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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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Released: February 06, 2009
    For many years, concerns about bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases have drawn attention to the need for strong surveillance systems. Experts are working to develop new and better ways to detect these biological threats as quickly as possible. One effort in this area is the Department of Homeland Security’s BioWatch program. To evaluate the effectiveness of the BioWatch program, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) convened the Committee on Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: BioWatch and the Public Health System. This interim report contains no findings and recommendations, but outlines the committee’s initial progress.
  • Released: December 09, 2008
    In 2008, SUSA asked the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the State of the USA Health Indicators to provide guidance on 20 key indicators to be used on the organization’s website that would be valuable in assessing health. Taken together, the selected indicators reflect the overall health of the nation and the efficiency and efficacy of U.S. health systems. The complete list of 20 can be found in the report brief and report.
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