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Publications from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes Health and Medicine Division (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.


  • Joint US-Mexico Workshop on Preventing Obesity in Children ... 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.
  • Dietary Reference Intakes Research Synthesis: Workshop ... Released: November 02, 2006
    The IOM's Food and Nutrion Board released Dietary Reference Intakes Research Synthesis: Workshop Summary on Thursday, November 1, 2006.
  • Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks : Health and ... Released: October 13, 2006
    Seafood is a widely available, nutrient-rich food that provides high quality protein, low in saturated fat and rich in polyunsaturated fats, and particularly the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosapentaenoic acid (DHA). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) asked the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies to review evidence on the benefits and risks associated with seafood consumption to help consumers make informed choices and to make recommendations on ways to guide U.S. consumers in making appropriate selections. Additional support has been provided by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Dietary Reference Intakes Essential Guide Nutrient ... Released: September 15, 2006
    Responding to the expansion of scientific knowledge about the roles of nutrients in human health, the Institute of Medicine, in partnership with Health Canada, has updated what used to be known as Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and renamed their new approach to these guidelines Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We ... Released: September 13, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity report, Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?, examines the progress made by obesity prevention initiatives in the United States over the past two years. The report builds on the IOM's 2005 report, Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, which was a congressionally mandated study that provided a blueprint to guide concerted actions for many stakeholders--including government, industry, media, communities, schools, and families--to collectively respond to the growing obesity epidemic in children and youth.
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on Industry ... Released: April 06, 2006
    This brief summary highlights the recurring themes that emerged from the symposium for accelerating change and moving forward with obesity prevention efforts.
  • Mineral Requirements for Military Personnel: Levels Needed ... Released: March 21, 2006
    The Committee on Mineral Requirements for Cognitive and Physical Performance for Military Personnel produced recommendations for mineral intake levels during military garrison training. These levels are different from the levels required by the general population because soldiers engaged in extensive training while in potentially stressful situations; the difference in intake levels for certain minerals mainly take into account losses through sweating that come with the increased physical activity that training entails.
  • Food Chemicals Codex: First Supplement to the Fifth Edition ... Released: March 17, 2006
    This First Supplement to the Fifth Edition provides revisions and updates, and reports on changes in tests, monographs, and assays to the Fifth Edition.
  • Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: Focus on ... 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.
  • Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity? ... Released: December 05, 2005
    The report provides the most comprehensive review to date of the scientific evidence on the influence of food marketing on diets and diet-related health of children and youth.