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New NIH Research Program Targets Health Disparity, Chronic Disease

Sep 7, 2016 - NIH recently established a research program that will target health disparities' role in chronic disease among certain minority and disadvantaged patient populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

FDA Requires New Warnings on Combined Opioid, Benzodiazepine Use

Sep 7, 2016 - The FDA is requiring class-wide changes to opioid medication and benzodiazepine drug labels warning of the hazards of combined use of the two types of drugs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Releases Updated CRC Screening Recommendations

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP's recommendation on screening adults for colorectal cancer differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including on suggestions for recommended screening tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160831aafpcrcrec.html

CDC Report Calls for Sepsis Education, Prevention

Aug 30, 2016 - According to the CDC, health care visits present opportunities for physicians to prevent, recognize and treat sepsis before it causes life-threatening illness or death.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160830mmwr-sepsis.html

AAFP Offers Members Updated Opioid, Pain Management Resource

Aug 26, 2016 - The AAFP updated its opioid misuse and pain management position paper to better equip members to combat the opioid abuse epidemic while treating patients' chronic pain effectively.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160826opioidpaper.html

Study Finds LAIV, IIV Offer Comparable Community Protection

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent Canadian study found that children were equally protected by immunization with the live attenuated influenza vaccine compared with the standard inactivated influenza vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160824laivstudy.html

As Zika Spreads, Evidence of Link to Birth Defects Grows

Aug 19, 2016 - A study published Aug. 9 by The BMJ explored the association between prenatal Zika virus infection and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which is characterized by joint contractures at birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160819zikaupdate.html

USPSTF: Evidence Doesn't Support Routine Screening for Genital Herpes

Aug 17, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation statement against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160817uspstf-herpesdraft.html

AAFP, CDC Field New Tools to Augment Response to Zika Threat

Aug 10, 2016 - As rapidly as information about the Zika virus is evolving, it can be tough to keep up. Here's a recap of news on the U.S. outbreak, including cases of local mosquito-borne transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160810zikaupdate.html

USPSTF, AAFP Say Evidence Lacking on Lipids Screening for Kids, Teens

Aug 9, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published its final recommendation statement and evidence reviews on screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160809uspstflipids.html

AAFP Supports Turn the Tide Rx Campaign to End Opioid Abuse

Aug 9, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., has launched a national campaign called Turn the Tide Rx that aims to enlist physicians' help in fighting opioid abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160809turntide.html

Evidence Lacking to Recommend For, Against Skin Cancer Screening

Aug 5, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) finalized its recommendation statement on skin cancer screening last week, citing a lack of evidence to recommend for or against use of visual skin exams to screen adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160805skincancerrec.html

AAFP Men's Health Survey Yields Mixed Results

Aug 3, 2016 - According to a survey commissioned by the AAFP and conducted by Harris Poll, nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 42 percent in 2007.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160803menshealth.html

AAFP Men's Health Survey Yields Mixed Results

Aug 3, 2016 - According to a survey commissioned by the AAFP and conducted by Harris Poll, nearly half of men (49 percent) rate their health as excellent or very good -- up from 42 percent in 2007.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160803menshealth.mem.html

Don't Stall Anti-tobacco Progress, AAFP, Other Groups Tell Congress

Aug 1, 2016 - The AAFP joined scores of other stakeholder groups in strongly opposing a proposed $110 million funding cut for the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health in 2017.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160801tobaccosignon.html

Use Fluoroquinolones Only as Drug of Last Resort for Some Infections

Jul 27, 2016 - The FDA has upped the stakes when it comes to cautioning prescribers and patients about the possibility of serious adverse effects of systemic fluoroquinolones, strengthening the drugs' boxed warning to severely limit their use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160727fluoroquinolones.html

CMS Announces Participants in Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction Model

Jul 26, 2016 - On July 21, CMS announced the names of 516 practices -- including scores of family medicine offices -- that will participate in its Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160726millionheartscvdmodel.html

How Utah Zika Infection Was Transmitted Remains Mystery

Jul 20, 2016 - This past week marked a couple of Zika firsts: the first case of Zika virus infection transmitted via an unknown route and the first case of confirmed female-to-male transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160720zikaupdate.html

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Get Creative Again

Jul 13, 2016 - The Academy's second class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients found innovative ways to control tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160713tobaccomini-grants.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Jul 6, 2016 - On June 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic exams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160706uspstfpelvicexam.html

AAFP Supports HHS in Fight Against Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Jul 5, 2016 - The AAFP responded to a request from the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria with information about the AAFP's actions in this area and recommendations for further action.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160705antibioticresistltr.html

AAFP Offers Free COPD, Asthma Resources for Physicians, Patients

Jun 29, 2016 - New resources from the AAFP are available to help family physicians and their patients better understand the differences -- and the similarities -- between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160629copd-asthma.html

ACIP Recommends MenACWY-D for HIV-infected Patients, Cholera Vaccine

Jun 29, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted to recommend use of the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine for HIV-infected patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160629acipjune.html

CDC Warns of Multistate Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia Infection

Jun 27, 2016 - The CDC and FDA have joined forces with various state and local health departments and health care facilities to investigate a multistate outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160627bcepacia.html

ACIP: Don't Use LAIV During 2016-17 Flu Season

Jun 23, 2016 - During the first day of its June 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine should not be used during the 2016-17 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160623laivvote.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults Ages 50-75 for Colorectal Cancer

