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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

Childhood Obesity Report Delivers Mixed Results

Nov 5, 2019 - A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on childhood obesity found that although overall obesity rates remain high, they have begun to stabilize -- and even decrease -- in some populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20191105rwjfobesityrpt.html

Lifestyle Medicine Is My Prescription for Better Health

Oct 14, 2019 - Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., is determined to convince his patients that a healthy diet, exercise and adequate rest are better than any medication he can prescribe.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191014fp-lifestylemed.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

Aug 21, 2019 - The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

Bouncing Back From Burnout in Residency

Aug 20, 2019 - When family medicine resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., experienced symptoms of burnout, she acted quickly to overcome it. Read more in this Leader Voices Blog post.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190820lv-residburnout.html

Residents Focus Discussions on Training, Patient Care

Jul 31, 2019 - During this year's National Congress of Family Medicine Residents, participants adopted measures on various topics, including opioid use disorder treatment and support for residents whose programs close unexpectedly.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-rescongress.html

AAFP Backs Breastfeeding, Lactation for Medical Trainees

Jun 26, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190626breastfeedpolicy.html

Obesity Education in Family Medicine Clerkships Falls Short

Jun 25, 2019 - New research on obesity education in family medicine clerkships shows gaps that may leave future family physicians inadequately prepared to treat patients with this condition.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190625obesityeduc.html

My Message to Students: Why Family Medicine Matters

Jun 19, 2019 - Marking the sixth anniversary of his graduation from residency, Kurt Bravata, M.D., reflects on what he wishes every first-year medical student knew about family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190619fpwhyfm.html

PCPs Discuss but Don't Document Social, Emotional Health

May 21, 2019 - New research shows that although nearly six minutes of primary care office visits with complex patients was devoted to discussing social and emotional topics, little of this data was recorded in the EHR.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190521ehrsocialhealth.html

FPs Can Lead on Changes That Keep Patients Out of Hospitals

May 20, 2019 - We know that social determinants of health can have immense effects on patients' health. In this Leader Voices Blog post, resident Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., asks family physicians to consider how they can address these factors.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190520lv-hospitalization.html

FPs Call for Expanding Education Topics in Residency

May 3, 2019 - During the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders, delegates acted on a number of resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Education hearing that was held April 26.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190503nccl-educ.html

Food is Health Pilot Improves Patients' Diabetes Markers

Apr 10, 2019 - A residency program has discovered an innovative way to encourage and facilitate good nutrition in patients with diabetes whose households also struggle with food insecurity.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190410foodishealth.html

AAFP Affirms Value of New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Mar 20, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190320acc-ahacholguidln.html

Patient Engagement Movement Gains Strength Nationwide

Mar 6, 2019 - Family physicians can learn about the value of patient engagement through 11 case studies, a free webinar and more delivered by a team associated with Family Medicine for America's Health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190306engagement.html

Our Maternal Mortality Rate Is Shameful

Mar 5, 2019 - The United States is the only developed nation with a rapidly increasing maternal mortality rate. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., examines what should be done about it.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190305fp-maternalmortality.html

FDA: Fluoroquinolones Boost Risk of Aortic Ruptures, Tears

Jan 9, 2019 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190109fluoroquinolones.html

Survey Breaks Down Clinicians' Views on Transgender Care

Dec 14, 2018 - A new report in the Annals of Family Medicine indicates that most -- but not all -- primary care clinicians are willing to provide care for transgender patients, but some feel unprepared to do so.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181214transgendercare.html

AHA/ACC Issue New Cholesterol Management Guideline

Nov 28, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181128ahaacccholesterol.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Nov 7, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181107uspstf-lead.html

Leading From Within the Health Care System

Nov 5, 2018 - Ajoy Kumar, M.D., realized as an intern just how broken our health care system is. He's been working to change that ever since.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20181105fdf-kumar.html

PrEP Your High-risk Patients to Help Protect Them From HIV

Nov 2, 2018 - Jeffrey Kirchner, D.O., AAHIVS, outlines how family physicians can determine whether a patient could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent transmission of HIV.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20181102prephiv.html

