News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

Final Recommendation Statement: Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults with cardiovascular risk factors.The Task Force recommends counseling for a healthy diet and physical activity to help people at risk for cardiovascular disease. To view the recommendation, the evidence on which it is based, and a summary for clinicians, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the November 24, 2020 online issue of JAMA.

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Rural and Urban Can Join Forces to Improve Health Literacy Skills

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Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Opioids, Opioid Misuse, and Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults

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Diagnostic Safety in the COVID Era: Let’s Not Squander the Opportunity

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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension

Nearly half of U.S. adults have hypertension, or high blood pressure, and only about 1 in 4 of those individuals has their hypertension under control.

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Top Chronic Diseases Behind Payer Spending And How to Prevent Them

Chronic diseases are a source of high payer spending, but payers can implement preventive care strategies to lower their expenses and maintain positive patient outcomes.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence Is Higher in Older Adults

Approximately 15% of adults in the United States have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Aging is associated with a decline in kidney function, as estimated by glomerular filtration rate (GFR), even in healthy individuals without CKD. Furthermore, declining kidney function with age occurs faster in people who smoke or have obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Lower GFR is associated with complications, such as heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, and early death.3 Thus, health care providers should pay special attention to a lower GFR when giving medicines (i.e., dosing) that are filtered through the kidneys to older individuals and CKD patients.

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Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020

Temporary disruptions in routine and nonemergency medical care access and delivery have been observed during periods of considerable community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, medical care delay or avoidance might increase morbidity and mortality risk associated with treatable and preventable health conditions and might contribute to reported excess deaths directly or indirectly related to COVID-19.

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