News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

NIH invests in next iteration of public-private partnership to advance precision medicine research for Alzheimer’s disease

Effort is part of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership to enable development of effective targeted therapies.

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Integrating Palliative Care in Ambulatory Care of Noncancer Serious Chronic Illness: A Systematic Review

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Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. The Task Force continues to recommend against screening in adults. 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 February 2, 2021 online issue of JAMA.

New Report on Costs of Low Health Literacy

Our health literacy skills and those of the people we serve can vary in different situations. For example, our health literacy skills can decline when we’re under stress, such as when we’re dealing with an illness or when we’ve been up all night with a crying baby.

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Living Systematic Review on Cannabis and Other Plant-Based Treatments for Chronic Pain

In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, a prominent goal of current research is to identify alternative treatments with equal or better benefits for pain while avoiding potential unintended consequences that could result in harms.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant persons. The Task Force recommends clinicians ask about tobacco use and connect people to proven, safe methods to help them quit. The evidence is unclear whether e-cigarettes help adults quit smoking. More research is needed on the benefits and harms of using medications to help pregnant people quit. 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 January 19, 2021 online issue of JAMA.

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New PCD Essay on COVID-19 and Chronic Disease From CDC Experts

In a new PCD essay from the senior leadership of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), NCCDPHP Director Karen A. Hacker, MD, MPH, and Peter A. Briss, MD, MPH, Medical Director of NCCDPHP’s Office of Medicine and Science, discuss the importance of prevention and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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