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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

These are summaries of guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk of falls.


Nov 15, 2012 Issue
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening all adults for obesity. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg per m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.


Oct 15, 2012 Issue
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends counseling children, adolescents, and young adults 10 to 24 years of age who have fair skin about minimizing their exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation to reduce the risk of skin cancer.


Sep 15, 2012 Issue
Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer in women 21 to 65 years of age with cytology (Papanicolaou [Pap] smear) every three years or, for women 30 to 65 years of age who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years. See the Clinical Considerations section for discussion of cytology method, HPV testing, and screening interval.


Feb 15, 2012 Issue
Screening for Bladder Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for bladder cancer in asymptomatic adults.


Jan 15, 2012 Issue
Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns for the prevention of gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum.


Aug 15, 2011 Issue
Screening for Testicular Cancer: Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for testicular cancer in adolescent or adult males.


Jul 15, 2011 Issue
Vision Screening for Children One to Five Years of Age: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends vision screening for all children at least once between the ages of three and five years to detect the presence of amblyopia or its risk factors.


Jun 15, 2011 Issue
Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends the use of aspirin in men 45 to 79 years of age when the potential benefit of a reduction in myocardial infarctions (MIs) outweighs the potential harm of an increase in gastrointestinal (GI) hemorrhage.


May 15, 2011 Issue
Screening for Osteoporosis: Recommendation Statement
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for osteoporosis in women 65 years or older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman with no additional risk factors.


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