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.


  • Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps ... Released: July 19, 2011
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) addresses preventive services for both men and women of all ages, and women in particular stand to benefit from additional preventive health services. The Department of Health and Human Services charged the IOM with reviewing what preventive services are important to women’s health and well-being and then recommending which of these should be considered in the development of comprehensive guidelines. The IOM recommends that women’s preventive services include, among other services, improved screening for cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV; a fuller range of contraceptive education, counseling, methods, and services; services for pregnant women; at least one well-woman preventive care visit annually; and screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence.
  • Women's Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise ... Released: September 23, 2010
    Over the past two decades, there have been major changes in government support of women’s health research. The IOM finds that women’s health research has contributed to significant progress in lessening the burden of disease and reducing deaths from some conditions, while other conditions have seen only moderate change or even little or no change.
  • Reducing Stress Fracture in Physically Active Military Women ... Released: May 21, 2003
    The incidence of stress fractures of the lower extremities during U.S. military basic training is significantly higher among female military recruits than among male recruits. As part of the Defense Women's Health Research Program, this report evaluates the impact of diet, genetic predisposition, and physical activity on bone mineral and calcium status in young servicewomen.