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Initial Assessment of DOD, VA PTSD Treatment Services – IOM Report Releases July 13
Released: 7/12/2012

In response to growing national concern about the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military personnel and veterans, Congress passed legislation calling on the Institute of Medicine to study the availability and effectiveness of PTSD treatments, current and projected costs of these treatments, and what additional research is needed to improve sufferers’ outcomes.

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What You're Reading - February 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of February, 2012.

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What You're Reading - January 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of January, 2012.

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What You Read 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the year 2011.

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What You're Reading - December 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of December, 2011.

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What You're Reading - November 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of November, 2011.

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What You're Reading - October 2011

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of October, 2011.

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Evidence Inconclusive About Long-Term Health Effects of Exposure to Military Burn Pits
Released: 10/31/2011

Insufficient data on service members' exposures to emissions from open-air burn pits for trash on military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan is one of the reasons why it is not possible to say whether these emissions could cause long-term health effects, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. High background levels of ambient pollution from other sources and lack of information on the quantities and composition of wastes burned in the pits also complicate interpretation of the data.

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Burn Pits and Health Consequences – IOM Report Release Oct. 31
Released: 10/19/2011

A significant percentage of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to open air pits in which large quantities of wastes were burned on military bases, including Joint Base Balad, a large, central logistics hub for U.S. forces in Iraq. Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new report by the Institute of Medicine, assesses what conclusions can be drawn from available evidence about the risk for health consequences for service members who came into proximity of these waste disposal pits.

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IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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