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


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Press Release: Rise in Federal Disability Benefits for Children With Mental Disorders Consistent With Trends in General Population, Says New Report
Released: 10/9/2015

Press Release: Rise in Federal Disability Benefits for Children With Mental Disorders Consistent With Trends in General Population, Says New Report

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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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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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Evidence Points to Potential Roles for Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy In Treating Traumatic Brain Injury but Further Research Needed
Released: 10/11/2011

There is some evidence about the potential value of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), but overall it is not sufficient to develop definitive guidelines on how to apply these therapies and to determine which type of CRT will work best for a particular patient, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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IOM Report Recommends Eight Additional Preventive Health Services to Promote Women's Health
Released: 7/19/2011

A new report from the IOM recommends that eight preventive health services for women be added to the services that health plans will cover at no cost to patients under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).

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  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
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IOM Report Calls for Cultural Transformation of Attitudes Toward Pain and Its Prevention and Management
Released: 6/29/2011

Every year, at least 116 million adult Americans experience chronic pain, a condition that costs the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion annually, says a new report from the IOM. Much of this pain is preventable or could be better managed, added the committee that wrote the report.

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Blue Water Navy Veterans’ Risk of Agent Orange-Related Health Problems Unclear
Released: 5/20/2011

Lack of essential data makes it impossible to say whether “Blue Water Navy” veterans -- who served aboard deep-sea vessels during the Vietnam War -- face higher, lower, or the same risk as other Vietnam veterans for long-term health problems associated with exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Researchers Need to Engage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Populations in Health Studies
Released: 3/31/2011

Researchers need to proactively engage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in health studies and collect data on these populations to identify and better understand health conditions that affect them, says a new report from the IOM.

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IOM Report Offers 12 Key Indicators and 24 Objectives to Help Focus Healthy People 2020 Efforts to Improve Americans' Health
Released: 3/15/2011

Healthy People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' master plan for improving the health of the American population over the next decade, covers 42 topics and nearly 600 objectives. A new report from the IOM singles out 12 indicators as immediate, major health concerns that should be monitored and 24 objectives that warrant priority attention in the plan's implementation.

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Sociologist David Mechanic receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2009 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to David Mechanic, University Professor and René Dubos Professor of Behavioral Sciences; and director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. The Sarnat Prize, consisting of a medal and $20,000, was presented to Mechanic at IOM's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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