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Uptick in Congenital Syphilis Causes Concern

Nov 23, 2015 - The Nov. 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlighted a 38 percent hike in the rate of congenital syphilis in the United States between 2012 and 2014.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151123congenitalsyphilis.html

AAFP Backs HUD Proposal to Make Public Housing Smoke-free

Nov 18, 2015 - On Nov. 12, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a proposed rule that would require indoor areas of public housing properties to be smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151118hudsmoke-free.html

AAFP Joins Campaign to Boost MCV4 Second-dose Rates

Nov 16, 2015 - The AAFP has teamed up with other medical groups and the CDC to encourage physicians to administer a second dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine to patients at age 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151116mcv42nddose.html

Tobacco Office Champions Project Participants Spotlight Successes

Nov 13, 2015 - Having recently completed its Multi-State Office Champions Behavioral Health Tobacco Cessation project, the AAFP is offering a new online resource for members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151113tobaccochamps.html

AHA Updates CPR, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines

Nov 9, 2015 - The American Heart Association recently released its 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151109ahacprguide.html

Academy Launches Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit for Members

Nov 6, 2015 - As part of its Healthy Interventions program, the Academy's Health of the Public and Science Division has launched a Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151106tobaccotoolkit.html

Practical Playbook Textbook Now Available

Nov 3, 2015 - A recently released textbook, The Practical Playbook: Public Health and Primary Care Together, promotes the benefits of integrating the two disciplines to medical students and residents

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151103practicalplaybook.html

USPSTF: Screen Overweight, Obese Adults for Abnormal Blood Glucose

Nov 2, 2015 - On Oct. 27, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement calling for physicians to screen adults 40-70 who are overweight or obese for abnormal blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151102uspstf-diabetes.html

Help Patients Confused by ACS' Breast Cancer Screening Guidance

Oct 29, 2015 - The American Cancer Society has released a guideline on screening women for breast cancer that differs from AAFP and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151029acsbreastcaguide.html

ACIP to Reconfigure Pediatric Immunization Schedule

Oct 28, 2015 - During its Oct. 21 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to reconfigure its pediatric immunization schedule to list recommended vaccines from earliest to latest age at which each is first administered.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151028acipoctmtg.html

Hospitals' Use of Breastfeeding Standard Jumps Dramatically

Oct 26, 2015 - Since 2007, the percentage of hospitals in the United States that have implemented the majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding has nearly doubled, according to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151026tensteps.html

AAFP Joins Multifaceted National Effort to Combat Opioid Abuse

Oct 22, 2015 - On Oct. 21, the AAFP joined President Obama and various public- and private-sector partners in announcing a unified effort to address the nation's epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151022opioidinitiative.html

Opioid Abuse Task Force: Increasing Access to Naloxone Saves Lives

Oct 21, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse encourages FPs to consider coprescribing naloxone to patients, family members or close friends when there is a risk for opioid overdose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151021amanaloxone.html

Two Flu Vaccine Manufacturers Announce Delays in Product Delivery

Oct 21, 2015 - In the past week, both Sanofi Pasteur and MedImmune announced delays in the delivery of their respective influenza vaccine products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151021fluvaccdelays.html

USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Hypertension Screening Recommendations for Adults

Oct 15, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation on screening adults for hypertension, finding that screening those 18 and older for high blood pressure is beneficial.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151015htnprevrec.html

USPSTF: Screening Adults Ages 50-75 for CRC Reduces Mortality Risk

Oct 14, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement on Oct. 6, 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/20151014crcdraftrec.html

New AAFP Policy Rejects Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions

Oct 12, 2015 - On Oct. 5, the AAFP issued a policy statement that characterizes immunization exemptions as detrimental to society unless given strictly for medical reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151012vaccineexempt.html

Rehash of 2001 Study Finds Paroxetine, Imipramine Ineffective, Unsafe for Teens

Sep 30, 2015 - Both paroxetine and imipramine are ineffective and unsafe for treating adolescents with depression, according to a reanalysis of a 2001 study that was recently published online.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150930study329reanalysis.html

USPSTF, AAFP Finalize Recommendations on Smoking Cessation in Adults

Sep 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released its final recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer patients who smoke a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150924finaltobaccorec.html

Obesity Care Model Calls for Primary Care, Public Health Integration

Sep 22, 2015 - A group from the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions has proposed a model to prevent and treat obesity by integrating primary care and public health resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150922obesitymodel.html

JAMA Study Finds Half of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

Sep 18, 2015 - A study published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association Sept. 8 found that in 2012, about half of American adults had either diabetes or prediabetes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150918jamadiabetes.html

USPSTF Issues Draft Statement on Low-dose Aspirin to Prevent CVD, Colorectal Cancer

Sep 16, 2015 - On Sept. 15, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement supporting prophylactic low-dose aspirin therapy for patients ages 50-59 who have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150916uspstfaspirin.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Screening Teens for Depression

Sep 14, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation statement that says adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be screened for major depressive disorder when adequate systems are in place for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150914teensmddscreen.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Sep 9, 2015 - On Sept. 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation on screening for iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women and children ages 6 to 24 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909irondeficiency.html

CDC Commits $20 Million to Combat Prescription Drug Overdose

Sep 9, 2015 - On Sept. 4, the CDC announced it's launching the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program to help states end the ongoing prescription drug overdose epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909overdosefunds.html

AAFP Paper Offers Family Medicine Approach to Poverty

Sep 9, 2015 - A recent AAFP paper says family physicians can mitigate the effects of poverty on health by understanding patients' challenges, coping strategies and available community resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909povertypaper.html

AAFP Tells FDA to Require Warnings on Liquid Nicotine

Sep 4, 2015 - The AAFP has recommended that the FDA require manufacturers of liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes to provide warning labels and child-resistant packaging for their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150904nicotinewarning.html

Study Links Long-term NSAID Use to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Sep 2, 2015 - Danish researchers conducted a population-based, case-control study that found an association between long-term, continuous use of low-dose aspirin and long-term use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and decreased colorectal cancer risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150902nsaidscrc.html

AAFP, Other Groups Spur FDA Action Against Tobacco Makers

Aug 28, 2015 - Three days after the AAFP called on the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products to take enforcement action against the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. for making misleading claims about its cigarettes, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150828santafetobacco.html

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

Aug 26, 2015 - A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150826ecigs-teens.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

Aug 25, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150825copdscreening.html

Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

Aug 21, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150821aciprecap.html

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

Aug 19, 2015 - HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819htnchallengenoms.html

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

Aug 19, 2015 - The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819nflfdtnconcussion.html

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

Aug 14, 2015 - A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150814infectionvitalsigns.html

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

Aug 11, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150811uspstfautism.html

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

Aug 10, 2015 - In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150810chlamydiastudy.html

HHS Kicks in Millions More to Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Aug 5, 2015 - In response to a steady drumbeat of bad news about opioid abuse throughout the United States, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced plans to up the ante of funding the agency is making available to combat the epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150805hhsdruggrants.html

Three Cities Take Custom Approaches to Population Health

Aug 4, 2015 - Building on the concept that where one lives is a strong indicator of future health, three cities are tackling population health in their own distinctive ways.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150804populationhealth.html

AAFP Joins Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29. The campaign is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729alltrials.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Jul 29, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729depress-screen.html

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

Jul 27, 2015 - The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150727obesityinitiative.html

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jul 23, 2015 - According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150723heroinuptick.html

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Jul 22, 2015 - On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150722uspstfvision.html

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

Jul 16, 2015 - The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716agingconference.html

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Jul 16, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716tobaccomini-grants.html

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

Jul 15, 2015 - A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150715ssristudy.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

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