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National Vaccine Plan Should Prioritize Efforts to Tackle Unmet Health Needs, More Resources for Safety Research and Communication
Released: 12/11/2009

While vaccines help prevent many diseases in the United States, we lack immunization protection against several serious illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that identifies priority areas for updating the National Vaccine Plan.

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Health Reform Beyond Health Insurance

IOM President Dr. Harvey Fineberg discusses the future of health insurance in a reformed system in his annual address to IOM members.

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Smoking Bans Reduce the Risk of Heart Attacks Associated with Secondhand Smoke
Released: 10/15/2009

An IOM committee concludes that secondhand-smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans reduce this risk.

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Thomas E. Starzl, pioneer of organ transplantation science, receives Institute of Medicine's 2009 Lienhard Award
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine presented the 2009 Gustav O. Lienhard Award to Thomas E. Starzl, Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery and director emeritus of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The award honors Starzl -- regarded as the "father of modern organ transplantation" -- for his foundational role in pioneering and advancing transplantation science.

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The IOM Welcomes 65 New Members and Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine today announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates in conjunction with its 39th 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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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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Members Don E. Detmer, Bernard Guyer, and Joseph P. Newhouse honored for outstanding service to the IOM
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine honored today members Don E. Detmer, Bernard Guyer, and Joseph P. Newhouse for their outstanding service to the institution at the IOM's 39th annual meeting.

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IOM Launches Website for Ending the Tobacco Problem

The Institute of Medicine has launched a website aimed at providing additional information for community coalitions looking to take action.

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IOM Guide to Recent Studies and Workshops on Pandemic Flu

Cases of the novel strain of H1N1 (Swine Origin [SO]) influenza that spread rapidly through Mexico in April 2009 now span the globe, and pandemic response plans are being activated to meet the threat to public health. This guide highlights action and information that could be useful for near-term implementation of pandemic planning and response.

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IOM President releases free electronic edition of The Swine Flu Affair, offering lessons from the 1976 swine flu scare

In response to the recent outbreak of swine flu in North America, Dr. Fineberg has released a new electronic edition of his report The Swine Flu Affair, dedicated to the memory of Richard Neustadt, and available for download by the public.

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