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NIH Accepts IOM Recommendations to Streamline Review of Clinical Gene Transfer Protocols

The NIH will now follow the IOM's criteria to minimize the number of gene transfer protocols that are reviewed by the RAC.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Expanded Benefits for Traumatic Brain Injury

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced expanded benefits for traumatic brain injury (TBI) on December 16, 2013, adding five diagnosable illnesses as secondary to service-connected TBI: Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures, and certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.

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National Cancer Institute Develops Checklist to Determine Readiness of an Omics Test

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) developed a checklist with 30 criteria for determining the readiness of an omics test for use in guiding patient care in clinical trials, based on the principles set forth in the IOM report Evolution of Translational Omics: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward. The checklist will be used when reviewing proposals for NCI-sponsored clinical trials in which omics tests will guide care.

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Susan G. Komen® Announces $4.5 Million in Grants

Susan G. Komen® announced $4.5 million in new research grants to examine environmental exposures and links to breast cancer on August 1, 2013. The

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NIH Announces Plans to Reduce its Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Funded Biomedical Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced plans to reduce the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded biomedical research on June 26, 2013. The decision was made in response to recommendations from an NIH working group about how to implement the IOM report Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP partner to establish The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

Spurred by The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP partnered to establish The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, aimed at improving the health of Americans by transforming the nursing profession, using the IOM report as a framework.

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  • The Future of Nursing: Focus on Education (PDF, HTML)
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NIH Creates Office of Emergency Care Research

Sparked by the release of three 2006 IOM reports – Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains, Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point, and Emergency Medical Services At the Crossroads – the NIH began an effort to examine its research activities in emergency medicine and to hear from investigators and stakeholders in the field. The IOM reports found the emergency medical system to be overburdened, underfunded, and highly fragmented. The NIH effort led to the creation in 2012 of the Office of Emergency Care Research.

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Peace Corps Announced a New Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Funded Through PEPFAR

On March 13, 2012, the Peace Corps announced a new Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), which will deploy physicians and nurses to serve as medical and nursing faculty members in developing countries.

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USDA announces improved nutrition standards for school meals

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced improved nutrition standards for school meals on January 25, 2012. The new requirements, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, are the first updates to make school breakfasts and lunches healthier in more than 15 years.

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Walmart announces "Great for You" front-of-package symbol

Walmart rolled out a new icon on February 7, 2012, to help its customers identify healthier foods. The "Great for You" symbol will appear on packaging for foods that meet nutritional criteria established by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the FDA, the USDA, and the IOM, beginning with Walmart’s Great Value, Marketside food items, and fruits and vegetables.

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