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The National Academy of Medicine’s Perspectives platform extends the National Academies’ convening and advising functions by providing a venue for leading health, medical, science, and policy experts to reflect on issues and opportunities important to the advancement of health, health care, and biomedical science. Perspectives are individually-authored papers that do not reflect consensus positions of the NAM, the National Academies, or the authors’ organizations. They are not reports of the National Academies.
Perspectives come in two forms: commentaries, or brief, op-ed-style opinion pieces; and discussion papers, lengthier peer-reviewed articles that present research, summarize literature, report on field activities, or consider approaches to progress. Authors are not paid, and submissions must be invited by the NAM.
Perspectives are intended to advance the field by spotlighting innovative ideas; sharing information, expertise, and best practices; and promoting dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders. They are frequently cited in media; referenced in academic publications; used as background documents for meetings; adopted in course materials or organizational toolkits; and used as position statements by stakeholder groups, among other outcomes. They are the #1 driver of traffic to NAM.edu.
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Despite a recent plateau in obesity rates among preschool children, childhood obesity continues to be a significant public health concern, particularly among Latino and African-American children who are at a higher risk for childhood obesity. While genetic and ...
Authors: Shari Barkin and Chelsea Lee
March 17, 2016
The United States spends significantly more resources on health care than any other nation. Despite this fact and the remarkable improvements in the quality of health care over the past century, the nation’s relative standing in health outcomes and life expect ...
Authors: David Zuckerman, Violeta Duncan, and Katie Parker
Tags: Chronic Disease, Coverage and Access, Diversity and Inclusion, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Health Policy and Regulation, Patient and Consumer Issues, Population Health, Social Determinants of Health
March 01, 2016
Diabetes challenges the nation’s health in many ways. As of 2012, one in 11 Americans was living with the disease, and two in five Americans will be diagnosed with it during their lifetimes. In 2009–2012, three in eight adults had prediabetes. One in three Med ...
Authors: Rachel Bright and Brian Sakurada
February 24, 2016
Unlike with most food additives, the safety evaluation of macronutrients poses a challenge to risk assessors because of their inherent nutritional value and relatively large dietary exposure. A safety assessment model of macronutrients based solely on traditio ...
Authors: Joseph A. Scimeca
February 11, 2016
The long delay between the creation of new evidence for primary prevention by public health and widespread adoption into best practice by the health care system is well documented and a source of great frustration. The roots of this delay are complex and lie d ...
Authors: James Hester, John Auerbach, Laura Seeff, Jocelyn Wheaton, Kristin Brusuelas, and Christa Singleton
February 08, 2016
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