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Health Experts’ Insights on Promising Methods To Improve Health Care Value Summarized in New Report
Released: 2/24/2011

Health care spending is one of the fastest growing contributors to government debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office, federal spending on health care will double in the next 10 years, consuming 27 percent of the budget by 2020. A new workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine presents expert insights from physicians, nurses, patients, hospital administrators, health economists, employers, insurers, and others on the size and nature of wasted resources in the health care system and how to improve health care value.

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Increased Attention to Women’s Health Research Has Yielded Gains On Some Important Conditions, But Progress Lags on Others
Released: 9/23/2010

A concerted effort to boost research on women's health over the last two decades has lessened the burden of disease and reduced deaths among women due to cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and cervical cancer, says a new report from the IOM. The effort has yielded less but still significant progress in reducing the effects of depression, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis on women.

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Report Offers FDA A Framework for Evaluating Ethical Issues When Deciding Whether to Require Postmarketing Studies of Drugs
Released: 7/9/2010

A new letter report from the IOM recommends a conceptual framework to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluate the ethical issues involved in determining whether companies should start or continue clinical trials on approved drugs and in ensuring that these studies are ethically conducted. FDA has recently gained enhanced authority to require drug companies to undertake studies of their products after they are put on the market, which presents the agency with additional challenges.

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IOM Report Recommends Framework to Evaluate Science Behind Health Claims for Foods and Drugs; Calls for Equal Rigor in Assessing Food Claims and Drug Approvals
Released: 5/12/2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should apply the same rigor to evaluating the science behind claims of foods' and nutritional supplements' health benefits as it devotes to assessing medication and medical technology approvals, says the IOM's report Evaluation of Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints in Chronic Disease.

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The National Academies Announce Programs in Celebration of African American History Month
Released: 2/12/2010

In February, the National Academies will hold a series of events in celebration of African American History Month. The newly launched African American History Program website features in-depth biographies of African Americans who have made outstanding contributions to society through science, engineering, and medicine.

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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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