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USPSTF: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 28, 2016 - After reviewing studies on the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for thyroid cancer, a newly released U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft statement recommends against screening asymptomatic adults for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161128uspstfthyroid.html

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

USPSTF: Screen Children, Adolescents for Obesity

Nov 8, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening children and teens for obesity and offering or referring those with a positive result to intensive behavioral interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161108uspstfkidsobesity.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

USPSTF: Interventions Boost Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration

Nov 2, 2016 - On Oct. 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement supporting the provision of breastfeeding interventions during pregnancy and after birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102breastfeedfinal.html

Speakers Tout Population Health, Primary Care Integration Success

Nov 2, 2016 - Speakers at the recent 2016 AAFP State Legislative Conference highlighted initiatives that link primary care and population health to help vulnerable populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102pophealthintegration.html

National STD Prevalence Hits All-time High -- Again

Oct 26, 2016 - A new CDC report finds that for the second consecutive year, newly diagnosed cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen, topping out at an unprecedented combined high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026stdreport.html

ACIP Recommends Two-dose Regimen for HPV Vaccine

Oct 26, 2016 - Members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted to recommend patients ages 11-12 receive two doses of the nine-valent HPV vaccine at least six months apart.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026acipoctmtg.html

Study: Screening Mammography Likely Leads to Overdiagnosis

Oct 19, 2016 - A recent study looked at how the advent of screening mammography has affected reported breast cancer incidence, related mortality and the potential for overdiagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019nejmbrstca.html

New Resources on FamilyDoctor.org Promote OTC Drug Safety

Oct 19, 2016 - The AAFP has posted new OTC drug safety resources for patients on FamilyDoctor.org. The materials focus on proper dosing of children's medications, as well as safe storage practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019otcmeds.html

Search and Rescue Campaign Aims to Educate Opioid Prescribers

Oct 13, 2016 - The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced the national launch of its Search and Rescue campaign to help educate opioid prescribers and provide them with key resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161013searchrescue.html

AAFP Joins CDC, Other Groups in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Oct 7, 2016 - The AAFP has joined the CDC, the Pew Charitable Trusts and 11 other national health groups to promote judicious outpatient antibiotic use to reduce antibiotic resistance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161007antibioticstewards.html

Winning Rural Opioid Fight Depends on Family Physicians

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers contend that a promising way to address opioid addiction, especially in rural areas, would be to train more family physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005ruralopioids.html

Utah Zika Case Points to Likely New Transmission Route

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers suggest that Zika can be transmitted through tears or sweat, while the CDC has updated its interim guidance on the virus and issued a new travel advisory.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005zikaupdate.html

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Women for Pre-eclampsia Using BP

Sep 30, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement calling for pregnant women to be screened for pre-eclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160930draftrecpreeclampsia.html

AAFP Supports ACA's Coverage of Contraceptive Services

Sep 28, 2016 - The AAFP has signed on to a Sept. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage requirement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160928acabirthcontrol.html

Study Validates Strategies to Support Patient Self-management

Sep 20, 2016 - Recently published research has validated five promising strategies clinicians can use to support patient self-management.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160920smsresearch.html

AAFP to Host New Zika Virus Webinar on Sept. 16

Sep 13, 2016 - The AAFP will host its second members-only webinar on the Zika virus outbreak Sept. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160913zikawebinar2.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Sep 8, 2016 - In its final recommendation statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for latent tuberculosis infection in asymptomatic adults at increased risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160908uspstflatenttb.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

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

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

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

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