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PCSK9 Antibody Therapy Offers Promising Alternative to Statins, Study Suggests

May 1, 2015 - In a recent study, researchers concluded protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 antibody therapy appeared to be a safe and effective alternative to statins to treat adults with hypercholesterolemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150501pcsk9.html

CMS Proposes Covering Pap Smear/HPV Testing For Cervical Cancer

Apr 29, 2015 - CMS recently proposed covering cervical cancer screening that would combine HPV testing with a Pap smear once every five years for certain Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429cervicalcancer.html

Use New AAFP Resource to Encourage Tdap Vaccination for Pregnant Patients

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP has created a resource to inform and remind family physicians about recommending tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine to pregnant women during every pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429pertussispage.html

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74

Apr 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation on breast cancer screening recommends mammograms every two years for women ages 50-74 but says the decision should be individualized for women ages 40-49.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150424mammograms.html

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care

Apr 22, 2015 - Community Care of North Carolina's transitional care initiative supports its Medicaid patients and prevents one readmission in the coming year for every six patients in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150422hip-ncprofile.html

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss

Apr 14, 2015 - A study published online April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 11 commercial weight-loss programs and found that only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig helped participants achieve long-term weight loss.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150414weightloss.html

Tobacco Resources Offer Context for Building a Tobacco-free Future

Apr 9, 2015 - Tobacco-control resources family physicians may wish to explore include the upcoming webinar Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the archive at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150409tobaccoresources.html

HHS Lays Out Multifaceted Plan to Combat Opioid Abuse

Apr 8, 2015 - HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a targeted initiative on March 26 that identifies three priority areas to reduce prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdose, death and dependence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150408hhsopioids.html

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Iron Deficiency Screening in Pregnant Women, Young Kids

Apr 6, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft statement on March 30 that said current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening pregnant women for iron deficiency anemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150406irondeficiency.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity

Mar 17, 2015 - A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150317exerciseglucose.html

Free Webinar Aims to Boost Flu Vaccination in Older Adults

Mar 10, 2015 - A free AAFP webinar scheduled for March 19 will focus on helping family physicians increase their influenza vaccination rates, especially among patients age 65 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150310fluvaccwebinar.html

AAFP Supports CDC, HHS Vaccine Efforts but Calls for Change

Mar 9, 2015 - On March 4, the AAFP sent letters to the CDC and HHS responding to the agencies' calls for comment on updated immunization information.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150309vaccineltrs.html

New Breastfeeding Toolkit Offers Comprehensive Resource

Mar 5, 2015 - The Academy has created a breastfeeding resource and toolkit for family physicians to bolster its policy on breastfeeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150305breastfeedingtoolkit.html

ACP Guidelines Address Prevention, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

Mar 4, 2015 - This week, the American College of Physicians released a pair of evidence-based clinical guidelines that address prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acpbedsoreguides.html

ACIP: LAIV No Longer Preferentially Recommended for Young Children

Mar 4, 2015 - During its Feb. 26 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reversed its preferential recommendation for live attenuated influenza vaccine use in young children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acip-laiv.html

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Renamed and Redefined

Mar 2, 2015 - The Institute of Medicine released a Feb. 10 report proposing new diagnostic criteria for the condition commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150302newchronicfatigue.html

Proposed Dietary Guidance Draws Scrutiny

Feb 25, 2015 - Findings from the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report offer no real surprises and shed light on the causes of the current obesity epidemic, says one FP expert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225dietguidelinesreport.html

Cigarettes Linked to More Deaths Than Previously Thought

Feb 25, 2015 - A study published online Feb. 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that about 17 percent of excess deaths in smokers were caused by diseases not previously linked to smoking cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225smokinglink.html

AAFP Joins Unified Effort on Gun Violence, Physician Free Speech

Feb 23, 2015 - The AAFP and seven other health professional organizations joined the American Bar Association in calling for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths and to protect physicians' free speech rights.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150223gunviolence.html

Wanted: FPs Schooled in Vaccine Science, Policy

Feb 17, 2015 - The AAFP is seeking applicants for its 2015-2016 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship program. Two openings are available, and the deadline to apply is March 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150217vaccfellows.html

AAFP Joins White House Summit on Responding to Medical Emergencies

Feb 16, 2015 - At a Feb. 10 physicians roundtable hosted by the White House, government officials and health care leaders met to discuss how to best arm bystanders to help during a medical emergency, particularly by stopping life-threatening bleeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150216whitehouseprepmtg.html

Survey: Most Americans Plan to Change Nutrition, Fitness Habits

Feb 12, 2015 - Results from a recent survey by Family Medicine for America's Health found that more than 80 percent of Americans plan to change their diet or exercise regimen this year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150212fmahsurvey.html

FPs Share Expertise on Primary Care, Public Health Integration

Feb 11, 2015 - Family physicians led discussions that explored the relationship between primary care and public health during a Feb. 5 workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150211iomrndtblpcph.html

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