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Taking Hypertension Medication at Bedtime Improves CVD Risk

Nov 6, 2019 - 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 : Health of the Public

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

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

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