News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

USPSTF Still Sour on Afib Screening, Even With Apple Watch

Screening for atrial fibrillation (Afib) -- whether with ECG in office or via a wearable device -- cannot be recommended for middle age and older adults without symptoms.

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Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults. The Task Force determined more research is needed to make a recommendation for or against screening. 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 April 13, 2021 online issue of JAMA.


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NIH begins study of allergic reactions to Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines


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National Institutes of Health Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021-2025

This strategic plan demonstrates the commitment of all of NIH to improving minority health and reducing health disparities.


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Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for hearing loss in older adults. The Task Force concluded that more research is needed to determine whether or not to screen older adults for hearing loss before they have symptoms.

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 March 23, 2021 online issue of JAMA.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety. During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system — for patients and the workforce.

Patient Safety Awareness Week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient safety and recognizing the work already being done.

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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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