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What You're Reading - February 2012

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Federal Laws Have Enhanced Pediatric Drug Studies; IOM Report Identifies Options for Further Improvements
Released: 2/29/2012

Federal laws that motivate or require drug and biologic developers to conduct pediatric studies have yielded beneficial information to guide the use of medications in children, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. Still, studies involving children continue to be limited, especially in certain areas such as medications' use in newborns and long-term safety and effectiveness in children.

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Drug Studies Involving Children: IOM Report Releases Feb. 29
Released: 2/27/2012

Researching the safety and effectiveness of new drugs is more challenging in children than adults. Congress sought to boost studies involving pediatric patients by creating legislation that provides economic incentives and adds requirements for such research. Safe and Effective Medicines for Children: Pediatric Studies Conducted Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the Pediatric Research Equity Act, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, provides an independent assessment of several aspects of the studies carried out under this legislation, including the ethical challenges and the timeliness and usefulness of the clinical data that has been generated.

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USDA announces improved nutrition standards for school meals

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced improved nutrition standards for school meals on January 25, 2012. The new requirements, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, are the first updates to make school breakfasts and lunches healthier in more than 15 years.

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What You're Reading - January 2012

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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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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

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What You're Reading - November 2011

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What You're Reading - October 2011

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