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USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for Patients Ages 15-65

Nov 28, 2018 - On Nov. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reports on screening for HIV, as well as for preventing HIV infection in those at increased risk.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128uspstf-hiv.html

Study Examines Fallout of California Vaccine Exemption Law

Nov 27, 2018 - Study results show that although immunization rates for children entering kindergarten in California are near record levels, the number of medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased substantially since a 2015 law banned nonmedical exemptions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181127califvaccstudy.html

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk

Nov 21, 2018 - A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as cancer...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181121nondailysmkrs.html

HHS Unveils Revamped Physical Activity Guidelines

Nov 20, 2018 - HHS has published an expanded second edition of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that includes new information on the benefits of regular physical activity.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181120physactivguidelines.html

CDC Focused on Unraveling Acute Flaccid Myelitis Mystery

Nov 19, 2018 - The CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release online on Nov. 13 that shines some light on this year's spike in acute flaccid myelitis. Agency officials point to 90 confirmed cases so far this year.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181119mmwr-afm.html

Evidence Shows Early Prediabetes Intervention Works

Nov 14, 2018 - Authors of a recent evidence review say type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented or delayed with underused lifestyle, pharmacologic or surgical interventions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114diabetesprev.html

Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Says USPSTF

Nov 14, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement that calls for primary care clinicians to screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114uspstfalcohol.html

Indian Health Service Seeks to Boost Access to MAT

Nov 14, 2018 - The Indian Health Service has developed a new controlled substance provider designation policy to allow for the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114ihsmatpolicy.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Nov 7, 2018 - In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107uspstf-lead.html

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources

Nov 7, 2018 - The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107cdcflu.html

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

Oct 31, 2018 - During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.html

Guidance Updated on Transition of Youth to Adult Health Care

Oct 31, 2018 - The AAFP joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians in updating a joint clinical report on the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031caretransition.html

Screen Reproductive-aged Women for Intimate Partner Violence

Oct 26, 2018 - On Oct. 23, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181026uspstf-ipv.html

Study Underscores Role of Effective Physician Communication

Oct 25, 2018 - Study results show that when a physician is able to effectively communicate with parents about the benefits of vaccination, those parents are more likely to have their child vaccinated.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181025hpv-vacc.html

Obesity Associated With Risk of Early-onset CRC in Women

Oct 23, 2018 - A study published online in JAMA Oncology found a connection between obesity and an increased risk of early-onset colorectal cancer among women younger than age 50.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181023obesitycrc.html

CDC: Vaccination Coverage of Children Remains High

Oct 19, 2018 - A pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports the CDC released Oct. 12 offered an overview of the status of childhood immunizations in the United States that was -- for the most part -- positive.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181019kidsvaccs.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

Oct 15, 2018 - A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Latest Toolkit

Oct 11, 2018 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181011everyoneproject.html

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

Oct 3, 2018 - According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003buprenorphine.html

AAFP Updates Videos on Clinical Practice Guideline Process

Oct 3, 2018 - The AAFP recently updated a video series explaining its clinical practice guideline development and assessment process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003cpgvideos.html

Surgeon General Releases Updated Opioids Report

Oct 2, 2018 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., recently released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids, which recaps the latest data on the opioid epidemic.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181002opioidsspotlight.html

Survey Finds One in Three U.S. Teens Texts While Driving

Sep 28, 2018 - New research has found that more than one in three U.S. teenagers sends a text message or reads email on their cellphone while driving, and that the prevalence of such risky behaviors increases with age.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180928textndrive.html

USPSTF Recommends Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Obesity

Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 or more to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180926uspstfobesityfinal.html

Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

Sep 24, 2018 - Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For those who use e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes concurrently, the risk is fivefold.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180924ecigstudy.html

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

Sep 21, 2018 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180921kidscarsafety.html

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection

Sep 19, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919uspstfgon.html

FDA Demands Plan to Reverse Teen E-Cigarette 'Epidemic'

Sep 19, 2018 - Noting an epidemic proportion of growth in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers, the FDA gave major manufacturers a deadline to say how they will fight the trend.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919fdaecig.html

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

Sep 14, 2018 - As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180914actbetterdx.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

Sep 12, 2018 - New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

Screen All Pregnant Women Early for Syphilis, Says USPSTF

Sep 12, 2018 - On Sept. 4, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912uspstfsyphilis.html

AAFP Looking for 2018-19 Health Equity Fellows

Sep 12, 2018 - The AAFP, in conjunction with Family Medicine for America's Health, is seeking two Academy members interested in participating in a 12-month health equity fellowship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912equityfellows.html

AAFP Releases Updated Disaster Preparedness Resources

Sep 11, 2018 - Just as peak hurricane season arrives in the Northern Atlantic, the AAFP has updated its disaster relief/disaster preparedness resources to help family physicians prepare for the worst.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180911disasterprep.html

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season

Sep 6, 2018 - On Aug. 24, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180906seasonalflurecs.html

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

Sep 5, 2018 - The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to its Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180905ndepprinciples.html

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later

Aug 31, 2018 - Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831obesitycancer.html

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women

Aug 31, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831uspstfperidep.html

CDC: 2017 HPV Vaccination Rate Up 5.2 Points Over 2016

Aug 29, 2018 - A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180829mmwrhpv.html

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants

Aug 27, 2018 - The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is asking family physicians to complete its quick survey to inform new resources for its patient safety bundles.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180827womenshealth.html

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

Aug 24, 2018 - A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180824cervcancer.html

Short-term Inactivity May Trigger Diabetes Symptoms

Aug 22, 2018 - Results of a recently published small study suggest that a sudden, short-term drop in physical activity may produce diabetes symptoms in older adults at risk for the disease.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180822inactivediabetes.html

Number of Women With OUD in Labor/Delivery Quadruples

Aug 21, 2018 - The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder who presented at hospital labor/delivery departments quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180821oudlabor-delivery.html

Children Exposed to Zika in Utero Need Long-term Monitoring

Aug 17, 2018 - About one in seven children 1 year of age or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy have one or more health problems possibly caused by in utero exposure to the virus.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180817mmwr-zika.html

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

Aug 15, 2018 - The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG

Aug 15, 2018 - On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815uspstf-afib.html

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

Aug 13, 2018 - New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

Rise of 'JUULing' Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response

Aug 6, 2018 - JUUL, a popular brand of e-cigarette, is the focus of an FDA crackdown, multiple lawsuits and, most recently, an ongoing investigation by one state's attorney general. The AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients about the device.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180806juul.html

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Aug 3, 2018 - Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180803fdtnimmunawards.html

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Aug 2, 2018 - Research recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found that clinicians in medical offices wrote the fewest antibiotic prescriptions per total number of visits compared with those in other clinical settings.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180802antibxprescribe.html

Study Examines Role of Various Factors in Hearing Aid Use

Aug 1, 2018 - A new study examines the socioeconomic factors that determine whether a person with hearing loss owns or uses hearing aids, while recent legislation aims to make it easier for people to afford these types of devices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180801hearingaids.html

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

Jul 31, 2018 - According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180731endsstudy.html

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