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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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccination This Season

Sep 29, 2017 - On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170929fluvaccletter.html

USPSTF Draft Recommendations Address Falls, Fractures

Sep 28, 2017 - On Sept. 26, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reviews 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/20170928uspstfdraftfalls.html

USPSTF Offers Updated Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

Sep 22, 2017 - A new draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a recommendation to screen women ages 30-65 for cervical cancer every three years using cytology alone or every five years using high-risk HPV testing alone.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170922uspstfdraftcervca.html

CDC Breaks Down Recent Study Linking Flu Vaccine, Miscarriage

Sep 20, 2017 - Although evidence indicates that influenza vaccination is safe during pregnancy, data are limited for women in their first trimester, prompting a recent study that examined the incidence of miscarriage in women who received the vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170920flumiscarry.html

Review Updated Flu Prevention Guidance for 2017-2018

Sep 12, 2017 - The CDC has issued its annual recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza, which include guidance on the use of two newly licensed vaccines, as well as information on one vaccine's expanded age indication.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170912newflurecs.html

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccinations in Older Adults

Sep 12, 2017 - A free AAFP webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon CDT on Sept. 26 will focus on helping family doctors increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients ages 65 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170912fluwebinar.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Perform Vision Screening in Children Ages 3-5

Sep 6, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement that calls for clinicians to conduct vision screening at least once in children ages 3-5 years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170906kidsvisionscrn.html

CDC Data Show Obesity Among U.S. Adults Remains High

Sep 5, 2017 - On Aug. 31, the CDC released maps depicting adult obesity prevalence by state and territory, which show that obesity levels in the United States remain high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170905obesitymaps.html

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position Key to Predicting CVD Risk

Sep 1, 2017 - A recent study found that a widely used risk model systematically underpredicted atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event risk among patients from disadvantaged communities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170901sociocvdrisk.html

AAFP, Health Groups Demand 'R' Rating for Movies With Smoking

Aug 30, 2017 - The AAFP recently joined 16 other health organizations to demand that movie producers, distributors and exhibitors apply an R rating to all films that include depictions of smoking or tobacco.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170830moviesmokingltr.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Updated Naloxone Guidance

Aug 28, 2017 - The AMA Opioid Task Force recently released an updated resource family physicians can use for guidance when co-prescribing overdose drug naloxone with opioid medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170828naloxoneresource.html

AAFP Mapping Tool Aims to Enhance Immunization Advocacy

Aug 23, 2017 - Family physicians and other vaccine advocates can use the AAFP's new State Immunization Information System Legislation tool to aid them in immunization-focused outreach to state legislators.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170823vaccinemapper.html

AAFP Addresses Contraceptive Access and Coverage With FDA, CMS

Aug 21, 2017 - An Aug. 9 letter to FDA and CMS leaders stemmed from resolutions regarding contraception that were adopted by the 2016 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170821contraceptivesletter.html

AAFP to CMS: Set Minimum Coverage Standards for Preventive Services

Aug 17, 2017 - The AAFP asked CMS to require all insurance plans to cover all A and B recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170817preventivecoverage.html

Cyclosporiasis Cases on Upswing, Warns CDC Health Advisory

Aug 14, 2017 - The CDC released a Health Alert Network advisory on Aug. 7 saying this year has seen a notable increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170814cyclosporiasis.html

Overcoming Barriers to Opioid Treatment Takes Center Stage

Aug 11, 2017 - Recommendations from a newly released presidential commission report align with findings from a recent Annals of Family Medicine study that identified barriers to treating opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170811opioidsstudy.html

AAFP Awards Third Round of Tobacco Control Mini-grants

Aug 8, 2017 - The AAFP's latest class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients devised innovative approaches to controlling tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170808tobaccominigrants.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika Testing for Pregnant Women

Jul 31, 2017 - On July 24, the CDC issued an early-release Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report updating its interim guidance for health care professionals caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170731zikatestupdate.html

Should Medication-assisted Treatment Be Part of Primary Care?

