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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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

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

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

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

USPSTF: Screen Pregnant Women for Pre-eclampsia Using BP

Sep 30, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement calling for pregnant women to be screened for pre-eclampsia with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160930draftrecpreeclampsia.html

AAFP Supports ACA's Coverage of Contraceptive Services

Sep 28, 2016 - The AAFP has signed on to a Sept. 20 letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that supports the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage requirement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160928acabirthcontrol.html

Study Validates Strategies to Support Patient Self-management

Sep 20, 2016 - Recently published research has validated five promising strategies clinicians can use to support patient self-management.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160920smsresearch.html

AAFP to Host New Zika Virus Webinar on Sept. 16

Sep 13, 2016 - The AAFP will host its second members-only webinar on the Zika virus outbreak Sept. 16 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160913zikawebinar2.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Sep 8, 2016 - In its final recommendation statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for latent tuberculosis infection in asymptomatic adults at increased risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160908uspstflatenttb.html

New NIH Research Program Targets Health Disparity, Chronic Disease

Sep 7, 2016 - NIH recently established a research program that will target health disparities' role in chronic disease among certain minority and disadvantaged patient populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907nihdisparity.html

AAFP Calls for 'All-Hands-on-Deck' Effort to End Opioid Crisis

Sep 7, 2016 - The AAFP recently wrote to HHS in response to the agency's request for information about prescriber education and training to prevent opioid overdose and opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907hhsopioidrfi.html

FDA Requires New Warnings on Combined Opioid, Benzodiazepine Use

Sep 7, 2016 - The FDA is requiring class-wide changes to opioid medication and benzodiazepine drug labels warning of the hazards of combined use of the two types of drugs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160907opioid-benzos.html

AAFP Releases Updated CRC Screening Recommendations

Aug 31, 2016 - The AAFP's recommendation on screening adults for colorectal cancer differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including on suggestions for recommended screening tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160831aafpcrcrec.html

CDC Report Calls for Sepsis Education, Prevention

Aug 30, 2016 - According to the CDC, health care visits present opportunities for physicians to prevent, recognize and treat sepsis before it causes life-threatening illness or death.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160830mmwr-sepsis.html

AAFP Offers Members Updated Opioid, Pain Management Resource

Aug 26, 2016 - The AAFP updated its opioid misuse and pain management position paper to better equip members to combat the opioid abuse epidemic while treating patients' chronic pain effectively.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160826opioidpaper.html

Study Finds LAIV, IIV Offer Comparable Community Protection

Aug 24, 2016 - A recent Canadian study found that children were equally protected by immunization with the live attenuated influenza vaccine compared with the standard inactivated influenza vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160824laivstudy.html

As Zika Spreads, Evidence of Link to Birth Defects Grows

Aug 19, 2016 - A study published Aug. 9 by The BMJ explored the association between prenatal Zika virus infection and arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which is characterized by joint contractures at birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160819zikaupdate.html

USPSTF: Evidence Doesn't Support Routine Screening for Genital Herpes

Aug 17, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a draft recommendation statement against routine serologic screening for genital herpes simplex virus infection in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160817uspstf-herpesdraft.html

AAFP, CDC Field New Tools to Augment Response to Zika Threat

Aug 10, 2016 - As rapidly as information about the Zika virus is evolving, it can be tough to keep up. Here's a recap of news on the U.S. outbreak, including cases of local mosquito-borne transmission.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160810zikaupdate.html

AAFP Supports Turn the Tide Rx Campaign to End Opioid Abuse

Aug 9, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., has launched a national campaign called Turn the Tide Rx that aims to enlist physicians' help in fighting opioid abuse.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160809turntide.html

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