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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

Academy Applauds FDA Ban of Artificial Trans Fats

Jun 17, 2015 - The FDA has announced it will ban partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fatty acids -- commonly known as trans fats -- in processed foods. Food manufacturers now have three years to remove PHOs from their products.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

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

Conference Offers Platform to Share Immunization Successes

Jun 23, 2015 - During the AAFP Adolescent Immunization Office Champions Project Conference, participants discussed successes and challenges involved in trying to improve adolescent immunization rates during the three-year initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150623adolimmconf.html

BUILD Health Challenge Aids Communities in Need

Jun 16, 2015 - An innovative grants program is attempting to reverse the socioeconomic trends that contribute to poor health by supporting local initiatives that address health issues tied to a specific social need. The BUILD Health Challenge recently awarded grants to 18 initiatives designed to solve...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150616buildhealthchallenge.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

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

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

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

USPSTF Still Recommends Mammography for Women 50-74

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

New CVD Risk-reduction Model Promises to Pay for Results

Jun 4, 2015 - On May 28, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell introduced the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Reduction Model, which will use predictive modeling to generate personalized CVD risk scores and modification plans for Medicare patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150604cvdriskmodel.html

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Offer Best Options for Sustained Weight Loss

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

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

PCSK9 Antibody Therapy Offers Promising Alternative to Statins, Study Suggests

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

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

CMS Proposes Covering Pap Smear/HPV Testing For Cervical Cancer

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

Tell Congress Not to Tamper With FDA's Tobacco Authority

Jun 3, 2015 - Earlier today, the Academy sent out a Speak Out alert encouraging members to contact their representatives and urge them to vote down H.R. 662, which would infringe on the FDA's ability to regulate cigars.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20150603cigarspeakout.html

AAFP Comments on NIH's Draft National Pain Strategy

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

ACIP Recommends MenB Vaccine for Patients Ages 16-23

Jul 1, 2015 - During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the two serogroup B meningococcal vaccines for 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

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

Research Suggests Teen Alcohol Use Can Lead to Adult Brain Abnormalities

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

Use New AAFP Resource to Encourage Tdap Vaccination for Pregnant Patients

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

Change Obesity Narrative, Policy, Say Panelists

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

AAFP Can Help Keep Kids Safe This Summer

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

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

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

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