Jul 28, 2017 - Two physicians consider the role of family physicians in addiction treatment in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170728mat.html

Panel: Opioid Addiction Should Be Treated as Illness, Not Crime

Jul 25, 2017 - Panelists at a recent forum hosted by Roll Call said the nation must acknowledge that addiction is a disease and secure the resources required to combat it.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170725opioidsummit.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Jul 25, 2017 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation statement reaffirms that potential harms of screening average-risk women for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170725uspstf-ovarian.html

AAFP, Baylor Partner to Create Alcohol Screening Practice Manual

Jul 20, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with Baylor College of Medicine to create a new alcohol screening and brief intervention manual family physicians can use in their practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170720alcoholmanual.html

Court Ruling Supports Incarcerated Women's Right to Breastfeed

Jul 18, 2017 - On July 5, leaders from the New Mexico AFP and two other health care organizations applauded a Santa Fe, N.M., court's decision to support breastfeeding for incarcerated women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170718incarceratedbreastfeed.html

Counseling Can Help Prevent CVD in Low-, Average-risk Adults

Jul 17, 2017 - On July 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement on behavioral counseling to help prevent cardiovascular disease in low- and average-risk adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170717uspstfcvdfinal.html

AAFP Webinar Offers Members Latest Zika Virus Updates

Jul 10, 2017 - An upcoming AAFP webinar will offer up-to-date information on Zika virus infection, sexual transmission of Zika, and management of pregnant women and children with Zika infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170710zikawebinar.html

Medicaid Is Crucial Lifeline for Addiction Treatment, Say Panelists

Jul 7, 2017 - Panelists at a recent summit on opioid abuse hosted by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation discussed the scope of the problem and how physicians can help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170707opioidsummit.html

ACIP Says No to LAIV for 2017-18 Flu Season

Jun 30, 2017 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended against use of live attenuated influenza vaccine during the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170630acipjunemtg.html

Teen Tobacco Use Dropped Significantly From 2015 to 2016

Jun 22, 2017 - According to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, fewer middle- and high-school students reported having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days in 2016 than in 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170622mmwr-teentobacco.html

Evidence Supports Screening Children, Teens for Obesity

Jun 22, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening children and teens for obesity and offering or referring those with a positive result to intensive behavioral interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170622uspstfkidsobesity.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Managing Acute, Recurrent Gout

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP recently endorsed the American College of Physicians' evidence-based guideline on managing acute and recurrent gout.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170616acpgoutgdline.html

Legionella Poses Risk for Patients in Health Care Facilities

Jun 15, 2017 - The CDC recently released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that found the prevalence of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. health care facilities is concerningly high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170615mmwrlegionella.html

AAFP, Other Groups Collaborate to Enhance Women's Health

Jun 13, 2017 - The Academy is collaborating with other health professional organizations to offer recommendations for updating the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines established in 2011.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201707613wpsi.html

FDA Calls for Opana ER's Removal Due to Abuse Concerns

Jun 12, 2017 - On June 8, the FDA asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER, from the U.S. market because of concerns about abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170612opana-er.html

AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

Jun 7, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to promote its interactive myhealthfinder tool, which helps patients determine what preventive services they need.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170607myhealthfinder.html

CDC Warns of Recent Jump in Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks

Jun 6, 2017 - In response to a national uptick in recreational water-associated disease outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium, the CDC is sharing healthy swimming resources that clinicians can pass along to patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606mmwr-crypto.html

Panel Describes Population Health Collaboration That Works

Jun 6, 2017 - Local initiatives can help empower patients to improve the social determinants of health that contribute to high volumes of hospitalizations and office visits.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606practicalplaybook.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening Kids, Teens for Scoliosis

Jun 1, 2017 - A recently issued U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in patients ages 10-18.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170601uspstfscoliosis.html

Racial Segregation Associated With Higher BP Among Black Adults

May 30, 2017 - A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increases in racial residential segregation were associated with small increases in systolic blood pressure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170530segregationbp.html

FDA Warns of Amputation Risk Linked to Newer Diabetes Drug

May 22, 2017 - The FDA has called for a new boxed warning to be added to canagliflozin product labels based on a heightened risk for leg and foot amputations associated with use of the drug.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170522fdainvokana.html

Don't Use Estrogen/Progestin Therapy for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

May 19, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement against the use of combined estrogen and progestin therapy to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170519uspstfhormetherapy.html

HCV Infection Rate Skyrocketed Between 2010 and 2015

May 17, 2017 - The CDC recently released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report articles that address hepatitis C virus infections in the United States, which nearly tripled from 2010 to 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170517mmwrhcv.html

Ongoing FDA Review of Fluoroquinolones Downplays Concerns

May 16, 2017 - The FDA has announced that previous concerns about fluoroquinolones boosting the risk for retinal detachment and aortic dissection or aneurysm have not been borne out by patient case data and published studies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170516fdafluoroquinolones.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP recently mailed members laminated copies of the 2017 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170515immunskeds.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

May 12, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released its final recommendation statement against screening asymptomatic adults for thyroid cancer. The AAFP recommendation mirrors that statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170512uspstfthyroid.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Treating Osteoporosis

May 11, 2017 - The American College of Physicians recently issued a guideline on treating osteoporosis and low bone density to prevent fractures, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170511acposteoguide.html

