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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Sustainable Diets, Food, and Nutrition: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: April 18, 2019
On August 1-2, 2018, the Food Forum of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a 1.5-day public workshop that reviewed the current and emerging knowledge on the concept of sustainable diets within the field of food and nutrition.
The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: April 12, 2019
On December 4–5, 2018 the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders and Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education hosted a public workshop that brought together experts and key stakeholders from government, academia, industry, health professional societies, and disease-focused organizations to discuss nonpharmacological treatments and integrative health models for pain management, and their role within the broad landscape of approaches to chronic pain management.
The Intersection of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: April 04, 2019
On July 18, 2018, a workshop titled The Intersection of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, and Health Literacy, was held in Washington, DC, was to explore issues associated with effective communication with individuals with mental or behavioral health issues and to identify ways in which health literacy approaches can facilitate communication.
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.