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By Shana Potash, NLM Staff Writer

The Alzheimer's Project Multimedia Campaign Debuts on HBO and Online

HBO Documentary Films and the NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA) invite you to join The Alzheimer's Project, featuring a four-part documentary series, 15 short films, an extensive Web site, and nationwide community-based information and outreach, including other resources such as a companion book to the series. The series debuts May 10-12 on HBO. All films will also stream free of charge on and will be offered for free on multiple platforms by participating television service providers.

Two years in the making, The Alzheimer's Project seeks to widen public understanding of Alzheimer's disease research and care giving. The films take you into the laboratories and clinics of leading experts in the field of Alzheimer's research, where the cutting-edge work of NIH grantees takes place. It also presents the moving stories of people with this disease and the families that care for them.

To promote education and discussion about the disease on a local level, The Alzheimer's Project will offer free "screening kits," containing film DVDs and viewing guides to organizations and groups nationwide interested in hosting discussions. The collaboration also includes the Alzheimer's Association, the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer's Initiative. The project is co-executive produced by Maria Shriver and HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins.

For more information on the campaign and on Alzheimer's disease:

Swimming Lessons for Tots?

Photo of a child in a swimming pool

Is it good to teach very young children to swim? A new NIH-funded study finds that formal swimming lessons for children between the ages of one and four does not increase the risk of drowning. It may even help prevent it.

In the past, concerns had been raised that swimming lessons for that age group could increase drowning risk if parents become so confident in their child's newfound ability that they are less watchful. Study authors say their findings should ease those concerns. The authors cautioned that swimming lessons alone are insufficient (many drowning victims are good swimmers), but they do offer an additional layer of protection. It's also important for residential pools to be fenced on all sides (separating the home from the pool) and to have adults trained in CPR watching over swimmers. The study was conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute on Child Health and Human Development.

Rethinking Drinking

How many "drinks" are in a bottle of wine? What counts as a "drink?" Is your drinking pattern risky? A new Web site could help many people reduce their risk for problems associated with risky drinking habits. Called "Rethinking Drinking," the Web site features information, interactive tools and resources to help people identify signs of a current or future alcohol problem and learn how to cut back or quit drinking. Find the materials, produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, at

Spring 2009 Issue: Volume 4 Number 2 Page 28