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Don't Routinely Screen Adults, Teens for Genital Herpes

Dec 21, 2016 - On Dec. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending against screening asymptomatic adults and adolescents for genital herpes simplex virus infection using serology.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161221uspstfgenitalherpes.html

CDC: Use of Syringe Services Programs Up, but HIV Still a Threat

Dec 16, 2016 - A recent CDC study found that use of syringe services programs has increased substantially during the past decade, but injection drug users still aren't always using sterile needles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161216cdchivreport.html

FDA Puts Tobacco Marketers on Notice for Product Violations

Dec 14, 2016 - The FDA recently called out a number of tobacco product manufacturers and distributors for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by misrepresenting their products as cigars and, therefore, not subject to the act's restrictions on cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161214fdatobaccoltrs.html

AAFP, Others Applaud Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes

Dec 12, 2016 - On Dec. 8, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., released E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General to much fanfare from the AAFP and other medical groups.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161212sgreporte-cigs.html

Discussing Opioid Risks May Reduce Likelihood of Misuse, Abuse

Dec 9, 2016 - Research recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found that when physicians counseled patients about long-term risks of prescription opioid abuse, they were 60 percent less likely to save pills for later use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161209annalsopioids.html

AAFP, Conversation Project Partner to Aid End-of-Life Care Conversations

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer family physicians and their patients a wide range of resources to better prepare them for critical discussions about end-of-life care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161205conversationstarter.html

Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161202uspstfcvdcounsel.html

Texas Announces Possible Local Mosquito-transmitted Zika Case

Nov 30, 2016 - On Nov. 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the state's first case of lab-confirmed Zika virus thought to have been transmitted locally by mosquito.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161130texaszika.html

USPSTF: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 28, 2016 - After reviewing studies on the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for thyroid cancer, a newly released U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft statement recommends against screening asymptomatic adults for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161128uspstfthyroid.html

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

USPSTF: Screen Children, Adolescents for Obesity

Nov 8, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening children and teens for obesity and offering or referring those with a positive result to intensive behavioral interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161108uspstfkidsobesity.html

Speakers Tout Population Health, Primary Care Integration Success

Nov 2, 2016 - Speakers at the recent 2016 AAFP State Legislative Conference highlighted initiatives that link primary care and population health to help vulnerable populations.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102pophealthintegration.html

USPSTF: Interventions Boost Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration

Nov 2, 2016 - On Oct. 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement supporting the provision of breastfeeding interventions during pregnancy and after birth.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102breastfeedfinal.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

ACIP Recommends Two-dose Regimen for HPV Vaccine

Oct 26, 2016 - Members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted to recommend patients ages 11-12 receive two doses of the nine-valent HPV vaccine at least six months apart.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026acipoctmtg.html

National STD Prevalence Hits All-time High -- Again

Oct 26, 2016 - A new CDC report finds that for the second consecutive year, newly diagnosed cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen, topping out at an unprecedented combined high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026stdreport.html

Study: Screening Mammography Likely Leads to Overdiagnosis

Oct 19, 2016 - A recent study looked at how the advent of screening mammography has affected reported breast cancer incidence, related mortality and the potential for overdiagnosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019nejmbrstca.html

New Resources on FamilyDoctor.org Promote OTC Drug Safety

Oct 19, 2016 - The AAFP has posted new OTC drug safety resources for patients on FamilyDoctor.org. The materials focus on proper dosing of children's medications, as well as safe storage practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161019otcmeds.html

Search and Rescue Campaign Aims to Educate Opioid Prescribers

Oct 13, 2016 - The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids announced the national launch of its Search and Rescue campaign to help educate opioid prescribers and provide them with key resources.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161013searchrescue.html

AAFP Joins CDC, Other Groups in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Oct 7, 2016 - The AAFP has joined the CDC, the Pew Charitable Trusts and 11 other national health groups to promote judicious outpatient antibiotic use to reduce antibiotic resistance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161007antibioticstewards.html

Utah Zika Case Points to Likely New Transmission Route

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers suggest that Zika can be transmitted through tears or sweat, while the CDC has updated its interim guidance on the virus and issued a new travel advisory.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005zikaupdate.html

Winning Rural Opioid Fight Depends on Family Physicians

Oct 5, 2016 - Researchers contend that a promising way to address opioid addiction, especially in rural areas, would be to train more family physicians to prescribe buprenorphine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161005ruralopioids.html

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