The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 or more to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.
New research has found that more than one in three U.S. teenagers sends a text message or reads email on their cellphone while driving, and that the prevalence of such risky behaviors increases with age.
A pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports the CDC released Oct. 12 offered an overview of the status of childhood immunizations in the United States that was -- for the most part -- positive.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., recently released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids, which recaps the latest data on the opioid epidemic.
According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.
The AAFP recently updated a video series explaining its clinical practice guideline development and assessment process.
The EveryONE Project from the AAFP has launched the latest iteration of its comprehensive toolkit to help family physicians address social determinants of health in their practices and communities.
A new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation confirms that, with obesity rates for 2017 topping 35 percent of adults in seven states, obesity continues to be a significant health problem in the United States.
A study published online in JAMA Oncology found a connection between obesity and an increased risk of early-onset colorectal cancer among women younger than age 50.
Study results show that when a physician is able to effectively communicate with parents about the benefits of vaccination, those parents are more likely to have their child vaccinated.
On Oct. 23, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence summary on screening for intimate partner violence, elder abuse and abuse of vulnerable adults.
During the Oct. 24-25 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group discussed topics including recommending the hepatitis A vaccine for people who are homeless.
The AAFP joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians in updating a joint clinical report on the health care transition from adolescence to adulthood.
The CDC recently issued an update on the current flu season and published resources to help clinicians make a strong recommendation that their patients receive the flu vaccine.
In a draft statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and asymptomatic pregnant women.
Authors of a recent evidence review say type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented or delayed with underused lifestyle, pharmacologic or surgical interventions.
The Indian Health Service has developed a new controlled substance provider designation policy to allow for the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication-assisted treatment using buprenorphine.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement that calls for primary care clinicians to screen all adults, including pregnant women, for unhealthy alcohol use.
The CDC published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Early Release online on Nov. 13 that shines some light on this year's spike in acute flaccid myelitis. Agency officials point to 90 confirmed cases so far this year.
Study results show that although immunization rates for children entering kindergarten in California are near record levels, the number of medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations has increased substantially since a 2015 law banned nonmedical exemptions.
HHS has published an expanded second edition of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that includes new information on the benefits of regular physical activity.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that compared with people who never smoked, lifelong nondaily smokers had a 72 percent higher overall mortality risk, as well as increased mortality risks from a number of specific conditions, such as...
On Nov. 10, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released a new cholesterol guideline that includes recommendations for more personalized risk assessments and new cholesterol-lowering drug options for people at the highest risk for cardiovascular disease.
Familydoctor.org has created an online communications toolkit to help family physicians amplify key flu prevention messages to their patients this influenza season.
On Nov. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements and draft evidence reports on screening for HIV, as well as for preventing HIV infection in those at increased risk.
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits.
A series of data briefs from the CDC shows that life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second time in three years, with deaths from drug overdose and suicide largely responsible for the decline.
The State Targeted Response Technical Assistance Consortium is ready to assist family physicians with addressing chronic pain, opioid use disorders and delivery of medication-assisted treatment.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation statement and final evidence review on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment, stating that evidence is insufficient to assess the harms and benefits of such interventions.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association wants to ensure family physicians know that high doses of loperamide can have serious -- even fatal -- cardiac effects. The group has launched a Loperamide Safety education campaign to get the word out to clinicians and patients.
The FDA has issued a drug safety announcement advising that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the risk for aortic ruptures or tears. This class of antibiotics should be used in at-risk patients only if no other treatment options are available, warns the agency.
The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.
The FDA recently granted Oculogica Inc. authorization to market its EyeBox product, a noninvasive, baseline-free tool to aid in the diagnosis of concussion.
Findings from an analysis of CDC mortality data suggest that the number of opioid-related deaths in children each year may be much higher than previously reported.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection.
Nearly three out of 10 adolescents who have never smoked a hookah or water pipe reported curiosity or susceptibility about using a hookah, according to the CDC.
On Jan. 15, the CDC launched an educational video series for parents explaining how vaccines for their children work.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on applying prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns.
The CDC analyzed patient opioid prescription data from Athenahealth and found that the percentage of patients prescribed an opioid was higher in rural areas than in urban settings.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a draft recommendation for prescribing risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk for breast cancer and low risk for adverse medication effects.
