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Chronic Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care Varies Widely

Jun 4, 2019 - Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Practice setting -- urban versus suburban -- also seemingly played a role.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190604chronicopioidstudy.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

Jun 11, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

CDC Offers Measles Outbreak Toolkit

Jun 7, 2019 - The CDC has released a measles outbreak toolkit for health care professionals that family physicians can use to better arm themselves to fight the current measles epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190607measlestoolkit.html

JAMA Research: Elderly Deaths From Falls Increase

Jun 12, 2019 - Death rates from falls for older adults in the United States have significantly increased in the past 16 years, but an exercise program might help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612elderlyfalls.html

Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

Jun 12, 2019 - Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612practicalplaybook2.html

FPs Share Best Practices for Raising Immunization Rates

Jun 18, 2019 - Participants at the wrap-up conference for the AAFP's Adult Immunization Office Champions Project exchanged tips to improve adult immunization rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618immchamps.html

CDC: Prescription Opioid Misuse Linked to Binge Drinking

Jun 18, 2019 - New research indicates that more than half of Americans ages 12 and older who have misused prescription opioids have also engaged in binge drinking.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190618opioid-bingedrnk.html

USPSTF: Screen for HIV in Patients Ages 15-65

Jun 19, 2019 - On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190619uspstfhivfinal.html

AAFP Offers Guidance on Depression Care After ACS Events

Jun 25, 2019 - The AAFP has released a clinical practice guideline on screening for and treating depression after acute coronary syndrome. The guideline updates and replaces the Academy's guideline on detecting and treating depression after myocardial infarction, which was published in 2009 and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190625depressacsgdln.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

Study Compares USPSTF, Other Lung Cancer Screening Guidance

Jun 29, 2019 - A research letter published June 4 in Annals of Internal Medicine discussed a study that analyzed how new risk thresholds could identify more current/former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190629lungcastudy.html

AAFP Joins U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change

Jul 2, 2019 - The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190702climatecall2action.html

ACIP Approves New Guidance on HPV, Pneumococcal Vaccines

Jul 3, 2019 - During the June 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update its recommendations for use of the nine-valent HPV and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190703acipjunemtg.html

Truth Initiative Smoking Imagery Study Sparks Change

Jul 17, 2019 - Truth Initiative, which focuses on dissuading youth and young adults from using tobacco, has released a report indicating that depictions of tobacco use in youth-rated broadcast/cable and streaming content rose by more than 379% in one year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190717tobaccoimages.html

Offer Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Kids, Teens

Jul 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft recommendation statement examining how primary care interventions affect tobacco use prevention and cessation in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190719uspstfyouthsmoking.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Older Men Who Smoked for AAA

Jul 8, 2019 - On June 18, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients. Men ages 65-75 who smoke or used to smoke benefit most from screening; the task force recommends one-time screening with ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190708uspstf-aaascreen.html

Webinar Will Cover Best Practices for Tapering Opioids

Jul 10, 2019 - The National Academy of Medicine will host a free webinar from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 22 to discuss best practices and evidence standards on tapering patients off opioids. NAM plans to publish a discussion paper that builds on the webinar early next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190710opioidtaper.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

Jul 16, 2019 - New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190716diagnosisstudy.html

ACOG, AAP Update Guidance on Group B Strep in Infants

Jul 24, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently coordinated to issue updated guidance on preventing and managing group B streptococcal infection in infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190724groupbstrep.html

CDC Urges Physicians to Rapidly Recognize, Report AFM Cases

Jul 22, 2019 - As the late summer/early fall 'season' for acute flaccid myelitis nears, the CDC is reminding medical professionals what they should look for to quickly recognize AFM symptoms and report suspected cases to their health department.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190722mmwr-afm.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

Jul 29, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement and evidence review on screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. Based on that review, the USPSTF recommended screening pregnant women for HBV at their first prenatal visit to help ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190729uspstfhbvfinal.html

AAFP Recruiting for Alcohol SBI Office Champions Project

Aug 6, 2019 - The AAFP seeks to recruit as many as 25 family medicine practices to participate in its new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Office Champions Project. The deadline to apply for the project is Aug. 31.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190806alcoholsbiproject.html

USPSTF: Don't Routinely Screen Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Aug 7, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement against routinely screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer. This guidance does not apply to patients who are at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190807uspstfpancreaticca.html

New Research Examines FPs' Prediabetes Knowledge, Practices

Aug 16, 2019 - Researchers found that family physicians and other clinicians are highly skilled in screening for and managing prediabetes but are less aware of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and similar patient resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190816prediabetesstudy.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Adults for Illicit Drug Use

Aug 27, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a draft recommendation statement that screening for illicit drug use is recommended in adults if services for diagnosis, treatment and care are available.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190827uspstfdrugscreening.html

CDC: Report Possible Vaping-associated Pulmonary Illness

Aug 27, 2019 - The CDC is asking clinicians to report unexplained pulmonary illness that may be related to e-cigarette use after nearly 200 potential cases have been reported in 22 states.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190827vapingillness.html

CDC Launches #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series

Aug 13, 2019 - The CDC launched a new website for its #HowIRecommend videos series, featuring health care professionals talking about how they recommend vaccines to different types of patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190813reccvaccvideos.html

Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

Aug 26, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a final recommendation statement 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/20190826uspstfbrca.html

CDC Underscores Need to Boost HPV Vaccination Coverage

Aug 29, 2019 - A pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports the CDC recently released clearly demonstrate that the need to improve HPV vaccination coverage remains substantial.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190829hpvvacc.html

Study: Preterm Infants Less Likely to Be Fully Vaccinated

Sep 4, 2019 - A recent study in Pediatrics found that more than half of all preterm infants had not received the full complement of vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices by age 19 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190904pretermvax.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults 18-79 for Hepatitis C Infection

Sep 4, 2019 - According to a recently issued draft recommendation, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adults ages 18-79 for hepatitis C virus infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190904uspstf-hepc.html

Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Risks of Marijuana Use

Sep 12, 2019 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., recently issued an advisory on the health risks associated with marijuana use in adolescents and pregnant women, warning that no amount of the drug has been deemed safe.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190912sg-marijuana.html

Offer to Prescribe Medication to Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Sep 9, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final statement recommending risk-reducing medications for women who have an increased risk for breast cancer and a low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190909uspstf-breastcameds.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Sep 18, 2019 - Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

Many Patients Hide Life-threatening Issues From Clinicians

Sep 10, 2019 - New research indicates that many patients who experience an imminent threat such as suicidality, abuse or sexual assault routinely withhold this information from their clinicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190910withhholdinfo.html

CDC Provides Interim Guidance, Update on Vaping Illness

Sep 11, 2019 - On Sept. 6, CDC officials hosted a telebriefing to provide an update on the agency's investigation into more than 450 cases of serious lung illness possibly associated with use of e-cigarette products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190911vapingupdate.html

Newly Released Tools Support HHS Plan to End HIV Epidemic

Sep 13, 2019 - On Sept. 3, the CDC released a suite of communication tools and resources to support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infection and help keep those infected with HIV healthy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190913stophiv.html

CDC: THC Products Used in Most Vaping Illness Cases

Oct 7, 2019 - The CDC said the latest findings from its investigation into lung injury associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, indicate that three-fourths of those affected used tetrahydrocannabinol-containing products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007thcvaping.html

AAFP Releases Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

Sep 20, 2019 - The AAFP's new marijuana and cannabinoids position paper describes marijuana and related substance misuse as complex issues impacting family medicine, patient health and public health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190920cannabispaper.html

Screen Pregnant Patients for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Oct 7, 2019 - On Sept. 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, recommending that all pregnant patients be screened.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191007uspstf-asb.html

In Wake of Measles Outbreaks, CDC Updates 2019 Case Totals

Oct 9, 2019 - The CDC is reporting details from this year's measles outbreaks after the New York State Department of Health declared that the state's nearly yearlong outbreak has ended. The good news: The United States has maintained its measles elimination status.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191009measlesupdt.html

Survey Examines Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults

Oct 16, 2019 - A survey of more than 169,000 American adults found that individuals with one or more documented medical conditions are far more likely to use marijuana than those without a medical condition.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016marijuanasurvey.html

Research Lacking on Screening for Cognitive Impairment

Sep 23, 2019 - On Sept. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults, citing insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impairment in these ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190923uspstf-cognitive.html

AAFP Hails White House Bid to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Sep 27, 2019 - The Academy has praised a recent announcement from the Trump administration that it will take decisive action by severely curtailing access to flavored e-cigarette products. The FDA is expected to finalize guidance to pull the products from the U.S. market within weeks.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190927whecigban.html

Survey: One in Five Young Americans Thinks Vaping Is Harmless

Oct 23, 2019 - Results of an American Society of Clinical Oncology survey reveal that more than 20% of young Americans think that e-cigarettes are not only nonaddictive -- they're actually harmless.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023ascovapesurvey.html

JUUL Suspends U.S. Sales of Non-tobacco, Non-menthol Flavors

Oct 23, 2019 - On Oct. 17, JUUL Labs Inc. announced that it was suspending U.S. sales of its non-tobacco, non-menthol-based flavors (mango, crème, fruit and cucumber), pending FDA review of the company's premarket tobacco product applications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191023juulannouncement.html

ACIP Updates Pertussis Vaccine Recommendation

Oct 30, 2019 - During its Oct. 23-24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated its recommendation for the pertussis vaccine and was briefed on this season's flu activity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030acip.html

Study Finds No Link Between IIV, Miscarriage

Oct 30, 2019 - A study published in the journal Vaccine on Oct. 16 found no association between administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women and miscarriage.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191030iiv-sab.html

Vaccination Gaps Leave Pregnant Moms, Infants Unprotected

Oct 16, 2019 - According to recent research from the CDC, about 65% of mothers surveyed reported they had not received the seasonal influenza and tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccines before or during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191016vaccinpregnancy.html

ADA's Tiny Smiles Program Unveils New Physician Resources

Nov 4, 2019 - The American Dental Association has released new resources as part of its Tiny Smiles dental program that family physicians and other medical professionals can use to educate parents and caregivers of young children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191104tinysmiles.html

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