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AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Sep 18, 2019 - Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

ACOG, AAP Update Guidance on Group B Strep in Infants

Jul 24, 2019 - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently coordinated to issue updated guidance on preventing and managing group B streptococcal infection in infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190724groupbstrep.html

Study Examines Causes of High-severity Malpractice Cases

Jul 16, 2019 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Offers Guidance on Depression Care After ACS Events

Jun 25, 2019 - 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 ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190625depressacsgdln.html

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

Apr 24, 2019 - 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...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

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

Mar 18, 2019 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

CDC: Step Up Prevention of Deadly Staph Infections

Mar 13, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190313mmwr-staph.html

AAFP Endorses AAO-HNS Tonsillectomy in Children Guideline

Feb 27, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190227aao-hnstonsillectomygdln.html

Breast Implants May Boost Lymphoma Risk, Says FDA

Feb 25, 2019 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

New Guidelines Trust Takes Place of AHRQ Clearinghouse

Nov 28, 2018 - 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 Professional Issues

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

Do Older Patients Want to Talk About Life Expectancy?

Nov 26, 2018 - 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 Professional Issues

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

Halt Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions, Say Medical Groups

Nov 14, 2018 - 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 : Government and Medicine

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

ACIP Recommends Hep A Vaccine for Homeless Patients

Oct 31, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181031acipmeeting.html

AAFP Updates Videos on Clinical Practice Guideline Process

Oct 3, 2018 - The AAFP recently updated a video series explaining its clinical practice guideline development and assessment process.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181003cpgvideos.html

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

Sep 14, 2018 - 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 ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180914actbetterdx.html

Intensive Blood Pressure Control: Too Close for Comfort?

Sep 12, 2018 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

New Study Ties Obesity to Increased Risk of Flu Transmission

Aug 13, 2018 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

Study Shows Antibiotic Prescribing Lowest in Medical Offices

Aug 2, 2018 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

Jul 20, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

CDC Updates Latent TB Infection Treatment Recommendations

Jul 6, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180706mmwrltbi.html

AHRQ: National Guideline Clearinghouse to Shut Down July 16

Jun 27, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced that, because of federal budget cuts, its National Guideline Clearinghouse website will no longer be updated with new content as of July 2, 2018, and will not be available at all after July 16.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180627guidelineclearinghouse.html

Delegates Focus on Sexual Education, Preventing STIs

May 2, 2018 - 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

The AFP Podcast: 1 Million Downloads and Counting

Apr 26, 2018 - 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

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

Apr 4, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

Mar 15, 2018 - By treating voluntary recommendations based partly on insufficient evidence as a firm rule, state officials are undermining physicians and may harm patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

Mar 13, 2018 - 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 News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

ACP Calls for Moderate Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Mar 9, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180309acpdiabetes.html

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

Mar 6, 2018 - 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

AAFP Delivers Useful Clinical Resources for 2018

Jan 3, 2018 - The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180103yir-clinical.html

AAFP Decides to Not Endorse AHA/ACC Hypertension Guideline

Dec 12, 2017 - After a rigorous review, the AAFP has chosen to not endorse the recent hypertension guideline from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other health professional organizations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171212notendorseaha-accgdlne.html

Member Resources and Tools for 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - This is the topic page for a roundup of resources and tools the AAFP has created to position members to succeed in 2018 and beyond.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018.html

AAFP to Review AHA/ACC Redefinition of High Blood Pressure

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP will review a new hypertension guideline the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology unveiled Nov. 13 at the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171115ahaacchbpguideline.html

G-TRUST Instrument Identifies Useful Clinical Guidelines

Oct 30, 2017 - Researchers have developed an eight-question tool -- highlighted in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine -- designed to help family physicians find useful, evidence-based clinical guidelines.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171030annalsg-trust.html

Newly Named AFP Editor Shares Plans for the Journal

Oct 6, 2017 - American Family Physician is an important patient care resource for Sumi Makkar Sexton, M.D., and she intends to build on that strength as the journal's next editor.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20171006sextonafp.html

You Told Us How the AAFP Is Doing, and We're Listening

Sep 21, 2017 - In the latest satisfaction survey, members told the AAFP to prioritize work on regulatory relief, affordable health care, physician payment and maintenance of certification.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20170921prezmsg-survey.html

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Position Key to Predicting CVD Risk

Sep 1, 2017 - A recent study found that a widely used risk model systematically underpredicted atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event risk among patients from disadvantaged communities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170901sociocvdrisk.html

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

Jun 28, 2017 - 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

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Managing Acute, Recurrent Gout

Jun 16, 2017 - The AAFP recently endorsed the American College of Physicians' evidence-based guideline on managing acute and recurrent gout.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170616acpgoutgdline.html

