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CQMC Updates First Round of Core Quality Measure Sets

The Core Quality Measures Collaborative earlier this month released updates to four of its eight existing core measure sets, with more updates, including to the primary care core set, expected within weeks.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20201001cqmcmeasuresetupdts.html

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

During the 2018 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, AAFP members acted on resolutions considered by the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science, including some that focused on sexual education and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180502nccl-hops.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

In the wake of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recent release of draft recommendations regarding obesity, Jennifer Frost, M.D., details the AAFP's position.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180306guestedobesity.html

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last week issued a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200428uspstfhbp.html

Evidence Lacking on HBP Screening in Children, Adolescents

On Nov. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement, final evidence review and evidence summary on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201119hpbchildren.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Metformin ER Products

The FDA is asking several pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily recall products containing extended-release formulations of metformin, a drug prescribed to millions of patients with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200601metforminrecall.html

FDA Warns of Increased Lymphoma Risk From Breast Implants

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 : Patient Care

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

FDA: Avoid NSAIDs at 20 Weeks or Later in Pregnancy

The FDA recently issued a safety alert warning that NSAIDs at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy may cause kidney dysfunction in developing infants.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201029nsaidspregnancy.html

Federal Agency Seeks Your Comments on Diabetes Issues

The National Clinical Care Commission is seeking public comment on a series of questions on diabetes prevention and treatment options to inform federal work in this area.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200127ncccqueries.html

Halt Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions, Say Medical Groups

Five major physician organizations, including the AAFP, said two final rules that allow exemptions from contraceptive services coverage will have "damaging effects on public health."

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181114contraceptexemptrules.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

New research suggests that in older patients with hypertension, aggressively treating blood pressure levels may significantly increase the risk of falls and fainting.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180912htntxfalls.html

New Clinical Guidance Page Highlights Academy COPD Resources

The AAFP has created a COPD clinical guidance webpage that features a new guideline from the Academy on pharmacologic management of COPD exacerbations.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210716copd.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

The ECRI Institute has announced the launch of a new online resource that collects, evaluates and organizes clinical practice guidelines and other materials.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181128ecriguidelines.html

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine explores whether and when older patients are receptive to discussions about long-term life expectancy with their physicians.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181126lifeexpectancy.html

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

New research suggests that obesity in patients who contract influenza may prolong viral shedding time and increase the risk of spreading the virus to others.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180813flu-obesity.html

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AAFP News' Patient Care section features stories on preventive care services, community and public health, patient care protocols and more.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Primary Care Needs -- and Deserves -- More Research Dollars

More research is needed in primary care, but proposed federal budget cuts threaten to make evidence-based resources and guidelines even harder to come by.

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/primary_care_needs_and_deserves.html

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies

A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200220sgcessationreport.html

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/family_physicians_can_help_curb.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

New research indicates that more than one out of three cases of medical malpractice that result in death or permanent disability can be linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190716diagnosisstudy.html

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Research recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine found that clinicians in medical offices wrote the fewest antibiotic prescriptions per total number of visits compared with those in other clinical settings.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180802antibxprescribe.html

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

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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

The Hygia Chronotherapy Trial found that bedtime hypertension therapy better reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease than taking blood pressure medication on awakening, as previous studies have suggested.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191106bedtimehbpmeds.html

Task Force Recommends Screening Adults for Hypertension

A new final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening adults for high blood pressure in the clinic and confirming with measurement outside the clinic.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210520uspstfhypertension.html

The AFP Podcast: 1 Million Downloads and Counting

The American Family Physician podcast has become one of the most important programs of its kind, bringing information to family physicians, residents and medical students with an average of 41,000 downloads each month.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20180426afppodcast.html

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