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Study: FPs Who Learn Acupuncture Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Feb 21, 2019 - A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190221acupuncture-opioids.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

Feb 20, 2019 - On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

Feb 20, 2019 - A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Feb 19, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a D recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting

Feb 13, 2019 - The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190213NEJMe-cigstudy.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2019 Immunization Schedules

Feb 11, 2019 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190211immunskeds.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

Feb 6, 2019 - The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

Prevent Newborns' Eye Infection With Antibiotic Ointment

Jan 30, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190130uspstfgon.html

More Opioids Being Prescribed in Rural America

Jan 28, 2019 - The CDC analyzed patient opioid prescription data from Athenahealth and found that the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid was higher in rural areas than in urban settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190128ruralopioids.html

USPSTF: Offer Medication to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Jan 25, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation for prescribing risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse medication effects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190125breastcarx.html

CDC Launches Vaccinating Children Video Series

Jan 23, 2019 - On Jan. 15, the CDC launched an educational video series for parents explaining how vaccines for their children work.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123vaccinevideo.html

CDC: Adolescents Curious, Susceptible to Hookah Smoking

Jan 23, 2019 - Nearly three out of 10 adolescents who have never smoked a hookah or water pipe reported curiosity or susceptibility about using a hookah, according to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190123cdchookah.html

New Research Finds Rise in Pediatric Deaths From Opioids

Jan 18, 2019 - Findings from an analysis of CDC mortality data suggest that the number of opioid-related deaths in children each year may be much higher than previously reported.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190118pedopioids.html

FDA OKs New Eye-tracking Concussion Diagnosis Tool

Jan 17, 2019 - The FDA recently granted Oculogica Inc. authorization to market its EyeBox product, a noninvasive, baseline-free tool to aid in the diagnosis of concussion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190117concussiontool.html

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit

Jan 14, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190114hepbscreen.html

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

Jan 11, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190111oudprevresearchplan.html

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

Jan 9, 2019 - The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109fluoroquinolones.html

Consumer Health Group Warns of Loperamide Abuse, Misuse

Jan 9, 2019 - The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide (Imodium) can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109loperamideabuse.html

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019

Jan 2, 2019 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190102sdohtools.html

Opioid Expert Teams Stand Ready to Assist FPs

Dec 19, 2018 - The State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium is ready to assist family physicians with addressing chronic pain, opioid use disorders and delivery of medication-assisted treatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181219str-taassist.html

CDC Data Show U.S. Life Expectancy Continues to Decline

Dec 10, 2018 - A series of data briefs from the CDC shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second time in three years, with deaths from drug overdose and suicide largely responsible for the decline.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181210lifeexpectdrop.html

AAFP Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource

Dec 6, 2018 - The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181206wpsichart.html

USPSTF: Research Lacking on Child Maltreatment Interventions

Dec 5, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, stating that evidence is insufficient to assess the harms and benefits of such interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181205uspstf-childabuse.html

Familydoctor.org Helps Spread Flu Prevention Message

Nov 30, 2018 - Familydoctor.org has created an online communications toolkit to help family physicians amplify key flu prevention messages to their patients this influenza season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181130famdocflukit.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Nov 28, 2018 - On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released a new cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128ahaacccholesterol.html

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