An Inside Look

NIH MEDLINEPLUS magazine is now on YouTube. Check out our bonus animated videos on medical topics featured in the magazine. The videos feature fun information that supplements our articles.

Our first animation is titled “Histamine: Friend or Foe…or Frenemy?” Why do our bodies make a chemical that causes allergies? Find out in this video.

We plan to feature more videos in the coming months. We’ll look at topics such as celiac disease and antibiotic-resistant infections. The videos break down medical conditions, provide interesting facts, and introduce NIH research.

You can find our animations on the NIH MedlinePlus magazine playlist within the NLM YouTube Channel Opens in new window. Search for “histamine” to see the first animation.

Please leave comments on the videos telling us what topics you’d like to see next.


Social Media Corner: Chemotherapy

Did you know that the development of chemotherapy happened at the NIH Clinical Center? Follow @NIH on Twitter Opens in new window to learn more cool facts and see the latest updates from NIH and its 27 institutes and centers.

INTERESTED IN JOINING A CLINICAL TRIAL but not sure where to start? ClinicalTrials Opens in new window, a service of NIH, allows you to search for studies by condition or disease, location, study phase, and more.

The database currently lists 249,566 studies with locations in all 50 states and in 201 countries. Of those, more than 40,000 studies are recruiting volunteers.

The listing of a study on does not reflect endorsement by NIH. So make sure to talk with a trusted health care professional before volunteering for a study.

To see if a study is NIH-supported, make sure to select “NIH” under the “Funder Type” drop-down menu.

Three New Topics onMedlinePlus

MedlinePlus, your resource for trusted health information, hit the 1,000 topic mark this year. Now, it’s added three more topics. Those include tanning, mosquito bites, and the risks of an inactive lifestyle.

Check out MedlinePlus’ pages on these conditions and more. Each disease topic page links to information on symptoms, treatment options, diagnostics tests, medical journal articles, and latest news.

Photos: Jeff Day, MedlinePlus, AdobeStock, AdobeStock

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