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Senator Calls for Increased TBI Screening and Research after Study Reveals Long-Term Toll on Veterans
Released: 1/5/2009

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued a statement on December 4, 2008, calling for increased Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) screening and research, in direct response to the IOM report Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury.

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The Wellness Community to Establish Cancer Survivorship Research and Training Institute

During a meeting in October 2008, The Wellness Community (TWC), a nonprofit organization providing cancer support, announced it would establish a Cancer Survivorship Research & Training Institute in Philadelphia. In explaining the need for this type of Institute, TWC referenced the Institute of Medicine’s November 2007 report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.

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VA Will Cover ALS Treatment for Veterans

On September 23, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive much-needed support for themselves and their families. The decision by VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake was based primarily on the 2006 Institute of Medicine report Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature, which concluded that "there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS."

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FDA Acts on Drug Safety Recommendation in IOM Report

On June 30, 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shifted authority on drug safety regulatory issues from the Office of New Drugs (OND) to a shared responsibility between OND and the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) as recommended in the IOM report The Future of Drug Safety: Promoting and Protecting the Health of the Public.

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Disney and Cartoon Network Pledge to Support Child Nutrition

Both the Walt Disney Company and the Cartoon Network pledged to stop using their cartoon characters to advertise food products for children that are high in calorie sand low in nutrients, after publication of the IOM reports Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? and Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the way Toward Healthier Youth.

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  • Fact Sheet: Glossary of Terms (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Report Overview (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet: Significant Growth in New Food Products Targeted to U.S. Children and Youth, 1994 to 2004 (PDF)
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Statement from the IOM Council on Vaccine Development

The IOM Council releases a statement on the urgent need for vaccine development in the United States.

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Crossing the Quality Chasm: The IOM Health Care Quality Initiative

In 1996, the IOM launched a concerted, ongoing effort focused on assessing and improving the nation's quality of care.

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Federal Nursing Home Reform Act Creates National Standards for Nursing Homes

The recommendations from the 1986 IOM report Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes were translated into the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, for the first time creating national standards of care and rights for people living in nursing homes.

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