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for cardiovascular disease risk with electrocardiography. Based on the available evidence, the task force recommends against such screening in asymptomatic, low-risk individuals.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180614uspstfecgcvd.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

Jun 13, 2018 - The AAFP recently joined with five other medical organizations to release joint principles addressing the opioid epidemic that are intended to inform congressional policies on the issue.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180613opioidprinciples.html

Suicide Rates Spike Across United States, Says CDC

Jun 12, 2018 - The CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report June 7 that revealed suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180612cdcsuicide.html

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Jun 8, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week issued a draft recommendation statement calling for primary care clinicians to screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to those with a positive screening result.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180608uspstfdraftalcohol.html

AMA Task Force Reports Progress on Reversing Opioid Epidemic

Jun 6, 2018 - The AMA Opioid Task Force, which includes AAFP representation, issued a progress report on May 31 that highlighted a decline in opioid prescribing for the fifth consecutive year.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180606amaopioidtaskforce.html

Commence CRC Screening at Age 45, ACS Recommends

Jun 5, 2018 - The American Cancer Society has released an updated colorectal cancer screening guideline that calls for screening in average-risk adults to begin at age 45 rather than the previously recommended age 50. The AAFP and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force still recommend screening at ages ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180605acscrcscreen.html

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

May 30, 2018 - The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180530fdabenzocaine.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

May 29, 2018 - HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

May 23, 2018 - On May 22, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180523uspstfmaltreat.html

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

May 21, 2018 - A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180521acupuncture.html

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

May 18, 2018 - A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180518cannabinoids.html

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

May 16, 2018 - With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180516vaccfellowship.html

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

May 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180511psascreen.html

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

May 9, 2018 - The CDC's April 27 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180509rotavirus.html

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple

May 8, 2018 - The CDC says the United States needs to be better prepared for the public health threat of widespread, difficult-to-control vector-borne diseases.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180508vectorborne.html

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

May 4, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180504violence.html

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions

Apr 25, 2018 - Opioid prescriptions in the United States decreased 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180425opioidstudy.html

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Apr 20, 2018 - Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.html

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures

Apr 18, 2018 - On April 17, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two final recommendation statements and evidence summaries on the prevention of falls and fractures in older adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180418uspstffalls.html

AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

Apr 17, 2018 - On April 10, the AAFP wrote a letter to the FDA in response to the agency's request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180417nicotineltr.html

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

Apr 16, 2018 - A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180416fdalawsuit.html

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

Apr 11, 2018 - In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180411hepbshortage.html

CDC Strategy Effective Against Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Apr 10, 2018 - The CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network, working with health departments across the country, found more than 220 instances of pathogens with unusual antibiotic-resistance genes last year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180410mmwr-antibioticresist.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

Apr 6, 2018 - To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

Apr 4, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

Synthetic Opioids Fuel Spike in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths

Apr 2, 2018 - Drug overdose deaths killed 63,632 Americans in 2016, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released March 30.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402mmwrsynthopioids.html

Academy, STFM Launch Shots by AAFP/STFM

Apr 2, 2018 - The Academy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine are excited to announce that the new Shots by AAFP/STFM applet is now available in the AAFP mobile app and as a stand-alone app, as well.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402shotsapp.html

Study Suggests E-cigarettes Cause More Harm Than Good

Mar 30, 2018 - A new study suggests that although e-cigarette use may help older smokers quit using tobacco, the devices may cause adolescents and young adults to actually start smoking traditional cigarettes and, eventually, become daily smokers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180330e-cigstudy.html

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

Mar 27, 2018 - The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program released a report that found, among other things, an increase in the percentage of infants in the United States born with a low birthweight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180327disparitiesrpt.html

New Online Tool Lets FPs Review Data on Disease Outbreaks

Mar 26, 2018 - The CDC has launched a new online data tool that gives users the ability to search for information on enteric disease outbreaks in the United States and report results in a variety of presentations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180326norsdashboard.html

Counsel Young Fair-skinned Patients to Avoid UV Radiation

Mar 22, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and evidence review on March 20 that address behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180322uspstfskinca.html

FDA Proposes Reducing Nicotine in Combustible Cigarettes

Mar 21, 2018 - The FDA announced on March 15 that it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to explore reducing nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or nonaddictive levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180321fdanicotine.html

Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

Mar 19, 2018 - The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180319upandaway.html

