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CDC Releases 2016 Immunization Schedules

Feb 3, 2016 - The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the AAFP and others have released the 2016 adult and childhood immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203immunskeds.html

Screen All Adults for Depression, Say USPSTF, AAFP

Jan 27, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, be screened for depression in the primary care setting.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127depressfinal.html

CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Pregnant Women, Zika Virus

Jan 20, 2016 - The CDC has developed interim guidelines for health care professionals in the United States caring for pregnant women during a Zika virus outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120zika-pregnancy.html

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Likely Tied to Zika Virus

Feb 3, 2016 - The World Health Organization has declared the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders likely linked to the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160203zikaupdate.html

USPSTF, AAFP Issue Final Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Jan 15, 2016 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has finalized its recommendation that women ages 50-74 at average risk for breast cancer undergo screening mammography every two years.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160115uspstffinalbrstcascreen.html

STFM App Helps FPs With Oral Health Diagnosis, Treatment

Jan 25, 2016 - The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine is promoting its Smiles for Life Oral Health App to help family physicians diagnose and manage oral health issues.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160125oralhealthapp.html

AAFP Offers Mixed Comments on CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidance

Jan 20, 2016 - The AAFP recently commented on the CDC's draft guideline for prescribing opioids, suggesting more research is needed to support some of its recommendations.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160120opioidguideline.html

AAFP Joins White House Conversation on Opioid Abuse

Jan 27, 2016 - The AAFP brought the family physician perspective to a meeting on opioid abuse that the White House hosted recently.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160127whitehouseopioids.html

CDC Warns of Viral Illness Tied to Severe Birth Defects

Jan 18, 2016 - After a surge of severe birth defects among infants born to women in Brazil who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy, CDC officials have issued a travel alert.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160118zikavirus.html

HHS, USDA Release Final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines

Jan 13, 2016 - HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture jointly released the agencies' final 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Jan. 7.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160113dietguidelines.html

AAFP Urges FPs to Integrate Preconception Care Into Patient Visits

Jan 19, 2016 - To promote the integration of preconception care into primary care visits, the AAFP recently published an evidence-based position paper on the topic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160119preconception.html

AAFP NRN Study Sheds Light on Asthma Treatment in Black Adults

Feb 2, 2016 - A recent study examined treatment options for black adults with asthma, finding no difference between adding tiotropium or a long-acting beta agonist to inhaled corticosteroids.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160202asthmastudy.html

AAFP Throws Support Behind Smoke-free Public Housing Proposal

Jan 29, 2016 - The AAFP is applauding a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that all government-owned housing be declared smoke-free.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160129hudsmoke-free.html

AAFP Supports Integration of Oral Health Into Primary Care

Dec 24, 2015 - The AAFP has announced its support for a new preventive oral health care delivery model that pairs primary and dental care teams.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151224oralhealth.html

USPSTF: Certain At-risk Patients Can Benefit From Statin Use

Dec 23, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted draft recommendation statements on statin use to prevent cardiovascular disease events and on screening for lipid disorders in children and teens.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151223uspstfcvd-lipids.html

War on Opioids, Other Public Health News Dominate Headlines

Jan 5, 2016 - Family physicians and the AAFP were heavily involved in 2015's top medical stories, including a unified national effort to combat the opioid abuse epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160105hops-yir.html

New FDA Deferral Policy Allows Gay Men to Donate Blood

Jan 6, 2016 - The FDA now recommends a 12-month deferral for blood donations from men who have sex with men, rather than an indefinite deferral.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160106fdablooddonors.html

FDA Warns of Ketoacidosis, UTIs With SGLT2 Inhibitors

Dec 8, 2015 - Manufacturers of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors are being required to add label warnings about the risks of ketoacidosis and urinary tract infections associated with their use.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151208sglt2inhibs.html

AAFP Helps Craft New Team Physician Consensus Statement

Jan 11, 2016 - The AAFP, American College of Sports Medicine and four other medical organizations have released a team physician consensus statement aimed at safeguarding athletes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160111teamconsensusstmt.html

Suspected Flu in a High-risk Patient? Don't Delay Antiviral Therapy

Feb 5, 2016 - The CDC is urging physicians to be more proactive in prescribing antiviral medications for severely ill or high-risk patients in whom flu is suspected or confirmed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20160205fluantiviral.html

AAFP Calls for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research

Dec 11, 2015 - The AAFP wrote to House and Senate leaders this week, calling for an elimination of the ban on federal funding for objective, scientific research on gun violence.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151211gunresearchltr.html

Screen At-risk Adults, Teens for Syphilis, Says USPSTF

Dec 17, 2015 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released an updated draft statement recommending that certain patients at increased risk for syphilis be screened for the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151217syphilisrec.html

AHA Updates CPR, Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines

Nov 9, 2015 - The American Heart Association recently released its 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151109ahacprguide.html

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to Cut HIV Infections Underused

Dec 2, 2015 - A CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggests that greater awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis could reduce the number of new HIV infections.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151202hivprep.html

Indoor Tanning Hazards Prompt Further Safety Proposals

Dec 23, 2015 - The FDA has proposed restricting use of indoor tanning devices to people 18 or older and requiring adults to sign a risk acknowledgement certification before they tan.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20151223fdatanchanges.html

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