|ACPM Headlines 12/5/14|
In this Issue
Policy and Practice
Research and Reports
1. EXPERTS DISCUSS EVIDENCE SURROUNDING ASPIRIN AND PREVENTION
ACPM and the Partnership for Prevention, in conjunction with the Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention, co-hosted an evidence-based webinar for health care professionals that reviewed current and future indications for appropriate use of aspirin as a preventive measure for cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain cancers this past week.
More than 240 health professionals registered for the live webinar on December 3, and the early evaluation returns were extremely positive, with most respondents commending the "fantastic speakers” for adeptly navigating through the evidence of aspirin benefits and risks for various populations and diseases. One respondent captured the sentiment of many attendees’ comments: "An excellent presentation. All the speakers were very clear and concise. This was one of the best online presentations I've attended. Thanks for choosing this topic.”
An archived version of this webinar is available on the ACPM website. CME and MOC credits are available.
2. FDA SETS FINAL RULES FOR MENU LABELING
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released final rules for calorie labeling on restaurant menus and vending machines. Chain restaurants, including fast food "drive-thrus,” bakeries, coffee shops, movie theatres, made-to-order foods at grocery stores, and establishments serving certain alcoholic beverages will have to list overall calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items on their menus and menu boards. Restaurants will be given one year to comply with this ruling. Vending machine operators with 20 or more machines will also be required to post calorie information near each product or its selection button. These operators will have two years to comply with this ruling.
3. OLDER ADULTS IN U.S. SICKEST AMONG 11 DEVELOPED NATIONS
According to a recent study published in Health Affairs, adults age 65 and older are sicker compared to 11 other high-income countries included in the study, with 87% of the adults in the U.S. reporting at least one chronic illness and 68% reporting two or more chronic conditions. Although this population is eligible for Medicare, 19% of Americans reported skipping their visit, not getting a test recommended by their doctor and not filling their prescriptions due to costs. In comparison, only 3% of the participants in France reported skipping health care services due to cost and only 1% in Norway and Sweden reported that they struggled to pay their health care bills.
The results of the study were from the 2014 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults, conducted by phone from March through May 2014. More than 15,000 people age 65 or older took part in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
4. ACPM AND ODPHP ANNOUNCE DATES AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR 2015 HEALTHY AGING SUMMIT
ACPM and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/HHS have announced the dates and location of the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit, to be held July 27-28, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The summit co-sponsors also have announced that scientific abstracts for the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit are being accepted at www.2015HealthyAgingSummit.org. Abstracts will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, February 2.
The summit will bring together federal and non-federal subject matter experts to:
Summit registration is scheduled to open in January, 2015. As ACPM and ODPHP move ahead in the planning process, they will continue to seek broad participation from diverse federal and non-federal subject matter experts across a multitude of disciplines. Stakeholders across all sectors and disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract or to participate in the summit as a sponsor, exhibitor, or collaborator is some capacity. If you or your organization is interested in participating in the summit in some way, please contact ACPM’s Associate Executive Director Paul Bonta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACPM joined a sign-on letter to Congress urging for full funding of programs across government that target prescription misuse and abuse. The request includes support for programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) among others. The letter notes that these "programs will help expand prevention efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse and promote access to life saving addiction treatment services and rescue medications.”
6. REGISTER NOW FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2015 AND WIN!
On-line registration is now open for Preventive Medicine 2015. Take advantage of early registration rates and save by registering online. Early registration discounts are available until Friday, January 2nd, 2015. All early registrants are eligible to win a dinner for two to Sway Restaurant, courtesy of the conference hotel, Hyatt Regency Atlanta!
For more information or to view the latest Preventive Medicine 2015 program, please visit the meeting website.
