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CDC Finds Causal Relationship Between Zika Virus, Birth Defects

Apr 20, 2016 - On April 13, the CDC published a special report that found a causal relationship between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160420zikacausal.html

Evidence Backs Low-dose Aspirin for Ages 50-59, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Apr 13, 2016 - On April 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement on the use of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160413uspstfaspirin.html

AAFP Presses Congress for Urgent Funding to Fight Zika Virus

Apr 12, 2016 - The AAFP and several dozen other health care organizations signed letters urging Congress to immediately provide new funding to fight the Zika virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160412zikafunding.html

White House, HHS Expand Fight Against Opioid, Heroin Abuse

Apr 6, 2016 - On March 29, President Obama announced additional public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406hhsopioids.html

USPSTF, AAFP Recommend Against COPD Screening in Asymptomatic Adults

Apr 6, 2016 - On April 5, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160406uspstfcopd.html

Sales Decline for Cigarettes, Increase for Smokeless Tobacco

Mar 30, 2016 - The Federal Trade Commission's Cigarette Report for 2013 shows the number of cigarettes sold declined from 267.7 billion in 2012 to 256.7 billion in 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160330tobaccoreport.html

Study Finds Adopting Healthy Habits Is About More Than Motivation

Mar 23, 2016 - A new study in Annals of Family Medicine found that what patients are able to practically do affects their eating and activity behaviors.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160323dietactivity.html

USPSTF: Screen Adults at Increased Risk for Latent TB Infection

Mar 22, 2016 - On March 8, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended in a draft recommendation statement that physicians screen adults at increased risk for latent tuberculosis infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321uspstftuberculosis.html

AAFP President Spotlights FP Role Against Antibiotic Resistance

Mar 21, 2016 - Reducing unnecessary use of medications in patient care and in agriculture are two major steps that can address antibiotic resistance, according to a panel of experts.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160321antibioticresistance.html

CDC Releases Final Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Mar 16, 2016 - The CDC's final guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain is intended for primary care health professionals in outpatient settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316opioidguideline.html

How Can Physicians Use Data on Social Determinants of Health?

Mar 16, 2016 - Many physicians and medical researchers consider a patient's socioeconomic background to be as important as medical symptoms in addressing health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160316socialdeterminants.html

Protecting Patients From Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Mar 15, 2016 - A recent CDC Vital Signs report and related Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report addressed control of health care-associated infections and antibiotic-resistant infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160315resistantbacteria.html

AAFP Demands Answers From FDA About New Tobacco Products

Mar 14, 2016 - The AAFP and 35 other organizations want to know what the FDA plans to do about the serious public health concern posed by a slew of new tobacco products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160314tobaccoletter.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Mar 7, 2016 - On March 1, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening older adults for impaired visual acuity.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160307visualacuity.html

Bracing for Zika Virus Inside the United States

Mar 2, 2016 - During the Feb. 24 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the CDC's Toby Merlin discussed preparation for Zika virus in the mainland United States.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160302zikaupdate.html

ACIP Updates Language on Immunizing Egg-Allergic Patients

Feb 29, 2016 - During its Feb. 24 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to update the 2016-2017 influenza vaccine recommendations including changes to the language on immunizing egg-allergic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160229acipmeeting.html

Screen Teens for Depression, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Feb 22, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued its final recommendation statement that says adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be screened for major depressive disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160222depressionadolescents.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed to Recommend ASD Screening

Feb 17, 2016 - On Feb. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic children ages 18-30 months for autism spectrum disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160217uspstfasd.html

Dissecting the CDC's Advice to Avoid Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies

Feb 16, 2016 - The CDC has released a Vital Signs report on alcohol use and pregnancy that sparked major discussion for cautioning women about drinking while not using contraception.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160216cdcalcoholpreg.html

CDC Issues New Guidance on Zika Virus Testing, Transmission

Feb 12, 2016 - The CDC has issued new interim guidance on Zika virus testing in asymptomatic pregnant women, as well as on prevention of sexual transmission of the virus.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160212zikaupdate.html

AAFP Endorses Updated OME Guideline From AAO-HNSF

Feb 10, 2016 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has updated its clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160210omeguideline.html

FDA Devises Action Plan to Fight Opioid Abuse

Feb 9, 2016 - The FDA announced it will rethink its approach to opioid medications, focusing on reversing the epidemic while still allowing patients with pain to access effective care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160209fda-opioids.html

Suspected Flu in a High-risk Patient? Don't Delay Antiviral Therapy

Feb 5, 2016 - The CDC is urging physicians to be more proactive in prescribing antiviral medications for severely ill or high-risk patients in whom flu is suspected or confirmed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160205fluantiviral.html

CDC Releases 2016 Immunization Schedules

Feb 3, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAFP and others have released the 2016 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203immunskeds.html

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Likely Tied to Zika Virus

Feb 3, 2016 - The World Health Organization has declared the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders likely linked to the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203zikaupdate.html

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