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News and Announcements

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


News Release

IOM Report Identifies Public Health Actions for Improving the Lives of Those With Epilepsy
Released: 3/30/2012

An estimated 2.2 million people in the United States live with epilepsy, a complex brain disorder characterized by sudden and often unpredictable seizures. The highest rate of onset occurs in children and older adults, and it affects people of all ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, yet this common disorder is widely misunderstood. Epilepsy refers to a spectrum of disorders with seizures that vary in type, cause, severity, and frequency. Many people do not know the causes of epilepsy or what measures to take if they witness a seizure. A new report from the Institute of Medicine highlights numerous gaps in the knowledge and management of epilepsy and recommends actions for improving the lives of those with epilepsy and their families and promoting better understanding of the disorder.

Report at a Glance

  • Briefing Slides (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Select Figures and Text Excerpts (PDF)
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IOM Partners in 'The Weight of the Nation,' A New National Initiative to Confront Obesity Crisis
Released: 1/13/2012

As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people's lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing "The Weight of the Nation," a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis.

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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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Few Health Problems Are Caused By Vaccines, IOM Report Finds
Released: 8/25/2011

An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles concluded that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines, according to a new IOM report.

Report at a Glance

  • Graphic: Strength of Evidence that Determined the Causality Conclusions (PDF, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Table: Summary of Causality Conclusions (PDF)
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FDA Should Adopt Risk-Based Approach to Food Safety and Take Steps to Prevent Foodborne Illnesses More Effectively
Released: 6/8/2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's abilities to discover potential threats to food safety and prevent outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by impediments to efficient use of its limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on risks, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

Report at a Glance

  • Recommended Risk-Based Approach (HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (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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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.

Report at a Glance

  • FAQs about Hepatitis (HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief for Providers (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Brief for State and Local Health Departments (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Report Brief: Reducing Harm (PDF, HTML)
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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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Smoking Bans Reduce the Risk of Heart Attacks Associated with Secondhand Smoke
Released: 10/15/2009

An IOM committee concludes that secondhand-smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans reduce this risk.

Report at a Glance

  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (Chinese) (PDF)
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