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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: December 09, 2008
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—which boasts the largest budget of any federal department, spending approximately 2 billion dollars a day—profoundly affects the lives of all Americans. At the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the IOM’s December 2008 report HHS in the 21st Century assesses whether HHS is “ideally organized” to meet the enduring and emerging health challenges facing our nation.
  • Released: November 20, 2008
    Military health professionals, as all health professionals, are ethically responsible for their patients’ well-being. In some situations, however, military health professionals can face unique ethical tensions between responsibilities to individual patients and responsibilities to military operations. This report summarizes the one-day workshop, Military and Medical Ethics: Issues Regarding Dual Loyalties, which brought together academic, military, human rights, and health professionals to discuss these ethical challenges.
  • Released: September 29, 2008
    On June 25, 2008, the IOM Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders hosted more than 70 of the leading neuroscientists in the world, for a workshop titled From Molecules to Minds: Challenges for the 21st Century. The objective of the workshop was to explore a set of common goals or “Grand Challenges” posed by participants that could inspire and rally both the scientific community and the public to consider the possibilities for neuroscience in the 21st century.
  • Released: September 12, 2008
    The National Children s Study (NCS) is planned to be the largest long-term study of environmental and genetic effects on children s health ever conducted in the United States. By archiving all of the data collected, the NCS is intended to provide a valuable resource for analyses conducted many years into the future. This report evaluates the research plan for the NCS, by assessing the scientific rigor of the study and the extent to which it is being carried out with methods, measures, and collection of data and specimens to maximize the scientific yield of the study.
  • Released: September 05, 2008
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) letter report Review Of ATSDR’s Great Lakes Report Drafts presents the details of an IOM committee’s evaluation of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) unofficial report drafts looking at health and pollution data from the Great Lakes region, of ATSDR’s response to review, as well as of the concerns of the Office of the Director of ATSDR and the Office of the Director of the Coordinating Center for Environmental Health and Injury Prevention (CCEHIP).
  • Released: August 27, 2008
    Traumatic Injury Research at NIOSH is the sixth report in the series Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Released: August 15, 2008
    On March 3-4, 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events hosted a workshop titled “Medical Countermeasures Dispensing.” The overall objective was to discuss a range of solutions to rapidly provide medical countermeasures to protect large numbers of people prior to or during a public health emergency, such as a bioterrorist attack or infectious disease outbreak. The United States is currently unprepared to confront the range of threats it is facing, and it must plan aggressively to counteract the threat of these and other future public health emergencies.
  • Released: July 03, 2008
    The newly released Institute of Medicine report, Review of NASA’s Human Research Program Evidence Books: A Letter Report, examines NASA’s plans to assemble the available evidence on human health risks of spaceflight and to move forward in identifying and addressing gaps in research.
  • Released: June 24, 2008
    The Personal Protective Technology Program at NIOSH is the fifth report in the series Reviews of Research Programs of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Released: June 11, 2008
    The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Review of Priorities in the National Vaccine Plan has prepared a letter report entitled Initial Guidance for an Update of the National Vaccine Plan: A Letter Report to the National Vaccine Program Office, for the Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO). The report provides initial guidance, partly based on a review of the 1994 plan, on the development of the update to the National Vaccine Plan.
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