Despite Narrowing Gap, Racial Health Disparities Remain

May 9, 2017 - The death rate for African-Americans declined 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, but health disparity gaps between blacks and whites remain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170509mmwr-healthdispar.html

USPSTF: Screen for Pre-eclampsia Using BP Throughout Pregnancy

Apr 26, 2017 - On April 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalized its recommendation to screen pregnant women for pre-eclampsia throughout pregnancy using blood pressure measurements -- a B recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170426uspstfpreeclampsiafinal.html

FDA OKs Marketing of 10 DTC Genetic Health Risk Tests

Apr 25, 2017 - The FDA has approved the marketing of 10 direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests by the company 23andMe and has announced it plans to speed the approval of similar tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/2017042523andme.html

AAFP Recommends Against Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Apr 25, 2017 - In a departure from a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement, the AAFP has recommended against conducting screening pelvic exams in asymptomatic women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170425aafppelvicexam.html

FDA: No Prescription Codeine, Tramadol for Kids Under 12

Apr 21, 2017 - On April 20, the FDA issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children and requiring labeling changes to prescription medications containing these ingredients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170421codeine-tramadol.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Shigella

Apr 20, 2017 - The CDC has released a Health Alert Network health advisory warning clinicians about emerging Shigella strains that show possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170420shigellaadvisory.html

CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Apr 18, 2017 - Among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection, according to a recent CDC data brief.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418hpvrates.html

Maryland FP Leads Efforts to Improve Minority Health

Apr 18, 2017 - April is National Minority Health Month, and one family physician's work to help her community achieve greater health equity clearly embodies that initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418patczapp.html

Individualize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

Apr 11, 2017 - On April 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new draft recommendation statement and three draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170411uspstfprostate.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Safe Storage, Disposal Resource

Apr 10, 2017 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse has released a new resource family physicians can use to promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and other medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170410amaopioidresource.html

Kids' Solid-dose Acetaminophen Products Transition to Single Strength

Apr 7, 2017 - Manufacturers of pediatric solid-dose acetaminophen products are transitioning to a single strength of 160-mg chewables in the United States, which will be dubbed Children's.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170407kidstylenol.html

Birth Defects Seen in One in 10 Zika-infected Pregnancies

Apr 5, 2017 - One out of 10 pregnant women in the United States with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a fetus or infant with Zika-related birth defects; brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were reported in 75 percent of these affected fetuses and infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170405mmwrzika.html

Misconceptions About Antibiotics for Children's ARIs Persist

Apr 4, 2017 - Researchers in Australia explored parents' expectations and experiences using antibiotics for pediatric acute respiratory infections, with findings published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404annalsantibiotics.html

Meridian Expands EpiPen Recall to Include U.S.

Apr 4, 2017 - Meridian Medical Technologies is expanding a voluntary recall of its EpiPen products because of a possible defect in the devices that could result in their failing to activate.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404epipenrecall.html

AAFP Takes Leadership Role With Launch of Center for Diversity, Health Equity

Mar 31, 2017 - The AAFP recently announced the formation of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, which will focus on addressing the social aspects of health care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170331diversityequity.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

Mar 29, 2017 - On March 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170329uspstfceliac.html

CDC: Stronger Effort Needed to Fight Tuberculosis

Mar 28, 2017 - Preliminary tuberculosis (TB) surveillance data for 2016 indicate that despite slight declines in TB case numbers and rates in the United States since 2015, more needs to be done to eliminate the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170328mmwrtb.html

NIH Unveils Dietary Supplements Webpage for Health Professionals

Mar 23, 2017 - NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements has created a new webpage for health care professionals that features up-to-date, evidence-based information on supplements they can use during discussions with patients, colleagues and students.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170323dietsupplements.html

Extended In-office BP Monitoring Could Reduce Hypertension Overtreatment

Mar 22, 2017 - A study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes may dramatically reduce overtreatment of patients with white-coat hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170322bpmonitoring.html

New Health Group Pledges to Fight Climate Change Threats

Mar 20, 2017 - A new advocacy group that includes the AAFP and other primary care organizations has pledged to counter the growing public health threats of climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170320climatechange.html

New Videos Support FPs' Efforts to Boost Adult Immunizations

Mar 16, 2017 - The AAFP has created and released three online videos to help family physicians educate their adult patients on the benefits of being vaccinated against three common ailments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170316vaccinevideos.html

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults

Mar 15, 2017 - On March 7, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report that address the growing prevalence of arthritis in the general population and resulting activity limitations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170315mmwr-arthritis.html

