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What You're Reading - October 2011

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

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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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Burn Pits and Health Consequences – IOM Report Release Oct. 31
Released: 10/19/2011

A significant percentage of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to open air pits in which large quantities of wastes were burned on military bases, including Joint Base Balad, a large, central logistics hub for U.S. forces in Iraq. Long-Term Health Consequences of Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new report by the Institute of Medicine, assesses what conclusions can be drawn from available evidence about the risk for health consequences for service members who came into proximity of these waste disposal pits.

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News Release

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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Efforts Needed To Ensure That Climate Mitigation Initiatives Do Not Cause Or Worsen Health Problems Linked To Indoor Air Quality
Released: 6/7/2011

As alterations of weather patterns related to climate change become more common, people may face unexpected health problems resulting from both the effects of climate change on the indoor environment and the steps taken to mitigate those changes, says a new report from the IOM.

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Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Environments and Health: IOM Report Release June 7
Released: 6/6/2011

Climate Change, The Indoor Environment, and Health, a new report from the IOM, will be released 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday, June 7. The report responds to a request from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an analysis of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and public health.

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News Release

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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BP Provides the National Institutes of Health with $10 Million for Research on Oil Spill Health Effects

On September 7, 2010, BP announced it would provide $10 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expedite work on the research priorities identified at the IOM’s workshop, “Assessing the Human Health Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.”

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Oil Spill Health Effects to Be Explored at IOM Workshop June 22-23
Released: 6/15/2010

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the IOM will host a public meeting to discuss the possible human health effects resulting from the Gulf oil spill.

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