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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Insufficient Evidence on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jul 11, 2018 - On July 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two final recommendation statements and accompanying final evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease using the ankle-brachial index and other nontraditional risk factors.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/0180711uspstfcvdscreen.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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

Apr 11, 2018 - In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180411hepbshortage.html

CDC Strategy Effective Against Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Apr 10, 2018 - The CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network, working with health departments across the country, found more than 220 instances of pathogens with unusual antibiotic-resistance genes last year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180410mmwr-antibioticresist.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

Apr 6, 2018 - To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180406everyoneteam-based.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

Apr 4, 2018 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

Synthetic Opioids Fuel Spike in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths

Apr 2, 2018 - Drug overdose deaths killed 63,632 Americans in 2016, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released March 30.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402mmwrsynthopioids.html

Academy, STFM Launch Shots by AAFP/STFM

Apr 2, 2018 - The Academy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine are excited to announce that the new Shots by AAFP/STFM applet is now available in the AAFP mobile app and as a stand-alone app, as well.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180402shotsapp.html

Study Suggests E-cigarettes Cause More Harm Than Good

Mar 30, 2018 - A new study suggests that although e-cigarette use may help older smokers quit using tobacco, the devices may cause adolescents and young adults to actually start smoking traditional cigarettes and, eventually, become daily smokers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180330e-cigstudy.html

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

Mar 27, 2018 - The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program released a report that found, among other things, an increase in the percentage of infants in the United States born with a low birthweight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180327disparitiesrpt.html

New Online Tool Lets FPs Review Data on Disease Outbreaks

Mar 26, 2018 - The CDC has launched a new online data tool that gives users the ability to search for information on enteric disease outbreaks in the United States and report results in a variety of presentations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180326norsdashboard.html

Counsel Young Fair-skinned Patients to Avoid UV Radiation

Mar 22, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and evidence review on March 20 that address behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180322uspstfskinca.html

FDA Proposes Reducing Nicotine in Combustible Cigarettes

Mar 21, 2018 - The FDA announced on March 15 that it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to explore reducing nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or nonaddictive levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180321fdanicotine.html

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