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


Announcement

Two IOM Members awarded Nobel Prizes in Medicine

Two Institute of Medicine (IOM) members, Bruce Beutler and Ralph Steinman, were awarded 2011 Nobel Prizes in Psychology or Medicine. Beutler, IOM class of 2008, was awarded jointly with Jules Hoffman “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.” Steinman, IOM class of 2002, was recognized “for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.” The Nobel Assembly noted the prize winners’ “work has opened up new avenues for the development of prevention and therapy against infections, cancer, and inflammatory diseases.” Only after the announcement on October 3 did the Nobel Foundation discover that Steinman had died on September 30. Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded posthumously, but the Foundation determined that Steinman would remain a recipient.

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News Release

Community Storage of Anthrax-Preventing Antibiotics Should be Determined by State, Local Agencies on Basis of Risk Level and Dispensing Capabilities
Released: 9/30/2011

As part of preparations for a possible large-scale anthrax attack, public health officials on the state and local levels should determine where and how anthrax-preventing antibiotics should be stored in their communities, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report recommends that state, local, and tribal health officials work with the federal government to assess the benefits and costs of strategies that preposition antibiotics close to or in the hands of people who will need quick access to them should an attack occur. These locations include local stockpiles, workplace caches, or possibly homes. However, the report discourages broad use of a home storage strategy for the general population due to possible antibiotic misuse and higher costs.

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  • First Order Model to Estimate Health Benefits (XLSX)
  • MCM Storage Locations (JPG, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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Media Advisory

Prepositioning Antibiotics For Anthrax – New IOM Report Releasing September 30
Released: 9/27/2011

If an anthrax attack occurred in a large city, hundreds of thousands of people could need rapid access to antibiotics to prevent possible illness or death. Delivering these antibiotics effectively after an attack is a public health challenge because of the large number of people who may be exposed and the brief window of time during which they would need to take the antibiotics.

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News Release

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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Announcement

IOM's LGBT Report to Receive Achievement Award

The IOM will be honored by the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) for its recent report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, which made recommendations on improving knowledge of the health needs of the LGBT community. The GLMA will present an Achievement Award to the IOM at its Annual Gala Banquet on September 24, in Atlanta, GA.

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  • Report Release Audio, Part One (MP3)
  • Report Release Audio, Part Two (MP3)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Release Handout (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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Women’s Preventive Services Recommended by IOM to be Covered Under Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 marked a profound shift away from reactive care and toward a system focused on prevention, including a new provision that ensures preventive health services will be covered with no out-of-pocket costs. On August 1, 2011, less than two weeks after the release of Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, HHS adopted the IOM’s recommendations outlining which services for women should be included.

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  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Testimony before House Judiciary Committee (PDF)
  • Testimony before House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (PDF)
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News Release

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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  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Testimony before House Judiciary Committee (PDF)
  • Testimony before House Oversight & Government Reform Committee (PDF)
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News Release

Experts Explore Digital Technologies' Potential to Improve Health Care
Released: 5/23/2011

Digital technology is transforming many arenas, including health care. The new proceedings of a series of workshops held by the IOM in 2010 presents the insights and perspectives of a range of experts on what is necessary to enable health care professionals and organizations to harness the full potential of new digital technologies to increase efficiency and generate and apply knowledge to real-time care decisions.

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News Release

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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  • Report Release Audio, Part One (MP3)
  • Report Release Audio, Part Two (MP3)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Release Handout (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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Media Advisory

LGBT Health Research Gaps and Needs: IOM Report Release March 31
Released: 3/28/2011

Recent findings on the differences in heart disease among women and men and among blacks and whites show that characteristics such as gender and ethnicity matter when it comes to health research. A new report from the IOM, recommends steps to ensure that clinical researchers identify and address the needs of LGBT populations. The report will be released at an 11:00 a.m. public briefing on Thursday, March 31.

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