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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: 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

USPSTF Recommends HIV Screening for Patients Ages 15-65

Nov 28, 2018 - On Nov. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reports on screening for HIV, as well as for preventing HIV infection in those at increased risk.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Study Examines Fallout of California Vaccine Exemption Law

Nov 27, 2018 - Study results show that although immunization rates for children entering kindergarten in California are near record levels, the number of medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased substantially since a 2015 law banned nonmedical exemptions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181127califvaccstudy.html

Even an Occasional Cigarette Greatly Boosts Mortality Risk

Nov 21, 2018 - A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as cancer...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181121nondailysmkrs.html

HHS Unveils Revamped Physical Activity Guidelines

Nov 20, 2018 - HHS has published an expanded second edition of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that includes new information on the benefits of regular physical activity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181120physactivguidelines.html

CDC Focused on Unraveling Acute Flaccid Myelitis Mystery

Nov 19, 2018 - The CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release online on Nov. 13 that shines some light on this year's spike in acute flaccid myelitis. Agency officials point to 90 confirmed cases so far this year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181119mmwr-afm.html

Evidence Shows Early Prediabetes Intervention Works

Nov 14, 2018 - Authors of a recent evidence review say type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented or delayed with underused lifestyle, pharmacologic or surgical interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114diabetesprev.html

Indian Health Service Seeks to Boost Access to MAT

Nov 14, 2018 - The Indian Health Service has developed a new controlled substance provider designation policy to allow for the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114ihsmatpolicy.html

Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use, Says USPSTF

Nov 14, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement that calls for primary care clinicians to screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181114uspstfalcohol.html

CDC Provides Influenza Updates, New Clinician Resources

Nov 7, 2018 - The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107cdcflu.html

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