AAFP gives its support to new adult obesity treatment guideline | Medical group endorses flu shots for pregnant women | <a href="http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/immunizations/influenza.html#pregnant%20women" target="_blank">Read the AAFP's recommendation regarding flu vaccine during pregnancy</a>.
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August 20, 2014
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AAFP gives its support to new adult obesity treatment guideline
The AAFP has endorsed a new guideline for diagnosing and treating adult obesity that was developed by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Obesity Society. Jennifer Frost, M.D., medical director for the AAFP Health of the Public and Science Division, said while the guideline does not support any particular diet, it encourages family physicians to engage patients in weight-loss efforts and makes recommendations for interventions for those with cardiovascular risks. AAFP News (8/19)
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Medical group endorses flu shots for pregnant women
Administration of inactivated influenza vaccine during the flu season is safe for all pregnant women as well as women who just gave birth or are breast-feeding, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said. The group's guidelines, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, discourage the use of live attenuated flu vaccine for pregnant women. HealthDay News (8/19)
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Health risks of parental smoke exposure may persist into teen years
Babies exposed to parental cigarette smoking were 23% more likely to develop asthma during childhood or adolescence than their unexposed peers, Swedish researchers found. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, showed that parental smoke exposure was also linked to an 18% and 26% greater likelihood of developing allergic rhinitis and eczema, respectively. HealthDay News (8/19)
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Neurological symptoms can be obstacle to diagnosing lupus
A study in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports found that symptoms such as seizures and headaches can delay the diagnosis of lupus and other rheumatic diseases by months. The neurological symptoms of lupus can even mirror those of schizophrenia. Clinicians should be familiar with the neurological symptoms that can be associated with rheumatic diseases, researchers said. HealthDay News (8/19)
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Study: Newly diagnosed Parkinson's patients often experience depression
About 14% of newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease patients had depression, compared with 6.6% of a healthy control group, University of Pennsylvania researchers reported in the journal Neurology. Researchers said 16% of Parkinson's patients were on antidepressant drugs when the study started, increasing to 25% two years later, suggesting depression may increase in severity and frequency in these patients. BBC (8/16)
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Fruit, cereal fiber tied to lower diverticular disease risk
University of Oxford researchers who analyzed data from the Million Women Study in the U.K. found that higher dietary fiber intake was linked to a lower risk for diverticular disease. The study showed significant risk reduction only occurred with consumption of fruit and cereal fiber. Healio (free registration) (8/15)
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Practice Management
Few teens have talked to health care professional about tobacco use
Researchers surveyed more than 18,000 teens and found that only 32% of them reported being asked by a doctor, a nurse or any other health care professional about smoking, while 31% said they had been advised either not to smoke or to quit. Receiving advice on tobacco use was associated with a nearly 50% greater chance of trying to quit in the past year. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. Reuters (8/19)
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Report looks at physician views on HIE benefits
Data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's National Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Landscape report found 25% of physicians said health information exchanges raise their practice's liabilities, while 64% said HIEs need multiple systems or portals. However, 80% said HIE adoption bolsters practice efficiency and 89% cited improvements in care quality. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/19)
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Health Policy & Legislation
AAFP joins call for CMS to reconsider code valuation changes
The AAFP, along with other physician and health care groups, asked the CMS to reconsider changes to the CPT code valuation process included in the proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule. The groups objected to the shifting of schedules in the review process but asked the CMS to keep the Refinement Panel many see as an appeals process. AAFP News (8/19)
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Medical schools should include EHR training, groups say
The American Osteopathic Association has joined the call to include EHR training as part of medical school. The AAFP, the American Medical Association and other organizations have issued similar calls. Data suggest 64% of medical schools allow students to access EHRs. BeckersHospitalReview.com (8/18)
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