AAFP Offers Resources to Support Kick Butts Day, March 21

Mar 14, 2018 - The AAFP is joining other medical professional organizations to support the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Kick Butts Day on March 21 with a wide range of resources, including social media messages.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180314kickbutts.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

Mar 13, 2018 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 9, 2018 - On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Mar 9, 2018 - A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased almost 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309mmwropioid.html

Despite Known Dangers, Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

Mar 6, 2018 - The CDC recently released a data brief that said nationally, one in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 reported smoking during pregnancy. The prevalence was highest in West Virginia, where one in four women smoked while pregnant.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180306maternalsmoking.html

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

Mar 1, 2018 - The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180301clarithromycin.html

ACIP: LAIV OK to Use During 2018-19 Flu Season

Feb 26, 2018 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted 12-2 to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine be included among vaccines to be used during the upcoming flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180226acipmtg-laiv.html

FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Concussion Evaluation

Feb 23, 2018 - On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180223concussiontest.html

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

Feb 21, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180221uspstfobesity.html

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

Feb 19, 2018 - A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180219nchsdepression.html

Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Feb 16, 2018 - The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the president and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180216violencestatement.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Feb 14, 2018 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

Feb 13, 2018 - New data from the CDC show that from 2001 to 2016, children with asthma in the United States had fewer asthma exacerbations, missed school days and visits to the hospital.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180213mmwrasthma.html

Keynote Spotlights Community Work on Social Determinants

Feb 9, 2018 - A speaker at the National Health Policy Conference said effective health initiatives aimed at inequities must address social issues and community needs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180209sdh.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

Feb 8, 2018 - On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180208uspstfsyphilisscreen.html

Interdisciplinary Care Effective for Opioid Use Disorder

Feb 6, 2018 - A rural health clinic in Scappoose, Ore., and an associated federally qualified health center are successfully using an interdisciplinary model to care for patients with opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206medbehavoudcare.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2018 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206newimmunschedules.html

CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources

Feb 1, 2018 - The CDC has launched a website that features free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training and tools, including resources specific to family physicians -- some of which the AAFP created.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180201cdcfasdsite.html

Local Zika Transmission in U.S. Tied to Rise in Birth Defects

Jan 30, 2018 - The CDC reports areas of the United States with local Zika virus transmission in late 2016 saw a rise in birth defects associated with Zika infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180130mmwrzika.html

Comprehensive E-cigarettes Study Offers Mixed Findings

Jan 26, 2018 - Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently issued a comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes and their effects on health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126e-cigreport.html

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

Jan 26, 2018 - A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126subconcussivecte.html

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

Jan 22, 2018 - The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122safesleep.html

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jan 22, 2018 - On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122uspstfcvdscreens.html

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

Jan 17, 2018 - As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180117fluupdate.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

Jan 12, 2018 - The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

Jan 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

Jan 9, 2018 - The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180109sdohtools.html

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

Jan 8, 2018 - The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic. The agency plans to prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180108fdahomeopathy.html

FDA Finalizes Ban on Triclosan, Other OTC Antiseptics

Dec 22, 2017 - The FDA finalized a rule Dec. 20 that said triclosan and 23 other active ingredients aren't safe and effective for use in OTC antiseptic products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171222triclosanban.html

USPSTF Examines ECG Screening to Prevent CVD Events, AFib

Dec 20, 2017 - On Dec. 19, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a pair of draft recommendations on electrocardiographic screening for cardiovascular disease and atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171220uspstfcvdafib.html

Don't Use HRT for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

Dec 15, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171215uspstfhrt.html

CDC: 2017-18 Flu Season in U.S. Dominated by H3N2 Viruses

Dec 13, 2017 - So far this flu season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominant in the United States, according to a newly released CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171213fluupdate.html

AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

AAFP Tells FDA to Stay Vigilant on Public Health Issues

Dec 12, 2017 - The AAFP told the FDA in a recent letter that no move to modify or repeal any regulation should come at the expense of public health.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212fdaletter.html

CDC MMWR: HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection

Dec 6, 2017 - A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and related Vital Signs said HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than had previously been reported. Work remains, however, to boost testing rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171206mmwrhiv.html

NIH Study: Most Homes Have High Levels of Allergens

Dec 5, 2017 - Research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that more than 90 percent of homes in the United States have three or more detectable allergens present.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171205nihallergenstudy.html

Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field

Dec 4, 2017 - A systematic evidence review published online Nov. 28 in Annals of Internal Medicine examined use of naloxone to treat opioid overdoses in the field.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171204naloxonestudy.html

