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The following is information about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for use by the media.


The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, such as screenings, counseling, and preventive medications, to primary care clinicians. USPSTF recommendations apply to people with no signs or symptoms of the disease, and are based on a rigorous, systematic review of peer-reviewed evidence.

USPSTF members are primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, nurses, gynecologists/obstetricians, and health behavior specialists) who are experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Members are required to disclose any possible conflicts of interest for each topic under review.

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Below you will find some helpful media reference materials about the USPSTF and its work.

 

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The Task Force in the News

The following articles were written by members of the Task Force:

News Bulletins

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

2016

6/28/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Gynecologic Conditions With Pelvic Examination (514 KB; PDF Help)
6/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening Adults 50-75 for Colorectal Cancer (549 KB; PDF Help)
6/14/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults (411 KB; PDF Help)
6/07/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis (408 KB; PDF Help)
5/10/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects (118 KB; PDF Help)
5/03/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Celiac Disease (118 KB; PDF Help)
4/26/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding (159 KB; PDF Help)
4/12/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer (423 KB; PDF Help)
4/05/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Adults (113 KB; PDF Help)
3/14/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointments of New Chair and Vice Chair (407 KB; PDF Help)
3/08/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (445 KB; PDF Help)
3/01/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults (446 KB; PDF Help)
2/16/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children (97 KB; PDF Help)
2/09/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Publishes Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents (97 KB; PDF Help)
2/08/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Four New Members (169 KB; PDF Help)
01/27/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2016 ACOG Consensus Conference Statement (97 KB; PDF Help)
01/26/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Clinicians Screen All Adults for Depression (108 KB; PDF Help)
01/12/16 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendations on Screening for Breast Cancer (361 KB; PDF Help)

2015

12/22/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents (428 KB; PDF Help)
12/22/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults (448 KB; PDF Help)
12/15/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis (455 KB; PDF Help)
12/01/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Skin Cancer (465 KB; PDF Help)
11/18/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Focuses on Evidence Gaps Related to Women’s Health in 2015 Report to Congress (439 KB; PDF Help)
10/27/15 U.S. Preventive Task Force Recommends Screening Adults at Increased Risk for Diabetes (474 KB; PDF Help)
10/13/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening Adults for High Blood Pressure (462 KB; PDF Help)
10/06/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening Adults for Colorectal Cancer (491 KB; PDF Help)
9/22/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends That Clinicians Ask All Adults About Tobacco Use and Offer Ways to Quit (431 KB; PDF Help)
9/15/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer (447 KB; PDF Help)
9/08/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendations on Prevention of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women and Young Children (481 KB; PDF Help)
9/08/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents (468 KB; PDF Help)
8/18/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Screening for COPD (452 KB; PDF Help)
8/03/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Seeks Comments From Public (440 KB; PDF Help)
7/28/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Depression in Adults (440 KB; PDF Help)
7/21/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults (1.5 MB; PDF Help)
7/07/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Speech and Language Delays and Disorders in Young Children (1.5 MB; PDF Help)
5/05/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comments on Draft Recommendation Statement for Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women (1 MB; PDF Help)
4/21/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Breast Cancer; Seeks Comments from the Public (1.2 MB; PDF Help)
4/10/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of New Chair (489 KB; PDF Help)
3/30/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on Draft Recommendation Statements on Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia (1.0 MB; PDF Help)
3/24/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Concludes Evidence for Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction in Adults Without Symptoms is Insufficient (324 KB; PDF Help)
1/12/15 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointments of New Vice Chair and Member (110 KB; PDF Help)

