The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today released a 150-page summary of the two-day workshop held in August 2013 to examine the potential health impacts from consuming caffeine in dietary supplements and foods. Presenters included experts from across the country and even Canada. The document does not contain any recommendations or position statements from IOM, but…

Health experts have long promoted one simple, consistent message when it comes to salt intake: cut back. Now, a review from the Institute of Medicine suggests that a diet too low in sodium may actually be unhealthy for those at risk for heart problems. This conclusion was drawn by a committee designated by IOM tasked…

Why are so many Americans overweight or obese? The Institute of Medicine weighed in on the issue Tuesday with a comprehensive 478-page report that puts the blame on a social structure that promotes unhealthy choices. 

The document – intended as a roadmap for obesity prevention – says that willpower alone will not help people stay …

Ordinarily I find government plans of this type to be soporific but this one is especially well written and well thought out (with some caveats).

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The report is a statement of FDA commitment to what it is going to do in the next four years in food areas that affect people and animals.  It includes …

Food packages often make sweeping claims about the health benefits of the product inside: “Contains 50 percent more whole grains than the leading brand,” “Now with 30 percent less fat,” or “Good source of calcium” are declarations repeated up and down grocery store aisles. 

  

But if the government acts on a new set of

This spring, teams of college and university students are being challenged to create an application that uses available health data to promote better health in their communities.

 
A competition organized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) asks students to identify a health problem in their community, such …

The federally supported meals and snacks served to some children and adults at day care centers should be changed to include more vegetables and fruits, and less saturated fats, trans fat, salt and added sugars says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

In a news release, the IOM said current requirements are based, …