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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

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

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

Family Physicians Can Help Patients Limit Hearing Loss

Feb 10, 2017 - A Feb. 7 CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and an accompanying Vital Signs report found a high prevalence of adult hearing loss from noise encountered during everyday activities.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170210cdchearingloss.html

AAFP Webinar: Educating Patients on OTC Drug Safety

Feb 8, 2017 - The AAFP will host a free webinar on Feb. 16 from 8-9 p.m. CST that will focus on how to best educate patients about the safety of OTC analgesics.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170208otcwebinar.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2017 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2017 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other groups, have released the 2017 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170206immunskeds.html

Top Preventive Services Recommendations Ranked by Relative Efficacy

Feb 3, 2017 - The National Commission on Prevention Priorities has updated its clinical preventive services rankings and has published them in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170203clinrecsranked.html

Seasonal Flu Activity Continues to Climb in United States

Feb 1, 2017 - As of Jan. 21, 37 states had reported widespread seasonal influenza activity to the CDC.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170201fluupdate.html

Video Decision Aids Help Patients Follow USPSTF Recommendations

Jan 30, 2017 - Researchers analyzed how video decision aids could be used to persuade patients to follow evidence-based guidance, with findings published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170130annfammedvideo.html

More Research Needed on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jan 25, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and AAFP have finalized recommendations on screening asymptomatic adults for obstructive sleep apnea in primary care settings.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170125uspstfosarec0.html

FP Joins Webinar Panel to Share Smoking Cessation Success Stories

Jan 24, 2017 - The AAFP invites members to register for a free 90-minute webinar starting at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 31 that will present tobacco cessation success stories.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170124sclcwebinar.html

AAFP, ACP: Lower Older Adults' 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

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

Big Drop Seen in Diabetes-related Kidney Disease in Native Americans

Jan 18, 2017 - A recently released Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed diabetes-related end-stage renal disease among Native American adults decreased 54 percent from 1996 to 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170118mmwrdiabetesesrd.html

Use Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects

Jan 16, 2017 - On Jan. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on folic acid supplementation to prevent neural tube defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170116folicacidfinal.html

New Guidance: Dodge Peanut Allergy Using, Well, Peanuts

Jan 11, 2017 - New evidence-based recommendations call for introducing certain infants at risk for developing peanut allergy to dietary peanut as early as age 4 months.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170111peanutrecs.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

http://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

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

Don't Routinely Screen Adults, Teens for Genital Herpes

Dec 21, 2016 - On Dec. 20, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final statement recommending against screening asymptomatic adults and adolescents for genital herpes simplex virus infection using serology.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161221uspstfgenitalherpes.html

CDC: Use of Syringe Services Programs Up, but HIV Still a Threat

Dec 16, 2016 - A recent CDC study found that use of syringe services programs has increased substantially during the past decade, but injection drug users still aren't always using sterile needles.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161216cdchivreport.html

FDA Puts Tobacco Marketers on Notice for Product Violations

Dec 14, 2016 - The FDA recently called out a number of tobacco product manufacturers and distributors for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by misrepresenting their products as cigars and, therefore, not subject to the act's restrictions on cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161214fdatobaccoltrs.html

AAFP, Others Applaud Surgeon General's Report on E-Cigarettes

Dec 12, 2016 - On Dec. 8, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., released E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General to much fanfare from the AAFP and other medical groups.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161212sgreporte-cigs.html

Discussing Opioid Risks May Reduce Likelihood of Misuse, Abuse

Dec 9, 2016 - Research recently published in Annals of Family Medicine found that when physicians counseled patients about long-term risks of prescription opioid abuse, they were 60 percent less likely to save pills for later use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161209annalsopioids.html

AAFP, Conversation Project Partner to Aid End-of-Life Care Conversations

Dec 5, 2016 - The AAFP has partnered with The Conversation Project to offer family physicians and their patients a wide range of resources to better prepare them for critical discussions about end-of-life care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161205conversationstarter.html

Tailor CVD Prevention Counseling Decisions for Low-, Average-risk Adults

Dec 2, 2016 - A draft U.S. Preventive Services Task Force statement recommends that physicians consider offering or referring adults at low or average cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk to counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity to prevent CVD.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161202uspstfcvdcounsel.html

Texas Announces Possible Local Mosquito-transmitted Zika Case

Nov 30, 2016 - On Nov. 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services announced the state's first case of lab-confirmed Zika virus thought to have been transmitted locally by mosquito.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161130texaszika.html

USPSTF: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

Nov 28, 2016 - After reviewing studies on the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for thyroid cancer, a newly released U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft statement recommends against screening asymptomatic adults for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161128uspstfthyroid.html

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