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FDA OKs Marketing of 10 DTC Genetic Health Risk Tests

Apr 25, 2017 - The FDA has approved the marketing of 10 direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests by the company 23andMe and has announced it plans to speed the approval of similar tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/2017042523andme.html

AAFP Recommends Against Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Apr 25, 2017 - In a departure from a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement, the AAFP has recommended against conducting screening pelvic exams in asymptomatic women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170425aafppelvicexam.html

USPSTF: Screen for Pre-eclampsia Using BP Throughout Pregnancy

Apr 26, 2017 - On April 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalized its recommendation to screen pregnant women for pre-eclampsia throughout pregnancy using blood pressure measurements -- a B recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170426uspstfpreeclampsiafinal.html

Despite Narrowing Gap, Racial Health Disparities Remain

May 9, 2017 - The death rate for African-Americans declined 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, but health disparity gaps between blacks and whites remain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170509mmwr-healthdispar.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Treating Osteoporosis

May 11, 2017 - The American College of Physicians recently issued a guideline on treating osteoporosis and low bone density to prevent fractures, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170511acposteoguide.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

May 12, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released its final recommendation statement against screening asymptomatic adults for thyroid cancer. The AAFP recommendation mirrors that statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170512uspstfthyroid.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP recently mailed members laminated copies of the 2017 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170515immunskeds.html

Ongoing FDA Review of Fluoroquinolones Downplays Concerns

May 16, 2017 - The FDA has announced that previous concerns about fluoroquinolones boosting the risk for retinal detachment and aortic dissection or aneurysm have not been borne out by patient case data and published studies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170516fdafluoroquinolones.html

HCV Infection Rate Skyrocketed Between 2010 and 2015

May 17, 2017 - The CDC recently released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report articles that address hepatitis C virus infections in the United States, which nearly tripled from 2010 to 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170517mmwrhcv.html

Don't Use Estrogen/Progestin Therapy for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

May 19, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement against the use of combined estrogen and progestin therapy to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170519uspstfhormetherapy.html

FDA Warns of Amputation Risk Linked to Newer Diabetes Drug

May 22, 2017 - The FDA has called for a new boxed warning to be added to canagliflozin product labels based on a heightened risk for leg and foot amputations associated with use of the drug.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170522fdainvokana.html

Racial Segregation Associated With Higher BP Among Black Adults

May 30, 2017 - A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that increases in racial residential segregation were associated with small increases in systolic blood pressure.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170530segregationbp.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening Kids, Teens for Scoliosis

Jun 1, 2017 - A recently issued U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in patients ages 10-18.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170601uspstfscoliosis.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

CDC Warns of Recent Jump in Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks

Jun 6, 2017 - In response to a national uptick in recreational water-associated disease outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium, the CDC is sharing healthy swimming resources that clinicians can pass along to patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606mmwr-crypto.html

Panel Describes Population Health Collaboration That Works

Jun 6, 2017 - Local initiatives can help empower patients to improve the social determinants of health that contribute to high volumes of hospitalizations and office visits.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170606practicalplaybook.html

AAFP Partners With HHS to Promote Patient Education Tool

Jun 7, 2017 - The AAFP has partnered with HHS' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to promote its interactive myhealthfinder tool, which helps patients determine what preventive services they need.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170607myhealthfinder.html

FDA Calls for Opana ER's Removal Due to Abuse Concerns

Jun 12, 2017 - On June 8, the FDA asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to pull its opioid pain medication, reformulated Opana ER, from the U.S. market because of concerns about abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170612opana-er.html

Legionella Poses Risk for Patients in Health Care Facilities

Jun 15, 2017 - The CDC recently released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that found the prevalence of Legionnaires' disease in U.S. health care facilities is concerningly high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170615mmwrlegionella.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Managing Acute, Recurrent Gout

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP recently endorsed the American College of Physicians' evidence-based guideline on managing acute and recurrent gout.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170616acpgoutgdline.html

Teen Tobacco Use Dropped Significantly From 2015 to 2016

Jun 22, 2017 - According to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, fewer middle- and high-school students reported having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days in 2016 than in 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170622mmwr-teentobacco.html

Evidence Supports Screening Children, Teens for Obesity

Jun 22, 2017 - 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/20170622uspstfkidsobesity.html

ACIP Says No to LAIV for 2017-18 Flu Season

Jun 30, 2017 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended against use of live attenuated influenza vaccine during the 2017-2018 flu season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170630acipjunemtg.html

Medicaid Is Crucial Lifeline for Addiction Treatment, Say Panelists

Jul 7, 2017 - Panelists at a recent summit on opioid abuse hosted by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation discussed the scope of the problem and how physicians can help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170707opioidsummit.html

AAFP Webinar Offers Members Latest Zika Virus Updates

Jul 10, 2017 - An upcoming AAFP webinar will offer up-to-date information on Zika virus infection, sexual transmission of Zika, and management of pregnant women and children with Zika infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170710zikawebinar.html

Counseling Can Help Prevent CVD in Low-, Average-risk Adults

Jul 17, 2017 - On July 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement on behavioral counseling to help prevent cardiovascular disease in low- and average-risk adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170717uspstfcvdfinal.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

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

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

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

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

AAFP, Other Groups Collaborate to Enhance Women's Health

Jun 13, 2017 - The Academy is collaborating with other health professional organizations to offer recommendations for updating the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines established in 2011.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201707613wpsi.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

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

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.

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

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

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, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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