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New IOM Report Provides Guidance for Improving Resilience of DHS Work Force
Released: 9/12/2013

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should develop and promote a unified strategy and common vision to build and sustain work-force readiness and resilience across the entire agency, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

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U.S. Faces Crisis in Cancer Care Because of Aging Population, Rising Costs, Complexity of Care, Says New Report; Shift Needed Toward Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Care
Released: 9/10/2013

Delivery of cancer care in the U.S. is facing a crisis stemming from a combination of factors - a growing demand for such care, a shrinking oncology work force, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Six Health Professionals Selected For Competitive RWJF Health Policy Fellows Program at the IOM
Released: 7/15/2013

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today named the 2013-2014 class of RWJF Health Policy Fellows. Beginning in September, the six health professionals selected will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. They will also engage in seminars and discussions on health policy and participate in leadership development programs.

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IOM Receives HFMA Richard L. Clark Award
Released: 6/19/2013

The Richard L. Clarke Award, established in 1964, recognizes individuals who make significant, positive contributions to the profession of healthcare finance or the financing of healthcare services. The 2013 award honors the IOM for the contribution of Best Care at Lower Cost.

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New Report Identifies Research Priorities for Most Pressing Gun Violence Problems in U.S.
Released: 6/5/2013

A new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council proposes priorities for a research agenda to improve understanding of the public health aspects of gun-related violence, including its causes, health burden, and possible interventions. The committee that wrote the report said significant progress can be achieved in three to five years through a research program that addresses five high-priority areas: the characteristics of gun violence, risk and protective factors, prevention and other interventions, gun safety technology, and the influence of video games and other media.

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Studies Support Population-Based Efforts to Lower Excessive Dietary Sodium Intakes, But Raise Questions About Potential Harm From Too Little Salt Intake
Released: 5/14/2013

Recent studies that examine links between sodium consumption and health outcomes support recommendations to lower sodium intake from the very high levels some Americans consume now, but evidence from these studies does not support reduction in sodium intake to below 2,300 mg per day, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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The Weight of the Nation for Kids airs Tuesday, May 7
Released: 5/6/2013

The Weight of the Nation for Kids is a family-friendly three-part series of half-hour specials for young people spotlighting decisions children and their families can make to improve their health now and in the future.

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Evidence-Based Diagnostics and Therapies and Long-Term Forecasts of Needs Among Steps Necessary to Ease Iraq and Afghanistan Service Members' Readjustment to Post-Deployment Life
Released: 3/26/2013

To improve the ability of military service members and their families to readjust well to post-deployment life, the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs should ensure that their systems have sufficient capacity to provide timely and adequate care to service members, veterans, and family members, and boost efforts to reduce the stigma associated with getting care for mental health and substance abuse problems, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. DOD and VA also should ensure that they are using diagnostic tools and therapies that are in line with the latest medical evidence. In addition, the departments should complete work as soon as possible on a combined, interoperable electronic health record that will help service members and veterans more easily navigate the services offered by each department and ease the transition from one to the other.

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New IOM Report Highlights PEPFAR's Successes, Calls on Initiative to Intensify Efforts to Enhance Partner Countries' Management of Programs and to Improve Prevention
Released: 2/20/2013

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has saved and improved millions of lives worldwide and offered proof that HIV/AIDS services can be effectively delivered on a large scale even in countries with high rates of disease and resource constraints, says a new congressionally mandated evaluation conducted by the Institute of Medicine.

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No 'One Size Fits All' Approach to Vets' Chronic Multisymptom Illness; Treatment Should Be Tailored to Each Individual, Involve Team-Based Approaches
Released: 1/23/2013

There is no single therapy or universal treatment approach that will help all veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should customize care with an array of therapies tailored to each former service member's needs, said the committee that wrote the report.

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