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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

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