About Publications

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.

Reports Index


  • Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident: Proceedings of a Workshop Released: March 26, 2019
    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a two-day public workshop on August 22-23, 2018 called Exploring Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident.
  • Exploring Sources of Variability Related to the Clinical Translation of Regenerative Engineering Products: Proceedings of a Workshop Released: March 21, 2019
    The Forum on Regenerative Medicine hosted a public workshop on October 18, 2018, in Washington, DC, to explore the various factors that must be taken into account in order to develop successful regenerative engineering products.
  • Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Save Lives Released: March 20, 2019
    Medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) save lives. Yet most people with OUD in the United States receive no treatment at all, and only a fraction of those who do receive medications for OUD.
  • Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium Released: March 05, 2019
    Potassium and sodium are interrelated, essential nutrients that play vital roles in the body to maintain physiological homeostasis. Both nutrients have been linked to risk of chronic disease, particularly cardiovascular disease. Additionally, a possible association of sodium intake with other adverse health outcomes has been suggested. The coexistence of essen­tiality with a relationship to adverse health effects, including chronic disease, called for a new approach to establishing intake recommen­dations for potassium and sodium within the context of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
  • A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty Released: February 28, 2019
    This new consensus study report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that poverty causes negative outcomes for children, especially if it occurs in early childhood or persists through a large part of childhood.
  • Health System Interventions to Prevent Firearms Injuries and Death: Proceedings of a Workshop Released: February 28, 2019
    Firearm injuries and death are a serious public health concern in the United States that place a burden on individuals, communities, and health care systems. At the suggestion of Kaiser Permanente, and with the support of both Kaiser Permanente and the American Hospital Association, the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop that examined the roles that health systems can play in addressing the epidemic of firearm violence in the United States.
  • School Success: An Opportunity for Population Health: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief Released: February 13, 2019
    On June 14, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement hosted the School Success: An Opportunity for Population Health workshop in Oakland, California, at The California Endowment’s Oakland Conference Center.
  • Transgenic Neuroscience Research: Exploring the Scientific Opportunities Afforded by New Nonhuman Primate Models: Proceedings of a Workshop Released: February 08, 2019
    On October 4, 2018, the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted a 1-day public workshop that brought together experts and key stakeholders from academia, government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to examine the scientific opportunities and challenges, as well as bioethical considerations, of genetically engineered nonhuman primate models for neuroscience research.
  • Examining the Impact of Real-World Evidence on Medical Product Development: Proceedings of a Workshop Series Released: February 06, 2019
    The Forum convened a three-part workshop series, sponsored by the FDA, examining how real-world evidence development and uptake could enhance medical product development and evaluation. The workshops advanced discussions and common knowledge about complex issues relating to the generation and use of real-world evidence, including fostering development and implementation of the science and technology of real-world evidence generation and utilization.
  • Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief Released: January 11, 2019
    On October 9, 2018, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, held a public workshop titled “Current Status and Response to the Global Obesity Pandemic” in Washington, DC. The workshop examined the status of the global obesity pandemic and explored approaches used to manage the problem in different settings around the world.