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


Announcement

IOM Guide to Recent Studies and Workshops on Pandemic Flu

Cases of the novel strain of H1N1 (Swine Origin [SO]) influenza that spread rapidly through Mexico in April 2009 now span the globe, and pandemic response plans are being activated to meet the threat to public health. This guide highlights action and information that could be useful for near-term implementation of pandemic planning and response.

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IOM President releases free electronic edition of The Swine Flu Affair, offering lessons from the 1976 swine flu scare

In response to the recent outbreak of swine flu in North America, Dr. Fineberg has released a new electronic edition of his report The Swine Flu Affair, dedicated to the memory of Richard Neustadt, and available for download by the public.

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The Eldercare Workforce Alliance Addresses Shortages in Elder Care

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of 25 leading organizations representing older adults and the eldercare workforce, held its founding meeting during the first week of February 2009. The Alliance was formed in direct response to a report released in the spring of 2008 by the Institute of Medicine, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which concluded that America's eldercare workforce is dangerously understaffed and unprepared to care for the rapidly growing number of older adults in the U.S.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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News Release

Congress Introduces Legislation to Implement IOM Recommendations
Released: 2/2/2009

Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Bob Casey (D-PA), along with lead sponsor Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), introduced the first bill named for an IOM report on January 14, 2009. The “Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act” (H.R. 468) incorporates recommendations from the IOM report Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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News Release

Senator Calls for Increased TBI Screening and Research after Study Reveals Long-Term Toll on Veterans
Released: 1/5/2009

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued a statement on December 4, 2008, calling for increased Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening and research, in direct response to the IOM report Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Report at a Glance

  • Press Release (HTML)
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The Wellness Community to Establish Cancer Survivorship Research and Training Institute

During a meeting in October 2008, The Wellness Community (TWC), a nonprofit organization providing cancer support, announced it would establish a Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia. In explaining the need for this type of Institute, TWC referenced the Institute of Medicine’s November 2007 report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief for Patients (PDF)
  • Report Brief for Providers (PDF)
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VA Will Cover ALS Treatment for Veterans

On September 23, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive much-needed support for themselves and their families. The decision by VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake was based primarily on the 2006 Institute of Medicine report Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature, which concluded that "there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS."

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FDA Acts on Drug Safety Recommendation in IOM Report

On June 30, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shifted authority on drug safety regulatory issues from the Office of New Drugs (OND) to a shared responsibility between OND and the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) as recommended in the IOM report The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF)
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Disney and Cartoon Network Pledge to Support Child Nutrition

Both the Walt Disney Company and the Cartoon Network pledged to stop using their cartoon characters to advertise food products for children that are high in calorie sand low in nutrients, after publication of the IOM reports Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? and Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the way Toward Healthier Youth.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet: Glossary of Terms (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Report Overview (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Significant Growth in New Food Products Targeted to U.S. Children and Youth, 1994 to 2004 (PDF)
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Announcement

Statement from the IOM Council on Vaccine Development

The IOM Council releases a statement on the urgent need for vaccine development in the United States.

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