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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

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

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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

FDA: No Prescription Codeine, Tramadol for Kids Under 12

Apr 21, 2017 - On April 20, the FDA issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children and requiring labeling changes to prescription medications containing these ingredients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170421codeine-tramadol.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Shigella

Apr 20, 2017 - The CDC has released a Health Alert Network health advisory warning clinicians about emerging Shigella strains that show possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170420shigellaadvisory.html

CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Apr 18, 2017 - Among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection, according to a recent CDC data brief.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418hpvrates.html

Maryland FP Leads Efforts to Improve Minority Health

Apr 18, 2017 - April is National Minority Health Month, and one family physician's work to help her community achieve greater health equity clearly embodies that initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418patczapp.html

Individualize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

Apr 11, 2017 - On April 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new draft recommendation statement and three draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170411uspstfprostate.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Safe Storage, Disposal Resource

Apr 10, 2017 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse has released a new resource family physicians can use to promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and other medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170410amaopioidresource.html

Kids' Solid-dose Acetaminophen Products Transition to Single Strength

Apr 7, 2017 - Manufacturers of pediatric solid-dose acetaminophen products are transitioning to a single strength of 160-mg chewables in the United States, which will be dubbed Children's.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170407kidstylenol.html

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