Millennials Don't Have PCPs; Here's Why They Should

Oct 22, 2018 - Nearly half of 18- to 29-year-olds say they don't have a primary care physician. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., makes the case for why they should.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181022fp-millennials.html

New Report Shows U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen

Oct 15, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181015obesityrpt.html

Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community

Oct 3, 2018 - Solo family physician Scott Anzalone, M.D., knows the joys and frustrations of practicing in a rural community where it's not unheard of for a patient to stop by his house to have a laceration sewn up.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181003ruralanzalone.html

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

Sep 19, 2018 - New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180919ehrsdoh.html

Study: U.S. Patients Pay Higher Rx Costs, Get Fewer Days of Therapy

Sep 14, 2018 - Americans spend about 200 percent more per capita on primary care prescription drugs than do patients in 10 comparable countries, according to a recent study, but receive fewer days of therapy.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180914rxpricestudy.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

Women's Health Council Asks for FP Survey Participants

Aug 27, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180827womenshealth.html

Enhance Racial Disparities Training, Say Primary Care Residents

Aug 24, 2018 - Researchers surveyed primary care residents to determine their awareness of racial disparities in diabetes and how prepared they feel to discuss these disparities with patients.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180824residentsdiabetes.html

Study Examines Role of Various Factors in Hearing Aid Use

Aug 1, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180801hearingaids.html

FDA Issues Recall Alert for Some Drugs Containing Valsartan

Jul 25, 2018 - The FDA recently issued multiple safety alerts announcing voluntary recalls of drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan from a specific supply source.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180725valsartan.html

Insufficient Evidence on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jul 11, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/0180711uspstfcvdscreen.html

Yes, There's a Doctor on Board -- and She's a Family Physician

Jun 14, 2018 - Kim Yu, M.D., writes that two in-flight emergencies during an international flight taught her important lessons about teamwork, collaboration and communication.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180614guested-yu.html

Study: High-deductible Plans May Impede Preventive Care

Jun 12, 2018 - A recent study found that individuals with high-deductible health plans but no health savings accounts are less likely to see primary care physicians, receive preventive care or seek subspecialty services.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180612hdhpstudy.html

USPSTF: Screen All Adults for Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Jun 8, 2018 - 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 News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180608uspstfdraftalcohol.html

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

May 29, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180529pophealthprofiler.html

Exercise Is Medicine. Here's How I Get Patients Started

May 16, 2018 - Ninety percent of Americans don't meet recommendations for physical activity. Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, M.D., has seen the good that exercise can do, and in this Fresh Perspectives blog post he shares ways to get more patients off the couch.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180516fp-exercise.html

Spread the Word on May 22: FPs Treat Body and Mind

May 11, 2018 - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. AAFP President Michael Munger, M.D., invites FPs to join a National Day of Action to let people know that when they need help, their family physician is a good place to start.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180511prezmsg.html

What If Everyone Had a Family Physician?

May 1, 2018 - Securing funding for vital primary care programs is a start, but Leonard Reeves, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the fight continues for the kind of physician workforce our country needs.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180501lv-whatif.html

More Investment in Primary Care Would Help Mothers, Babies

Apr 11, 2018 - Obstetric care recommendations implemented in 2012 lowered costs and improved outcomes in Washington, but Carl Olden, M.D., asks in this Leader Voices Blog post whether his home state can do better.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20180411lv-obcare.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

Want to Solve Problems in Public Health? Here's How

Mar 16, 2018 - Family physician Stewart Decker, M.D., is getting his master's degree in public health and wants you to come along for the ride. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, he shares what he's learned so far.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180316fp-mph1.html

Evidence Lacking on CVD-related Screening, Risk Assessment

Jan 22, 2018 - 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.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180122uspstfcvdscreens.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

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

Jan 2, 2018 - We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

At Home or Abroad, ALSO Training Improves Maternal Outcomes

Dec 18, 2017 - The Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program has helped improve maternal outcomes in other countries around the globe. Carl Olden, M.D., writes that now it's time to improve U.S. outcomes.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20171218lv-also.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

Rural or Urban FP, We Both Handle Gamut of Patient Issues

Dec 5, 2017 - A rural family physician and her inner-city counterpart find that their scope of practice and the issues their patients face are more similar than they expected.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20171205fp-urbanrural.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

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