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USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Nov 7, 2018 - In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Guidance Updated on Transition of Youth to Adult Health Care

Oct 31, 2018 - The AAFP joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians in updating a joint clinical report on the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031caretransition.html

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

Oct 31, 2018 - During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.html

Screen Reproductive-aged Women for Intimate Partner Violence

Oct 26, 2018 - On Oct. 23, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181026uspstf-ipv.html

Study Underscores Role of Effective Physician Communication

Oct 25, 2018 - Study results show that when a physician is able to effectively communicate with parents about the benefits of vaccination, those parents are more likely to have their child vaccinated.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181025hpv-vacc.html

Obesity Associated With Risk of Early-onset CRC in Women

Oct 23, 2018 - A study published online in JAMA Oncology found a connection between obesity and an increased risk of early-onset colorectal cancer among women younger than age 50.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181023obesitycrc.html

CDC: Vaccination Coverage of Children Remains High

Oct 19, 2018 - A pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports the CDC released Oct. 12 offered an overview of the status of childhood immunizations in the United States that was -- for the most part -- positive.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181019kidsvaccs.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

Oct 15, 2018 - A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

The EveryONE Project Unveils Latest Toolkit

Oct 11, 2018 - The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181011everyoneproject.html

AAFP Updates Videos on Clinical Practice Guideline Process

Oct 3, 2018 - The AAFP recently updated a video series explaining its clinical practice guideline development and assessment process.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003cpgvideos.html

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

Oct 3, 2018 - According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003buprenorphine.html

Surgeon General Releases Updated Opioids Report

Oct 2, 2018 - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., recently released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids, which recaps the latest data on the opioid epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181002opioidsspotlight.html

Survey Finds One in Three U.S. Teens Texts While Driving

Sep 28, 2018 - New research has found that more than one in three U.S. teenagers sends a text message or reads email on their cellphone while driving, and that the prevalence of such risky behaviors increases with age.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180928textndrive.html

USPSTF Recommends Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Obesity

Sep 26, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 or more to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180926uspstfobesityfinal.html

Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

Sep 24, 2018 - Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For those who use e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes concurrently, the risk is fivefold.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180924ecigstudy.html

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

Sep 21, 2018 - The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180921kidscarsafety.html

FDA Demands Plan to Reverse Teen E-Cigarette 'Epidemic'

Sep 19, 2018 - Noting an epidemic proportion of growth in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers, the FDA gave major manufacturers a deadline to say how they will fight the trend.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919fdaecig.html

Give Newborns Antibiotic Ointment to Prevent Eye Infection

Sep 19, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation statement recommends applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180919uspstfgon.html

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

Sep 14, 2018 - As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180914actbetterdx.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

Sep 12, 2018 - New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

AAFP Looking for 2018-19 Health Equity Fellows

Sep 12, 2018 - The AAFP, in conjunction with Family Medicine for America's Health, is seeking two Academy members interested in participating in a 12-month health equity fellowship.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912equityfellows.html

Screen All Pregnant Women Early for Syphilis, Says USPSTF

Sep 12, 2018 - On Sept. 4, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912uspstfsyphilis.html

AAFP Releases Updated Disaster Preparedness Resources

Sep 11, 2018 - Just as peak hurricane season arrives in the Northern Atlantic, the AAFP has updated its disaster relief/disaster preparedness resources to help family physicians prepare for the worst.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180911disasterprep.html

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season

Sep 6, 2018 - On Aug. 24, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180906seasonalflurecs.html

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

Sep 5, 2018 - The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to its Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180905ndepprinciples.html

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