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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter 2016: 02/22/2016

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Greetings from the National Library of Medicine and MedlinePlus.gov

Regards to all our listeners!

I'm Rob Logan, Ph.D., senior staff, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Here is what's new this week in To Your Health, a consumer health oriented podcast from NLM, that helps you use MedlinePlus to follow up on weekly topics.

The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine covers dyslexia, Parkinson's disease, as well as Crohn's disease.

The cover features Benjamin King (the star of Liv and Maddie on the Disney Channel) who explains he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2010 after many years of digestive pain challenges.

King explains it is difficult to discuss Crohn's disease with others because it is an inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the gastrointestinal tract. King says (and we quote): 'It's not like a broken arm where people can see the cast. People don't know the struggles we have unless we come out and say something about it' (end of quote).

King adds (and we quote): 'And this is a disease that carries with it great personal embarrassment and shame' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains Crohn's disease is likely to develop in men or women between ages 20-29. While there is no known cause, the common signs and symptoms include: diarrhea; abdominal cramps; pain; and weight loss.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains the current Crohn's disease research at the National Institutes of Health focuses on the genes that are associated with the disease as well as new medicines (and ways to deliver them) that are more effective compared to current treatments.

In a separate section, NIH MedlinePlus magazine discusses some progress in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, which is when the brain does not produce sufficient dopamine — often resulting in movement symptoms, such as tremors, trembling, rigidity, slowness of movement, and instability. The actor Michael J. Fox and world heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali are two celebrated Americans who have Parkinson's disease.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports recent steady progress in research to treat Parkinson's disease. Beth-Ann Sieber, the chair of the Parkinson's disease working group at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): 'Although there have not yet been definitive research breakthroughs in the identification of diagnostic biomarkers for Parkinson's disease, one important advance is that individual research groups are now coming together to identify other symptoms — such as sleep problems, anxiety, and depression — that may appear before the (disease's) movement symptoms' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes some current Parkinson's disease research at NIH assesses how the disease progresses in order to develop new, more effective treatment medications.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also provides a special section about dyslexia, a common learning disability. NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports there is no cure for dyslexia, but early intervention can reduce its impact.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes persons with dyslexia can be successful in school, work, and life. NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains some celebrated Americans with dyslexia include: actors Jennifer Anniston and Patrick Dempsey; singer Harry Belafonte; and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports dyslexia's symptoms include: difficulty and slow reading of words; problems with reading comprehension; delayed speech; and difficulty with rhyming.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports dyslexia is one of the learning disabilities covered by the Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which requires U.S. public schools to provide free special education support to qualified children.

Other articles in the current NIH MedlinePlus magazine include: tips on understanding probiotics; as well as information about this winter's flu vaccine.

As always, NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides a helpful list of phone numbers (many of them a free call) to contact NIH's array of institutes and centers.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine is distributed to physicians' offices nationwide by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. You can subscribe or find the latest edition online by clicking on 'Magazine,' which is on the bottom right side of MedlinePlus.gov's home page.

Previous editions of NIH MedlinePlus magazine are available at the same site. A link to NIH MedlinePlus Salud, which provides other health information and resources in Spanish, is available there as well (see the top right of the page). The web version of NIH MedlinePlus magazine includes links that visually supplement the information in some articles.

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It was nice to be with you. Please join us here next week and here's to your health!