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Dec 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

H5N1 researchers question proposed HHS funding framework

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are in the midst of crafting a framework for funding H5N1 avian influenza gain-of-function studies, and today at a workshop they heard varied feedback from researchers, biosecurity experts, and others.

Aug 17, 2012

Aug 17, 2012

Public health officials respond to critique of BioWatch

In the wake of a newspaper investigation that questioned the value of the federal BioWatch program for detecting dangerous airborne pathogens, some public health officials familiar with the program acknowledge that it's far from perfect, but they say it's not time to scrap it.

Aug 02, 2012

Aug 02, 2012

National biosurveillance strategy aims to detect manifold threats

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama Administration this week unveiled the nation's first national biosurveillance strategy, designed to detect a range of threats, including bioterror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, agricultural threats, and foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jun 04, 2012

Jun 04, 2012

Report: H1N1 phone triage lines informed, aided patients

(CIDRAP News) – Phone-based flu lines that operated during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic increased public flu knowledge, may have prevented unnecessary 911 calls and visits to health facilities, and eased access to antivirals when appropriate, a recent report found.

May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

Public weighs in on pandemic antiviral distribution

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) yesterday shared findings of three public opinion panels on antiviral distribution during a flu pandemic, including a nod for establishing diverse alternative strategies and support for Web and cell-phone information.

May 11, 2012

May 11, 2012

IOM offers tools to help guide vaccine development

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) yesterday unveiled a decision-support model with a test version of software to help policymakers and other stakeholders determine what vaccines to develop at both national and global levels.

Apr 11, 2012

Apr 11, 2012

IOM: Investing in public health will lower healthcare costs

(CIDRAP News) – Stronger public health funding could stem rising spending on healthcare and not only improve the nation's health but also its economic standing, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report said yesterday.

Apr 04, 2012

Apr 04, 2012

IOM: FDA should work for better product-safety systems abroad

(CIDRAP News) – With the United States importing a vast river of foods and medicines from abroad, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other organizations need to increase their efforts to improve product safety monitoring in developing countries, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said in a report released today.

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