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Birth Defects Seen in One in 10 Zika-infected Pregnancies

Apr 5, 2017 - One out of 10 pregnant women in the United States with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a fetus or infant with Zika-related birth defects; brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were reported in 75 percent of these affected fetuses and infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170405mmwrzika.html

Misconceptions About Antibiotics for Children's ARIs Persist

Apr 4, 2017 - Researchers in Australia explored parents' expectations and experiences using antibiotics for pediatric acute respiratory infections, with findings published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404annalsantibiotics.html

Meridian Expands EpiPen Recall to Include U.S.

Apr 4, 2017 - Meridian Medical Technologies is expanding a voluntary recall of its EpiPen products because of a possible defect in the devices that could result in their failing to activate.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404epipenrecall.html

AAFP Takes Leadership Role With Launch of Center for Diversity, Health Equity

Mar 31, 2017 - The AAFP recently announced the formation of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, which will focus on addressing the social aspects of health care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170331diversityequity.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

Mar 29, 2017 - On March 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170329uspstfceliac.html

CDC: Stronger Effort Needed to Fight Tuberculosis

Mar 28, 2017 - Preliminary tuberculosis (TB) surveillance data for 2016 indicate that despite slight declines in TB case numbers and rates in the United States since 2015, more needs to be done to eliminate the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170328mmwrtb.html

NIH Unveils Dietary Supplements Webpage for Health Professionals

Mar 23, 2017 - NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements has created a new webpage for health care professionals that features up-to-date, evidence-based information on supplements they can use during discussions with patients, colleagues and students.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170323dietsupplements.html

Extended In-office BP Monitoring Could Reduce Hypertension Overtreatment

Mar 22, 2017 - A study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes may dramatically reduce overtreatment of patients with white-coat hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170322bpmonitoring.html

New Health Group Pledges to Fight Climate Change Threats

Mar 20, 2017 - A new advocacy group that includes the AAFP and other primary care organizations has pledged to counter the growing public health threats of climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170320climatechange.html

New Videos Support FPs' Efforts to Boost Adult Immunizations

Mar 16, 2017 - The AAFP has created and released three online videos to help family physicians educate their adult patients on the benefits of being vaccinated against three common ailments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170316vaccinevideos.html

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults

Mar 15, 2017 - On March 7, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report that address the growing prevalence of arthritis in the general population and resulting activity limitations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170315mmwr-arthritis.html

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows Enjoy Busy, Eye-opening Year

Mar 14, 2017 - Current AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows David Cope, M.D., and John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., recently spoke with AAFP News about their experiences and what they learned during the fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170314vaccsciencefellows.html

Evidence Lacking on Routine Gynecologic Screening Pelvic Exams

Mar 8, 2017 - On March 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170308uspstfpelvicexam.html

ACS: Colorectal Cancer Rates Jump Among Younger Adults

Mar 7, 2017 - Although overall colorectal cancer (CRC) prevalence has been declining in the United States since the mid-1980s, a new study found CRC incidence is rising among young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170307colorectalcarates.html

Screen Vision in Children Ages 3-5; Evidence Lacking for Younger Kids

Mar 1, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on Feb. 28 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/20170301uspstfkidsvision.html

ACIP Offers Revised, Single-dose HepB Infant Revaccination Option

Feb 28, 2017 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently offered a revised recommendation for single-dose revaccination of unprotected infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen-positive mothers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170228febacipmtg.html

AAFP to House: Don't Exempt Cigars From FDA Oversight

Feb 23, 2017 - On Feb. 15, the AAFP signed on to a letter to House members, urging them to oppose a bill that would exempt some cigars, including flavored cigars, from FDA regulation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170223housecigarltr.html

CDC: 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine Nearly 50 Percent Effective

Feb 21, 2017 - Interim estimates for the 2016-2017 influenza season show this year's vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170221fluvacceffect.html

AAFP, Other Groups to Congress: Continue to Fund Fight Against Zika

Feb 17, 2017 - On Feb. 10, the AAFP signed on to a joint letter to leaders of both the House and Senate appropriations committees that urges them to continue funding efforts to combat Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170217zikafundingltr.html

ACP: Try Nondrug Therapies First for Nonradicular Low Back Pain

Feb 14, 2017 - The American College of Physicians issued a clinical practice guideline recommending physicians treat patients' nonradicular acute or subacute low back pain with nondrug therapies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170214acp-backpain.html

Family Physicians Can Help Patients Limit Hearing Loss

Feb 10, 2017 - A Feb. 7 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report found a high prevalence of adult hearing loss from noise encountered during everyday activities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170210cdchearingloss.html

AAFP Webinar: Educating Patients on OTC Drug Safety

Feb 8, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar on Feb. 16 from 8-9 p.m. CST that will focus on how to best educate patients about the safety of OTC analgesics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170208otcwebinar.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2017 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2017 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other groups, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170206immunskeds.html

Top Preventive Services Recommendations Ranked by Relative Efficacy

Feb 3, 2017 - The National Commission on Prevention Priorities has updated its clinical preventive services rankings and has published them in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170203clinrecsranked.html

Seasonal Flu Activity Continues to Climb in United States

Feb 1, 2017 - As of Jan. 21, 37 states had reported widespread seasonal influenza activity to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170201fluupdate.html

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