Publications from the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes We Treat You (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.
Released: June 08, 2010
Foodborne illnesses cause hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in the United States each year. At the request of Congress, the IOM examined gaps in the current food safety system under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration.
Released: April 08, 2010
During public health emergencies such as pandemic influenza outbreaks or terrorist attacks, effective vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and other medical countermeasures are essential to protecting national security and peoples’ well-being. The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE)—a partnership among federal, state, and local governments; industry; and academia—is at the forefront of the effort to develop these countermeasures. The IOM held a workshop February 22-24, 2010, to consider challenges facing the PHEMCE.
Released: March 22, 2010
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for nearly 30 percent of deaths in low and middle income countries each year, yet most governments, global health institutions, and development agencies have largely overlooked it. The IOM recommends strategies to reduce the global burden of CVD.
Released: March 12, 2010
As a result of our global interconnectedness, infectious diseases emerge more frequently; spread greater distances; pass more easily between humans and animals; and change rapidly into new and more virulent strains. To explore issues related to infectious disease movement in a borderless world, the Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a workshop December 16-17, 2008, summarized in this document.
Released: January 27, 2010
IOM’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held a workshop in June 2009 to assess the health system’s capabilities to respond to a large and sudden increase in the number of individuals seeking medical care during public health emergencies and to discuss strategies to improve preparedness for such a surge.
Released: January 11, 2010
This IOM report concludes that the current approach to the prevention and control of chronic hepatitis B and hepatitis C is not working and that new actions must be taken to reduce illnesses and deaths related to these preventable diseases.
Released: December 29, 2009
This report summarizes a workshop held in mid-September 2009 on the domestic and international responses to the H1N1 influenza A pandemic.
Released: December 11, 2009
The National Vaccine Plan facilitates coordination of the vaccine enterprise across the United States. In this report, the IOM finds that although the National Vaccine Program has had some great successes and can provide examples of excellent coordination, the Plan has not functioned as intended.
Released: November 17, 2009
Public health emergencies underscore the critical need to prepare for a crisis in which many thousands of people suddenly require and seek medical care. Without careful advance planning and coordination, there is enormous potential for confusion, chaos, and flawed decision-making. To address these concerns, the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events hosted a series of regional workshops, summarized in this report.
Released: October 15, 2009
Evidence suggests that exposure to secondhand smoke also can result in adverse health effects. In its 2009 report, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence, an IOM committee concluded that data consistently demonstrates that secondhand-smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans reduce heart attacks.