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USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Apr 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.html

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Apr 16, 2019 - Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416measles.html

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

Apr 16, 2019 - Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416sacraawards.html

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

Apr 15, 2019 - A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180415e-cigsurveys.html

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?

Apr 12, 2019 - An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190412vaccinetalk.html

Study: Older Adults Often Don't Report Adverse Drug Effects

Apr 9, 2019 - New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409annals-ades.html

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures

Apr 9, 2019 - The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409e-cigseizures.html

Study Identifies Best Predictors of Bacterial Sinus Infection

Apr 5, 2019 - A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190405ars-abrs.html

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

Apr 3, 2019 - The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190403wpsi-anxiety.html

New Report Details 2011-2016 Fentanyl Overdose Death Rates

Mar 27, 2019 - A new CDC report on drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl found skyrocketing rates of mortality related to the drug virtually across the board -- regardless of gender, geographic region and racial/ethnic background.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327cdcfentanyl.html

CDC Reports: More HIV Testing, Treatment Needed

Mar 27, 2019 - New CDC reports say most new HIV infections seen in the United States in 2016 were transmitted by the nearly 40 percent of people who didn't know they were infected or who knew but were not receiving care.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190327mmwr-hiv.html

New Edition of Severe Pediatric TBI Guidelines Published

Mar 26, 2019 - The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190326kidstbi.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

FDA Steps Up Enforcement of Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan

Mar 19, 2019 - The FDA has announced new actions it will take to enforce its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and has released draft compliance guidance for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarette products and cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190319fdae-cignews.html

Study: One in Six U.S. Children Has a Mental Illness

Mar 18, 2019 - Survey results indicate that as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190318childmentalillness.html

Joint Podcast Covers Youth-to-Adult Care Transition

Mar 13, 2019 - A new 30-minute podcast breaks down an updated joint clinical report on the transition from adolescence to adulthood in the medical home that was released last October.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313transitionpodcast.html

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

Mar 13, 2019 - A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.html

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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