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AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

Apr 17, 2018 - On April 10, the AAFP wrote a letter to the FDA in response to the agency's request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180417nicotineltr.html

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures

Apr 18, 2018 - On April 17, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two final recommendation statements and evidence summaries on the prevention of falls and fractures in older adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180418uspstffalls.html

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

Apr 16, 2018 - A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180416fdalawsuit.html

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions

Apr 25, 2018 - Opioid prescriptions in the United States decreased 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180425opioidstudy.html

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Apr 20, 2018 - Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180420ahrqsupplement.html

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

May 9, 2018 - The CDC's April 27 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180509rotavirus.html

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

May 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180511psascreen.html

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

May 18, 2018 - A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180518cannabinoids.html

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

May 21, 2018 - A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180521acupuncture.html

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

May 4, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180504violence.html

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple

May 8, 2018 - The CDC says the United States needs to be better prepared for the public health threat of widespread, difficult-to-control vector-borne diseases.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180508vectorborne.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

May 29, 2018 - HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

May 16, 2018 - With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180516vaccfellowship.html

Commence CRC Screening at Age 45, ACS Recommends

Jun 5, 2018 - The American Cancer Society has released an updated colorectal cancer screening guideline that calls for screening in average-risk adults to begin at age 45 rather than the previously recommended age 50. The AAFP and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force still recommend screening at ages ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180605acscrcscreen.html

AMA Task Force Reports Progress on Reversing Opioid Epidemic

Jun 6, 2018 - The AMA Opioid Task Force, which includes AAFP representation, issued a progress report on May 31 that highlighted a decline in opioid prescribing for the fifth consecutive year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180606amaopioidtaskforce.html

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Jun 8, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week issued a draft recommendation statement calling for primary care clinicians to screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to those with a positive screening result.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180608uspstfdraftalcohol.html

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

May 23, 2018 - On May 22, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180523uspstfmaltreat.html

Suicide Rates Spike Across United States, Says CDC

Jun 12, 2018 - The CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report June 7 that revealed suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180612cdcsuicide.html

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

May 30, 2018 - The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180530fdabenzocaine.html

USPSTF: Don't Use ECG to Screen Low-risk Adults for CVD Events

Jun 14, 2018 - On June 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for cardiovascular disease risk with electrocardiography. Based on the available evidence, the task force recommends against such screening in asymptomatic, low-risk individuals.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180614uspstfecgcvd.html

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Jun 20, 2018 - Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180620vaccineexempts.html

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties

Jun 22, 2018 - Research reported in the June 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180622mmwr-obesity.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

Jun 13, 2018 - The AAFP recently joined with five other medical organizations to release joint principles addressing the opioid epidemic that are intended to inform congressional policies on the issue.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180613opioidprinciples.html

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

Jun 18, 2018 - HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits to further boost those rates.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180618hhs-hpvltr.html

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF

Jul 2, 2018 - On June 26, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in various patient populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180702osteofinal.html

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