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The Most Influential Organization You've Probably Never Heard Of

Robyn Stone | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Many of my friends nodded politely a few weeks back when I told them that I had been elected to the Institute of Medicine. They knew from the tone of my voice that this election was a huge honor for me. But, despite my enthusiasm, the announcement was generally met by a few moments of awkward silence. Some of my friends admitted that they had no idea what the IOM actually does.

What I Am Really Afraid of... And It's Not Ebola

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Whenever there is an outbreak, there is political and public outcry that dies out as soon as it is controlled. We have the great privilege of living largely free of fear from infectious disease, but it comes at a cost -- investment in and ongoing support for the public health system.

Ebola Outbreak -- The Heroic Response From Medical NGOs (PHOTOS)

Louis Belanger | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Louis Belanger

Yet, despite immense challenges, hundreds of local health care workers and non-governmental organizations are working in field hospitals, Ebola treatment units and training facilities, as well as organizing education and awareness programs.

The Silent War in the Cradle of the Mediterranean

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Tens of thousands of migrants have landed on Italian shores so far this year 2014 and the number is expected to soar past the record of 63,000 set in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings.

Explaining the 'Unexplained' Illnesses of Gulf War Veterans

Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Claudia S. Miller, M.D., M.S.

A recent Institute of Medicine report on Gulf War illness has unfortunately concluded that veterans have such diverse symptoms and exposures that a single, distinct definition cannot be used to describe their condition.

The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of

Jennifer Brea | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Brea

There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.

"We Are Not Going to Wait for Someone to Save Us "

Susan C. Scrimshaw | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Susan C. Scrimshaw

In 2011 alone, more than 14 natural disasters in the US cost an estimated one billion dollars in damages, along with injuries and loss of lives

August 1: Women's Health Care Package Implementation Is Cause for Celebration and Caution

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The new package of care for women without extra out-of-pocket cost represents a huge step forward. But the ongoing, relentless campaign against health care reform continues unabated.

Too Soon for Carnival: Sweeping Haiti's 400,000 Poor Back Under the Rug

Mark Schuller | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

President Martelly of Haiti is planning a Carnival des Fleurs, a tradition under Duvalier, scheduled to begin July 29, a day after the anniversary of the 1915 U.S. invasion. But for the 390,276 people who are still under ripped sheets of plastic or tarp, it's too soon to celebrate.

New Nutrition Guidelines: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A committee commissioned by the Institute of Medicine just released its report on front-of-pack nutrition guidance. The recommendations are good in that they may help prevent the food industry from doing bad. The recommendations are bad if they forestall the implementation of superior approaches. And the recommendations are downright ugly if...

Inactions Speaking Louder than Words: Hurricane Emily's Near-Miss Too Close for Haiti's IDPs

Mark Schuller | Posted 10.05.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Late this afternoon, Emily was downgraded as it made its way north, away from the country. This time around, the hundreds of thousands of IDPs were lucky. But what about the next hurricane?

The Cost Of Being Female: How Much The Average Woman Spends On A Lifetime Of Basic Health Care

GOOD | Posted 09.27.2011 | Women

The Institute of Medicine has named eight preventive services that women should get for free under the new health care law. Exactly how much money are...

Identifying Disconcerting Gaps in LGBT Research and Health Care

Loren A. Olson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loren A. Olson, M.D.

Much of the research that has been done on the LGBT community has been done on young lesbians and gay men, ignoring the hidden mature community.

Somalia to Libya to Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 1

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

With Libya's inevitable collapse, Europe will likely see a tsunami of black refugees sweeping across the Mediterranean. And Malta and Italy will be t...

The Shell Game of Haiti's Reconstruction

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Schuller

NGOs need to be more transparent and accountable, and the ongoing political crisis should not be an excuse to prevent aid from being delivered or life-saving water contracts renewed.

Falling Through the Cracks, or Unstable Foundations?

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Undoubtedly, the biggest political challenge facing the presidential candidates in Haiti is what to do when the rights of 1.7 million people made homeless by the earthquake clash with landowners' right to private property.

We Still Need a Food Supply for Dummies!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Advice to eat more plant foods simply states the destination; it does not provide the step-by-step, GPS-like guidance people need to move in that direction. Besides, alas, it doesn't work.

Minors in Migration: Child Trafficking in the Caribbean

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

One aspect of the human trafficking equation that does not get the attention it deserves is child trafficking - particularly in the Caribbean.

Cutting The Fat From School Lunches (AUDIO)

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A child can't grow on tater tots alone, says the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine. A new report by the IOM recommends that America'...

The Faces of Detention and Deportation

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

One persistent question regarding individuals who are in detention and subject to deportation is, "What is the nature of their offenses?"