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Insufficient Evidence on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

On July 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two final recommendation statements and accompanying final evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease using the ankle-brachial index and other nontraditional risk factors.

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic that prioritizes enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

On Jan. 16, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released two draft recommendation statements and accompanying draft evidence reviews related to screening for cardiovascular disease, finding a paucity of evidence to recommend for or against either practice.

Comprehensive E-cigarettes Study Offers Mixed Findings

Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently issued a comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes and their effects on health.

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

Local Zika Transmission in U.S. Tied to Rise in Birth Defects

The CDC reports areas of the United States with local Zika virus transmission in late 2016 saw a rise in birth defects associated with Zika infection.

CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources

The CDC has launched a website that features free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training and tools, including resources specific to family physicians -- some of which the AAFP created.

Interdisciplinary Care Effective for Opioid Use Disorder

A rural health clinic in Scappoose, Ore., and an associated federally qualified health center are successfully using an interdisciplinary model to care for patients with opioid use disorder.

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

Keynote Spotlights Community Work on Social Determinants

A speaker at the National Health Policy Conference said effective health initiatives aimed at inequities must address social issues and community needs.

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the president and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic.

FDA Approves Blood Test to Aid Concussion Evaluation

On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

ACIP: LAIV OK to Use During 2018-19 Flu Season

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted 12-2 to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine be included among vaccines to be used during the upcoming flu season.

FDA: Clarithromycin Risky for Patients With Heart Disease

The FDA is warning clinicians about prescribing clarithromycin to patients with heart disease because of the risk for serious cardiac and other complications -- and even death -- that persists years later.

Despite Known Dangers, Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

The CDC recently released a data brief that said nationally, one in 14 women who gave birth in the United States in 2016 reported smoking during pregnancy. The prevalence was highest in West Virginia, where one in four women smoked while pregnant.

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

On March 6, the American College of Physicians published new evidence-based guidance statements in Annals of Internal Medicine that focused on loosening glycemic control targets.

Emergency Departments See Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket

A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased almost 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017.

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP Offers Resources to Support Kick Butts Day, March 21

The AAFP is joining other medical professional organizations to support the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Kick Butts Day on March 21 with a wide range of resources, including social media messages.

Up and Away Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe From Medications

The Up and Away and Out of Sight campaign and other groups are reminding physicians and patients about safely storing medications to protect children from accidental exposures.

FDA Proposes Reducing Nicotine in Combustible Cigarettes

The FDA announced on March 15 that it was issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to explore reducing nicotine in cigarettes to "minimally or nonaddictive levels."

New Online Tool Lets FPs Review Data on Disease Outbreaks

The CDC has launched a new online data tool that gives users the ability to search for information on enteric disease outbreaks in the United States and report results in a variety of presentations.

Report Shows Health Disparities by County, Demographics

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program released a report that found, among other things, an increase in the percentage of infants in the United States born with a low birthweight.

Study Suggests E-cigarettes Cause More Harm Than Good

A new study suggests that although e-cigarette use may help older smokers quit using tobacco, the devices may cause adolescents and young adults to actually start smoking traditional cigarettes and, eventually, become daily smokers.

Synthetic Opioids Fuel Spike in U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths

Drug overdose deaths killed 63,632 Americans in 2016, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released March 30.

Academy, STFM Launch Shots by AAFP/STFM

The Academy and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine are excited to announce that the new Shots by AAFP/STFM applet is now available in the AAFP mobile app and as a stand-alone app, as well.

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

The EveryONE Project Unveils Team-based Resources

To help family physicians modify their practices to better address their patients' social determinants of health, The AAFP's The EveryONE Project has released its latest toolkit and implementation guide.

CDC Strategy Effective Against Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

The CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network, working with health departments across the country, found more than 220 instances of pathogens with "unusual antibiotic-resistance genes" last year.

