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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

White House Event Shares Blueprint for Healthy Seniors

Jul 16, 2015 - The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together health and policy experts, seniors and caregivers, who shared advice for living well in later years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150716agingconference.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

Evidence Lacking to Screen Seniors for Impaired Visual Acuity

Jul 22, 2015 - On July 21, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation saying evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in adults 65 and older who have not reported problems with their vision.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150722uspstfvision.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 Drive For All Clinical Trials to Register, Report Results

Jul 29, 2015 - The AAFP has joined the AllTrials USA campaign that launched on July 29. The campaign is calling for all past and present clinical trials in the United States to be registered and report their results.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

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

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

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

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

FDA Warns Drugmakers to Quit Selling Unapproved Rx Otic Drops

Jul 7, 2015 - FDA officials recently moved to shut down the manufacture and sale of 16 unapproved prescription otic products; the agency also will evaluate the safety of children's use of certain codeine-containing products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150707fdaactions.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

Falls Prevention Program Scores Wins All Around

Jun 17, 2015 - Research study results show that a comprehensive HHS-funded falls prevention program helps keep seniors from falling and lowers fall-related medical costs. Overall, every $1 invested in the intervention program led to a savings of $1.68 on long-term services and supports for patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150617preventfalls.html

AAFP Tobacco Control Mini-grant Recipients Kick Butts

Jun 26, 2015 - Members of the inaugural class of AAFP tobacco prevention and control mini-grant recipients have completed the initial phase of their projects and discuss their experiences in the program.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626tobacco-grants.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

Depigmentation Cases Prompt New Label Warning for ADHD Patch

Jun 26, 2015 - After dozens of reports of skin depigmentation or hypopigmentation associated with use of the methylphenidate transdermal system marketed as Daytrana, FDA officials are requiring that a new warning be added to the medication's package label.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150626daytrana.html

Wergin Invited to White House for Antibiotic Stewardship Event

Jun 8, 2015 - Medical and food-production representatives pledged action at a White House panel discussion on antibiotic stewardship. AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., represented family medicine at the event.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150608antibiotics.html

HHS Awards Aim to Help Primary Care Practices Promote Heart Health

May 29, 2015 - HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has launched its EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grant initiative with $112 million in awards to empower small primary care practices to improve the heart health of nearly 8 million patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150529evidencenow.html

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