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FDA: No Prescription Codeine, Tramadol for Kids Under 12

Apr 21, 2017 - On April 20, the FDA issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children and requiring labeling changes to prescription medications containing these ingredients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170421codeine-tramadol.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Shigella

Apr 20, 2017 - The CDC has released a Health Alert Network health advisory warning clinicians about emerging Shigella strains that show possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170420shigellaadvisory.html

CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Apr 18, 2017 - Among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection, according to a recent CDC data brief.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418hpvrates.html

Maryland FP Leads Efforts to Improve Minority Health

Apr 18, 2017 - April is National Minority Health Month, and one family physician's work to help her community achieve greater health equity clearly embodies that initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418patczapp.html

Individualize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

Apr 11, 2017 - On April 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new draft recommendation statement and three draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170411uspstfprostate.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Safe Storage, Disposal Resource

Apr 10, 2017 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse has released a new resource family physicians can use to promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and other medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170410amaopioidresource.html

Kids' Solid-dose Acetaminophen Products Transition to Single Strength

Apr 7, 2017 - Manufacturers of pediatric solid-dose acetaminophen products are transitioning to a single strength of 160-mg chewables in the United States, which will be dubbed Children's.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170407kidstylenol.html

Birth Defects Seen in One in 10 Zika-infected Pregnancies

Apr 5, 2017 - One out of 10 pregnant women in the United States with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a fetus or infant with Zika-related birth defects; brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were reported in 75 percent of these affected fetuses and infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170405mmwrzika.html

Meridian Expands EpiPen Recall to Include U.S.

Apr 4, 2017 - Meridian Medical Technologies is expanding a voluntary recall of its EpiPen products because of a possible defect in the devices that could result in their failing to activate.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404epipenrecall.html

Misconceptions About Antibiotics for Children's ARIs Persist

Apr 4, 2017 - Researchers in Australia explored parents' expectations and experiences using antibiotics for pediatric acute respiratory infections, with findings published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404annalsantibiotics.html

AAFP Takes Leadership Role With Launch of Center for Diversity, Health Equity

Mar 31, 2017 - The AAFP recently announced the formation of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, which will focus on addressing the social aspects of health care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170331diversityequity.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

Mar 29, 2017 - On March 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170329uspstfceliac.html

CDC: Stronger Effort Needed to Fight Tuberculosis

Mar 28, 2017 - Preliminary tuberculosis (TB) surveillance data for 2016 indicate that despite slight declines in TB case numbers and rates in the United States since 2015, more needs to be done to eliminate the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170328mmwrtb.html

NIH Unveils Dietary Supplements Webpage for Health Professionals

Mar 23, 2017 - NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements has created a new webpage for health care professionals that features up-to-date, evidence-based information on supplements they can use during discussions with patients, colleagues and students.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170323dietsupplements.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

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

New Health Group Pledges to Fight Climate Change Threats

Mar 20, 2017 - A new advocacy group that includes the AAFP and other primary care organizations has pledged to counter the growing public health threats of climate change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170320climatechange.html

New Videos Support FPs' Efforts to Boost Adult Immunizations

Mar 16, 2017 - The AAFP has created and released three online videos to help family physicians educate their adult patients on the benefits of being vaccinated against three common ailments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170316vaccinevideos.html

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults

Mar 15, 2017 - On March 7, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report that address the growing prevalence of arthritis in the general population and resulting activity limitations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170315mmwr-arthritis.html

AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows Enjoy Busy, Eye-opening Year

Mar 14, 2017 - Current AAFP Vaccine Science Fellows David Cope, M.D., and John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., recently spoke with AAFP News about their experiences and what they learned during the fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170314vaccsciencefellows.html

Evidence Lacking on Routine Gynecologic Screening Pelvic Exams

Mar 8, 2017 - On March 7, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement on screening asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women for gynecologic conditions using pelvic examination.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170308uspstfpelvicexam.html

ACS: Colorectal Cancer Rates Jump Among Younger Adults

Mar 7, 2017 - Although overall colorectal cancer (CRC) prevalence has been declining in the United States since the mid-1980s, a new study found CRC incidence is rising among young and middle-aged adults, including people in their early 50s.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170307colorectalcarates.html

Screen Vision in Children Ages 3-5; Evidence Lacking for Younger Kids

Mar 1, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on Feb. 28 that calls for clinicians to conduct vision screening at least once in children ages 3-5 years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170301uspstfkidsvision.html

ACIP Offers Revised, Single-dose HepB Infant Revaccination Option

Feb 28, 2017 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently offered a revised recommendation for single-dose revaccination of unprotected infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen-positive mothers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170228febacipmtg.html

AAFP to House: Don't Exempt Cigars From FDA Oversight

Feb 23, 2017 - On Feb. 15, the AAFP signed on to a letter to House members, urging them to oppose a bill that would exempt some cigars, including flavored cigars, from FDA regulation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170223housecigarltr.html

CDC: 2016-2017 Flu Vaccine Nearly 50 Percent Effective

Feb 21, 2017 - Interim estimates for the 2016-2017 influenza season show this year's vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170221fluvacceffect.html

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