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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: April 27, 2005
    The committee concluded that it was time for a change in the WIC food packages and the report provides details on the proposed new food packages, summarizes how the proposed packages differ from current packages, and discusses the rationale for the proposed packages.
  • Released: April 19, 2005
    Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to the Human Resource Crisis in HIV/AIDS, recommends that the federal government create and fund an umbrella organization called the United States Global Health Service (GHS) to mobilize the nation's best health care professionals and other experts to help combat HIV/AIDS in hard-hit African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian countries.
  • Released: April 14, 2005
    Recognizing the need for a national system for the collection, distribution, and use of cord blood, the U.S. Congress asked the Institute of Medicine to review the options for such a system and to make recommendations on the ideal structure of a national program.
  • Released: April 07, 2005
    Previous evaluations of HIVNET 012, a 1997 study of AIDS medication conducted in Uganda, left lingering uncertainties about the trial's results, suggesting the need for a definitive, independent review. The Institute of Medicine's new and independent analysis focused on the scientific validity of the study's conclusions based on a close examination of how researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Uganda's Makerere University conducted the trial. The IOM's review of HIVNET 012 was requested and funded by the National Institutes of Health, which also funded the original trial in Uganda.
  • Released: April 05, 2005
    Spinal Cord Injury: Progress, Promise, and Priorities, provides a broad overview of the current status of spinal cord injury research, examines the research and infrastructure needs, and provides recommendations for advancing and accelerating progress in the treatment of spinal cord injuries with particular attention to issues regarding translational research.
  • Released: March 28, 2005
    This workshop summary, titled Implications of Genomics for Public Health, summarizes speaker presentations on major scientific and policy issues related to genomics and public health, major supports for and challenges to the translation of genetic research into population health benefits, and approaches for the integration of genomic information into strategies for promoting health and preventing disease.
  • Released: March 09, 2005
    Extending the spatial and temporal boundaries of human space flight are important goals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), yet human space flight remains an endeavor with substantial risks. NASA's Bioastronautics Critical Path Roadmap (BCPR) defines risk as "the conditional probability of an adverse event occurring, or a system performance-related inefficiency." This is the interim report of the IOM committee's review of NASA's BCPR. The purpose of this report is to provide NASA with preliminary conclusions regarding the strengths and weakness of the BCPR.
  • Released: March 03, 2005
    This report discusses lessons learned from the smallpox vaccination program, concludes that there is a need to balance scientific communication with national security imperatives in the context of such programs, and recommends that smallpox preparedness should be comprehensively assessed.
  • Released: February 24, 2005
    Advocates for Americans with disabilities have highlighted for the public the economic and social costs of disability and the importance of rehabilitation. Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Science and Engineering is a major analysis of the field of rehabilitation science and engineering. The book explains how to achieve recognition for this evolving field of study, how to set priorities, and how to improve the organization and administration of the numerous federal research programs in this area.
  • Released: February 17, 2005
    In this report, the committee who was asked to review aspects of this program, recommends that two new oversight groups are needed to ensure that the policies and procedures of the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) and its data sharing program -- which is intended to give researchers access to patient data that will help them study vaccine safety issues -- are implemented as fairly and openly as possible.
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