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Many Physicians Leery of Using Opioids for Noncancer Pain

Dec 22, 2014 - Forty-five percent of physicians said they are less likely to prescribe opioids today than they were one year ago, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141222opioidsurvey.html

CMS to Consider Covering HPV Testing for Cervical Cancer

Dec 19, 2014 - CMS has accepted the AAFP's request to begin a national coverage analysis on expanding coverage for cervical cancer screening in women ages 30-65 to include HPV testing along with Pap smear every five years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141219hpv-cervca.html

Primary Care, Public Health Integration Focus of New Resource

Dec 23, 2014 - The Academy has stepped up its promotion of integrating primary care and public health by publishing its own position paper on the subject.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141223primcare-pubhlthpaper.html

Intensive Glucose Control Curbs Mortality in Type 1 Diabetes

Jan 20, 2015 - A recent study found that people with type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood glucose are likely to live longer than those who do not.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150120glucosecontrol.html

Confluence of Factors Contribute to California's Worsening Pertussis Outbreak

Dec 31, 2014 - Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 26, nearly 10,000 pertussis cases were reported to the California Department of Public Health. Inappropriate vaccination of pregnant women and waning immunity may be largely to blame.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141231califpertussis.html

USPSTF Finds Screening Adults for Hypertension Still Beneficial

Jan 7, 2015 - A draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirms the benefit of screening adults for hypertension and also recommends ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to confirm the diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150107uspstfhypertension.html

Guideline Covers Labor, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Jan 13, 2015 - The AAFP has created an evidence-based clinical guideline to help family physicians discuss and help patients plan for labor and vaginal birth after cesarean.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150113lac-vbac.html

Ebola, Vaccination Changes Dominate Past Year's Headlines

Jan 5, 2015 - In one form or another, family medicine played a major role in 2014's top medical stories, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recommended immunization changes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150105yir-hops.html

New AAP Bronchiolitis Guideline Drops Call for Certain Tests, Treatments

Jan 14, 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics made several major changes to its updated evidence-based guideline for diagnosing, managing and preventing bronchiolitis, which the AAFP recently endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150114endorseaapbronchgdlne.html

Tobacco Control Mini-grants Fund Chapter, Residency Programs

Jan 21, 2015 - The AAFP has announced the recipients of its first tobacco control mini-grants, which will fund innovative tobacco-cessation and -prevention efforts at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150121tobaccominigrants.html

Consumer Wellness Devices Spark FDA Draft Guidance

Jan 23, 2015 - The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health is seeking public comment on draft guidance it released earlier this week regarding certain devices consumers use to monitor and/or promote general health and wellness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150123wellnessguidance.html

Prolonged Sitting Linked to Serious Health Risks, Death

Jan 27, 2015 - A recent study suggests that sitting for prolonged periods increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death, even among people who exercise regularly.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150127sitting.html

Opioid Studies Mark Slowdown in Abuse, but Work Remains

Jan 28, 2015 - According to a recent report, a dearth of research has left physicians in the lurch when it comes to finding guidance on the best approaches to treating various types of pain, particularly with opioid analgesics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150128nihopioidstudy.html

Use Antiviral Drugs for High-risk Influenza Patients

Feb 4, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the CDC and other groups in encouraging health care professionals to use antiviral drugs promptly when influenza is suspected in high-risk patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150204fluantivirals.html

Updated 2015 Immunization Schedules Offer Conversation Starter With Patients

Feb 6, 2015 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have released the 2015 adult and childhood immunization schedules, which include a number of notable changes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150206immunskeds.html

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer CT Screening, CMS Announces

Feb 10, 2015 - CMS recently announced that as of Feb. 5, Medicare beneficiaries who meet certain criteria will be covered for lung cancer screening using low-dose CT scans.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150210medicarelungca.html

FPs Share Expertise on Primary Care, Public Health Integration

Feb 11, 2015 - Family physicians led discussions that explored the relationship between primary care and public health during a Feb. 5 workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150211iomrndtblpcph.html

Measles Outbreak Offers Springboard for Immunization Discussions

Feb 3, 2015 - According to AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D, the Disneyland-linked measles outbreak offers a perfect opportunity to reach out to unimmunized patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150203measlesupdate.html

Survey: Most Americans Plan to Change Nutrition, Fitness Habits

Feb 12, 2015 - Results from a recent survey by Family Medicine for America's Health found that more than 80 percent of Americans plan to change their diet or exercise regimen this year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150212fmahsurvey.html