GSK to Compensate for Merck's Pediatric HepB Vaccine Shortage

In the face of a continuing shortage of Merck's pediatric hepatitis B vaccines, the CDC says GlaxoSmithKline will fill in with sufficient supply to meet full U.S. demand.

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

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.

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Deeming Rule Implementation Delay

A group of public health organizations has filed suit against the FDA regarding extensive delays in the regulation of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

The AAFP recently responded to an FDA request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation.

Study Finds 22 Percent Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions

Opioid prescriptions in the United States decreased 22 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.

Screen All Women of Reproductive Age for Domestic Violence

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation on screening for domestic violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.

Illnesses From Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites Triple

The CDC says the United States needs to be better prepared for the public health threat of widespread, difficult-to-control vector-borne diseases.

CDC Examines California Rotavirus Outbreaks in Post-vaccine Era

The CDC's April 27 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examined three rotavirus outbreaks in California in 2017 and found mostly mild to moderate illness among vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adults.

Personalize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new final recommendation statement and three final evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

USPSTF Issues Final Guidance on Preventing Falls, Fractures

On April 17, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted two final recommendation statements and evidence summaries on the prevention of falls and fractures in older adults.

EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care

Early research findings about how to help small- and medium-sized primary care practices with cardiovascular disease prevention are available in an Annals of Family Medicine supplement.

Applications Open for 2018 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship

With the June 4 deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship fast approaching, last year's fellows recently took the opportunity to describe their experience with the program.

Research Finds Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Pain

A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.

Synthetic Cannabinoid Poisoning Outbreak Poses Challenges

A physician who treated some of the recent cases of severe bleeding linked to contaminated synthetic cannabinoids says the outbreak highlighted the advantages of taking a family medicine approach to a public health crisis.

More Research Needed To Prevent Child Maltreatment

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

OTC Benzocaine Teething Products Not Safe for Young Children

The FDA recently warned that OTC teething products containing benzocaine should not be used to treat infants and children younger than age 2, and that adults and older children should use benzocaine oral drug products only if they contain specific warnings on the drug label.

Commence CRC Screening at Age 45, ACS Recommends

The American Cancer Society has released an updated colorectal cancer screening guideline that calls for screening in average-risk adults to begin at age 45 rather than the previously recommended age 50. The AAFP and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force still recommend screening at ages ...

AMA Task Force Reports Progress on Reversing Opioid Epidemic

The AMA Opioid Task Force, which includes AAFP representation, issued a progress report on May 31 that highlighted a decline in opioid prescribing for the fifth consecutive year.

Suicide Rates Spike Across United States, Says CDC

The CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report June 7 that revealed suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999.

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force this week issued a draft recommendation statement calling for primary care clinicians to screen all adults for unhealthy alcohol use and provide brief behavioral counseling to those with a positive screening result.

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

The AAFP recently joined with five other medical organizations to release joint principles addressing the opioid epidemic that are intended to inform congressional policies on the issue.

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates

HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits

Family Physicians Needed to Serve on Opioid Expert Teams

The AAFP is recruiting family physicians who have experience using medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders or are interested in obtaining a waiver to prescribe MAT to be part of opioid expert teams.

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Results of a new study show that the number of nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased in two-thirds of the states that allow exemptions for philosophical, as well as religious, reasons.

CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties

Research reported in the June 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties.

ACIP Reaffirms LAIV Recommendation for 2018-19 Flu Season

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has reaffirmed its October 2017 recommendation to include live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; FluMist) in its guidance for the 2018-19 influenza season.

Screen Women 65 and Older for Osteoporosis, Says USPSTF

On June 26, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures in various patient populations.

USPSTF: Don't Use ECG to Screen Low-risk Adults for CVD Events

On June 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement on screening for cardiovascular disease risk with electrocardiography. Based on the available evidence, the task force recommends against such screening in asymptomatic, low-risk individuals.

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care

On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults.

