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


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International Partnership Helps Reduce Cost of Antimalarial Drugs

On the basis of the central recommendation from the 2004 IOM report Saving Lives, Buying Time: The Economics of Antimalarial Drugs, an international partnership called Affordable Medicines Facility for Malaria was established in April 2009 to heavily subsidize the antimalarial drug market.

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The Eldercare Workforce Alliance Addresses Shortages in Elder Care

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a coalition of 25 leading organizations representing older adults and the eldercare workforce, held its founding meeting during the first week of February 2009. The Alliance was formed in direct response to a report released in the spring of 2008 by the Institute of Medicine, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, which concluded that America's eldercare workforce is dangerously understaffed and unprepared to care for the rapidly growing number of older adults in the U.S.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Report Brief (PDF)
  • Report Brief (Spanish): Preparandonos para una America que Envejece: Construyendo la Fuerza Laboral del Cuidado Medico (PDF)
  • Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (PDF)
  • Statement of John W. Rowe, M.D. Before the Senate Special Committee on Aging (PDF)
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The Wellness Community to Establish Cancer Survivorship Research and Training Institute

During a meeting in October 2008, The Wellness Community (TWC), a nonprofit organization providing cancer support, announced it would establish a Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia. In explaining the need for this type of Institute, TWC referenced the Institute of Medicine’s November 2007 report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief for Patients (PDF)
  • Report Brief for Providers (PDF)
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VA Will Cover ALS Treatment for Veterans

On September 23, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive much-needed support for themselves and their families. The decision by VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake was based primarily on the 2006 Institute of Medicine report Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature, which concluded that "there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS."

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FDA Acts on Drug Safety Recommendation in IOM Report

On June 30, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shifted authority on drug safety regulatory issues from the Office of New Drugs (OND) to a shared responsibility between OND and the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) as recommended in the IOM report The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF)
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Disney and Cartoon Network Pledge to Support Child Nutrition

Both the Walt Disney Company and the Cartoon Network pledged to stop using their cartoon characters to advertise food products for children that are high in calorie sand low in nutrients, after publication of the IOM reports Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? and Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the way Toward Healthier Youth.

Report at a Glance

  • Fact Sheet: Glossary of Terms (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Report Overview (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Significant Growth in New Food Products Targeted to U.S. Children and Youth, 1994 to 2004 (PDF)
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Federal Nursing Home Reform Act Creates National Standards for Nursing Homes

The recommendations from the 1986 IOM report Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes were translated into the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, for the first time creating national standards of care and rights for people living in nursing homes.

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