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Evidence Insufficient to Screen Children for Speech, Language Issues, Says USPSTF

Jul 9, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 or younger in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150709speechlangfinal.html

JAMA Meta-analysis Finds Mixed Results for Medical Marijuana Use

Jul 8, 2015 - A meta-analysis published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association found there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for treating chronic pain but only low-quality evidence for a number of other indications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150708medmarijuana.html

FDA Warns Drugmakers to Quit Selling Unapproved Rx Otic Drops

Jul 7, 2015 - FDA officials recently moved to shut down the manufacture and sale of 16 unapproved prescription otic products; the agency also will evaluate the safety of children's use of certain codeine-containing products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150707fdaactions.html

California Mandates Vaccines for Children in School, Daycare

Jul 6, 2015 - On June 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires vaccination of all children in school or daycare, with exemptions only for valid medical reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150706califvaccines.html

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks on the Rise, CDC Warns

Jul 1, 2015 - As summer heats up and people head to the swimming pool, a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from June 26 highlights a rise in outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701cryptooutbreaks.html

ACIP Issues New Recommendation for MenB Vaccination

Jul 1, 2015 - During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted a Category B recommendation for use of the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines in patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701acipmtg.html

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Kick Butts

Jun 26, 2015 - Members of the inaugural class of AAFP tobacco prevention and control mini-grant recipients have completed the initial phase of their projects and discuss their experiences in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626tobacco-grants.html

Depigmentation Cases Prompt New Label Warning for ADHD Patch

Jun 26, 2015 - After dozens of reports of skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation associated with use of the methylphenidate transdermal system marketed as Daytrana, FDA officials are requiring that a new warning be added to the medication's package label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626daytrana.html

Conference Offers Platform to Share Immunization Successes

Jun 23, 2015 - During the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project Conference, participants discussed successes and challenges involved in trying to improve adolescent immunization rates during the three-year initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150623adolimmconf.html

Falls Prevention Program Scores Wins All Around

Jun 17, 2015 - Research study results show that a comprehensive HHS-funded falls prevention program helps keep seniors from falling and lowers fall-related medical costs. Overall, every $1 invested in the intervention program led to a savings of $1.68 on long-term services and supports for patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617preventfalls.html

Academy Applauds FDA Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

Jun 17, 2015 - The FDA has announced it will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fatty acids -- commonly known as trans fats -- in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617transfat.html

BUILD Health Challenge Aids Communities in Need

Jun 16, 2015 - An innovative grants program is attempting to reverse the socioeconomic trends that contribute to poor health by supporting local initiatives that address health issues tied to a specific social need. The BUILD Health Challenge recently awarded grants to 18 initiatives designed to solve...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150616buildhealthchallenge.html

Prepare for Spread of MERS-CoV, Says CDC

Jun 15, 2015 - The ongoing Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Korea is prompting CDC officials to urge physicians to re-educate themselves about the disease and prepare for its potential arrival.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201506015mers-cov.html

Wergin Invited to White House for Antibiotic Stewardship Event

Jun 8, 2015 - Medical and food-production representatives pledged action at a White House panel discussion on antibiotic stewardship. AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., represented family medicine at the event.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150608antibiotics.html

Studies Suggest E-cigarettes Don't Aid Long-term Smoking Cessation

Jun 5, 2015 - An analysis of currently available research on electronic cigarettes that was presented during the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in mid-May found that the popular vaping devices haven't proven to be successful long-term solutions for patients who want to quit ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150605e-cigstudies.html

New CVD Risk-reduction Model Promises to Pay for Results

Jun 4, 2015 - On May 28, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell introduced the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model, which will use predictive modeling to generate personalized CVD risk scores and modification plans for Medicare patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150604cvdriskmodel.html

Tell Congress Not to Tamper With FDA's Tobacco Authority

Jun 3, 2015 - Earlier today, the Academy sent out a Speak Out alert encouraging members to contact their representatives and urge them to vote down H.R. 662, which would infringe on the FDA's ability to regulate cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150603cigarspeakout.html

HHS Awards Aim to Help Primary Care Practices Promote Heart Health

May 29, 2015 - HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched its EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grant initiative with $112 million in awards to empower small primary care practices to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150529evidencenow.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning

May 20, 2015 - On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150520reynoldspetition.html

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities

May 15, 2015 - A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150515alcoholstudies.html

Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists

May 13, 2015 - Individuals who have weight problems are contributing to rising medical costs, a problem that physicians and major insurers such as Medicare are struggling to address directly.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150513obesitypanel.html

Offer Smokers Variety of Cessation Options, Says USPSTF

May 12, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150512deemingruleltr.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

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