AAFP, Other Groups Collaborate to Enhance Women's Health

Jun 13, 2017 - The Academy is collaborating with other health professional organizations to offer recommendations for updating the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines established in 2011.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201707613wpsi.html

AAFP Issues Atrial Fibrillation Drug Therapy Guideline

Jun 5, 2017 - The AAFP recently released an updated version of its clinical practice guideline on the pharmacologic management of atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170605afibguideline.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Treating Osteoporosis

May 11, 2017 - The American College of Physicians recently issued a guideline on treating osteoporosis and low bone density to prevent fractures, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170511acposteoguide.html

Extended In-office BP Monitoring Could Reduce Hypertension Overtreatment

Mar 22, 2017 - A study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes may dramatically reduce overtreatment of patients with white-coat hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170322bpmonitoring.html

Proposed Commission on Complex Diseases Wins AAFP Support

Feb 28, 2017 - The AAFP recently sent a letter in support of legislation that would create a federal commission to focus on improving prevention and treatment of complex chronic diseases.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20170228carecommission.html

ACOG Confirms What FPs Know: Most Births Need Little Intervention

Feb 27, 2017 - Robert Raspa, M.D., welcomed guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that says many common obstetric practices are of limited or uncertain benefit for low-risk women in spontaneous labor.

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

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

ACP: Try Nondrug Therapies First for Nonradicular Low Back Pain

Feb 14, 2017 - The American College of Physicians issued a clinical practice guideline recommending physicians treat patients' nonradicular acute or subacute low back pain with nondrug therapies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170214acp-backpain.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adultsand#8217; SBP to Below 150 mm Hg

Jan 18, 2017 - The AAFP and the American College of Physicians published a joint guideline on appropriate systolic blood pressure targets for patients 60 and older who have hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118htnguideline.html

AAO-HNS Updates Guideline on Diagnosis, Treatment of Cerumen Impaction

Jan 9, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation published its updated clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of cerumen impaction.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170109cerumengdln.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Jan 5, 2017 - On Jan. 3, the American College of Physicians released updated recommendations on oral pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170105acpdiabetesguidance.html

AAFP Offers Members Useful Clinical Resources for 2017

Jan 4, 2017 - AAFP experts spent a good deal of time in 2016 developing new resources that members can use in daily practice throughout 2017 and beyond. Here's a roundup of some of those tools.

AAFP News : Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

https://www.aafp.org/news/2017-member-tools/20170104clinicalresources.html

Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

Jan 3, 2017 - Throughout 2016, AAFP leaders and staff worked to advance family physicians' interests in all aspects of health care -- from enhancing how physicians are paid to improving how care is delivered, and from engaging with patients to having the latest tools and information at their ...

AAFP News : Resources and Tools for Members in 2017

https://www.aafp.org/news/2017-member-tools.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Jul 6, 2016 - On June 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic exams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160706uspstfpelvicexam.html

Academy Delivers New Opioid Toolkit, CME to Equip Members

Jun 13, 2016 - The AAFP offers members its latest opioid resources including a new chronic pain management toolkit and a free CME webcast focused on chronic opioid therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160613opioidtoolkit.html

New CDC Interim Guidance Parses Zika Testing Recommendations

Jun 1, 2016 - New CDC guidance warns that a negative molecular test result for Zika virus does not rule out infection and should be followed by serologic testing for Zika and other flaviviruses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160601zikainterimguidance.html

AAFP's Upcoming Zika Webinar Aims to Help You Prepare

May 18, 2016 - On May 24, the AAFP will host a members-only webinar on Zika virus disease that will review epidemiology, transmission patterns, clinical manifestations, complications and reporting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160518zikawebinar.html

AAFP Gives CDC's Opioid Guideline 'Affirmation of Value'

Apr 27, 2016 - The AAFP has reviewed the final version of the CDC's guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain and given it a designation of affirmation of value.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160427opioidguideline.html

AAFP Forces CMS Focus Back to Primary Care Value

Mar 10, 2016 - AAFP has responded to CMS' quality measure development plan and told the agency to focus on the value of primary care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160310qualitymeasure.html

AAFP Endorses Updated OME Guideline From AAO-HNSF

Feb 10, 2016 - The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has updated its clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160210omeguideline.html

CDC Releases 2016 Immunization Schedules

Feb 3, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAFP and others have released the 2016 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203immunskeds.html

HHS, USDA Release Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Jan 13, 2016 - HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly released the agencies' final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160113dietguidelines.html

USPSTF: Certain At-risk Patients Can Benefit From Statin Use

Dec 23, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements on statin use to prevent cardiovascular disease events and on screening for lipid disorders in children and teens.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151223uspstfcvd-lipids.html

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to Cut HIV Infections Underused

Dec 2, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggests that greater awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis could reduce the number of new HIV infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151202hivprep.html

