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Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists -- AAFP News

May 13, 2015 - Individuals who have weight problems are contributing to rising medical costs, a problem that physicians and major insurers such as Medicare are struggling to address directly.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150513obesitypanel.html

Offer Smokers Variety of Cessation Options, Says USPSTF -- AAFP News

May 12, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently released a draft recommendation on smoking cessation in adults and recommends that physicians offer a variety of cessation aids, including behavioral therapy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150512deemingruleltr.html

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities -- AAFP News

May 15, 2015 - A recent study sought to examine how teen alcohol use can lead to brain abnormalities in adulthood; a second study demonstrated how binge drinking has increased across the United States, led by higher rates of drinking among women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150515alcoholstudies.html

FDA Denies R.J. Reynolds Request to Weaken Smokeless Tobacco Warning -- AAFP News

May 20, 2015 - On May 11, the FDA denied a petition from tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds that had asked for a change in smokeless tobacco warnings; the AAFP and like-minded groups had advocated vigorously against the change.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150520reynoldspetition.html

PCSK9 Antibody Therapy Offers Promising Alternative to Statins, Study Suggests -- AAFP ...

May 1, 2015 - In a recent study, researchers concluded protein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 antibody therapy appeared to be a safe and effective alternative to statins to treat adults with hypercholesterolemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150501pcsk9.html

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74 -- AAFP News

Apr 24, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's latest draft recommendation on breast cancer screening recommends mammograms every two years for women ages 50-74 but says the decision should be individualized for women ages 40-49.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150424mammograms.html

AAFP Lauds Dietary Guidelines Report, but Offers Improvements -- AAFP News

May 4, 2015 - The AAFP offered both praise and advice to HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to a request for comments on the agencies' joint Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150504dietcomments.html

CMS Proposes Covering Pap Smear/HPV Testing For Cervical Cancer -- AAFP News

Apr 29, 2015 - CMS recently proposed covering cervical cancer screening that would combine HPV testing with a Pap smear once every five years for certain Medicare beneficiaries.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429cervicalcancer.html

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer -- AAFP News

May 21, 2015 - The AAFP has created a summer safety resource family physicians can use to remind patients to stay hydrated, use proper sun protection, and be safe in and around the pool.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150521summersafety.html

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Renamed and Redefined -- AAFP News

Mar 2, 2015 - The Institute of Medicine released a Feb. 10 report proposing new diagnostic criteria for the condition commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as renaming it systemic exertion intolerance disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150302newchronicfatigue.html

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss -- AAFP News

Apr 14, 2015 - A study published online April 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 11 commercial weight-loss programs and found that only Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig helped participants achieve long-term weight loss.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150414weightloss.html

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care -- AAFP News

Apr 22, 2015 - Community Care of North Carolina's transitional care initiative supports its Medicaid patients and prevents one readmission in the coming year for every six patients in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150422hip-ncprofile.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy -- AAFP News

May 22, 2015 - In response to NIH's request for comments on a draft National Pain Strategy document developed by the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, the AAFP expressed support for the draft document and the need for additional voluntary education and training to help physicians ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150522painstrategyltr.html

Use New AAFP Resource to Encourage Tdap Vaccination for Pregnant Patients -- AAFP News

Apr 29, 2015 - The AAFP has created a resource to inform and remind family physicians about recommending tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine to pregnant women during every pregnancy.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150429pertussispage.html

New Breastfeeding Toolkit Offers Comprehensive Resource -- AAFP News

Mar 5, 2015 - The Academy has created a breastfeeding resource and toolkit for family physicians to bolster its policy on breastfeeding.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150305breastfeedingtoolkit.html

ACIP: LAIV No Longer Preferentially Recommended for Young Children -- AAFP News

Mar 4, 2015 - During its Feb. 26 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reversed its preferential recommendation for live attenuated influenza vaccine use in young children.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acip-laiv.html

ACP Guidelines Address Prevention, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers -- AAFP News

Mar 4, 2015 - This week, the American College of Physicians released a pair of evidence-based clinical guidelines that address prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150304acpbedsoreguides.html

Proposed Dietary Guidance Draws Scrutiny -- AAFP News

Feb 25, 2015 - Findings from the recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report offer no real surprises and shed light on the causes of the current obesity epidemic, says one FP expert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150225dietguidelinesreport.html

Study: Both Low- and High-intensity Workouts Help Reduce Obesity -- AAFP News

Mar 17, 2015 - A study published March 3 in Annals of Internal Medicine found that low- and high-intensity exercise resulted in similar reductions in abdominal obesity. However, only high-intensity workouts reduced blood glucose.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150317exerciseglucose.html

HHS Lays Out Multifaceted Plan to Combat Opioid Abuse -- AAFP News

Apr 8, 2015 - HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a targeted initiative on March 26 that identifies three priority areas to reduce prescription opioid- and heroin-related overdose, death and dependence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150408hhsopioids.html

Evidence Insufficient to Recommend Iron Deficiency Screening in Pregnant Women, Young ...

Apr 6, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft statement on March 30 that said current evidence is insufficient to recommend screening pregnant women for iron deficiency anemia.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150406irondeficiency.html

Tobacco Resources Offer Context for Building a Tobacco-free Future -- AAFP News

Apr 9, 2015 - Tobacco-control resources family physicians may wish to explore include the upcoming webinar Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and the archive at the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150409tobaccoresources.html

AAFP Co-sponsors Vaccine Briefing for Congressional Staff -- AAFP News

Apr 1, 2015 - The AAFP is co-sponsoring a briefing April 8 in Washington for congressional health policy staff on how vaccine recommendations are developed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150401vaccinebriefing.html

FPs Well Represented Among 2014 Hypertension Control Champions -- AAFP News

Mar 25, 2015 - HHS has announced its Hypertension Control Challenge Champions for 2014, and family physicians accounted for 60 percent of those chosen.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150325hypertensionchamps.html

AAFP Supports CDC, HHS Vaccine Efforts but Calls for Change -- AAFP News

Mar 9, 2015 - On March 4, the AAFP sent letters to the CDC and HHS responding to the agencies' calls for comment on updated immunization information.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150309vaccineltrs.html

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