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Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

Mar 19, 2018 - The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180319upandaway.html

AAFP Offers Resources to Support Kick Butts Day, March 21

Mar 14, 2018 - The AAFP is joining other medical professional organizations to support the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Kick Butts Day on March 21 with a wide range of resources, including social media messages.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180314kickbutts.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

Mar 13, 2018 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 9, 2018 - On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

Mar 9, 2018 - A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased almost 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309mmwropioid.html

Despite Known Dangers, Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

Mar 6, 2018 - The CDC recently released a data brief that said nationally, one in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 reported smoking during pregnancy. The prevalence was highest in West Virginia, where one in four women smoked while pregnant.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180306maternalsmoking.html

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

Mar 1, 2018 - The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180301clarithromycin.html

ACIP: LAIV OK to Use During 2018-19 Flu Season

Feb 26, 2018 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted 12-2 to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine be included among vaccines to be used during the upcoming flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180226acipmtg-laiv.html

FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Concussion Evaluation

Feb 23, 2018 - On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180223concussiontest.html

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

Feb 21, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180221uspstfobesity.html

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

Feb 19, 2018 - A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180219nchsdepression.html

Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Feb 16, 2018 - The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the president and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180216violencestatement.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Feb 14, 2018 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

Feb 13, 2018 - New data from the CDC show that from 2001 to 2016, children with asthma in the United States had fewer asthma exacerbations, missed school days and visits to the hospital.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180213mmwrasthma.html

Keynote Spotlights Community Work on Social Determinants

Feb 9, 2018 - A speaker at the National Health Policy Conference said effective health initiatives aimed at inequities must address social issues and community needs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180209sdh.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

Feb 8, 2018 - On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180208uspstfsyphilisscreen.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2018 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206newimmunschedules.html

Interdisciplinary Care Effective for Opioid Use Disorder

Feb 6, 2018 - A rural health clinic in Scappoose, Ore., and an associated federally qualified health center are successfully using an interdisciplinary model to care for patients with opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206medbehavoudcare.html

CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources

Feb 1, 2018 - The CDC has launched a website that features free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training and tools, including resources specific to family physicians -- some of which the AAFP created.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180201cdcfasdsite.html

Local Zika Transmission in U.S. Tied to Rise in Birth Defects

Jan 30, 2018 - The CDC reports areas of the United States with local Zika virus transmission in late 2016 saw a rise in birth defects associated with Zika infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180130mmwrzika.html

Comprehensive E-cigarettes Study Offers Mixed Findings

Jan 26, 2018 - Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently issued a comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes and their effects on health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126e-cigreport.html

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

Jan 26, 2018 - A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126subconcussivecte.html

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

Jan 22, 2018 - The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122safesleep.html

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jan 22, 2018 - On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122uspstfcvdscreens.html

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

Jan 17, 2018 - As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180117fluupdate.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

Jan 12, 2018 - The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

Jan 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

Jan 9, 2018 - The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180109sdohtools.html

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

Jan 8, 2018 - The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic. The agency plans to prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180108fdahomeopathy.html

FDA Finalizes Ban on Triclosan, Other OTC Antiseptics

Dec 22, 2017 - The FDA finalized a rule Dec. 20 that said triclosan and 23 other active ingredients aren't safe and effective for use in OTC antiseptic products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171222triclosanban.html

USPSTF Examines ECG Screening to Prevent CVD Events, AFib

Dec 20, 2017 - On Dec. 19, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a pair of draft recommendations on electrocardiographic screening for cardiovascular disease and atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171220uspstfcvdafib.html

Don't Use HRT for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

Dec 15, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171215uspstfhrt.html

CDC: 2017-18 Flu Season in U.S. Dominated by H3N2 Viruses

Dec 13, 2017 - So far this flu season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominant in the United States, according to a newly released CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171213fluupdate.html

AAFP Tells FDA to Stay Vigilant on Public Health Issues

Dec 12, 2017 - The AAFP told the FDA in a recent letter that no move to modify or repeal any regulation should come at the expense of public health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212fdaletter.html

AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

CDC MMWR: HIV Being Diagnosed Sooner After Infection

Dec 6, 2017 - A new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and related Vital Signs said HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than had previously been reported. Work remains, however, to boost testing rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171206mmwrhiv.html

NIH Study: Most Homes Have High Levels of Allergens

Dec 5, 2017 - Research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that more than 90 percent of homes in the United States have three or more detectable allergens present.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171205nihallergenstudy.html

Naloxone Safely Reverses Opioid Overdoses in the Field

Dec 4, 2017 - A systematic evidence review published online Nov. 28 in Annals of Internal Medicine examined use of naloxone to treat opioid overdoses in the field.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171204naloxonestudy.html

ACP, CDC Issue Guidance on Hep B Screening, Treatment

Nov 29, 2017 - The American College of Physicians and CDC released a clinical guideline on hepatitis B virus infection that offers recommendations on vaccination, screening and linking patients to care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171129hepbguideline.html

AAFP Joins Call for Fully Funded Immunization Program

Nov 28, 2017 - The United States needs a robust immunization infrastructure, and the AAFP recently signed on to a letter reminding lawmakers that this requires adequate funding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171128vaccineletter.html

Study: HPV Vaccine Prevents Childhood Respiratory Disease

Nov 22, 2017 - Researchers in Australia have found that the HPV vaccine prevents juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, an uncommon but incurable condition, in that nation's children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171122hpv-jorrp.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

Childhood Vaccination Rates Remain High, Say Speakers

Nov 14, 2017 - Awareness campaigns, scientific advances and documentation help keep childhood vaccination rates high, said speakers at the 2017 AAFP State Legislative Conference.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171114statevaccs.html

USPSTF: Screen All Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis

Nov 10, 2017 - On Nov. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening individuals for osteoporosis to prevent fractures.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171110uspstfdraftrecosteo.html

Idaho AFP's Tar Wars Continues Fight Against Tobacco

Nov 7, 2017 - The Idaho AFP recently revamped its Tar Wars presentation tools and resources, and presenters and students alike seem to be impressed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171107idahotarwars.html

CDC Gives Advice on Treating Patients Affected by Hurricanes

Nov 2, 2017 - On Oct. 24, the CDC issued a Health Alert Network advisory offering recommendations for assessing patients currently living or working in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171102cdchurricanerecs.html

ACIP Recommends New Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine

Oct 31, 2017 - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is recommending preferential use of a new herpes zoster subunit (HZ/su; Shingrix) vaccine over currently available herpes zoster live (Zostavax) vaccine for adults 50 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171031acipmeeting.html

G-TRUST Instrument Identifies Useful Clinical Guidelines

Oct 30, 2017 - Researchers have developed an eight-question tool -- highlighted in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine -- designed to help family physicians find useful, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171030annalsg-trust.html

Choosing Wisely: Five Years of Focusing on 'the Right Care'

Oct 27, 2017 - Five years after the launch of the Choosing Wisely campaign, physicians and other experts recently discussed reductions in the use of unnecessary medical services.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171027choosingwisely.html

AAFP Offers Support for Opioid Commission's Early Proposals

Oct 26, 2017 - The AAFP recently wrote to the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis with comments on the commission's early recommendations and information about the Academy's ongoing work to fight opioid addiction and misuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171026opioidletter.html

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