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The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


News Release

IOM Report Declares High Blood Pressure a Neglected Disease, Calls for Strategies to Change Americans' Lifestyles and Diets to Curb Hypertension
Released: 2/22/2010

Public health officials and health care providers need to step up their efforts to reduce Americans' increasing rates of high blood pressure and better treat those with the condition, which triggers more than one-third of heart attacks and almost half of heart failures in the United States each year, says a new report from the IOM.

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The National Academies Announce Programs in Celebration of African American History Month
Released: 2/12/2010

In February, the National Academies will hold a series of events in celebration of African American History Month. The newly launched African American History Program website features in-depth biographies of African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to society through science, engineering, and medicine.

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Media Advisory

Call for Nominations for 2010 National Academies Communication Awards
Released: 2/1/2010

The IOM, in conjunction with the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering, is accepting nominations for the 2010 National Academies Communication Awards. This award recognizes excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the public in 2009.

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News Release

Disaster Experts Available to Respond to Health Inquiries From Officials Leading Relief and Recovery Efforts in Haiti
Released: 1/27/2010

The IOM’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness includes experts who specialize in managing emergencies and responding to medical, public health, and infrastructure needs before, during, and after disasters. These experts may be available to answer questions from officials confronting the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

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IOM Report Recommends Steps to Reduce Threats Posed by Hepatitis B and C, Which Disproportionately Affect Minorities
Released: 1/11/2010

Stepped-up vaccination requirements, a boost in resources for prevention and treatment, and a public awareness campaign similar to the effort that dispelled the stigma of HIV/AIDS are needed to curb the health threats posed by hepatitis B and hepatitis C, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Report Brief: Reducing Harm (PDF, HTML)
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Actions Taken

Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange

As a result of the IOM’s report Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule on August 31, 2010, to add Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, hairy-cell leukemia, and other chronic B-cell leukemias to a list of conditions presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange, a defoliant used widely during the Vietnam War.

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Announcement

Twelve Tips to Take Charge of Your Health, from the IOM President

IOM President Harvey Fineberg shares his top 12 tips for taking charge of your health.

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News Release

National Vaccine Plan Should Prioritize Efforts to Tackle Unmet Health Needs, More Resources for Safety Research and Communication
Released: 12/11/2009

While vaccines help prevent many diseases in the United States, we lack immunization protection against several serious illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that identifies priority areas for updating the National Vaccine Plan.

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Announcement

IOM Considers Front-of-Package Food Labeling

As a first step toward clearing up consumer confusion about food labeling and in response to a congressional directive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to undertake a review of “front-of-package” nutrition rating systems and symbols. An IOM committee will begin by focusing on the nutrition criteria underlying the rating systems, and considering the purpose and overall merits of these types of programs.

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African Science Academies Gather in Ghana
Released: 11/9/2009

The fifth annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative is under way in Accra, Ghana. The three-day event will focus on how expert advice from science academies and others can guide policies aimed at reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening ceremony began with video messages by science and policy leaders from around the world, congratulating the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on its 50th anniversary, and emphasizing the importance of evidence-based advice in the policymaking process.

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