Teaching Students to Cook Now Makes Them Better Doctors Later

Aug 6, 2015 - Less than one-third of U.S. medical schools actually provide students the minimum recommended 25 hours of nutrition instruction. At West Virginia University, medical students are getting hands-on nutrition education in the kitchen.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20150806medchefs.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

AAFP Mobile App Adds CME Reporting, Clinical Recommendations Functions

Apr 16, 2015 - The AAFP's mobile app has added new functions for reporting CME and referencing the Academy's clinical recommendations.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20150416mobileappadds.html

ACP Guidelines Address Prevention, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

Mar 4, 2015 - This week, the American College of Physicians released a pair of evidence-based clinical guidelines that address prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acpbedsoreguides.html

Proposed Dietary Guidance Draws Scrutiny

Feb 25, 2015 - Findings from the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report offer no real surprises and shed light on the causes of the current obesity epidemic, says one FP expert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225dietguidelinesreport.html

Updated 2015 Immunization Schedules Offer Conversation Starter With Patients

Feb 6, 2015 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have released the 2015 adult and childhood immunization schedules, which include a number of notable changes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150206immunskeds.html

New AAP Bronchiolitis Guideline Drops Call for Certain Tests, Treatments

Jan 14, 2015 - The American Academy of Pediatrics made several major changes to its updated evidence-based guideline for diagnosing, managing and preventing bronchiolitis, which the AAFP recently endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150114endorseaapbronchgdlne.html

NSAIDs Hike Bleeding, Thromboembolism Risk in Some Patients

Dec 10, 2014 - A recent study found that people with atrial fibrillation who are on antithrombotic therapy and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may have serious bleeding or thromboembolism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20141210nsaids-atrialfib.html

AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program

Aug 20, 2014 - The AAFP is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140820reimaginetobacco.html

Academy Endorses Guideline on Identifying, Treating Adult Obesity

Aug 19, 2014 - The AAFP has endorsed a guideline for identifying, evaluating and treating obesity in adults that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society and published last November.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140819obesityendorse.html

Even as Diabetes Prevalence Triples, Rates of Serious Complications Drop

May 5, 2014 - A CDC study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that between 1990 and 2010, the number of adults with diabetes more than tripled, even as diabetes-related complications declined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140505diabetescomps.html

Immunization Resources Inject Certainty Into FPs' Vaccine Protocols

Apr 23, 2014 - Have you checked your mailbox lately? The AAFP has mailed laminated copies of the 2014 immunization schedules and other helpful resources to all active and resident members. In addition to the full-color schedules, the packet includes a number of documents aimed at helping family ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140423immunresources.html

ACA's Tobacco-cessation Benefits Must Be Standardized, Clarified

Mar 31, 2014 - Last month, the AAFP joined more than 30 other health care organizations in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to provide clear guidance to insurers on the tobacco-cessation benefits that must be offered in accordance with the Patient Protection and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140331tobacco-cessationltr.html

2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules Serve as Reminder to Vaccinate

Feb 19, 2014 - Among the changes affecting the newly released 2014 recommended immunizations schedules, perhaps one of the biggest is what family physicians won't see this year. For the first time, the familiar figures, footnotes and tables have not been published in full in the CDC's Morbidity and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140219immunizsched.html

New Guidelines Propose Significant Shift in Cholesterol Management

Nov 15, 2013 - The long-awaited American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines on treatment of high blood cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults may significantly shift how family physicians treat patients. The updated cholesterol guidelines, ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131115accahaguidelines.html

ACP Guideline Recommends Against CKD Screening

Oct 28, 2013 - In its new clinical practice guideline, the American College of Physicians (ACP) makes several recommendations, including a recommendation against screening for chronic kidney disease in asymptomatic adults without risk factors. The ACP graded the recommendation as weak, however, noting...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131028acpckdrecs.html

AAFP Calls on NHLBI to Release Long-awaited Clinical Practice Guidelines

Sep 3, 2013 - In a recent letter to National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) director Gary Gibbons, M.D., AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash., voiced concern regarding the NHLBI's decision to stop issuing clinical practice guidelines and focus instead only on ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130903nhlbiguidelinesltr.html

Despite Gains in Managing Tobacco Use, Obesity, More Is Needed

Jul 12, 2013 - There's probably not a patient panel in the world that doesn't include its share of patients affected by tobacco use or obesity. Given the extreme morbidity and mortality associated with these two public health scourges -- to say nothing of the immense sums expended each year on medical...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100712amapublichealth.html

Tonsillectomy, VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines Gain Qualified AAFP Endorsement

Apr 8, 2013 - The AAFP recently gave qualified endorsements to clinical practice guidelines on tonsillectomy in children and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in hospitalized patients. The guidelines were developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130408tonsil-vteguides.html

