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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: March 10, 2006
    Throughout much of its history, the United States was predominantly a rural society. The need to provide sustenance resulted in many people settling in areas where food could be raised for their families. The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Environmental Health Science, Research, and Medicine held a regional workshop at the University of Iowa on November 29 and 30, 2004, to look at rural environmental health issues. This report is a summary of that workshop.
  • Released: March 09, 2006
    Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization Program: Maximizing Potential examines the program in detail and proposes a major restructuring of it so that it can become an important national resource integral to strategies of performance measurement, public reporting, and payment incentives.
  • Released: March 06, 2006
    The health of racial and ethnic minorities, poor people, and other disadvantaged groups in the United States is worse than the health of the overall population. National concerns for these differences, termed health disparities, and the associated excess mortality and morbidity have been expressed as a high priority in national health status reviews, including Healthy People and 2010. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranks this issue third among its top five priorities.
  • Released: March 03, 2006
    As transborder mobility of humans, animals, food, and feed products increases, so does the threat of the spread of dangerous pathogens and infectious disease. While new global markets have created unprecedented economic opportunities and growth, the benefits have not been equally distributed, and the risks--especially the health risks--of our increasingly interconnected and fast-paced world continue to grow. On April 16 and 17, 2002, the Forum on Microbial Threats conducted a working group discussion on the influence of globalization on the emergence and control of infectious diseases.
  • Released: March 02, 2006
    This report presents the IOM Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury's assessment of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) TBI Program's impact and recommendations for improving the program.
  • Released: March 01, 2006
    This report from the Institute of Medicine summarizes a workshop convened in August 2005 for the first phase of a project that will take a new look at disability in America and update the 1991 IOM report by that name. The final report, which will include recommendations, is now avaliable and is titled The Future of Disability in America.
  • Released: February 24, 2006
    A workshop was held June 12-13, 2003, in which presentations and discussion addressed the practical application of technologies, methodologies, and practices related to infectious disease surveillance, prevention, research, and control.
  • Released: February 24, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine was asked to provide guidance on the future of the Air Force Health Study (AFHS, also known as the Ranch Hand Study), a long-term epidemiologic analysis of Air Force personnel who conducted aerial spraying of herbicides during the Vietnam War.
  • Released: February 17, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), through the Food and Nutrition Board, and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is undertaking a study to design a dissemination effort that will promote the implementation of the findings and recommendations for the IOM report, Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, and to assess progress in childhood obesity prevention efforts.
  • Released: January 18, 2006
    The IOM Committee on Clinical Trial Registries hosted a workshop on June 27, 2005, to obtain much-needed input from members of the public, public advocate groups, and the broader community of journal editors, pharmaceutical and biotech leaders, the NIH and the FDA.
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