Proposed Dietary Guidance Draws Scrutiny

Feb 25, 2015 - Findings from the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report offer no real surprises and shed light on the causes of the current obesity epidemic, says one FP expert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225dietguidelinesreport.html

AAFP Joins White House Summit on Responding to Medical Emergencies

Feb 16, 2015 - At a Feb. 10 physicians roundtable hosted by the White House, government officials and health care leaders met to discuss how to best arm bystanders to help during a medical emergency, particularly by stopping life-threatening bleeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150216whitehouseprepmtg.html

ACP Guidelines Address Prevention, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

Mar 4, 2015 - This week, the American College of Physicians released a pair of evidence-based clinical guidelines that address prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acpbedsoreguides.html

Wanted: FPs Schooled in Vaccine Science, Policy

Feb 17, 2015 - The AAFP is seeking applicants for its 2015-2016 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship program. Two openings are available, and the deadline to apply is March 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150217vaccfellows.html

AAFP Joins Unified Effort on Gun Violence, Physician Free Speech

Feb 23, 2015 - The AAFP and seven other health professional organizations joined the American Bar Association in calling for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths and to protect physicians' free speech rights.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150223gunviolence.html

Cigarettes Linked to More Deaths Than Previously Thought

Feb 25, 2015 - A study published online Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that about 17 percent of excess deaths in smokers were caused by diseases not previously linked to smoking cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225smokinglink.html

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity

Mar 17, 2015 - A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150317exerciseglucose.html

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Renamed and Redefined

Mar 2, 2015 - The Institute of Medicine released a Feb. 10 report proposing new diagnostic criteria for the condition commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150302newchronicfatigue.html

ACIP: LAIV No Longer Preferentially Recommended for Young Children

Mar 4, 2015 - During its Feb. 26 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reversed its preferential recommendation for live attenuated influenza vaccine use in young children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acip-laiv.html

AAFP Supports CDC, HHS Vaccine Efforts but Calls for Change

Mar 9, 2015 - On March 4, the AAFP sent letters to the CDC and HHS responding to the agencies' calls for comment on updated immunization information.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150309vaccineltrs.html

New Breastfeeding Toolkit Offers Comprehensive Resource

Mar 5, 2015 - The Academy has created a breastfeeding resource and toolkit for family physicians to bolster its policy on breastfeeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150305breastfeedingtoolkit.html

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccination in Older Adults

Mar 10, 2015 - A free AAFP webinar scheduled for March 19 will focus on helping family physicians increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients age 65 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150310fluvaccwebinar.html

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care

Apr 22, 2015 - Community Care of North Carolina's transitional care initiative supports its Medicaid patients and prevents one readmission in the coming year for every six patients in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150422hip-ncprofile.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

HHS Lays Out Multifaceted Plan to Combat Opioid Abuse

Apr 8, 2015 - HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a targeted initiative on March 26 that identifies three priority areas to reduce prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdose, death and dependence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150408hhsopioids.html

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Iron Deficiency Screening in Pregnant Women, Young Kids

Apr 6, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft statement on March 30 that said current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening pregnant women for iron deficiency anemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150406irondeficiency.html

Tobacco Resources Offer Context for Building a Tobacco-free Future

Apr 9, 2015 - Tobacco-control resources family physicians may wish to explore include the upcoming webinar Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the archive at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150409tobaccoresources.html

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss

Apr 14, 2015 - A study published online April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 11 commercial weight-loss programs and found that only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig helped participants achieve long-term weight loss.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150414weightloss.html

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74

Apr 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation on breast cancer screening recommends mammograms every two years for women ages 50-74 but says the decision should be individualized for women ages 40-49.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150424mammograms.html

CMS Proposes Covering Pap Smear/HPV Testing For Cervical Cancer

Apr 29, 2015 - CMS recently proposed covering cervical cancer screening that would combine HPV testing with a Pap smear once every five years for certain Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429cervicalcancer.html

Use New AAFP Resource to Encourage Tdap Vaccination for Pregnant Patients

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP has created a resource to inform and remind family physicians about recommending tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine to pregnant women during every pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429pertussispage.html

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities

May 15, 2015 - A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150515alcoholstudies.html