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows Enjoy Busy, Eye-opening Year

Mar 14, 2017 - Current AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows David Cope, M.D., and John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., recently spoke with AAFP News about their experiences and what they learned during the fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170314vaccsciencefellows.html

Evidence Lacking on Routine Gynecologic Screening Pelvic Exams

Mar 8, 2017 - On March 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170308uspstfpelvicexam.html

ACS: Colorectal Cancer Rates Jump Among Younger Adults

Mar 7, 2017 - Although overall colorectal cancer (CRC) prevalence has been declining in the United States since the mid-1980s, a new study found CRC incidence is rising among young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170307colorectalcarates.html

Screen Vision in Children Ages 3-5; Evidence Lacking for Younger Kids

Mar 1, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on Feb. 28 that calls for clinicians to conduct vision screening at least once in children ages 3-5 years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170301uspstfkidsvision.html

ACIP Offers Revised, Single-dose HepB Infant Revaccination Option

Feb 28, 2017 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently offered a revised recommendation for single-dose revaccination of unprotected infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen-positive mothers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170228febacipmtg.html

AAFP to House: Don't Exempt Cigars From FDA Oversight

Feb 23, 2017 - On Feb. 15, the AAFP signed on to a letter to House members, urging them to oppose a bill that would exempt some cigars, including flavored cigars, from FDA regulation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170223housecigarltr.html

CDC: 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine Nearly 50 Percent Effective

Feb 21, 2017 - Interim estimates for the 2016-2017 influenza season show this year's vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170221fluvacceffect.html

AAFP, Other Groups to Congress: Continue to Fund Fight Against Zika

Feb 17, 2017 - On Feb. 10, the AAFP signed on to a joint letter to leaders of both the House and Senate appropriations committees that urges them to continue funding efforts to combat Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170217zikafundingltr.html

ACP: Try Nondrug Therapies First for Nonradicular Low Back Pain

Feb 14, 2017 - The American College of Physicians issued a clinical practice guideline recommending physicians treat patients' nonradicular acute or subacute low back pain with nondrug therapies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170214acp-backpain.html

Family Physicians Can Help Patients Limit Hearing Loss

Feb 10, 2017 - A Feb. 7 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report found a high prevalence of adult hearing loss from noise encountered during everyday activities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170210cdchearingloss.html

AAFP Webinar: Educating Patients on OTC Drug Safety

Feb 8, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar on Feb. 16 from 8-9 p.m. CST that will focus on how to best educate patients about the safety of OTC analgesics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170208otcwebinar.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2017 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2017 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other groups, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170206immunskeds.html

Top Preventive Services Recommendations Ranked by Relative Efficacy

Feb 3, 2017 - The National Commission on Prevention Priorities has updated its clinical preventive services rankings and has published them in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170203clinrecsranked.html

Seasonal Flu Activity Continues to Climb in United States

Feb 1, 2017 - As of Jan. 21, 37 states had reported widespread seasonal influenza activity to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170201fluupdate.html

Video Decision Aids Help Patients Follow USPSTF Recommendations

Jan 30, 2017 - Researchers analyzed how video decision aids could be used to persuade patients to follow evidence-based guidance, with findings published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170130annfammedvideo.html

More Research Needed on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jan 25, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and AAFP have finalized recommendations on screening asymptomatic adults for obstructive sleep apnea in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170125uspstfosarec0.html

FP Joins Webinar Panel to Share Smoking Cessation Success Stories

Jan 24, 2017 - The AAFP invites members to register for a free 90-minute webinar starting at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 31 that will present tobacco cessation success stories.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170124sclcwebinar.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adultsand#8217; SBP to Below 150 mm Hg

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP and the American College of Physicians published a joint guideline on appropriate systolic blood pressure targets for patients 60 and older who have hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118htnguideline.html

Big Drop Seen in Diabetes-related Kidney Disease in Native Americans

Jan 18, 2017 - A recently released Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed diabetes-related end-stage renal disease among Native American adults decreased 54 percent from 1996 to 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118mmwrdiabetesesrd.html

Use Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects

Jan 16, 2017 - On Jan. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on folic acid supplementation to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170116folicacidfinal.html

New Guidance: Dodge Peanut Allergy Using, Well, Peanuts

Jan 11, 2017 - New evidence-based recommendations call for introducing certain infants at risk for developing peanut allergy to dietary peanut as early as age 4 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170111peanutrecs.html

AAO-HNS Updates Guideline on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cerumen Impaction

Jan 9, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published its updated clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cerumen impaction.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170109cerumengdln.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Jan 5, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American College of Physicians released updated recommendations on oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170105acpdiabetesguidance.html

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