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FDA Warns of Amputation Risk Linked to Newer Diabetes Drug

May 22, 2017 - The FDA has called for a new boxed warning to be added to canagliflozin product labels based on a heightened risk for leg and foot amputations associated with use of the drug.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170522fdainvokana.html

Don't Use Estrogen/Progestin Therapy for Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women

May 19, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement against the use of combined estrogen and progestin therapy to prevent chronic conditions in postmenopausal women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170519uspstfhormetherapy.html

HCV Infection Rate Skyrocketed Between 2010 and 2015

May 17, 2017 - The CDC recently released a pair of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report articles that address hepatitis C virus infections in the United States, which nearly tripled from 2010 to 2015.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170517mmwrhcv.html

Ongoing FDA Review of Fluoroquinolones Downplays Concerns

May 16, 2017 - The FDA has announced that previous concerns about fluoroquinolones boosting the risk for retinal detachment and aortic dissection or aneurysm have not been borne out by patient case data and published studies.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170516fdafluoroquinolones.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP recently mailed members laminated copies of the 2017 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170515immunskeds.html

USPSTF, AAFP: Don't Screen Asymptomatic Adults for Thyroid Cancer

May 12, 2017 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released its final recommendation statement against screening asymptomatic adults for thyroid cancer. The AAFP recommendation mirrors that statement.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170512uspstfthyroid.html

AAFP Endorses ACP Guideline on Treating Osteoporosis

May 11, 2017 - The American College of Physicians recently issued a guideline on treating osteoporosis and low bone density to prevent fractures, which the AAFP has endorsed.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170511acposteoguide.html

Despite Narrowing Gap, Racial Health Disparities Remain

May 9, 2017 - The death rate for African-Americans declined 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, according to a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC, but health disparity gaps between blacks and whites remain.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170509mmwr-healthdispar.html

USPSTF: Screen for Pre-eclampsia Using BP Throughout Pregnancy

Apr 26, 2017 - On April 25, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finalized its recommendation to screen pregnant women for pre-eclampsia throughout pregnancy using blood pressure measurements -- a B recommendation.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170426uspstfpreeclampsiafinal.html

FDA OKs Marketing of 10 DTC Genetic Health Risk Tests

Apr 25, 2017 - The FDA has approved the marketing of 10 direct-to-consumer genetic health risk tests by the company 23andMe and has announced it plans to speed the approval of similar tests.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/2017042523andme.html

AAFP Recommends Against Pelvic Exams in Asymptomatic Women

Apr 25, 2017 - In a departure from a recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement, the AAFP has recommended against conducting screening pelvic exams in asymptomatic women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170425aafppelvicexam.html

FDA: No Prescription Codeine, Tramadol for Kids Under 12

Apr 21, 2017 - On April 20, the FDA issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in children and requiring labeling changes to prescription medications containing these ingredients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170421codeine-tramadol.html

CDC Issues Health Advisory on Shigella

Apr 20, 2017 - The CDC has released a Health Alert Network health advisory warning clinicians about emerging Shigella strains that show possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170420shigellaadvisory.html

CDC: HPV Infection Rates Remain High in Both Men, Women

Apr 18, 2017 - Among adults ages 18-59 in 2013-2014, about 45 percent of men and 40 percent of women had genital HPV infection, according to a recent CDC data brief.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418hpvrates.html

Maryland FP Leads Efforts to Improve Minority Health

Apr 18, 2017 - April is National Minority Health Month, and one family physician's work to help her community achieve greater health equity clearly embodies that initiative.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170418patczapp.html

Individualize Decisions on PSA Screening for Men Ages 55-69

Apr 11, 2017 - On April 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted its new draft recommendation statement and three draft evidence reviews on screening for prostate cancer.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170411uspstfprostate.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Issues Safe Storage, Disposal Resource

Apr 10, 2017 - The AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse has released a new resource family physicians can use to promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and other medications.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170410amaopioidresource.html

Kids' Solid-dose Acetaminophen Products Transition to Single Strength

Apr 7, 2017 - Manufacturers of pediatric solid-dose acetaminophen products are transitioning to a single strength of 160-mg chewables in the United States, which will be dubbed Children's.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170407kidstylenol.html

Birth Defects Seen in One in 10 Zika-infected Pregnancies

Apr 5, 2017 - One out of 10 pregnant women in the United States with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a fetus or infant with Zika-related birth defects; brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly were reported in 75 percent of these affected fetuses and infants.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170405mmwrzika.html

Misconceptions About Antibiotics for Children's ARIs Persist

Apr 4, 2017 - Researchers in Australia explored parents' expectations and experiences using antibiotics for pediatric acute respiratory infections, with findings published in the March/April issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404annalsantibiotics.html

Meridian Expands EpiPen Recall to Include U.S.

Apr 4, 2017 - Meridian Medical Technologies is expanding a voluntary recall of its EpiPen products because of a possible defect in the devices that could result in their failing to activate.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170404epipenrecall.html

AAFP Takes Leadership Role With Launch of Center for Diversity, Health Equity

Mar 31, 2017 - The AAFP recently announced the formation of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, which will focus on addressing the social aspects of health care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170331diversityequity.html

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening for Celiac Disease

Mar 29, 2017 - On March 28, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic patients.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170329uspstfceliac.html

CDC: Stronger Effort Needed to Fight Tuberculosis

Mar 28, 2017 - Preliminary tuberculosis (TB) surveillance data for 2016 indicate that despite slight declines in TB case numbers and rates in the United States since 2015, more needs to be done to eliminate the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170328mmwrtb.html

NIH Unveils Dietary Supplements Webpage for Health Professionals

Mar 23, 2017 - NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements has created a new webpage for health care professionals that features up-to-date, evidence-based information on supplements they can use during discussions with patients, colleagues and students.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20170323dietsupplements.html

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