7. USPSTF PUBLISHES FINAL RECOMMENDATION ON SCREENING FOR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its final recommendation for "Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening.” USPSTF provided an I Statement citing insufficient evidence to recommend clinicians evaluate the effectiveness of screening community-dwelling, non-pregnant, and asymptomatic adults for vitamin D deficiencies. The recommendation statement cites a lack of consensus on the definition of a vitamin D deficiency, limited ability to determine the accuracy of vitamin D screening tests, and no published studies on the benefits and harms of screening for these deficiencies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "fewer than one-third of U.S. residents with HIV are effectively managing the virus." As noted in its November 2015 issue of Vital Signs, HIV Care Saves Lives, "840,000 of the 1.2 million individuals infected with HIV in the country in 2011 did not consistently take medications to suppress the virus. Further, 66% of such individuals who were diagnosed with HIV were not receiving regular care, while another 20% were unaware they were infected."
Are interventions aimed at reducing the time children spend viewing TV and other screen media (e.g., computers and video games) effective at preventing or controlling childhood obesity? Yes, says the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), which released an evidence-based recommendation in favor of interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time.
The Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children aged 13 years and younger. This finding is based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing recreational sedentary screen time, increasing physical activity, improving diet, and improving or maintaining weight-related outcomes.
The recommendations are based on systematic reviews of scientific studies. Peer-reviewed articles of the systematic reviews are not yet published; however, a summary of the findings and supporting materials are available on The Community Guide website.
10. NEW AHRQ GUIDE HELPS STATES IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has developed a resource guide for state agencies and policy makers to help improve health outcomes at the health systems level. The guide was produced by the Medicaid Network for Evidence-based Treatment (MEDNET), which is a partnership between six participating states (California, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington), two universities, AcademyHealth, and AHRQ. The guide emphasizes the importance of collaboration among policy makers and relevant stakeholders in advancing evidence-based policy recommendations that improve health outcomes.
11. PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO WALKABILITY
America Walkshas launched a new publication on innovative approaches local leaders are taking to address the issue of walkability. Recognizing the importance that local leaders play in making meaningful community change, America Walks has produced case studies "showcasing four local elected officials and their personal campaigns to improve walkability and increase walking in their home towns."
America Walks is a nonprofit, national organization building a diverse coalition to be a strong voice to advance and protect walking at the national level. America Walks serves as a coordinator, information clearinghouse, and resource provider for local or national organizations engaging in walkability campaigns.
In a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that rapid evolution of HIV may reduce its overall virulence over time. "Impact of HLA-driven HIV adaptation on virulence in populations of high HIV seroprevalence” discusses HIV adaptation to human leukocyte antigens (HLA), specifically HLA-B*57. People who have this HLA protein generally progress more slowly toward AIDS if infected with HIV.
In Botswana, study authors found the population viral replicative capacity of HIV was much lower than in South Africa, the other study population. Additional data showed that HIV adaptation to HLA, including HLA-B*57 was much higher in Botswana than South Africa as well, leading the authors to conclude an association between HLA adaptation and viral replicative capacity.
13. CDC ISSUES HEALTH ADVISORY RE: CONTAMINATED DIETARY SUPPLEMENT
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory recommending Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants, not be used until an ongoing infant death investigation is completed. CDC, in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Consumer Protection, are investigating the possible contamination of this supplement with a fungus that caused gastrointestinal mucormycosis and subsequent death in a premature infant in October.
Solgar has voluntarily recalled several lots of this product. However, CDC recommends consumers and health care providers avoid using this supplement until the investigation is complete. Health care providers are asked to report any confirmed or suspected gastrointestinal mucormycosis cases and unexplained infant deaths within 30 days of using Dophilus that have occurred since November 2013 to their state or local health departments.
ACPM is seeking one or more subtenants for three adjacent offices at ACPM’s office headquarters, located at 455 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001, starting as early as January 1, 2015.
The space includes state-of-the-art amenities, including 24-hour security guard on premises; a fitness center; a conference center; and a rooftop deck with a view of the Capitol building and Washington Monument. Located in a booming area of town, within walking distance to Metro, Verizon Center, and Union Station. Parking also available in the building.
ACPM has made available 3 adjacent offices: 11x12; 10x13 and 10x16 – with access to in-suite conference space (subject to ACPM schedule), workroom, and kitchen, as well as easy access to rear entrance of the suite.
ACPM’s preference is to sublet all three offices to one tenant, although it would be amenable to subletting any one or two of the offices. If interested of if you know of an organization that needs space in DC, please contact Wanda Manson at email@example.com or 202-466-2044, x111.