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Arizona FPs Tackle Threat to Expand Vaccine Exemptions

Mar 12, 2019 - Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190312vaccexempt.html

CDC Warns Against Peripartum Use of Vaping Products

Mar 11, 2019 - Among women in Oklahoma and Texas who reported recently having given birth in 2015, 7 percent said they used electronic vapor products at some point before, during or after pregnancy, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190311vapepregnancy.html

ACIP Updates Japanese Encephalitis, Anthrax Vaccine Guidance

Mar 6, 2019 - During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306acipmtg.html

USPSTF: Screen At-risk Women for BRCA-related Cancer

Mar 6, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted for comment a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190306uspstf-brcatest.html

Apply Now to Be a 2019-2020 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow

Mar 4, 2019 - Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190304vaccsciencefellows.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

Feb 27, 2019 - The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Breast Implants May Boost Lymphoma Risk, Says FDA

Feb 25, 2019 - On Feb. 6, the FDA issued an update on the number of cases of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, reporting that as of Sept. 30, 2018, the agency had received a total of 660 case reports globally since 2010.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225breastimplants.html

Counsel At-risk Women to Help Prevent Perinatal Depression

Feb 25, 2019 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190225uspstf-perinataldepress.html

Study: FPs Who Learn Acupuncture Prescribe Fewer Opioids

Feb 21, 2019 - A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190221acupuncture-opioids.html

2018-2019 Influenza Vaccine Is Effective, Says CDC

Feb 20, 2019 - On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220fluvaccine.html

Research Shows Nation's Opioid Epidemic Is Far From Over

Feb 20, 2019 - A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190220opioidprojections.html

Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Pancreatic Cancer

Feb 19, 2019 - Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a D recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190219uspstf-pancreaticca.html

Study: E-cigarettes Top Nicotine Replacement for Quitting

Feb 13, 2019 - The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190213NEJMe-cigstudy.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2019 Immunization Schedules

Feb 11, 2019 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190211immunskeds.html

FP at Epicenter of Measles Outbreak Shares Lessons

Feb 6, 2019 - The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190205washmeasles.html

Prevent Newborns' Eye Infection With Antibiotic Ointment

Jan 30, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190130uspstfgon.html

More Opioids Being Prescribed in Rural America

Jan 28, 2019 - The CDC analyzed patient opioid prescription data from Athenahealth and found that the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid was higher in rural areas than in urban settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190128ruralopioids.html

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

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

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