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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 Adults' 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

Don't Routinely Screen Adults, Teens for Genital Herpes

Dec 21, 2016 - On Dec. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending against screening asymptomatic adults and adolescents for genital herpes simplex virus infection using serology.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161221uspstfgenitalherpes.html

CDC: Use of Syringe Services Programs Up, but HIV Still a Threat

Dec 16, 2016 - A recent CDC study found that use of syringe services programs has increased substantially during the past decade, but injection drug users still aren't always using sterile needles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161216cdchivreport.html

FDA Puts Tobacco Marketers on Notice for Product Violations

Dec 14, 2016 - The FDA recently called out a number of tobacco product manufacturers and distributors for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by misrepresenting their products as cigars and, therefore, not subject to the act's restrictions on cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161214fdatobaccoltrs.html

AAFP, Others Applaud Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes

Dec 12, 2016 - On Dec. 8, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., released E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General to much fanfare from the AAFP and other medical groups.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161212sgreporte-cigs.html

Discussing Opioid Risks May Reduce Likelihood of Misuse, Abuse

Dec 9, 2016 - Research recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found that when physicians counseled patients about long-term risks of prescription opioid abuse, they were 60 percent less likely to save pills for later use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161209annalsopioids.html

AAFP, Conversation Project Partner to Aid End-of-Life Care Conversations

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer family physicians and their patients a wide range of resources to better prepare them for critical discussions about end-of-life care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161205conversationstarter.html

Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161202uspstfcvdcounsel.html

Texas Announces Possible Local Mosquito-transmitted Zika Case

Nov 30, 2016 - On Nov. 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the state's first case of lab-confirmed Zika virus thought to have been transmitted locally by mosquito.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161130texaszika.html

USPSTF: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 28, 2016 - After reviewing studies on the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for thyroid cancer, a newly released U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft statement recommends against screening asymptomatic adults for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161128uspstfthyroid.html

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

USPSTF: Screen Children, Adolescents for Obesity

Nov 8, 2016 - 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/20161108uspstfkidsobesity.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

USPSTF: Interventions Boost Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration

Nov 2, 2016 - On Oct. 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement supporting the provision of breastfeeding interventions during pregnancy and after birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102breastfeedfinal.html

Speakers Tout Population Health, Primary Care Integration Success

Nov 2, 2016 - Speakers at the recent 2016 AAFP State Legislative Conference highlighted initiatives that link primary care and population health to help vulnerable populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102pophealthintegration.html

ACIP Recommends Two-dose Regimen for HPV Vaccine

Oct 26, 2016 - Members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted to recommend patients ages 11-12 receive two doses of the nine-valent HPV vaccine at least six months apart.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026acipoctmtg.html

National STD Prevalence Hits All-time High -- Again

Oct 26, 2016 - A new CDC report finds that for the second consecutive year, newly diagnosed cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen, topping out at an unprecedented combined high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026stdreport.html

Study: Screening Mammography Likely Leads to Overdiagnosis

Oct 19, 2016 - A recent study looked at how the advent of screening mammography has affected reported breast cancer incidence, related mortality and the potential for overdiagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019nejmbrstca.html

New Resources on FamilyDoctor.org Promote OTC Drug Safety

Oct 19, 2016 - The AAFP has posted new OTC drug safety resources for patients on FamilyDoctor.org. The materials focus on proper dosing of children's medications, as well as safe storage practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019otcmeds.html

Search and Rescue Campaign Aims to Educate Opioid Prescribers

Oct 13, 2016 - The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced the national launch of its Search and Rescue campaign to help educate opioid prescribers and provide them with key resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161013searchrescue.html

AAFP Joins CDC, Other Groups in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Oct 7, 2016 - The AAFP has joined the CDC, the Pew Charitable Trusts and 11 other national health groups to promote judicious outpatient antibiotic use to reduce antibiotic resistance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161007antibioticstewards.html

Winning Rural Opioid Fight Depends on Family Physicians

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers contend that a promising way to address opioid addiction, especially in rural areas, would be to train more family physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005ruralopioids.html

Utah Zika Case Points to Likely New Transmission Route

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers suggest that Zika can be transmitted through tears or sweat, while the CDC has updated its interim guidance on the virus and issued a new travel advisory.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005zikaupdate.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Women for Pre-eclampsia Using BP

Sep 30, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement calling for pregnant women to be screened for pre-eclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160930draftrecpreeclampsia.html

AAFP Supports ACA's Coverage of Contraceptive Services

Sep 28, 2016 - The AAFP has signed on to a Sept. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage requirement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160928acabirthcontrol.html

Study Validates Strategies to Support Patient Self-management

Sep 20, 2016 - Recently published research has validated five promising strategies clinicians can use to support patient self-management.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160920smsresearch.html

AAFP to Host New Zika Virus Webinar on Sept. 16

Sep 13, 2016 - The AAFP will host its second members-only webinar on the Zika virus outbreak Sept. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160913zikawebinar2.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Sep 8, 2016 - In its final recommendation statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for latent tuberculosis infection in asymptomatic adults at increased risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160908uspstflatenttb.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

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