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IOM Report on Lessening Toll of Chronic Disease Burdens Releases Jan. 31
Released: 1/27/2012

According to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, efforts to maintain or enhance the quality of life for individuals living with long-term conditions have not been given adequate attention, diminishing the nation's productivity and well-being, Living Well With Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Action, lays out a comprehensive framework intended as a to guide to the development and implementation of cross-cutting, coordinated strategies that can reduce the individual and societal burdens of chronic illness by helping people with these conditions to live well.

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Chimpanzees In Research: IOM Report Release Dec. 15
Released: 12/8/2011

Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, responds to a request from the National Institutes of Health for expert guidance on the scientific need for chimpanzees in such research. The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing starting at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 15, in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C

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Breast Cancer and the Environment: IOM Report Release Dec. 7
Released: 11/22/2011

Although women have little or no control over some of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as those related to aging and genetics, they may be able to reduce their chances for developing the disease by avoiding certain environmental risks. Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, assesses the breast cancer risk posed by various environmental factors, identifies actions that offer potential to reduce women's risk for the disease, and recommends targets for future research. The report, sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be released with a press briefing and presented at a plenary session at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

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Health Information Technology and Patient Safety – For Immediate Release
Released: 11/8/2011

Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, is available for IMMEDIATE RELEASE. The report examines a broad range of health information technologies and recommends actions that the government, health care providers, and technology vendors should take to improve patient safety.

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Health Information Technology and Patient Safety – IOM Report Releases Nov. 10
Released: 11/3/2011

The federal government is investing billions of dollars to encourage hospitals and health care providers to adopt health information technology so that all Americans can benefit from the use of electronic health records by 2014. However, concerns about potential harm are emerging as providers increasingly rely on electronic medical records, secure patient portals, and other information technologies to deliver care. Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, a new report from the Institute of Medicine, examines a broad range of these technologies and recommends actions that the government, health care providers, and technology vendors should take to improve patient safety.

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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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Front-of-Package Symbols and Systems: IOM Phase 2 Report
Released: 10/18/2011

Shoppers may be confused by the proliferation of symbols and nutrition rating systems on food packaging in recent years intended to help consumers make healthy choices. Moreover, questions have been raised about the nutritional criteria underlying different systems. Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Phase II Report recommends criteria and a process that federal agencies could use to develop a single front-of-package system and icons that would help consumers compare foods and beverages and instantly recognize healthier options.

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Essential Health Benefits: IOM Report to Release Oct. 7
Released: 10/3/2011

A new report by the Institute of Medicine, recommends criteria and methods to guide the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in developing and updating a package of essential health benefits that certain plans will have to cover per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The report does not comment on whether any particular benefits should be included or excluded, as doing so would have been beyond the committee's charge.

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Prepositioning Antibiotics For Anthrax – New IOM Report Releasing September 30
Released: 9/27/2011

If an anthrax attack occurred in a large city, hundreds of thousands of people could need rapid access to antibiotics to prevent possible illness or death. Delivering these antibiotics effectively after an attack is a public health challenge because of the large number of people who may be exposed and the brief window of time during which they would need to take the antibiotics.

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IOM Report on FDA’s 510(k) Medical Device Clearance Process to be Released July 29
Released: 7/22/2011

Prompted by concerns that have been raised about whether the 510(k) clearance process is adequately protecting and promoting the public’s health, the FDA asked the IOM to convene a committee to evaluate the process and make recommendations aimed at protecting public health while preserving a mechanism to get new medical devices to market in a timely manner.

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