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  • Released: October 22, 2010
    During public health emergencies such as terrorist attacks or influenza outbreaks, the public health system’s ability to save lives could depend on dispensing medical countermeasures such as antibiotics, antiviral medications, and vaccines to a large number of people in a short amount of time. The IOM’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held a workshop on November 18, 2009, to provide an overview of current threats, recent progress made in the public health system for distributing and dispensing countermeasures, and remaining vulnerabilities.
  • Released: October 14, 2010
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that medical devices are safe and effective before they go on the market. As part of its assessment of the FDA’s premarket clearance process for medical devices, the IOM held a workshop June 14-15 to discuss how to best balance patient safety and technological innovation. This document summarizes the workshop.
  • Released: October 13, 2010
    In recent years, food manufacturers have begun to include “front-of-package” (FOP) labeling on their food packaging to convey nutrition messages to consumers. In considering how FOP labeling should be used as a nutrition education tool in the future, the IOM concludes that it would be useful if FOP labeling declare calories, serving size, saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium, as this information is most closely related to obesity and prominent health conditions.
  • Released: October 08, 2010
    The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is unprecedented in its size and duration, as were the use of chemical dispersants and controlled burns to remove the oil. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is developing a study protocol to investigate the health effects on clean-up workers. The IOM held a workshop to review and comment on NIEHS’s study protocol.
  • Released: October 08, 2010
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medicine. FDA’s science base must be strong enough to make certain that regulatory decisions are based on the best scientific evidence. The IOM held a public workshop on February 26, 2010, to examine the state of regulatory science and to consider approaches for enhancing it.
  • Released: October 07, 2010
    In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) introduced the BioWatch program—a federal monitoring system intended to speed detection of specific biological agents that could be released in aerosolized form during a biological attack. A report by the IOM and the National Research Council evaluates the costs and merits of the BioWatch program, examines infectious disease surveillance through U.S. hospitals and public health agencies, and considers whether BioWatch and traditional infectious disease surveillance are redundant or complementary.
  • Released: October 05, 2010
    The United States has the opportunity to transform its health care system, and nurses, as the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce, can and should play a fundamental role in this transformation. In this report the IOM makes recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.
  • Released: October 04, 2010
    Rare diseases collectively affect millions of Americans of all ages, but developing drugs and medical devices to prevent, diagnose, and treat these conditions is challenging. The IOM recommends implementing an integrated national strategy to promote rare diseases research and product development.
  • 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.
  • Released: September 16, 2010
    More than two hundred thousand people in the United States living with HIV/AIDS do not know they are infected. The IOM’s Committee on HIV Screening and Access to Care held a workshop and reviewed literature to explore barriers and facilitators to more widespread HIV testing. This report contains the committee’s conclusions.
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