Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.
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Gulf War and Health: Volume 11: Generational Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War
Released: November 28, 2018
In response to health concerns of Gulf War veterans, Congress in 1998 directed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to contract with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to evaluate the scientific and medical literature regarding associations between illness and exposure to the toxic agents, environmental and wartime hazards, and preventive medicines and vaccines associated with Gulf War service.
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018)
Released: November 15, 2018
This report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 11 (2018), presents the committee’s analysis of peer-reviewed, scientific reports published between September 30, 2014, and December 31, 2017, about associations between various health outcomes and exposure to TCDD and other chemicals in the herbicides used in Vietnam. The report also takes into account information from the existing evidence base.
Understanding Disparities in Access to Genomic Medicine: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: November 14, 2018
To address potential gaps in access to these care services, the Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health hosted a public workshop on June 27, 2018 that explored disparities in access that exist across different communities (e.g., in medically underserved areas and populations, across different racial/ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels).
Health Literacy and Older Adults: Reshaping the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: October 22, 2018
To gain a better understanding of the health communication challenges among older adults and their professional and family caregivers and how those challenges affect the care older adults receive, the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a 1-day public workshop which explored the effect of low health literacy on the health of older adults.
Understanding the Economics of Microbial Threats: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: October 15, 2018
On June 11-12, 2018, the Forum on Microbial Threats at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a 1.5-day public workshop to assess the current understanding of the interaction of infectious disease threats with economic activity and suggest new areas of research. This workshop built on prior work of the Forum and aimed to build more mutual understanding between those in the economic world and those with public health and clinical experience. Through multisectoral participation, topics in the workshop identified potential knowledge gaps, research priorities for further exploration, and strategies to advance the field in understanding the economics of microbial threats.