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HHS Releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition

Federal physical activity guidance updated for the first time since 2008

(Chicago) – Today, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults to safely get the physical activity they need to stay healthy. There are new key guidelines for children ages 3 through 5 and updated guidelines for youth ages 6 through 17, adults, older adults, women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, adults with chronic health conditions, and adults with disabilities.

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11 Drugs to Seriously Consider Deprescribing

You might consider "giving the axe" to these 11 drug classes, particularly in older patients, to increase safety and reduce pill burden.

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Primary Care Practices Invited to Join Initiative Aimed at Improving Opioid Management

Get resources and guidance on how to implement effective team-based opioid management strategies in primary care by participating in the AHRQ-funded “Six Building Blocks” project. Selected practices will implement the Six Building Blocks toolkit to improve opioid prescribing and collect metrics to monitor progress. An anticipated 15 participating practices will each receive technical assistance and a $2,500 honorarium to offset costs of producing metrics required for program evaluation The estimated start date for practices is January 2019.

Learn more about the project, including how to participate.

Stroke Prevention in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: A Systematic Review Update

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AHRQ Views Blog: Fresh Data Show Patient Safety Improving, But Advances Still Needed in Many Areas

Jeff Brady, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Karen Chaves, M.H.S, Director of AHRQ’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report Program, highlight data in the  newly released Chartbook on Patient Safety. The Chartbook, based on AHRQ’s recently released 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, shows that the nation’s efforts to improve the safety of health care resulted in some encouraging overall gains between 2000 and 2016. However, there is much room for improvement, particularly for people of color and people in poor households. The Chartbook findings also identify ongoing safety concerns. Quantifying these challenges provides essential information to inform future quality improvement efforts.

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Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Among Adults with Arthritis — United States, 2015–2017

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Final Recommendation Statement: Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on behavioral weight loss interventions to prevent obesity-related morbidity and mortality in adults. The Task Force found that intensive behavioral interventions are beneficial for patients with obesity. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the September 18 online issue of JAMA.

Daily low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on healthy life span in older people

Large NIH-funded study examined outcomes in United States and Australia

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