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Despite Prevention Tools, Cervical Cancer Still Too Common

Don't Miss Opportunities to Screen, Vaccinate, Says FP Expert

November 25, 2014 12:13 pm — The CDC's November Vital Signs report, "Cervical Cancer is Preventable," addressed shortfalls in screening for the disease, including missed opportunities during well-woman visits. The AAFP recommends routine cervical cancer screening, as well as HPV vaccination to battle the disease.

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BUILD Health Challenge to Fund Community Health Collaborations

Team Behind Practical Playbook Backs Initiative

11/19/2014 — The BUILD Health Challenge initiative plans to offer as much as $7.5 million in grants and loans to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among organizations that affect community health. Five one-year planning awards of $75,000 each (plus a possible additional $100,000 for each awardee) and nine two-year implementation awards of $250,000 each will be distributed.

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AAFP Resources Encourage FPs to Promote, Support Breastfeeding

Updated Position Paper Offers Comprehensive Information, Key Recommendations

11/18/2014 — The AAFP recently released a set of breastfeeding resources, including an updated version of its position paper on the topic, to help physicians support expectant and new mothers. The position paper includes new scientific research that has been distilled into a condensed core paper with supporting appendices.

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ACIP: LAIV Preferential Use Recommendation to Be Reviewed Further

Committee Hears Evidence Questioning Vaccine's Effectiveness in Young Children

11/10/2014 — Participants at the Oct. 29-30 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed data suggesting the live attenuated influenza vaccine was not effective against the influenza A (H1N1) virus in children during the 2013-14 flu season.

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