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AAFP Paper Offers Family Medicine Approach to Poverty

Sep 9, 2015 - A recent AAFP paper says family physicians can mitigate the effects of poverty on health by understanding patients' challenges, coping strategies and available community resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150909povertypaper.html

AAFP Tells FDA to Require Warnings on Liquid Nicotine

Sep 4, 2015 - The AAFP has recommended that the FDA require manufacturers of liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes to provide warning labels and child-resistant packaging for their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150904nicotinewarning.html

Study Links Long-term NSAID Use to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Sep 2, 2015 - Danish researchers conducted a population-based, case-control study that found an association between long-term, continuous use of low-dose aspirin and long-term use of nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and decreased colorectal cancer risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150902nsaidscrc.html

AAFP, Other Groups Spur FDA Action Against Tobacco Makers

Aug 28, 2015 - Three days after the AAFP called on the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products to take enforcement action against the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. for making misleading claims about its cigarettes, the FDA issued a warning letter to the company.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150828santafetobacco.html

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

Aug 26, 2015 - A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150826ecigs-teens.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

Aug 25, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150825copdscreening.html

Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

Aug 21, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150821aciprecap.html

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

Aug 19, 2015 - HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819htnchallengenoms.html

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

Aug 19, 2015 - The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819nflfdtnconcussion.html

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

Aug 14, 2015 - A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150814infectionvitalsigns.html

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

Aug 11, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150811uspstfautism.html

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

Aug 10, 2015 - In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150810chlamydiastudy.html

HHS Kicks in Millions More to Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Aug 5, 2015 - In response to a steady drumbeat of bad news about opioid abuse throughout the United States, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced plans to up the ante of funding the agency is making available to combat the epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150805hhsdruggrants.html

Three Cities Take Custom Approaches to Population Health

Aug 4, 2015 - Building on the concept that where one lives is a strong indicator of future health, three cities are tackling population health in their own distinctive ways.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150804populationhealth.html

AAFP Joins Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29. The campaign is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729alltrials.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Jul 29, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729depress-screen.html

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

Jul 27, 2015 - The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150727obesityinitiative.html

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jul 23, 2015 - According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150723heroinuptick.html

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Jul 22, 2015 - On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150722uspstfvision.html

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

Jul 16, 2015 - The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716agingconference.html

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Jul 16, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716tobaccomini-grants.html

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

Jul 15, 2015 - A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150715ssristudy.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

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