PA talking to a patient

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). AAA often has no signs or symptoms and can burst, or rupture, without warning. Recommendations vary depending on sex, age, smoking status, and family history.
Flu virus

CDC’s Influenza Vaccination Tools Can Help Inform Patients

PAs should check out CDC’s online tools to help get patients vaccinated during this flu season. This year, CDC is focusing on high risk groups who are at additional danger of flu-related complications, including hospitalization and death.
Training Rheum

The Training Rheum: ARP Collaborates with American Academy of PAs to Help Rheumatology Practices Onboard NPs & PAs

A new initiative, aimed at attracting PAs and NPs to rheumatology careers, kicked off in Atlanta Aug. 10–12. Dubbed The Training Rheum, the three-day boot camp is part of a budding alliance and collaboration between the ACR’s Committee on Rheumatology Training & Workforce Issues and the interprofessional division of the ACR, the Association of Rheumatology Professionals, and AAPA.
Eleanor Graber standing in front of her project at NIDA's annual conference

Every User Has a Story: PA Aims to Humanize Patients with SUD

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Eleanor Graber, PA-C, received the PA Foundation’s NIDA Mentored Outreach Award for her project, “Every User Has a Story,” which aims to humanize people with SUD and showcase real-life success stories.
Person administering the flu vaccine

CDC: Bat Rabies Leading Cause of US Human Rabies Deaths

Bat rabies has emerged as the leading cause of US human rabies deaths. Rabies is 100% preventable with post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) that includes rabies vaccine and medications to fight infection, as long as people get PEP before symptoms start.
PA working with a young patient

Timing Key to Rapidly Recognizing and Reporting Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) causes limb weakness, mostly in children. Prompt symptom recognition, specimen collection, and reporting to CDC are all critical to improve understanding of this complex syndrome, including its risk factors, outcomes, possible treatments, and ways to prevent it.
Kate Shand and colleagues wearing “Vaccines Cause Adults" shirts

PAs Tout Benefits of Vaccines Despite Persistent ‘Anti-Vaxxers’

Vaccines save millions of lives each year by helping control and prevent dozens of potentially deadly diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month gives providers reason to look for opportunities to clarify any misunderstandings and foster an open dialogue with patients about immunizations.