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News and Announcements

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


News Release

IOM Report Identifies Steps That May Reduce Women's Risk For Breast Cancer Associated With Environmental Factors
Released: 12/7/2011

Women may be able to reduce their risk for breast cancer by avoiding unnecessary medical radiation, forgoing use of combination estrogen-progestin menopausal hormone therapy if possible, limiting alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding tobacco use, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. These preventive steps focus on the environmental risk factors for which there is consistent scientific evidence of an association with breast cancer.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
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  • Questions and Answers Booklet (PDF)
  • Preguntas y Respuestas (PDF)
  • Table: Opportunities for Action (PDF, HTML)
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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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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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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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