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AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Commence CRC Screening at Age 45, ACS Recommends

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AMA Task Force Reports Progress on Reversing Opioid Epidemic

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Suicide Rates Spike Across United States, Says CDC

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Family Physicians Needed to Serve on Opioid Expert Teams

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Authors See Crucial Role for Primary Care in Opioid Epidemic

Jul 10, 2018 - Three new articles in The New England Journal of Medicine advocate for a greater role for primary care physicians in treating opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180710fpsopioids.html

FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones

Jul 17, 2018 - The FDA has announced changes to the safety labeling of fluoroquinolones, including stronger warnings about mental health side effects and blood sugar disturbances.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180712fluoroquinolones.html

New Diabetes Diagnosis Could Benefit Household

Jul 13, 2018 - A study published in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine found that partners of patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than are partners of patients without the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180713diabetespartners.html

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

Jul 20, 2018 - The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

Study Examines Physicians' Views on Routine SMBG

Jul 17, 2018 - An Annals of Family Medicine study sought to determine why many physicians continue to recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose for some diabetic patients despite its cost and a lack of evidence that it is effective in improving patient outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180717annalssmbg.html

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit

Jul 18, 2018 - Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180718immsummit.html

The EveryONE Project Introduces Neighborhood Navigator

Jul 25, 2018 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched another user-friendly tool to help family physicians address social determinants of health at the point of care: The Neighborhood Navigator.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725neighbornav.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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Some Drugs Containing Valsartan

Jul 25, 2018 - The FDA recently issued multiple safety alerts announcing voluntary recalls of drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan from a specific supply source.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725valsartan.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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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