Media Room

For More Information Contact

For Media Inquiries:

Dana Korsen
Phone:
202-334-2843
Fax:
202-334-2843
E-mail:
dkorsen@nas.edu

Mailing Address

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Health and Medicine Division

500 Fifth St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

News and Announcements

The latest news from HMD, including information about new reports, activities, meetings, and other noteworthy events.


News Release

Extensive Study on Concussions in Youth Sports Finds 'Culture of Resistance' for Self-Reporting Injury; Not Enough Evidence to Support Claim That Helmets Reduce Concussion Risk
Released: 10/30/2013

Young athletes in the U.S. face a "culture of resistance" to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, which could endanger their well-being, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. The report provides a broad examination of concussions in a variety of youth sports with athletes aged 5 to 21.

Report at a Glance

  • Quiz (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Play it Safe! Video PSA Contest (HTML)
  • Q&A Booklet (PDF)
  • Q&A Booklet in Spanish (PDF)
  • Press Release (HTML)
Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

The Weight of the Nation for Kids airs Tuesday, May 7
Released: 5/6/2013

The Weight of the Nation for Kids is a family-friendly three-part series of half-hour specials for young people spotlighting decisions children and their families can make to improve their health now and in the future.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

IOM Report Details Strategy for Monitoring Safety of Childhood Immunization Schedule
Released: 1/16/2013

A review of the available evidence underscores the safety of the federal childhood immunization schedule, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Should signals indicate the need for investigation of the schedule, however, the report offers a framework for conducting safety research using existing or new data collection systems.

Report at a Glance

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

BMI and Shuttle Run Among Techniques IOM Report Recommends for Youth Fitness Testing
Released: 9/27/2012

Techniques ranging from running to push-ups to sit-and-reach tests have been used to measure various aspects of fitness in children and adults. However, evidence is sparse on how well some of these techniques correspond to desired health outcomes in children, fueling debate about the best fitness measures for youth.

Report at a Glance

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

IOM Report Identifies Key Obesity-Prevention Strategies to Scale Back 'Weight of the Nation'
Released: 5/8/2012

America's progress in arresting its obesity epidemic has been too slow, and the condition continues to erode productivity and cause millions to suffer from potentially debilitating and deadly chronic illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

Report at a Glance

  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Infográfica en Español (PNG, HTML)
  • Infographic (PNG, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Purchase the Infographic (HTML)
  • Recommendations (PDF)
  • Take Action: What Can You Do To Combat Obesity? (HTML)
Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

IOM Executive Officer Co-Authors Book on Fighting the Forces That Make Americans Obese
Released: 4/24/2012

A new book co-authored by Judith Salerno, Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine, examines the forces driving the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and offers practical tips to those who want to make healthier choices in spite of these pressures.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

Obesity Crisis Takes National Spotlight as IOM and Partners Issue Films, Book, and New Report
Released: 4/23/2012

Starting the first week of May, a series of new materials and activities by the Institute of Medicine, HBO, and other organizations aim to galvanize national attention and spur action on America's obesity crisis. Key elements of this national initiative include a documentary film series on obesity's causes and consequences, a companion book to the series, and the release of a new IOM report that identifies best strategies to speed progress against the epidemic.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

IOM Partners in 'The Weight of the Nation,' A New National Initiative to Confront Obesity Crisis
Released: 1/13/2012

As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people's lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing "The Weight of the Nation," a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

IOM Elects 65 New Members, Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/17/2011

The IOM announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates on October 17 in conjunction with its 41st annual meeting. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities

News Release

Few Health Problems Are Caused By Vaccines, IOM Report Finds
Released: 8/25/2011

An analysis of more than 1,000 research articles concluded that few health problems are caused by or clearly associated with vaccines, according to a new IOM report.

Report at a Glance

  • Graphic: Strength of Evidence that Determined the Causality Conclusions (PDF, HTML)
  • Press Release (HTML)
  • Report Brief (PDF, HTML)
  • Table: Summary of Causality Conclusions (PDF)
Reports: Related Reports
Activities: Related Activities