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study comparing e-cigarettes' effectiveness in helping smokers quit with that of nicotine-replacement therapy, finding marked differences between the two interventions.
Based on current evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended against screening asymptomatic adults for pancreatic cancer -- a "D" recommendation.
The family physician in charge of controlling the measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, discusses his efforts to battle the disease and highlights opportunities for fellow FPs.
The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2019 adult and childhood immunization schedules.
On Feb. 15, the CDC released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that offer interim information on the 2018-2019 influenza season and address this season's flu vaccine effectiveness.
A recently published survey of family physicians found that those who received training in acupuncture prescribed fewer opioids to patients with chronic noncancer pain than those without acupuncture training.
A mathematical model that charted recent trends in opioid misuse and projected future usage patterns suggests that opioid deaths will continue to increase for the next few years before eventually leveling off.
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.
A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final statement recommends that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum women at increased risk for perinatal depression to counseling interventions.
During the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update recommendations for the Japanese encephalitis vaccine, along with guidance on pre-exposure prophylaxis anthrax vaccination.
The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Among women in Oklahoma and Texas who reported recently having given birth in 2015, 7 percent said they used electronic vapor products at some point before, during or after pregnancy, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Last year's AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows recently sat down with AAFP News to describe their experience with the program; the deadline to apply for 2019-2020 is March 22.
Arizona legislators recently introduced three bills that would expand vaccine exemptions and create new challenges for health care professionals who administer vaccines.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted for comment a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on risk assessment, genetic counseling and genetic testing for BRCA-related cancer in women.
A new CDC Vital Signs report and accompanying Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest a need for renewed efforts to prevent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
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.
A new 30-minute podcast breaks down an updated joint clinical report on the transition from adolescence to adulthood in the medical home that was released last October.
The AAFP recently gave its "affirmation of value" designation to a cholesterol management guideline jointly developed by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
The FDA has announced new actions it will take to enforce its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan and has released draft compliance guidance for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarette products and cigars.
The Brain Trauma Foundation has published an updated edition of guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury in children that contains more than 20 recommendations that cover monitoring, treatment thresholds and treatments for these patients.
The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.
A new CDC report on drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl found skyrocketing rates of mortality related to the drug virtually across the board -- regardless of gender, geographic region and racial/ethnic background.
New CDC reports say most new HIV infections seen in the United States in 2016 were transmitted by the nearly 40 percent of people who didn't know they were infected or who knew but were not receiving care.
New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record.
An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...
A study published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine identified three predictors that best helped clinicians diagnose patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.
The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...
Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.
Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.
The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...
The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined.
The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.
AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.
The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution.
The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.
As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.
The CDC has updated its guidelines for TB screening, testing and treatment for health care personnel and published the revised guidance in a May 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The CDC recently warned that misapplication of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- United States, 2016, can risk patient health and safety. The guideline is intended for use solely by primary care physicians treating chronic pain in patients 18 and older.
Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.
Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Practice setting -- urban versus suburban -- also seemingly played a role.
The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.
The CDC has released a measles outbreak toolkit for health care professionals that family physicians can use to better arm themselves to fight the current measles epidemic.
Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.
The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.
Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.
Death rates from falls for older adults in the United States have significantly increased in the past 16 years, but an exercise program might help.
Participants at the wrap-up conference for the AAFP's Adult Immunization Office Champions Project exchanged tips to improve adult immunization rates.
New research indicates that more than half of Americans ages 12 and older who have misused prescription opioids have also engaged in binge drinking.
On June 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted final recommendation statements and evidence reports on screening for and preventing HIV infection.
The AAFP has released a clinical practice guideline on screening for and treating depression after acute coronary syndrome. The guideline updates and replaces the Academy's guideline on detecting and treating depression after myocardial infarction, which was published in 2009 and ...
A research letter published June 4 in Annals of Internal Medicine discussed a study that analyzed how new risk thresholds could identify more current/former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening.
The AAFP has updated its policy supporting breastfeeding and lactation accommodations for medical trainees, which other medical organizations plan to use as model policy for their members.
The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.
During the June 26-27 meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group voted to update its recommendations for use of the nine-valent HPV and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.
On June 18, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in asymptomatic patients. Men ages 65-75 who smoke or used to smoke benefit most from screening; the task force recommends one-time screening with ...