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CDC Updates Advice on Polio Vaccination for Travelers Abroad -- AAFP News

Jul 16, 2014 - In response to the growing threat posed by wild poliovirus, the CDC recently updated its policy on polio vaccination for international travelers. The update offers guidance for U.S. physicians providing care for patients who plan to travel to or reside in affected countries for more ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140716poliovirusupdt.html

Don't Use Lidocaine to Treat Teething Pain, FDA Cautions -- AAFP News

Jul 9, 2014 - On June 26, the FDA issued an announcement calling for health care professionals to not prescribe oral viscous lidocaine 2 percent solution to treat infants and children with teething pain. The agency also recommends that parents and caregivers not use OTC topical medications for ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140709lidocaineadvisory.html

USPSTF: Don't Screen for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis in Adults -- AAFP News

Jul 14, 2014 - Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. But strokes that result from large artery atherothrombotic disease, such as carotid artery stenosis, in asymptomatic patients account for only a small ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140714carotidarteryscreen.html

Success in Fighting Opioid Abuse Demands Multifaceted Approach -- AAFP News

Jul 9, 2014 - On July 1, the CDC released two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports that focused on national opioid prescribing rates and Florida's success in reducing related drug overdoses, respectively. One North Carolina FP recounts a similar achievement in his state.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140709opioidsrpts.html

FP Leader Engages Community in Battling Substance Abuse -- AAFP News

Jul 23, 2014 - The White House's 2014 National Drug Control Strategy recommends expanding community-based efforts to prevent drug use before it begins and empowering health care professionals to intervene with patients at early signs of a substance abuse disorder, tactics one FP is already using.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140723ondcpreport.html

ACIP Recommends LAIV for Young Children -- AAFP News

Jul 2, 2014 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices once again covered a wide range of topics during its June 25-26 meeting, but the only official vote was to recommend live attenuated influenza vaccine be administered to young children rather than inactivated influenza vaccine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140702acipmtg-laiv.html

Pertussis Is Latest Disease Outbreak Concern in United States -- AAFP News

Jun 25, 2014 - As California wrestles with a rapidly expanding pertussis outbreak, with the rest of the country not far behind, it's important for family physicians to remain steadfast in promoting vaccination to help combat the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140625pertussis.html

AAFP Endorses ACC/AHA Cholesterol Management Guidelines With Qualifications -- AAFP ...

Jun 18, 2014 - The AAFP recently endorsed, with qualifications, guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association on treatment of high cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140618cholesterolgdlnendorse.html

Lack of Evidence Precludes Recommending Vitamin D Deficiency Screening in Adults -- ...

Jul 1, 2014 - On June 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft recommendation that concluded there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against screening adults for vitamin D deficiency.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140701vitamindrec.html

Medicare Panel Recommends Against Covering CT Screening for Lung Cancer -- AAFP News

May 21, 2014 - Despite a recent recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee has recommended that Medicare not cover low-dose CT screening for lung cancer in high-risk older smokers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140521medcacctrec.html

Screen Older Male Smokers for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Say AAFP, USPSTF -- AAFP News

Jun 25, 2014 - On June 24, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and AAFP released their final recommendations on screening older adults for abdominal aortic aneurysm, calling for one-time screening in male smokers ages 65-75.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140625clinrecaaa.html

Screen Patients at High Risk for Hepatitis B Virus, Say AAFP, USPSTF -- AAFP News

Jun 13, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in people at high risk for the infection. The AAFP concurs with this recommendation, while still recommending against screening the general population for chronic HBV infection.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140613hepbscreen.html

Colorectal Cancer Screening Campaign Draws AAFP Support -- AAFP News

May 28, 2014 - The AAFP has added its name to the expanding list of health care organizations supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, which was created by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable with the goal of increasing the percentage of adults ages 50 and older who get screened for colorectal ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140528colorectscreen.html

Oral Health Care Programs Offer Plenty to Smile About -- AAFP News

Jun 4, 2014 - Recent research buoyed by state and AAFP programs indicates that oral health care services being performed by primary care professionals, including family physicians, is leading to positive outcomes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140604oralhealth.html

Family Physicians Enlist in Fight Against Measles -- AAFP News

Jun 9, 2014 - As of May 30, a total of 334 confirmed measles cases from 18 states had been reported, with the largest outbreaks in Ohio and California. Declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, importation of the disease from other countries -- combined with parents' growing refusal to have ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140609measles.html

One in Three Patients Not Filling Prescriptions, Study Finds -- AAFP News

Apr 28, 2014 - Nearly a third of patients fail to fill first-time prescriptions, according to a study published April 1 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But attention to prescription costs and consistent follow-up with patients -- both factors that family physicians can address with their patients ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140428nonadherencestudy.html

White House Summit Draws Support for Studying, Preventing Concussions -- AAFP News

Jun 2, 2014 - The White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussions Summit on May 29 drew major players in the professional sports arena, as well as a number of representatives of medical specialty organizations, including AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., of Kingsport, Tenn.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140602whitehouseconcuss.html

Two Years Down the Road, Choosing Wisely Still Picking Up Steam -- AAFP News

May 14, 2014 - To mark the two-year anniversary of the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation recently hosted a panel discussion to release results from a survey of physicians about the campaign.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140514choosewiselyyr2.html

Counseling High-risk Adults to Prevent CVD Shows Benefit, Says USPSTF -- AAFP News

Jun 4, 2014 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation calling for behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults at high risk for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140604uspstfdraftcvd.html

New Autism Screening Tools for Physicians Coincide With CDC Update -- AAFP News

Apr 29, 2014 - Last month, the CDC raised eyebrows by stating it had increased its estimate of the number of U.S. children with autism spectrum disorder to one in 68 -- about 30 percent higher than its previous estimate of one in 88 children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140429autismupdate.html

Encouraging Parents to Read to Children Is Focus of New Alliance -- AAFP News

May 27, 2014 - Recognizing the importance of promoting early childhood literacy and language development, the AAFP has entered into an agreement with the Reach Out and Read National Center. The agreement names the Academy as a literacy partner of Reach Out and Read.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140527roar.html

First Human-transmitted MERS Case Detected in U.S. -- AAFP News

May 20, 2014 - Just five days after the CDC confirmed a second imported case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in an individual who had recently traveled to the United States from Saudi Arabia, a third case has been reported. This time, CDC officials have identified ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140520mers-cov.html

Even as Diabetes Prevalence Triples, Rates of Serious Complications Drop -- AAFP News

May 5, 2014 - A CDC study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that between 1990 and 2010, the number of adults with diabetes more than tripled, even as diabetes-related complications declined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20140505diabetescomps.html

Health of the Public -- AAFP News

Feb 8, 2012 - This is the topic page for AAFP News' Health of the Public section.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

2014 Hypertension Guideline Stands to Simplify Treatment, Says Expert -- AAFP News

Dec 18, 2013 - In a world that grows more complex every day, wouldn't it be a welcome change to have just one thing become a little simpler? Well, when it comes to busy family physicians managing their patients' hypertension, a newly released guideline could go a long way to accomplishing that goal.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20131218hypertensiongdln.html

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