Jun 22, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement reaffirming that screening for colorectal cancer in adults ages 50-75 reduces mortality.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160622crcscreenfinal.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jun 20, 2016 - The U.S Preventive Services Task Force posted its first-ever draft recommendation statement on screening for obstructive sleep apnea in asymptomatic adults in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160620sleepapnea.html

Academy Delivers New Opioid Toolkit, CME to Equip Members

Jun 13, 2016 - The AAFP offers members its latest opioid resources including a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160613opioidtoolkit.html

Despite Strides Made, Mental Health Care Needs More Support

Jun 13, 2016 - Changes in the treatment of behavioral health have included stumbling blocks as well as successes, said panelists at a recent forum hosted by Health Affairs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160613mentalhealth.html

AAN Offers Free Webinar on Zika Virus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Jun 8, 2016 - The American Academy of Neurology is collaborating with the CDC to offer a free webinar for physicians on Guillain-Barré syndrome and its possible relationship to Zika virus infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160608aanzikawebinar.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Screen At-risk Adults, Teens for Syphilis

Jun 8, 2016 - On June 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final statement recommending that nonpregnant adults and adolescents at increased risk for syphilis be screened for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160608syphilisrec.html

Study Highlights Success of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

Jun 7, 2016 - A recent study examined use of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation in primary care practices and found it increased rates of tobacco cessation treatment delivery.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160607ottawastudy.html

What Physicians, Women Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer Screening

Jun 3, 2016 - American Family Physician has published an open-access set of articles and editorials that examine findings from a recent international trial of ovarian cancer screening.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160603afp-ovarianca.html

Primary Care, Public Health Need Unity on Population Health

Jun 1, 2016 - Panelists at a recent event said community health outcomes can be improved when physicians and public health officials work together in clearly defined roles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160601populationhealth.html

New CDC Interim Guidance Parses Zika Testing Recommendations

Jun 1, 2016 - New CDC guidance warns that a negative molecular test result for Zika virus does not rule out infection and should be followed by serologic testing for Zika and other flaviviruses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160601zikainterimguidance.html

Surveillance Systems Offer Early Numbers on Zika in Pregnant Women

May 26, 2016 - On May 20, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that provided data from newly established Zika virus surveillance systems for the United States and its territories.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160526zikasurveillance.html

CDC Report Points to Missed Opportunity in ADHD Care

May 25, 2016 - A new CDC report shows young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to receive drugs than behavioral therapy for their condition -- despite recommendations to the contrary.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160525vitalsigns-adhd.html

Most Patients Overestimate Survival After Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 23, 2016 - To better understand overtreatment of localized prostate cancer (LPC), a study in Annals of Family Medicine examined survival expectations of patients who had LPC with and without their chosen treatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160523annals-prostateca.html

USPSTF Reiterates Call for Folic Acid Supplements for Pregnancy

May 20, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that women of childbearing age take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 µg of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160520folicacidrec.html

AAFP's Upcoming Zika Webinar Aims to Help You Prepare

May 18, 2016 - On May 24, the AAFP will host a members-only webinar on Zika virus disease that will review epidemiology, transmission patterns, clinical manifestations, complications and reporting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160518zikawebinar.html

Physicians Are on Front Line to Aid Domestic Violence Victims

May 16, 2016 - Panelists at a May 10 event on Capitol Hill discussed the prevalence of domestic violence and abuse and suggested ways physicians can help victims.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516domesticviolence.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Aim to Keep FPs Up to Speed

May 16, 2016 - The AAFP recently mailed a hefty packet of immunization resources and information to all active and resident members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516vacc_skeds.html

Free Webinar Addresses Flu Vaccination for Older Adults

May 12, 2016 - Family physicians can learn the latest information on influenza vaccines, particularly those used in patients 65 years and older, during a free webinar on May 17.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160512fluwebinar.html

FPs, Patients Score Big Win as FDA Finalizes Tobacco Rule

May 6, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding the FDA's release of its long-awaited tobacco deeming final rule, which includes many key points the Academy has advocated for years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160506finaldeemingrule.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

May 5, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its first-ever draft recommendation statement on May 3 on screening asymptomatic patients for celiac disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160505uspstfceliac.html

Winners of 2016 Tar Wars FMIG Challenge Spark Enthusiasm

May 4, 2016 - The Academy recently recognized three family medicine interest groups (FMIGs) as part of the 2016 Tar Wars Challenge for FMIGs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160504tarwars.html

USPSTF: Evidence Shows Interventions Encourage Breastfeeding

Apr 29, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its draft recommendation statement April 26 on primary care interventions to support breastfeeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160429uspstfbreastfeeding.html

AAFP Gives CDC's Opioid Guideline 'Affirmation of Value'

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP has reviewed the final version of the CDC's guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and given it a designation of affirmation of value.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160427opioidguideline.html

Vaccine Science Fellows Offer FAQ on Meningococcal B Vaccines

Apr 26, 2016 - The 2015-2016 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows created a frequently asked questions resource for family physicians about the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160426menbfaq.html

Prescriber Restrictions Hurt Hepatitis C Patients, AAFP Argues

Apr 20, 2016 - The AAFP is pressing CMS to help end restrictions that prevent primary care physicians from exercising their clinical expertise with hepatitis C.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420hepcaccess.html

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