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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.

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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.

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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

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika Virus Infection in Infants

Oct 24, 2017 - The CDC has released updated interim clinical guidance for health care professionals who care for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171024newcdczikarecs.html

AAFP: To Delay Food Labeling Rule Would Be 'Preposterous'

Oct 24, 2017 - The AAFP recently told the FDA that a proposed delay in enforcing a rule that requires more accurate food nutrition labeling is unnecessary and harmful.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171024nutritionlabel.html

CDC: Rural Americans More Likely to Die by Suicide

Oct 23, 2017 - According to CDC data released Oct. 6 in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, rural counties had higher suicide rates than medium/small or large metropolitan counties from 2001 to 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171023mmwrsuicide.html

Study: Formularies Offer Path to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Oct 16, 2017 - New research suggests that Medicare Part D formularies could be used to restrict opioid prescribing and help fight the opioid abuse epidemic in the United States.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171016opioidprescribing.html

Counsel Young Fair-skinned Patients About Skin Cancer

Oct 12, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Oct. 10 that address behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171012uspstfskinca.html

Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy Reduces Newborn Pertussis

Oct 10, 2017 - A CDC study estimated that vaccinating pregnant women with the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine during their third trimester was nearly 78 percent effective in preventing pertussis in their infants younger than 2 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171010pregtdapstudy.html

CDC Launches Rx Awareness Campaign

Oct 6, 2017 - The CDC has launched the Rx Awareness campaign, which features testimonials from people affected by the opioid epidemic in the United States, as well as numerous other resources and tools.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171006rxaware.html

Panelists: Physicians Must Stress Importance of Flu Vaccination

Oct 6, 2017 - Panelists at a recent event in Washington said that because vaccination rates vary widely, it's essential for physicians to remind patients that they need an annual flu shot.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171006vaccpanel.html

STDs Hit All-time High, Says CDC

Oct 3, 2017 - More than 2 million cases of chlamydial infection, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, according to the CDC's annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171003cdcstdrpt.html

AAFP Calls on Members to Promote Influenza Vaccination This Season

Sep 29, 2017 - On Sept. 20, the AAFP signed on to a CDC letter asking health care professionals to help promote the influenza vaccine for the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170929fluvaccletter.html

USPSTF Draft Recommendations Address Falls, Fractures

Sep 28, 2017 - On Sept. 26, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reviews on the prevention of falls and fractures in older adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170928uspstfdraftfalls.html

USPSTF Offers Updated Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

Sep 22, 2017 - A new draft statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a recommendation to screen women ages 30-65 for cervical cancer every three years using cytology alone or every five years using high-risk HPV testing alone.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170922uspstfdraftcervca.html

CDC Breaks Down Recent Study Linking Flu Vaccine, Miscarriage

Sep 20, 2017 - Although evidence indicates that influenza vaccination is safe during pregnancy, data are limited for women in their first trimester, prompting a recent study that examined the incidence of miscarriage in women who received the vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170920flumiscarry.html

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccinations in Older Adults

Sep 12, 2017 - A free AAFP webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon CDT on Sept. 26 will focus on helping family doctors increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients ages 65 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170912fluwebinar.html

Review Updated Flu Prevention Guidance for 2017-2018

Sep 12, 2017 - The CDC has issued its annual recommendations for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza, which include guidance on the use of two newly licensed vaccines, as well as information on one vaccine's expanded age indication.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170912newflurecs.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Perform Vision Screening in Children Ages 3-5

Sep 6, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a final recommendation statement that calls for clinicians to conduct vision screening at least once in children ages 3-5 years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170906kidsvisionscrn.html

CDC Data Show Obesity Among U.S. Adults Remains High

Sep 5, 2017 - On Aug. 31, the CDC released maps depicting adult obesity prevalence by state and territory, which show that obesity levels in the United States remain high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170905obesitymaps.html

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position Key to Predicting CVD Risk

Sep 1, 2017 - A recent study found that a widely used risk model systematically underpredicted atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event risk among patients from disadvantaged communities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170901sociocvdrisk.html

AAFP, Health Groups Demand 'R' Rating for Movies With Smoking

Aug 30, 2017 - The AAFP recently joined 16 other health organizations to demand that movie producers, distributors and exhibitors apply an R rating to all films that include depictions of smoking or tobacco.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170830moviesmokingltr.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Updated Naloxone Guidance

Aug 28, 2017 - The AMA Opioid Task Force recently released an updated resource family physicians can use for guidance when co-prescribing overdose drug naloxone with opioid medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170828naloxoneresource.html

AAFP Mapping Tool Aims to Enhance Immunization Advocacy

Aug 23, 2017 - Family physicians and other vaccine advocates can use the AAFP's new State Immunization Information System Legislation tool to aid them in immunization-focused outreach to state legislators.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170823vaccinemapper.html

AAFP Addresses Contraceptive Access and Coverage With FDA, CMS

Aug 21, 2017 - An Aug. 9 letter to FDA and CMS leaders stemmed from resolutions regarding contraception that were adopted by the 2016 Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170821contraceptivesletter.html

AAFP to CMS: Set Minimum Coverage Standards for Preventive Services

Aug 17, 2017 - The AAFP asked CMS to require all insurance plans to cover all A and B recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170817preventivecoverage.html

Cyclosporiasis Cases on Upswing, Warns CDC Health Advisory

Aug 14, 2017 - The CDC released a Health Alert Network advisory on Aug. 7 saying this year has seen a notable increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170814cyclosporiasis.html

Overcoming Barriers to Opioid Treatment Takes Center Stage

Aug 11, 2017 - Recommendations from a newly released presidential commission report align with findings from a recent Annals of Family Medicine study that identified barriers to treating opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170811opioidsstudy.html

AAFP Awards Third Round of Tobacco Control Mini-grants

Aug 8, 2017 - The AAFP's latest class of tobacco and nicotine prevention and control mini-grant recipients devised innovative approaches to controlling tobacco use at the state and local levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170808tobaccominigrants.html

CDC Updates Guidance on Zika Testing for Pregnant Women

Jul 31, 2017 - On July 24, the CDC issued an early-release Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report updating its interim guidance for health care professionals caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170731zikatestupdate.html

Should Medication-assisted Treatment Be Part of Primary Care?

Jul 28, 2017 - Two physicians consider the role of family physicians in addiction treatment in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170728mat.html

Panel: Opioid Addiction Should Be Treated as Illness, Not Crime

Jul 25, 2017 - Panelists at a recent forum hosted by Roll Call said the nation must acknowledge that addiction is a disease and secure the resources required to combat it.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170725opioidsummit.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Jul 25, 2017 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation statement reaffirms that potential harms of screening average-risk women for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170725uspstf-ovarian.html

AAFP, Baylor Partner to Create Alcohol Screening Practice Manual

Jul 20, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with Baylor College of Medicine to create a new alcohol screening and brief intervention manual family physicians can use in their practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170720alcoholmanual.html

Court Ruling Supports Incarcerated Women's Right to Breastfeed

Jul 18, 2017 - On July 5, leaders from the New Mexico AFP and two other health care organizations applauded a Santa Fe, N.M., court's decision to support breastfeeding for incarcerated women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170718incarceratedbreastfeed.html

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