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Door Opens to Health Claims Tied to Agent Orange

As a result of the IOM’s report Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule on August 31, 2010, to add Parkinson’s disease, ischemic heart disease, hairy-cell leukemia, and other chronic B-cell leukemias to a list of conditions presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange, a defoliant used widely during the Vietnam War.

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Twelve Tips to Take Charge of Your Health, from the IOM President

IOM President Harvey Fineberg shares his top 12 tips for taking charge of your health.

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National Vaccine Plan Should Prioritize Efforts to Tackle Unmet Health Needs, More Resources for Safety Research and Communication
Released: 12/11/2009

While vaccines help prevent many diseases in the United States, we lack immunization protection against several serious illnesses, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that identifies priority areas for updating the National Vaccine Plan.

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IOM Considers Front-of-Package Food Labeling

As a first step toward clearing up consumer confusion about food labeling and in response to a congressional directive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to undertake a review of “front-of-package” nutrition rating systems and symbols. An IOM committee will begin by focusing on the nutrition criteria underlying the rating systems, and considering the purpose and overall merits of these types of programs.

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African Science Academies Gather in Ghana
Released: 11/9/2009

The fifth annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative is under way in Accra, Ghana. The three-day event will focus on how expert advice from science academies and others can guide policies aimed at reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening ceremony began with video messages by science and policy leaders from around the world, congratulating the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on its 50th anniversary, and emphasizing the importance of evidence-based advice in the policymaking process.

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Summary of the Summit on Integrative Medicine Offers Data, Expertise
Released: 11/4/2009

Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the 2009 Summit, which was released today, offers a wealth of data and information that can be useful to media interested in following developments taking place in integrative medicine.

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Health Reform Beyond Health Insurance

IOM President Dr. Harvey Fineberg discusses the future of health insurance in a reformed system in his annual address to IOM members.

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IOM Recommends New Nutritional Requirements for School Meal Programs
Released: 10/20/2009

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Smoking Bans Reduce the Risk of Heart Attacks Associated with Secondhand Smoke
Released: 10/15/2009

An IOM committee concludes that secondhand-smoke exposure increases the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks and that smoking bans reduce this risk.

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The IOM Welcomes 65 New Members and Five Foreign Associates
Released: 10/12/2009

The Institute of Medicine today announced the names of 65 new members and five foreign associates in conjunction with its 39th 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.

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