Vets With PTSD Too Often Prescribed Inappropriate Meds, Study Suggests

Mar 13, 2013 - According to a study in the February issue of the journal Psychiatric Services, mental health professionals in the Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) system frequently treat U.S. veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with medications that are inconsistent with ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130313ptsd-psychmeds.html

Overuse, Misuse of Certain Ambulatory Medical Services Increasing

Feb 19, 2013 - Although advances in the delivery of underused care were significant during the decade between 1999 and 2000, targeting and reducing inappropriate care did not see the same gains, according to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine -- formerly the Archives of Internal Medicine -- ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130219over-misusecarestudy.html

New Guideline Recommends Insulin Therapy in Some Younger Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Feb 6, 2013 - A new clinical practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages physicians who are managing newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents ages 10-18 years to use insulin as first-line treatment for patients who present with ketosis or frank ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20130206aapt2dmguide.html

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse

Sep 27, 2012 - 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

Evidence Favors Male Circumcision, But Parents Still Must Choose, Says AAP

Aug 28, 2012 - According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the latest evidence shows the benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks. The AAP, in an updated policy statement published Aug. 27 in Pediatrics, said that a multidisciplinary panel evaluated the evidence and ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20120828aap-circumcision.html

PSA Screening Guidance One Example of AAFP Commission's Work

May 22, 2012 - You probably have heard that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer this week. What you might not be aware of is the amount of time, effort and resources the AAFP invests in evaluating ...

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120522psaeditorial.html

News in Brief: Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Feb 1, 2012 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: Some Diabetes Guidelines Do Not Reflect All Available Evidence; NIH Creates Patient-friendly Resource on A1C Testing; Cost of SGR Repeal Continues to Climb, Says CBO; and AHA Issues Statement on Parent/Adult Caregiver Role in Childhood ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20120201wklynewsbrfs.html

FPs Offer Tips on How to Motivate Smokers to Quit

Nov 17, 2011 - Patrick Conway was a lifetime smoker. In fact, he was one of those patients that many doctors might have stopped counseling to quit smoking. Conway began smoking cigarettes when he was a teenager. By the time he was in his late 40s, he had asthma and was showing early signs of chronic ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20111116smokeout.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Clinical Guideline for Treatment of ED

Nov 7, 2011 - The Academy has endorsed a clinical practice guideline on the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction, or ED, that was developed by the American College of Physicians, or ACP. Among the chief recommendations included in the guideline is that physicians should ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20111107edguideline.html

Patients, Physicians Aren't Discussing CAM Use, Survey Finds

May 25, 2011 - Many older Americans may be putting themselves at risk for potentially dangerous drug interactions by using herbal products and dietary supplements without discussing the products with their physicians.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20110525camsurvey.html

New Mobile App Lets Users Access AFP by Topic Anytime, Anywhere

May 4, 2011 - Accessing the best, most up-to-date content American Family Physician has to offer on common medical topics just got a whole lot easier. That's because AFP by Topic: Editors' Choice of Best Current Content is now available as a mobile app that can be downloaded -- for free -- from the ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110504afpmobileapp.html

AFP By Topic Organizes Sought-after Clinical Information

Jun 7, 2010 - After 60 years of publication, the amount of clinical information in the AAFP's clinical journal American Family Physician, or AFP, can seem overwhelming. But now, the editors of AFP have introduced a new resource to help readers access the most current and pertinent information on a ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20100607afpbytopic.html

Surgeon General Offers Vision for Healthy, Fit Nation

Feb 5, 2010 - Family physicians and the patient-centered medical home can play important roles in combating the nation's obesity epidemic, said U.S. Surgeon General and family physician Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., during a Jan. 28 press event at which she and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20100205obesity-conf.html

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...If the NHLBI continues to develop clinical practice guidelines, they should adhere to the IOM Standards for Trustworthy Guidelines to ensure a strong evidence-based methodology that links the strength of each recommendation to the level of evidence supporting it and addresses...

AAFP News

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/NHLBI-letter-final.docx

Letter from AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., to NHLBI Director Gary Gibbons,...

...not be left to organizations that are only focused on one aspect of cardiovascular disease. If the NHLBI continues to develop clinical practice guidelines, they should adhere to the IOM Standards for Trustworthy Guidelines to ensure a strong evidence-based methodology that links the...

AAFP News

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/NHLBI-letter-final.pdf

COPD-Asthma_Phys_Ed_Booklet.pdf

...clinical practice guidelines for asthma contribute to the ongoing problem of asthma-related health disparities among at-risk groups. These disparities in asthma care and burden suggest that culturally competent clinical and educational approaches are needed. The...

AAFP News

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/COPD-Asthma_Phys_Ed_Booklet.pdf

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