PCSK9 Antibody Therapy Offers Promising Alternative to Statins, Study Suggests

May 1, 2015 - In a recent study, researchers concluded protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 antibody therapy appeared to be a safe and effective alternative to statins to treat adults with hypercholesterolemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150501pcsk9.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists

May 13, 2015 - Individuals who have weight problems are contributing to rising medical costs, a problem that physicians and major insurers such as Medicare are struggling to address directly.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150513obesitypanel.html

Offer Smokers Variety of Cessation Options, Says USPSTF

May 12, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150512deemingruleltr.html

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning

May 20, 2015 - On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150520reynoldspetition.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

Prepare for Spread of MERS-CoV, Says CDC

Jun 15, 2015 - The ongoing Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Korea is prompting CDC officials to urge physicians to re-educate themselves about the disease and prepare for its potential arrival.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201506015mers-cov.html

HHS Awards Aim to Help Primary Care Practices Promote Heart Health

May 29, 2015 - HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched its EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grant initiative with $112 million in awards to empower small primary care practices to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150529evidencenow.html

Tell Congress Not to Tamper With FDA's Tobacco Authority

Jun 3, 2015 - Earlier today, the Academy sent out a Speak Out alert encouraging members to contact their representatives and urge them to vote down H.R. 662, which would infringe on the FDA's ability to regulate cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150603cigarspeakout.html

Studies Suggest E-cigarettes Don't Aid Long-term Smoking Cessation

Jun 5, 2015 - An analysis of currently available research on electronic cigarettes that was presented during the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in mid-May found that the popular vaping devices haven't proven to be successful long-term solutions for patients who want to quit ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150605e-cigstudies.html

New CVD Risk-reduction Model Promises to Pay for Results

Jun 4, 2015 - On May 28, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell introduced the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model, which will use predictive modeling to generate personalized CVD risk scores and modification plans for Medicare patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150604cvdriskmodel.html

Wergin Invited to White House for Antibiotic Stewardship Event

Jun 8, 2015 - Medical and food-production representatives pledged action at a White House panel discussion on antibiotic stewardship. AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., represented family medicine at the event.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150608antibiotics.html

BUILD Health Challenge Aids Communities in Need

Jun 16, 2015 - An innovative grants program is attempting to reverse the socioeconomic trends that contribute to poor health by supporting local initiatives that address health issues tied to a specific social need. The BUILD Health Challenge recently awarded grants to 18 initiatives designed to solve...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150616buildhealthchallenge.html

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Kick Butts

Jun 26, 2015 - Members of the inaugural class of AAFP tobacco prevention and control mini-grant recipients have completed the initial phase of their projects and discuss their experiences in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626tobacco-grants.html

California Mandates Vaccines for Children in School, Daycare

Jul 6, 2015 - On June 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires vaccination of all children in school or daycare, with exemptions only for valid medical reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150706califvaccines.html

Falls Prevention Program Scores Wins All Around

Jun 17, 2015 - Research study results show that a comprehensive HHS-funded falls prevention program helps keep seniors from falling and lowers fall-related medical costs. Overall, every $1 invested in the intervention program led to a savings of $1.68 on long-term services and supports for patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617preventfalls.html

Academy Applauds FDA Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

Jun 17, 2015 - The FDA has announced it will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fatty acids -- commonly known as trans fats -- in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617transfat.html

JAMA Meta-analysis Finds Mixed Results for Medical Marijuana Use

Jul 8, 2015 - A meta-analysis published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association found there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for treating chronic pain but only low-quality evidence for a number of other indications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150708medmarijuana.html

Conference Offers Platform to Share Immunization Successes

Jun 23, 2015 - During the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project Conference, participants discussed successes and challenges involved in trying to improve adolescent immunization rates during the three-year initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150623adolimmconf.html

Depigmentation Cases Prompt New Label Warning for ADHD Patch

Jun 26, 2015 - After dozens of reports of skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation associated with use of the methylphenidate transdermal system marketed as Daytrana, FDA officials are requiring that a new warning be added to the medication's package label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626daytrana.html

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks on the Rise, CDC Warns

Jul 1, 2015 - As summer heats up and people head to the swimming pool, a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from June 26 highlights a rise in outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701cryptooutbreaks.html

ACIP Issues New Recommendation for MenB Vaccination

Jul 1, 2015 - During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted a Category B recommendation for use of the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines in patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701acipmtg.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen Children for Speech, Language Issues, Says USPSTF

