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FDA Approves Novel Blood Test to Detect Concussion

Feb 23, 2018 - On Feb. 14, the FDA approved the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, in adults. The agency's action authorizes Banyan Biomarkers Inc. to begin marketing the new diagnostic tool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180223concussiontest.html

Intensive Behavioral Interventions Recommended for Obesity

Feb 21, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral intervention programs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180221uspstfobesity.html

Nearly One in 12 U.S. Adults Reports Having Depression

Feb 19, 2018 - A National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief issued Feb. 13 shows that nearly one in 12 U.S. adults reported being depressed during a given two-week period. Of that total, the prevalence of depression among women was almost double that seen in men.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180219nchsdepression.html

Physician Groups Demand Action Now on Gun Violence

Feb 16, 2018 - The AAFP and four other physician organizations told the president and Congress to take concrete steps to deal with gun violence as a public health epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180216violencestatement.html

Don't Screen Average-risk Women for Ovarian Cancer

Feb 14, 2018 - A U.S. Preventive Services Task Force final recommendation issued this week reaffirms that potential harms of routine screening for ovarian cancer outweigh the benefits. The AAFP has agreed in its own recommendation statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180214uspstfovariancascreen.html

Good News: Asthma Attacks Down Among U.S. Children

Feb 13, 2018 - New data from the CDC show that from 2001 to 2016, children with asthma in the United States had fewer asthma exacerbations, missed school days and visits to the hospital.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180213mmwrasthma.html

Keynote Spotlights Community Work on Social Determinants

Feb 9, 2018 - A speaker at the National Health Policy Conference said effective health initiatives aimed at inequities must address social issues and community needs.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180209sdh.html

USPSTF Recommends Screening Pregnant Women for Syphilis

Feb 8, 2018 - On Feb. 6, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation statement recommending that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180208uspstfsyphilisscreen.html

CDC, AAFP Release 2018 Immunization Schedules

Feb 6, 2018 - The CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, together with the AAFP and other medical professional organizations, have released the 2018 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206newimmunschedules.html

Interdisciplinary Care Effective for Opioid Use Disorder

Feb 6, 2018 - A rural health clinic in Scappoose, Ore., and an associated federally qualified health center are successfully using an interdisciplinary model to care for patients with opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180206medbehavoudcare.html

CDC Offers Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources

Feb 1, 2018 - The CDC has launched a website that features free fetal alcohol spectrum disorders training and tools, including resources specific to family physicians -- some of which the AAFP created.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180201cdcfasdsite.html

Local Zika Transmission in U.S. Tied to Rise in Birth Defects

Jan 30, 2018 - The CDC reports areas of the United States with local Zika virus transmission in late 2016 saw a rise in birth defects associated with Zika infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180130mmwrzika.html

Comprehensive E-cigarettes Study Offers Mixed Findings

Jan 26, 2018 - Researchers with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently issued a comprehensive report on electronic cigarettes and their effects on health.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126e-cigreport.html

Repetitive Subconcussive Impacts Linked to CTE, Study Finds

Jan 26, 2018 - A study published online Jan. 18 in the neurology journal Brain linked repetitive subconcussive head hits to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That same day, the Concussion Legacy Foundation launched the Flag Football Under 14 initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180126subconcussivecte.html

CDC Offers Refresher on Safe-sleep Practices for Infants

Jan 22, 2018 - The CDC released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and Vital Signs report highlighting the need to remind patients about safe sleeping practices for babies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Flu Vaccination Still Recommended During Current Epidemic

Jan 17, 2018 - As the 2017-18 flu season peaks, CDC officials and the AAFP's current Vaccine Science Fellows offer insight and guidance.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180117fluupdate.html

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guideline Dosage Thresholds

Jan 12, 2018 - The CDC is clarifying that dosage thresholds in its 2016 guideline for prescribing opioids don't apply to opioid agonists or partial agonists used to treat opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180112cdcopioidclarify.html

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

Jan 11, 2018 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180111uspstffinalscoliosis.html

EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

Jan 9, 2018 - The AAFP, as part of its EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180109sdohtools.html

FDA Proposes New Approach to Regulating Homeopathic Drugs

Jan 8, 2018 - The FDA has proposed new draft guidance for a risk-based enforcement approach to regulating drug products labeled as homeopathic. The agency plans to prioritize enforcement and regulatory actions for unapproved homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential risk for consumers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180108fdahomeopathy.html

FDA Finalizes Ban on Triclosan, Other OTC Antiseptics

Dec 22, 2017 - The FDA finalized a rule Dec. 20 that said triclosan and 23 other active ingredients aren't safe and effective for use in OTC antiseptic products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171222triclosanban.html

USPSTF Examines ECG Screening to Prevent CVD Events, AFib

Dec 20, 2017 - On Dec. 19, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a pair of draft recommendations on electrocardiographic screening for cardiovascular disease and atrial fibrillation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171220uspstfcvdafib.html

Don't Use HRT for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

Dec 15, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted a final recommendation against the use of combined estrogen and progestin to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171215uspstfhrt.html

CDC: 2017-18 Flu Season in U.S. Dominated by H3N2 Viruses

Dec 13, 2017 - So far this flu season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominant in the United States, according to a newly released CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171213fluupdate.html

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