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JAMA Research: Elderly Deaths From Falls Increase

Jun 12, 2019 - Death rates from falls for older adults in the United States have significantly increased in the past 16 years, but an exercise program might help.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612elderlyfalls.html

Practical Playbook II Offers Guide to Better Population Health

Jun 12, 2019 - Members of the Practical Playbook initiative have released The Practical Playbook II, a new text that showcases the integration of public health and primary care.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190612practicalplaybook2.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

Jun 11, 2019 - The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

CDC Offers Measles Outbreak Toolkit

Jun 7, 2019 - The CDC has released a measles outbreak toolkit for health care professionals that family physicians can use to better arm themselves to fight the current measles epidemic.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190607measlestoolkit.html

AMA Opioid Task Force Outlines Road Map to End Epidemic

Jun 5, 2019 - The AMA Opioid Task Force, to which the AAFP belongs, released recommendations on May 30 that call on policymakers to eliminate barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190605amaopioidtf.html

Chronic Opioid Prescribing in Primary Care Varies Widely

Jun 4, 2019 - Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a study published in the May/June issue of Annals of Family Medicine. Practice setting -- urban versus suburban -- also seemingly played a role.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190604chronicopioidstudy.html

AAFP Seeks Applicants for 2019-20 Health Equity Fellowship

May 29, 2019 - Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529healthequityfellow.html

Sharp Rise Seen in Teen Self-Poisoning Suicide Attempts

May 29, 2019 - Rates of attempted suicide by self-poisoning among U.S. adolescents and young adults have more than doubled in the past decade. Among girls and young women, rates nearly tripled during that period.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529self-poison.html

CDC Updates TB Recommendations for Health Care Workers

May 22, 2019 - The CDC has updated its guidelines for TB screening, testing and treatment for health care personnel and published the revised guidance in a May 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190522tbguidelineupdt.html

CDC: Three in Five Pregnancy-related Deaths May Be Preventable

May 15, 2019 - Sixty percent of pregnancy-related deaths in 2011-2015 for which timing was known were preventable, according to a new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190515maternaldeath.html

CDC Warns of Misapplication of Its Opioid Guideline

May 9, 2019 - The CDC recently warned that misapplication of its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- United States, 2016, can risk patient health and safety. The guideline is intended for use solely by primary care physicians treating chronic pain in patients 18 and older.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190509cdcopioidgdln.html

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project

May 8, 2019 - The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190508reimagineask-act.html

HHS, CDC Address Ongoing Measles Outbreaks

May 1, 2019 - As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise, the CDC is pulling out all the stops to emphasize the importance of childhood vaccination and prevent more people from becoming infected.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501latestmeasles.html

Academy Takes Aim at Maternal Mortality Crisis

May 1, 2019 - The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501maternalmortality.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

Apr 29, 2019 - The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190429immschedsmailed.html

Confirmed U.S. Measles Cases Now Highest in 25 Years

Apr 25, 2019 - The CDC reported this week that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States had reached 695, the highest figure since 1994 and more than the total number of measles cases for 2016, 2017 and 2018 combined.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190425measlesupdt.html

AAFP Endorses Guidelines on Venous Thromboembolism Dx

Apr 24, 2019 - The AAFP recently endorsed guidelines on the diagnosis of venous thromboembolism (VTE) that were developed by the American Society of Hematology. The guidelines evaluated diagnostic strategies for pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis of the lower and upper extremities, and recurrent...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vtegdline.html

Expert Lists Ways to Boost Adolescent Immunization Rates

Apr 24, 2019 - AAFP Vaccine Science Fellowship alumnus John Merrill-Steskal, M.D., of Ellensburg, Wash., recently took time to speak with AAFP News about strategies he uses to keep adolescent immunization rates high in his practice.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190424vaccineq-a.html

USPSTF: More Research Needed on Screening for Lead Exposure

Apr 19, 2019 - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in its final recommendation statement that current evidence is insufficient to support routine screening for elevated blood lead levels in asymptomatic children and pregnant women.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190419uspstfleadfinal.html

Latest CDC Update Shows Steady Increase in Measles Cases

Apr 16, 2019 - Updated figures from the CDC show that the number of confirmed measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 11, 20 states have reported a total of 555 cases of the disease.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416measles.html

FP Honored for Selfless Service in Ebola-ravaged Liberia

Apr 16, 2019 - Family physician and Ebola survivor Richard Sacra, M.D., was recently recognized for his efforts battling the disease at ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, during the 2014 outbreak.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190416sacraawards.html

Research Shows Perceptions of E-cigarettes Are Changing

Apr 15, 2019 - A recent analysis of results from two national surveys shows that increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the risks associated with e-cigarette use, with many now viewing them as at least as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180415e-cigsurveys.html

Looking for Tips on Talking With Parents About Vaccines?

Apr 12, 2019 - An article recently published in Canadian Family Physician offers family physicians guidance on addressing vaccine hesitancy with parents. Specifically, the authors offer practical, evidence-based tips for discussing the importance of childhood vaccines with parents who may be on the ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190412vaccinetalk.html

Study: Older Adults Often Don't Report Adverse Drug Effects

Apr 9, 2019 - New research shows that less than 40% of older adult patients reported adverse drug events they experienced to their family physicians. And even when they did, the study said their physicians didn't always include that information in the health record.

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409annals-ades.html

FDA: Some E-cigarette Users Report Having Seizures

Apr 9, 2019 - The FDA has received reports that some e-cigarette users, especially adolescents and young adults, are experiencing seizures after using the devices. A review of voluntary adverse event reports that have been submitted to the agency and to poison control centers identified 35 cases of ...

AAFP News : Health of the Public

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190409e-cigseizures.html

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