Health of the Public

Recommendations for Preventing, Detecting STIs Focus on Age, Risk Behaviors

September 29, 2014 01:53 pm — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP have issued recommendations calling for intensive behavioral counseling about sexually transmitted infections for all sexually active adolescents and for adults who are at increased risk, as well as screening for both chlamydial infection and gonorrhea in sexually active women age 24 or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.

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Recent Health of the Public Stories

09/24/2014 — Antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the CDC. Despite efforts by various entities to tackle this problem, it continues to grow at a rapid pace. In response, President Obama signed an executive order on Sept. 18 directing key federal agencies to take comprehensive action to fight the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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09/23/2014 — The AAFP recently published its Child and Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project report, highlighting outcomes from the 20 participating practices. The post-project data for teen immunizations, in particular, revealed increases over baseline for all immunization rates measured, from a 12.35 percent uptick for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccination to a 100 percent rise for HPV vaccination.

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How Will Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combo Products Affect Your Practice?

What Family Physicians Need to Know About the Change

09/17/2014 — On Oct. 6, the DEA will move hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II, so family physicians need to prepare their practices -- and their patients -- for the change.

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