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FDA OKs New Eye-tracking Concussion Diagnosis Tool

Jan 17, 2019 - The FDA recently granted Oculogica Inc. authorization to market its EyeBox product, a noninvasive, baseline-free tool to aid in the diagnosis of concussion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190117concussiontool.html

More Opioids Being Prescribed in Rural America

Jan 28, 2019 - The CDC analyzed patient opioid prescription data from Athenahealth and found that the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid was higher in rural areas than in urban settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190128ruralopioids.html

CDC: Adolescents Curious, Susceptible to Hookah Smoking

Jan 23, 2019 - Nearly three out of 10 adolescents who have never smoked a hookah or water pipe reported curiosity or susceptibility about using a hookah, according to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123cdchookah.html

Prevent Newborns' Eye Infection With Antibiotic Ointment

Jan 30, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190130uspstfgon.html

USPSTF: Offer Medication to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Jan 25, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation for prescribing risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190125breastcarx.html

CDC Launches Vaccinating Children Video Series

Jan 23, 2019 - On Jan. 15, the CDC launched an educational video series for parents explaining how vaccines for their children work.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123vaccinevideo.html

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting

Feb 13, 2019 - The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190213NEJMe-cigstudy.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

Feb 6, 2019 - The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

Feb 20, 2019 - On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2019 Immunization Schedules

Feb 11, 2019 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190211immunskeds.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

Feb 20, 2019 - A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Feb 19, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a D recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Study: FPs Who Learn Acupuncture Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Feb 21, 2019 - A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190221acupuncture-opioids.html

Breast Implants May Boost Lymphoma Risk, Says FDA

Feb 25, 2019 - On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.html

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression

Feb 25, 2019 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225uspstf-perinataldepress.html

USPSTF: Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

Mar 6, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted for comment a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306uspstf-brcatest.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

Feb 27, 2019 - The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Apply Now to Be a 2019-2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Mar 4, 2019 - Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190304vaccsciencefellows.html

ACIP Updates Japanese Encephalitis, Anthrax Vaccine Guidance

Mar 6, 2019 - During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306acipmtg.html

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

Mar 13, 2019 - A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.html

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Mar 18, 2019 - Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

CDC Warns Against Peripartum Use of Vaping Products

Mar 11, 2019 - Among women in Oklahoma and Texas who reported recently having given birth in 2015, 7 percent said they used electronic vapor products at some point before, during or after pregnancy, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190311vapepregnancy.html

Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

Mar 12, 2019 - Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190312vaccexempt.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

Joint Podcast Covers Youth-to-Adult Care Transition

Mar 13, 2019 - A new 30-minute podcast breaks down an updated joint clinical report on the transition from adolescence to adulthood in the medical home that was released last October.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313transitionpodcast.html

New Report Details 2011-2016 Fentanyl Overdose Death Rates

Mar 27, 2019 - A new CDC report on drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl found skyrocketing rates of mortality related to the drug virtually across the board -- regardless of gender, geographic region and racial/ethnic background.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327cdcfentanyl.html

FDA Steps Up Enforcement of Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

Mar 19, 2019 - The FDA has announced new actions it will take to enforce its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and has released draft compliance guidance for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarette products and cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190319fdae-cignews.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

Mar 26, 2019 - The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

Apr 3, 2019 - The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

CDC Reports: More HIV Testing, Treatment Needed

Mar 27, 2019 - New CDC reports say most new HIV infections seen in the United States in 2016 were transmitted by the nearly 40 percent of people who didn't know they were infected or who knew but were not receiving care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327mmwr-hiv.html

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures

Apr 9, 2019 - The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409e-cigseizures.html

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?

Apr 12, 2019 - An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190412vaccinetalk.html

Study Identifies Best Predictors of Bacterial Sinus Infection

Apr 5, 2019 - A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190405ars-abrs.html

Study: Older Adults Often Don't Report Adverse Drug Effects

Apr 9, 2019 - New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409annals-ades.html

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Apr 16, 2019 - Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416measles.html

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

Apr 16, 2019 - Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416sacraawards.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Apr 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.html

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates

Apr 24, 2019 - AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vaccineq-a.html

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

Confirmed U.S. Measles Cases Now Highest in 25 Years

Apr 25, 2019 - The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190425measlesupdt.html

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

May 1, 2019 - As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501latestmeasles.html

CDC Warns of Misapplication of Its Opioid Guideline

May 9, 2019 - The CDC recently warned that misapplication of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- United States, 2016, can risk patient health and safety. The guideline is intended for use solely by primary care physicians treating chronic pain in patients 18 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190509cdcopioidgdln.html

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

May 15, 2019 - Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

Apr 29, 2019 - The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190429immschedsmailed.html

Academy Takes Aim at Maternal Mortality Crisis

May 1, 2019 - The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501maternalmortality.html

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project

May 8, 2019 - The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190508reimagineask-act.html

CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers

May 22, 2019 - The CDC has updated its guidelines for TB screening, testing and treatment for health care personnel and published the revised guidance in a May 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190522tbguidelineupdt.html

Sharp Rise Seen in Teen Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts

May 29, 2019 - Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529self-poison.html

AAFP Seeks Applicants for 2019-20 Health Equity Fellowship

May 29, 2019 - Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529healthequityfellow.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

Jun 5, 2019 - The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190605amaopioidtf.html

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