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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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Jerold Lucey, Leader and Innovator in Neonatal Care, Receives IOM's 2011 Lienhard Award
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM today presented the 2011 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Jerold F. Lucey, a pediatrician whose investigation and application of medical technologies and procedures to the care of premature infants has helped save millions of lives. The award also honors Lucey for his role in expanding the global influence and reach of the journal Pediatrics as its editor in chief and for establishing an international forum that provides experts with opportunities to collaborate and explore the latest advances in treatments for premature infants.

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What You're Reading - September 2011

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

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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.

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  • Graphic: Strength of Evidence that Determined the Causality Conclusions (PDF, HTML)
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  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Table: Summary of Causality Conclusions (PDF)
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Millions of Americans Lack Access to Essential Oral Health Care
Released: 7/13/2011

Millions of Americans are not receiving needed dental care services because of "persistent and systemic" barriers that limit their access to oral health care, says a new report by the IOM and National Research Council.

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Making Oral Health Care More Accessible – New Report
Released: 7/7/2011

A new report from the IOM and National Research Council, examines the scope and consequences of inadequate access to oral health services in the U.S and recommends ways to combat economic, structural, geographic, and cultural factors that prevent access to regular, quality care.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention From Birth Through Preschool: IOM Report Releases June 23
Released: 6/17/2011

Recommendations for preventing childhood obesity have mainly focused on children from kindergarten ages through young adulthood. However, evidence points to early childhood as a critical period for assessing the beginnings of obesity and implementing preventive measures. Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children, a new report from the IOM, recommends evidence-based strategies and policies to promote healthy weights in children from birth to age 5.

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Dept. of Education, HHS Competition Aims to Improve Early Learning Programs

The 2008 IOM/NRC report, Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How?, determined important development outcomes for young children – such as social and emotional development, physical well-being, and language development – and made recommendations on how those outcomes should be evaluated in early childhood care and education. On May 25, 2011, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services launched a new competition, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, to spur states to improve the quality of early learning programs. Among other competition requirements, states will be challenged to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in early learning programs and align any assessments with recommendations from the IOM report.

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Better Ways to Measure Child Health and Health Care Quality Needed -- New IOM Report
Released: 4/25/2011

The United States lacks robust national- and state-level indicators about children’s and adolescents’ health status and care that can provide reliable guidance on questions such as whether children are thriving and whether investments in publicly financed health care programs like Medicaid are leading to improvements in their well-being, says a new report from the IOM.

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IOM Launches New Forum on Global Violence Prevention; Holds First Workshop January 27-28
Released: 1/19/2011

Violence claimed more than 1.5 million lives worldwide in 2000, according to the World Health Organization, and more than 90 percent of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Given the profound negative impacts of violence on the health and well-being of people and communities, particularly in less industrialized countries, the IOM has established a new Forum on Global Violence Prevention to promote research on this issue and encourage more effective prevention. The forum will begin its work with a workshop January 27 and 28, which will focus on violence against women and children.

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