2014

12/23/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for High Blood Pressure (135 KB; PDF Help)
11/25/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Insufficient Evidence on Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults (89 KB; PDF Help)
11/18/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Young Children (95 KB; PDF Help)
11/13/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Focuses on Evidence Gaps Related to Care for Children and Adolescents in 2014 Report to Congress (94 KB; PDF Help)
10/27/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction in Adults Without Symptoms (81 KB; PDF Help)
10/07/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Abnormal Blood Sugar and Diabetes (93 KB; PDF Help)
9/23/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Three Recommendations on Prevention and Detection of Sexually Transmitted Infections (78 KB; PDF Help)
9/09/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin for Women at High Risk for Preeclampsia (108 KB; PDF Help)
8/26/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in At-Risk Adults (81 KB; PDF Help)
7/08/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Against Screening Healthy Adults for Carotid Artery Stenosis (90 KB; PDF Help)
6/24/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Vitamin D Deficiency Screening (84 KB; PDF Help)
6/24/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening Some Men for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (94 KB; PDF Help)
5/26/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening High-Risk People for Hepatitis B (109 KB; PDF Help)
5/19/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Insufficient Evidence to Recommend Screening for Suicide Risk in Primary Care (93 KB; PDF Help)
5/13/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in At-Risk Adults (71 KB; PDF Help)
5/05/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Two Ways Primary Care Clinicians Can Prevent Tooth Decay in Young Children (82 KB; PDF Help)
4/29/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on Draft Recommendation Statements for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (103 KB; PDF Help)
4/08/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on Its Draft Recommendation Statement on Low-Dose Aspirin for Women at High Risk for Preeclampsia (86 KB; PDF Help)
3/25/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Insufficient Evidence to Recommend Cognitive Impairment Screening in Older Adults Without Symptoms (88 KB; PDF Help)
3/19/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of New Chair, Co-Vice Chair (65 KB; PDF Help)
3/11/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Insufficient Evidence on Whether Primary Care Behavioral Interventions Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents (92 KB; PDF Help)
2/25/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Insufficient Evidence on Whether Multivitamins Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer (492 KB; PDF Help)
2/18/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on Its Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis (267 KB; PDF Help)
2/11/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on its Draft Recommendation Statement on Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults (267 KB; PDF Help)
2/5/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Five New Members (267 KB; PDF Help)
1/28/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (267 KB; PDF Help)
1/14/14 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Screening All Pregnant Women for Gestational Diabetes in Final Statement (267 KB; PDF Help)

2013

12/31/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Lung Cancer Screening for High-Risk Populations in Final Statement (267 KB; PDF Help)
12/24/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Finds Benefit in Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer for Small Group of High-Risk Women (267 KB; PDF Help)
11/26/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Oral Cancer (267 KB; PDF Help)
11/12/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Multivitamins for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer (220 KB; PDF Help)
11/7/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Focuses on Evidence Gaps Related to Care for Older Adults in 2013 Report to Congress (224 KB; PDF Help)
11/5/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults (82 KB; PDF Help)
10/7/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents (184 KB; PDF Help)
9/30/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents (216 KB; PDF Help)
9/24/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Medications for Risk Reduction of Primary Breast Cancer in Women (173 KB; PDF Help)
9/3/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Assessing Cardiovascular Risk With the Ankle Brachial Index (172 KB; PDF Help)
8/26/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents (178 KB; PDF Help)
7/30/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement on Screening for Lung Cancer (272 KB; PDF Help)
7/9/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Glaucoma (243 KB; PDF Help)
6/25/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation on Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults (274 KB; PDF Help)
6/11/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement: Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment (167 KB; PDF Help)
5/28/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (285 KB; PDF Help)
5/21/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Prevention of Dental Caries in Children From Birth Through Age 5 Years (168 KB; PDF Help)
5/14/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement: Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (221 KB; PDF Help)
4/30/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for HIV (258 KB; PDF Help)
4/23/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Suicide Risk (168 KB; PDF Help)
4/16/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Medications for Risk Reduction of Primary Breast Cancer in Women (169 KB; PDF Help)
4/09/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Oral Cancer (187 KB; PDF Help)
4/02/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Genetic Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer (365 KB; PDF Help)
3/18/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation Statement: Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index (168 KB; PDF Help)
2/26/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation on Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements to Prevent Fractures (179 KB; PDF Help)
2/26/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Statement: Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents (260 KB; PDF Help)
2/21/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Announces Appointment of Three New Members (183 KB; PDF Help)
2/19/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Statement: Screening for Glaucoma (141 KB; PDF Help)
1/22/13 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues New Recommendation and Draft Statement (279 KB; PDF Help)

2012

12/11/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use Among Children and Adolescents (269 KB; PDF Help)
11/27/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults (258 KB; PDF Help)
11/20/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (272 KB; PDF Help)
10/23/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues New Recommendation: Task Force Recommends Against Use of Hormonal Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women (299 KB; PDF Help)
9/24/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Draft Recommendation on Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse (312 KB; PDF Help)
9/11/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation on Screening for Ovarian Cancer (186 KB; PDF Help)
8/28/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues New Recommendation on Screening for Chronic Kidney Disase (221 KB; PDF Help)
8/14/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues New Recommendation on Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults (183 KB; PDF Help)
7/31/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force New Recommendation: Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography (180 KB; PDF Help)
6/26/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Two New Recommendations (204 KB; PDF Help)
3/14/12 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues New Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations
Current as of: June 2016

Internet Citation: Newsroom. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. June 2016.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Name/newsroom

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