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NIH Consensus Statements are prepared
by a nonadvocate, non-Federal panel of experts, based on
(1) presentations by investigators working in areas
relevant to the consensus questions during a 2-day public
session; (2) questions and statements from conference
attendees during open discussion periods that are part of
the public session; and (3) closed deliberations by the
panel during the remainder of the second day and morning
of the third. This statement is an independent report of the panel and is
not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government.
The statement reflects the panel’s assessment of medical knowledge
available at the time the statement was written. Thus, it provides
a "snapshot in time" of the state of knowledge on the conference topic.
When reading the statement, keep in mind that new knowledge is
inevitably accumulating through medical research.