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


News Release

FDA Should Set Standards for Salt Added to Processed Foods, Prepared Meals
Released: 4/20/2010

Reducing Americans' excessive sodium consumption requires establishing new federal standards for the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service companies can add to their products, says the IOM's report Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States.

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Media Advisory

Embargo Lifted: IOM Report on Reducing Sodium Intakes
Released: 4/20/2010

The embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of MedicineThe embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of Medicine The embargo has been lifted on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, a new report by the Institute of Medicine that says reducing Americans' excessive sodium consumption requires new federal standards for the amount of salt in foods.

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Announcement

IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg Will Chair International Review Panel on H1N1 Influenza and the International Health Regulations

IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg was elected chairman of an international panel charged with assessing the global response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, including the performance of the World Health Organization.

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News Release

Gulf War Service Linked to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Multisymptom Illness, Other Health Problems, But Causes Are Unclear
Released: 4/9/2010

Military service in the Persian Gulf War is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder in some veterans and is also associated with multisymptom illness; gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome; substance abuse, particularly alcoholism; and psychiatric problems such as anxiety disorder, says the IOM's report Gulf War and Health: Volume 8. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War.

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  • Testimony: Stephen Hauser (PDF, HTML)
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News Release

Unanswered Questions, Lack of Data Hinder Agency Efforts to Meet Needs of Iraq, Afghanistan Service Members, Veterans, and Families
Released: 3/31/2010

To help current and former military personnel of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families readjust to post-deployment life, the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs need to gather information to answer many uncertainties, including how many mental health care providers are needed and where, what works best in treating traumatic brain injury over the long term, and whether giving service members time to decompress before returning home would be beneficial, says a new IOM report.

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Business Community, Health Sector, Governments Should Partner To Combat Growing Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease in Developing World
Released: 3/22/2010

Tackling the increasing rates of cardiovascular disease in developing nations will require input from multiple partners, including the business community and international companies as well as global health and development agencies and the governments of these countries, says the IOM's report Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health.

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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Improving Support for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention: Summary of Key Messages from Reports of the Institute of Medicine (PDF)
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Announcement

Nominations Open for the 2010 Lienhard Award and Sarnat Prize

The IOM is now accepting nominations for the Gustav O. Lienhard Award and the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health. The Lienhard Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States. The Sarnat Prize recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health. Nominations will be accepted through May 7, 2010.

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Announcement

IOM Reports Provide Science-Based Foundation for Efforts to Curb Childhood Obesity

The IOM has provided the evidence for steps and strategies that can work to reduce the nation's rate of childhood obesity in a series of reports reviewing various facets of obesity prevention. The IOM's study results underscore that preventing childhood obesity requires a multifaceted effort that involves multiple responsible parties -- health care providers, parents, schools, local, state, and federal government officials, and the food and beverage industries -- working in concert to be successful.

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Actions Taken

School Meal Providers Pledge to Meet IOM Nutrition Standards

In February 2010, food service companies ARAMARK, Sodexo, and Chartwells, who provide students with breakfasts and lunches at schools across the U.S., announced they would meet the IOM's recommended school meal standards for fat, sugar, whole grains, and sodium.

Report at a Glance

  • Comparison of Current Requirements and New Recommendations (PDF, HTML)
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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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