Jul 9, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 or younger in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150709speechlangfinal.html

FDA Warns Drugmakers to Quit Selling Unapproved Rx Otic Drops

Jul 7, 2015 - FDA officials recently moved to shut down the manufacture and sale of 16 unapproved prescription otic products; the agency also will evaluate the safety of children's use of certain codeine-containing products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150707fdaactions.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Jul 22, 2015 - On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150722uspstfvision.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

Jul 15, 2015 - A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150715ssristudy.html

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

Jul 16, 2015 - The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716agingconference.html

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Jul 16, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716tobaccomini-grants.html

Three Cities Take Custom Approaches to Population Health

Aug 4, 2015 - Building on the concept that where one lives is a strong indicator of future health, three cities are tackling population health in their own distinctive ways.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150804populationhealth.html

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jul 23, 2015 - According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150723heroinuptick.html

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

Jul 27, 2015 - The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150727obesityinitiative.html

AAFP Joins Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29. The campaign is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729alltrials.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Jul 29, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729depress-screen.html

HHS Kicks in Millions More to Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Aug 5, 2015 - In response to a steady drumbeat of bad news about opioid abuse throughout the United States, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced plans to up the ante of funding the agency is making available to combat the epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150805hhsdruggrants.html

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

Aug 10, 2015 - In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150810chlamydiastudy.html

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

Aug 11, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150811uspstfautism.html

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

Aug 14, 2015 - A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150814infectionvitalsigns.html

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

Aug 19, 2015 - HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819htnchallengenoms.html

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

Aug 19, 2015 - The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819nflfdtnconcussion.html

Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

Aug 21, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150821aciprecap.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

Aug 25, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150825copdscreening.html

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

Aug 26, 2015 - A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150826ecigs-teens.html

AAFP, Other Groups Spur FDA Action Against Tobacco Makers

Aug 28, 2015 - Three days after the AAFP called on the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products to take enforcement action against the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. for making misleading claims about its cigarettes, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150828santafetobacco.html

Study Links Long-term NSAID Use to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Sep 2, 2015 - Danish researchers conducted a population-based, case-control study that found an association between long-term, continuous use of low-dose aspirin and long-term use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and decreased colorectal cancer risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150902nsaidscrc.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Sep 9, 2015 - On Sept. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation on screening for iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women and children ages 6 to 24 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909irondeficiency.html

AAFP Tells FDA to Require Warnings on Liquid Nicotine

Sep 4, 2015 - The AAFP has recommended that the FDA require manufacturers of liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes to provide warning labels and child-resistant packaging for their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150904nicotinewarning.html

CDC Commits $20 Million to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose

Sep 9, 2015 - On Sept. 4, the CDC announced it's launching the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program to help states end the ongoing prescription drug overdose epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909overdosefunds.html

AAFP Paper Offers Family Medicine Approach to Poverty

Sep 9, 2015 - A recent AAFP paper says family physicians can mitigate the effects of poverty on health by understanding patients' challenges, coping strategies and available community resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909povertypaper.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Screening Teens for Depression

Sep 14, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation statement that says adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be screened for major depressive disorder when adequate systems are in place for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150914teensmddscreen.html

USPSTF Issues Draft Statement on Low-dose Aspirin to Prevent CVD, Colorectal Cancer

Sep 16, 2015 - On Sept. 15, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement supporting prophylactic low-dose aspirin therapy for patients ages 50-59 who have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150916uspstfaspirin.html

JAMA Study Finds Half of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

Sep 18, 2015 - A study published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association Sept. 8 found that in 2012, about half of American adults had either diabetes or prediabetes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150918jamadiabetes.html

Obesity Care Model Calls for Primary Care, Public Health Integration

Sep 22, 2015 - A group from the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions has proposed a model to prevent and treat obesity by integrating primary care and public health resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150922obesitymodel.html

USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Recommendations on Smoking Cessation in Adults

Sep 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released its final recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer patients who smoke a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150924finaltobaccorec.html

Rehash of 2001 Study Finds Paroxetine, Imipramine Ineffective, Unsafe for Teens

Sep 30, 2015 - Both paroxetine and imipramine are ineffective and unsafe for treating adolescents with depression, according to a reanalysis of a 2001 study that was recently published online.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150930study329reanalysis.html

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