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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 20, 2010
    Population-wide reductions in sodium intake could prevent more than 100,000 deaths annually. In 2008, Congress asked the IOM to recommend strategies for reducing sodium intake to levels recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In this report, the IOM concludes that reducing sodium content in food requires new government standards for the acceptable level of sodium.
  • Released: April 16, 2010
    Many low-income families struggle with stable housing and frequently have to move due to foreclosures, rent increases, or other financial setbacks. Children in these families can experience lasting negative effects, especially those who are young and still developing basic learning and social skills. A joint National Research Council/IOM committee held a workshop in June 2009 to examine these issues, highlight patterns in current research, and discuss how to develop a support system for at-risk children.
  • Released: April 15, 2010
    The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Clinical Tri¬als Cooperative Group Program has played a key role in developing new and improved cancer therapies. However, the program is falling short of its potential, and the IOM recommends changes that aim to transform the Cooperative Group Program into a dynamic system that efficiently responds to emerging scientific knowledge; involves broad cooperation of stakeholders; and leverages evolving technologies to provide high-quality, practice-changing research.
  • Released: April 14, 2010
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, seeks to transform nursing as part of larger efforts to reform the health care system. The first of the Initiative’s three forums was held on October 19, 2009, and focused on safety, technology, and interdisciplinary collaboration in acute care.
  • Released: April 14, 2010
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s annual National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) reveal areas in which health care performance has improved over time and identify major shortcomings. The IOM concludes that the next generation of reports can be improved in ways that would make them more influential in promoting change in the health care system.
  • Released: April 09, 2010
    At the request of Congress, the IOM is conducting an ongoing review of the evidence to determine what might be responsible for Gulf War veterans’ long-term health problems. In this report, the IOM updates its 2006 summary of veterans’ health problems and determines that Gulf War service causes post-traumatic stress disorder and is associated with several other illnesses and disorders.
  • 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 31, 2010
    Nearly 1.9 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001. Many service members and veterans face serious challenges in readjusting to normal life after returning home. This initial report presents findings on the most critical challenges, and lays out the blueprint for the second phase of the study to determine how best to meet the needs of returning troops and their families.
  • Released: March 25, 2010
    Both the United Kingdom and United States are grappling with nationwide epidemics of obesity. The IOM brought together policy makers from the U.K. and U.S. for a workshop on October 22, 2009, to discuss the challenges of and promising approaches to the struggle against obesity.
  • 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.
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