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December 13, 2012
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  • AAFP asks Congress, White House for action on core principles
    AAFP Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., wrote to Congress and the White House asking for action on the Academy's five core principles, which include preventing scheduled Medicare payment cuts. The letter also asked that Medicare pay increases for primary care not be diverted to pay for extending the sustainable growth rate formula and that funding for graduate medical education be maintained. AAFP News Now (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Clinical News 
  • FDA says smoking-cessation drug may carry heart risks
    An updated FDA review found that the smoking-cessation drug Chantix was associated with higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and cardiovascular-related death compared with a placebo, although the difference in risk was not statistically significant. Chantix also was linked to depression and suicidal tendencies, but recent studies showed that the drug did not raise the risk of psychiatric conditions. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) , AAFP News Now (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fainting may predict future cardiovascular risk
    A single fainting episode raises the risk of being admitted for a heart attack or stroke later in life by 74%, according to a Danish study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The chances of needing a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in the future were five times greater for people who fainted, researchers said. HealthDay News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lifestyle habits put cardiovascular disease progress at risk
    Increasing rates of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes may reverse gains made in reducing cardiovascular disease in the U.S., according to an American Heart Association report in Circulation. The report said 68% of adults are overweight or obese, one-third do not engage in leisure-time physical activity and only 53% of people with hypertension have it under control. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Practice Management 
  • Report finds increased adoption of powerful EHRs among doctors
    Federal researchers found 73% of office-based physicians surveyed said their EHR systems could prescribe electronically, while 68% said their EHRs keep a list of patients' drug allergies. Fifty-six percent also said their EHRs allow them to provide patients with a copy of a clinical summary, while 50% said their EHRs could help a provider with one or more clinical decision-support rules. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside the AAFP 
  • Take 5 minutes to help the Academy help FPs
    The five minutes it takes to answer 12 multiple-choice questions could make a difference in what you get out of your membership because information gleaned from the census is used to make sure that products and services being offered by the Academy are relevant and match your needs. AAFP Board member Ravi Grivois-Shah, M.D., M.P.H., has more details in the latest AAFP Leader Voices Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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