ACP, CDC Issue Guidance on Hep B Screening, Treatment

Nov 29, 2017 - The American College of Physicians and CDC released a clinical guideline on hepatitis B virus infection that offers recommendations on vaccination, screening and linking patients to care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171129hepbguideline.html

AAFP Joins Call for Fully Funded Immunization Program

Nov 28, 2017 - The United States needs a robust immunization infrastructure, and the AAFP recently signed on to a letter reminding lawmakers that this requires adequate funding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171128vaccineletter.html

Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Childhood Respiratory Disease

Nov 22, 2017 - Researchers in Australia have found that the HPV vaccine prevents juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, an uncommon but incurable condition, in that nation's children.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171122hpv-jorrp.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High, Say Speakers

Nov 14, 2017 - Awareness campaigns, scientific advances and documentation help keep childhood vaccination rates high, said speakers at the 2017 AAFP State Legislative Conference.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171114statevaccs.html

USPSTF: Screen All Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis

Nov 10, 2017 - On Nov. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening individuals for osteoporosis to prevent fractures.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171110uspstfdraftrecosteo.html

Idaho AFP's Tar Wars Continues Fight Against Tobacco

Nov 7, 2017 - The Idaho AFP recently revamped its Tar Wars presentation tools and resources, and presenters and students alike seem to be impressed.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171107idahotarwars.html

CDC Gives Advice on Treating Patients Affected by Hurricanes

Nov 2, 2017 - On Oct. 24, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network advisory offering recommendations for assessing patients currently living or working in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171102cdchurricanerecs.html

ACIP Recommends New Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine

Oct 31, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending preferential use of a new herpes zoster subunit (HZ/su; Shingrix) vaccine over currently available herpes zoster live (Zostavax) vaccine for adults 50 and older.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171031acipmeeting.html

G-TRUST Instrument Identifies Useful Clinical Guidelines

Oct 30, 2017 - Researchers have developed an eight-question tool -- highlighted in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine -- designed to help family physicians find useful, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171030annalsg-trust.html

Choosing Wisely: Five Years of Focusing on 'the Right Care'

Oct 27, 2017 - Five years after the launch of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and other experts recently discussed reductions in the use of unnecessary medical services.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171027choosingwisely.html

AAFP Offers Support for Opioid Commission's Early Proposals

Oct 26, 2017 - The AAFP recently wrote to the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis with comments on the commission's early recommendations and information about the Academy's ongoing work to fight opioid addiction and misuse.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171026opioidletter.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika Virus Infection in Infants

Oct 24, 2017 - The CDC has released updated interim clinical guidance for health care professionals who care for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171024newcdczikarecs.html

AAFP: To Delay Food Labeling Rule Would Be 'Preposterous'

Oct 24, 2017 - The AAFP recently told the FDA that a proposed delay in enforcing a rule that requires more accurate food nutrition labeling is unnecessary and harmful.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171024nutritionlabel.html

CDC: Rural Americans More Likely to Die by Suicide

Oct 23, 2017 - According to CDC data released Oct. 6 in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, rural counties had higher suicide rates than medium/small or large metropolitan counties from 2001 to 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171023mmwrsuicide.html

Study: Formularies Offer Path to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Oct 16, 2017 - New research suggests that Medicare Part D formularies could be used to restrict opioid prescribing and help fight the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171016opioidprescribing.html

Counsel Young Fair-skinned Patients About Skin Cancer

Oct 12, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Oct. 10 that address behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171012uspstfskinca.html

Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy Reduces Newborn Pertussis

Oct 10, 2017 - A CDC study estimated that vaccinating pregnant women with the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine during their third trimester was nearly 78 percent effective in preventing pertussis in their infants younger than 2 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171010pregtdapstudy.html

CDC Launches Rx Awareness Campaign

Oct 6, 2017 - The CDC has launched the Rx Awareness campaign, which features testimonials from people affected by the opioid epidemic in the United States, as well as numerous other resources and tools.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171006rxaware.html

Panelists: Physicians Must Stress Importance of Flu Vaccination

Oct 6, 2017 - Panelists at a recent event in Washington said that because vaccination rates vary widely, it's essential for physicians to remind patients that they need an annual flu shot.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171006vaccpanel.html

STDs Hit All-time High, Says CDC

Oct 3, 2017 - More than 2 million cases of chlamydial infection, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, according to the CDC's annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171003cdcstdrpt.html

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