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

The CDC has updated and expanded its 2011 recommendations for use of once-weekly isoniazid and rifapentine for 12 weeks to treat latent TB infection.

Authors See Crucial Role for Primary Care in Opioid Epidemic

Three new articles in The New England Journal of Medicine advocate for a greater role for primary care physicians in treating opioid use disorder.

FDA Updates Safety Warnings for Fluoroquinolones

The FDA has announced changes to the safety labeling of fluoroquinolones, including stronger warnings about mental health side effects and blood sugar disturbances.

New Diabetes Diagnosis Could Benefit Household

A study published in the July/August issue of Annals of Family Medicine found that partners of patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to improve their health behaviors than are partners of patients without the disease.

Study Examines Physicians' Views on Routine SMBG

An Annals of Family Medicine study sought to determine why many physicians continue to recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose for some diabetic patients despite its cost and a lack of evidence that it is effective in improving patient outcomes.

FPs Share Best Practices at Adolescent Immunization Summit

Family physicians and other participants at the AAFP's Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit held July 14-15 shared stories of specific changes that helped practices improve immunization rates for adolescents ages 11-18.

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

The EveryONE Project Introduces Neighborhood Navigator

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched another user-friendly tool to help family physicians address social determinants of health at the point of care: The Neighborhood Navigator.

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Some Drugs Containing Valsartan

The FDA recently issued multiple safety alerts announcing voluntary recalls of drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan from a specific supply source.

ENDS Not Effective as Tobacco Cessation Method, Says Study

According to a study recently published in PLOS ONE, users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) who also smoke cigarettes are no more likely to quit smoking than are smokers who don't use ENDS.

Study Examines Role of Various Factors in Hearing Aid Use

A new study examines the socioeconomic factors that determine whether a person with hearing loss owns or uses hearing aids, while recent legislation aims to make it easier for people to afford these types of devices.

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.

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations

Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis.

Rise of 'JUULing' Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response

JUUL, a popular brand of e-cigarette, is the focus of an FDA crackdown, multiple lawsuits and, most recently, an ongoing investigation by one state's attorney general. The AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients about the device.

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 Adds Five New 'Choosing Wisely' Recommendations

The AAFP has added five new recommendations to its Choosing Wisely list, which highlights medical tests, treatments and procedures that may be medically unnecessary and should be discussed with patients.

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Screening for AFib With ECG

On Aug. 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography to prevent stroke.

Children Exposed to Zika in Utero Need Long-term Monitoring

About one in seven children 1 year of age or older who were born to women with Zika virus infection during pregnancy have one or more health problems possibly caused by in utero exposure to the virus.

Number of Women With OUD in Labor/Delivery Quadruples

The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder who presented at hospital labor/delivery departments quadrupled between 1999 and 2014.

CDC: 2017 HPV Vaccination Rate Up 5.2 Points Over 2016

A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says more U.S. adolescents are now up to date on HPV vaccination. Other research indicates that HPV vaccination does not lead to risky adolescent sexual behaviors.

Study: Obesity at Young Age Increases Cancer Risk Later

Recently published research suggests that young individuals who are obese run a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer later in life.

Counseling Helps Prevent Perinatal Depression in High-risk Women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.

NDEP Updates Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

The National Diabetes Education Program has released an update to its Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes, which was first published in 2014.

Short-term Inactivity May Trigger Diabetes Symptoms

Results of a recently published small study suggest that a sudden, short-term drop in physical activity may produce diabetes symptoms in older adults at risk for the disease.

USPSTF Updates Cervical Cancer Screening Regimen

A final recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force includes a screening option that says women ages 30-65 may undergo high-risk HPV testing combined with cytology every five years.

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants

The Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care is asking family physicians to complete its quick survey to inform new resources for its patient safety bundles.

CDC Releases Guidance for 2018-19 Influenza Season

On Aug. 24, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizing recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the 2018-19 influenza season.

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

Screen All Pregnant Women Early for Syphilis, Says USPSTF

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and ...

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