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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

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

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 ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later

Aug 31, 2018 - Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831obesitycancer.html

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women

Aug 31, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180831uspstfperidep.html

CDC: 2017 HPV Vaccination Rate Up 5.2 Points Over 2016

Aug 29, 2018 - A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180829mmwrhpv.html

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants

Aug 27, 2018 - The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is asking family physicians to complete its quick survey to inform new resources for its patient safety bundles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180827womenshealth.html

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

Aug 24, 2018 - A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180824cervcancer.html

Short-term Inactivity May Trigger Diabetes Symptoms

Aug 22, 2018 - Results of a recently published small study suggest that a sudden, short-term drop in physical activity may produce diabetes symptoms in older adults at risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180822inactivediabetes.html

Number of Women With OUD in Labor/Delivery Quadruples

Aug 21, 2018 - The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder who presented at hospital labor/delivery departments quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180821oudlabor-delivery.html

Children Exposed to Zika in Utero Need Long-term Monitoring

Aug 17, 2018 - About one in seven children 1 year of age or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy have one or more health problems possibly caused by in utero exposure to the virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180817mmwr-zika.html

AAFP Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

Aug 15, 2018 - The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815choosingwisely.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG

Aug 15, 2018 - On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180815uspstf-afib.html

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

Aug 13, 2018 - New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

Rise of 'JUULing' Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response

Aug 6, 2018 - JUUL, a popular brand of e-cigarette, is the focus of an FDA crackdown, multiple lawsuits and, most recently, an ongoing investigation by one state's attorney general. The AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients about the device.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180806juul.html

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Aug 3, 2018 - Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180803fdtnimmunawards.html

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Aug 2, 2018 - Research recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found that clinicians in medical offices wrote the fewest antibiotic prescriptions per total number of visits compared with those in other clinical settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180802antibxprescribe.html

Study Examines Role of Various Factors in Hearing Aid Use

Aug 1, 2018 - A new study examines the socioeconomic factors that determine whether a person with hearing loss owns or uses hearing aids, while recent legislation aims to make it easier for people to afford these types of devices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180801hearingaids.html

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

Jul 31, 2018 - According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180731endsstudy.html

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