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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

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs

Nov 22, 2016 - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., recently released the office's first report examining substance misuse and related disorders.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161122sgreportdrugs.html

Take 5 Challenge Tasks Physicians With Focusing on Obesity

Nov 21, 2016 - The Take 5 Challenge encourages physicians and other health care professionals to take five minutes to learn more about obesity and how to best engage with patients to discuss their weight.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161121take5challenge.html

Prescribe Statins for Adults With CVD Risk Factor, Heightened 10-year Risk

Nov 16, 2016 - On Nov. 13, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on statin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161116uspstfstatinuse.html

Drug-resistant Candida auris Reported in United States

Nov 15, 2016 - The CDC has identified 13 cases of Candida auris infection in the United States to date, detailing the first seven of them in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report posted Nov. 4.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161115candidaauris.html

USPSTF: Screen Children, Adolescents for Obesity

Nov 8, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening children and teens for obesity and offering or referring those with a positive result to intensive behavioral interventions.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161108uspstfkidsobesity.html

USPSTF: Interventions Boost Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration

Nov 2, 2016 - On Oct. 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement supporting the provision of breastfeeding interventions during pregnancy and after birth.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102breastfeedfinal.html

Speakers Tout Population Health, Primary Care Integration Success

Nov 2, 2016 - Speakers at the recent 2016 AAFP State Legislative Conference highlighted initiatives that link primary care and population health to help vulnerable populations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102pophealthintegration.html

AAFP Supports FDA's Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals

Nov 2, 2016 - The Academy recently sent a letter to the FDA supporting the agency's draft guidance on voluntary sodium reduction goals for commercial food producers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161102fdasodiumltr.html

ACIP Recommends Two-dose Regimen for HPV Vaccine

Oct 26, 2016 - Members of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recently voted to recommend patients ages 11-12 receive two doses of the nine-valent HPV vaccine at least six months apart.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026acipoctmtg.html

National STD Prevalence Hits All-time High -- Again

Oct 26, 2016 - A new CDC report finds that for the second consecutive year, newly diagnosed cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have risen, topping out at an unprecedented combined high.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20161026stdreport.html

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