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Report Recaps ACIP Recommendations for 2015-16 Influenza Season

Aug 21, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released on Aug. 7 recapped what the agency's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended so far this year regarding seasonal influenza vaccine use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150821aciprecap.html

AAFP, NFL Foundation Partnership Tackles Concussions Head-on

Aug 19, 2015 - The AAFP has partnered with the National Football League Foundation to produce three free webinars on concussion management for family physicians, as well as patient education materials.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819nflfdtnconcussion.html

CDC: Coordinated Approach Needed to Stop Explosion of Drug Resistance

Aug 14, 2015 - A new CDC Vital Signs report projects a national increase in drug-resistant infections and illness caused by Clostridium difficile absent an immediate coordinated effort between health care facilities and health departments.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150814infectionvitalsigns.html

ACIP Issues New Recommendation for MenB Vaccination

Jul 1, 2015 - During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices adopted a Category B recommendation for use of the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines in patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701acipmtg.html

USPSTF Draft Statement Recommends Against Routine COPD Screening

Aug 25, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending against screening asymptomatic individuals for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150825copdscreening.html

Chlamydia Screens Dropped After Cervical Cancer Screening Change

Aug 10, 2015 - In a study published in Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found a significant decrease in chlamydia screening after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a guideline in 2009 that recommended beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150810chlamydiastudy.html

Teens' E-cigarette Use May Spark Bigger Smoking Risk, Says NIH

Aug 26, 2015 - A recent NIH study found that students who used electronic cigarettes before starting ninth grade were more likely than their nonuser peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150826ecigs-teens.html

Three Cities Take Custom Approaches to Population Health

Aug 4, 2015 - Building on the concept that where one lives is a strong indicator of future health, three cities are tackling population health in their own distinctive ways.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150804populationhealth.html

USPSTF: More Studies Needed on Routine Screening for ASD

Aug 11, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement that says current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening young asymptomatic children for autism.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150811uspstfautism.html

HHS Seeks Nominations for 2015 Hypertension Control Challenge

Aug 19, 2015 - HHS is seeking nominations for its 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which aims to recognize clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success controlling patients' hypertension.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150819htnchallengenoms.html

JAMA Meta-analysis Finds Mixed Results for Medical Marijuana Use

Jul 8, 2015 - A meta-analysis published in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association found there was moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for treating chronic pain but only low-quality evidence for a number of other indications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150708medmarijuana.html

HHS Kicks in Millions More to Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Aug 5, 2015 - In response to a steady drumbeat of bad news about opioid abuse throughout the United States, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced plans to up the ante of funding the agency is making available to combat the epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150805hhsdruggrants.html

Residents Find What Works in Childhood Obesity Fight

Jul 27, 2015 - The AAFP's final report from its Family Medicine Residency Childhood Obesity Initiative shared successes from the eight participating family medicine residency programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150727obesityinitiative.html

Studies Suggest E-cigarettes Don't Aid Long-term Smoking Cessation

Jun 5, 2015 - An analysis of currently available research on electronic cigarettes that was presented during the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference in mid-May found that the popular vaping devices haven't proven to be successful long-term solutions for patients who want to quit ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150605e-cigstudies.html

Prepare for Spread of MERS-CoV, Says CDC

Jun 15, 2015 - The ongoing Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak in the Republic of Korea is prompting CDC officials to urge physicians to re-educate themselves about the disease and prepare for its potential arrival.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/201506015mers-cov.html

Cryptosporidiosis Outbreaks on the Rise, CDC Warns

Jul 1, 2015 - As summer heats up and people head to the swimming pool, a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from June 26 highlights a rise in outbreaks of waterborne illnesses.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150701cryptooutbreaks.html

California Mandates Vaccines for Children in School, Daycare

Jul 6, 2015 - On June 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires vaccination of all children in school or daycare, with exemptions only for valid medical reasons.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150706califvaccines.html

Apply for 2015-2016 Tobacco Prevention, Control Mini-grants

Jul 16, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the AAFP's 2015-2016 tobacco prevention and control mini-grants; chapters and family medicine residency programs are invited to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716tobaccomini-grants.html

USPSTF Proposes Screening All Adults for Depression

Jul 29, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just released a draft statement that recommends screening all adults -- including pregnant and postpartum women -- for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729depress-screen.html

FDA Orders Across-the-board Risk Updates to NSAIDs Labels

Jul 13, 2015 - On July 9, FDA officials directed manufacturers of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to update their product labels to warn users of the risk for cardiovascular thrombotic events associated with these medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150713nsaidrisk.html

AAFP Joins AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse

Jul 29, 2015 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released the first of several national recommendations to address the urgent drug abuse epidemic on July 29.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150729opioidtaskforce.html

Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks

Jul 15, 2015 - A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150715ssristudy.html

Evidence Insufficient to Screen Children for Speech, Language Issues, Says USPSTF

Jul 9, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the AAFP found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 or younger in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150709speechlangfinal.html

AAFP Secures CMS Coverage for Human Papillomavirus Testing

Jul 11, 2015 - CMS has issued a final decision to cover HPV testing once every five years -- in conjunction with a Pap smear test -- as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program for asymptomatic beneficiaries 30 to 65 years old.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150711CMS-HPVdecision.html

Uptick in Heroin Use Linked to Prescription Opioid Abuse

Jul 23, 2015 - According to the CDC, the number of people who use heroin -- and the number of overdose deaths -- have skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, the rate of heroin overdose deaths quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150723heroinuptick.html

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