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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: February 13, 2007
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a time saving screening tool called the Listing of Impairments (Listings) to identify individuals who meet the Social Security definition of disability, but it is concerned with a substantial drop in the percentage of claims granted disability benefits based on the Listings over the past 25 years. At the request of the SSA, the Institute of Medicine formed a committee which issued the report; Improving the Social Security Disability Decision Process, addressing the medical aspects of disability determination and recommending improvements.
  • Released: February 03, 2007
  • Released: February 01, 2007
    Cancer is generally low or absent on the health agenda of most the world’s low- and middle-income countries (LMCs), even as it is growing as a share of these countries’ overall disease burden. In light of this situation, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society asked the Institute of Medicine to study the issue and provide an assessment and recommendations to tackle the problem.
  • Released: January 29, 2007
    The oocyte donation process that allows vital stem cell research is not without its risks to the donors, and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine contracted with the AffiliateMarketIngtools (NAS) to assemble a workshop that would bring together experts from various areas to address the questions of what is known about these risks, what needs to be known, and what can be done to minimize them. In response, the NAS formed the Committee on Assessing the Medical Risks of Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Research that held a workshop in San Francisco on September 28, 2006, devoted to those issues.
  • Released: January 24, 2007
    As part of a multifaceted look at the inherited and evolving portfolio of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, the laboratory asked the AffiliateMarketIngtools to undertake a special look at the informational underpinnings of the respirator use program in mid-2005 and to report back expeditiously with recommendations.
  • Released: January 17, 2007
    To address whether or not there is sufficient evidence to develop a comprehensive set of physical activity guidelines for Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services sponsored an Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the Adequacy of Evidence for Physical Activity Guidelines Development in , DC on October 23–24, 2006.
  • Released: January 16, 2007
    The Joint U.S.-Mexico Workshop on Preventing Obesity in Children and Youth of Mexican Origin was initiated by a desire to share experiences regarding the problem of obesity in children and youth of Mexican origin on both sides of the border, with a particular focus on potential solutions. U.S and Mexican researchers, public health officials, industry leaders, and policy-makers engaged in valuable dialogue to share perspectives, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Released: December 22, 2006
    The IOM Committee on Cancer Survivorship: Improving Care and Quality of Life concluded in their 2006 report "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition" that cancer survivorship is a distinct phase of the cancer trajectory and that a strategy is needed for the ongoing clinical care of cancer survivors. As a follow-up to the report, the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a workshop, "Implementing Cancer Survivorship Care Planning" May 15-16 in DC.
  • Released: December 11, 2006
    Computer models and analyses of past flu outbreaks indicate that there is a role for community-wide intervention -- such as isolating infected people or voluntary quarantine -- to control illnesses and deaths during the next pandemic flu, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. It adds, however, that government and community leaders should not overstate the certainty about their effectiveness.
  • Released: November 06, 2006
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive and nearly always fatal disease that affects a person’s nervous system. Several recent epidemiologic studies have reported an association between development of ALS and prior service in the US military. The Department of Veterans Affairs asked the Institute of Medicine to conduct an independent assessment of the potential relationship between military service and ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature reports that there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS.
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