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Surveillance Systems Offer Early Numbers on Zika in Pregnant Women

May 26, 2016 - On May 20, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that provided data from newly established Zika virus surveillance systems for the United States and its territories.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160526zikasurveillance.html

CDC Report Points to Missed Opportunity in ADHD Care

May 25, 2016 - A new CDC report shows young children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more likely to receive drugs than behavioral therapy for their condition -- despite recommendations to the contrary.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160525vitalsigns-adhd.html

Most Patients Overestimate Survival After Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 23, 2016 - To better understand overtreatment of localized prostate cancer (LPC), a study in Annals of Family Medicine examined survival expectations of patients who had LPC with and without their chosen treatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160523annals-prostateca.html

USPSTF Reiterates Call for Folic Acid Supplements for Pregnancy

May 20, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that women of childbearing age take a daily supplement containing 400 to 800 µg of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160520folicacidrec.html

AAFP's Upcoming Zika Webinar Aims to Help You Prepare

May 18, 2016 - On May 24, the AAFP will host a members-only webinar on Zika virus disease that will review epidemiology, transmission patterns, clinical manifestations, complications and reporting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160518zikawebinar.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Aim to Keep FPs Up to Speed

May 16, 2016 - The AAFP recently mailed a hefty packet of immunization resources and information to all active and resident members.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516vacc_skeds.html

Physicians Are on Front Line to Aid Domestic Violence Victims

May 16, 2016 - Panelists at a May 10 event on Capitol Hill discussed the prevalence of domestic violence and abuse and suggested ways physicians can help victims.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160516domesticviolence.html

FPs, Patients Score Big Win as FDA Finalizes Tobacco Rule

May 6, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding the FDA's release of its long-awaited tobacco deeming final rule, which includes many key points the Academy has advocated for years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160506finaldeemingrule.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

May 5, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its first-ever draft recommendation statement on May 3 on screening asymptomatic patients for celiac disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160505uspstfceliac.html

Winners of 2016 Tar Wars FMIG Challenge Spark Enthusiasm

May 4, 2016 - The Academy recently recognized three family medicine interest groups (FMIGs) as part of the 2016 Tar Wars Challenge for FMIGs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160504tarwars.html

USPSTF: Evidence Shows Interventions Encourage Breastfeeding

Apr 29, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its draft recommendation statement April 26 on primary care interventions to support breastfeeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160429uspstfbreastfeeding.html

AAFP Gives CDC's Opioid Guideline 'Affirmation of Value'

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP has reviewed the final version of the CDC's guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and given it a designation of affirmation of value.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160427opioidguideline.html

Vaccine Science Fellows Offer FAQ on Meningococcal B Vaccines

Apr 26, 2016 - The 2015-2016 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows created a frequently asked questions resource for family physicians about the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160426menbfaq.html

Prescriber Restrictions Hurt Hepatitis C Patients, AAFP Argues

Apr 20, 2016 - The AAFP is pressing CMS to help end restrictions that prevent primary care physicians from exercising their clinical expertise with hepatitis C.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420hepcaccess.html

CDC Finds Causal Relationship Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects

Apr 20, 2016 - On April 13, the CDC published a special report that found a causal relationship between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420zikacausal.html

Evidence Backs Low-dose Aspirin for Ages 50-59, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Apr 13, 2016 - On April 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement on the use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160413uspstfaspirin.html

AAFP Presses Congress for Urgent Funding to Fight Zika Virus

Apr 12, 2016 - The AAFP and several dozen other health care organizations signed letters urging Congress to immediately provide new funding to fight the Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160412zikafunding.html

USPSTF, AAFP Recommend Against COPD Screening in Asymptomatic Adults

Apr 6, 2016 - On April 5, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406uspstfcopd.html

White House, HHS Expand Fight Against Opioid, Heroin Abuse

Apr 6, 2016 - On March 29, President Obama announced additional public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406hhsopioids.html

Sales Decline for Cigarettes, Increase for Smokeless Tobacco

Mar 30, 2016 - The Federal Trade Commission's Cigarette Report for 2013 shows the number of cigarettes sold declined from 267.7 billion in 2012 to 256.7 billion in 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160330tobaccoreport.html

Study Finds Adopting Healthy Habits Is About More Than Motivation

Mar 23, 2016 - A new study in Annals of Family Medicine found that what patients are able to practically do affects their eating and activity behaviors.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160323dietactivity.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Mar 22, 2016 - On March 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended in a draft recommendation statement that physicians screen adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321uspstftuberculosis.html

AAFP President Spotlights FP Role Against Antibiotic Resistance

Mar 21, 2016 - Reducing unnecessary use of medications in patient care and in agriculture are two major steps that can address antibiotic resistance, according to a panel of experts.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321antibioticresistance.html

How Can Physicians Use Data on Social Determinants of Health?

Mar 16, 2016 - Many physicians and medical researchers consider a patient's socioeconomic background to be as important as medical symptoms in addressing health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316socialdeterminants.html

CDC Releases Final Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Mar 16, 2016 - The CDC's final guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain is intended for primary care health professionals in outpatient settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316opioidguideline.html

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