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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

NIH MedlinePlus magazine Spring 2016: 06/06/2016

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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 (NLM).

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 fibromyalgia, health disparities, as well as women and heart disease.

The cover features Ta'Rhonda Jones (the actress, singer and guest star on Empire) who explains she was born with a heart murmur and wore a heart monitor for the first few months of her life.

Jones explains she has an enduring interest in heart disease especially among African-American women. Jones says (and we quote): 'The American Heart Association says that nearly 50 percent of African-American women have cardiovascular disease, but only 14 percent believe it's their greatest health threat. That's a problem' (end of quote).

Jones adds (and we quote): 'I want women to know that you can lead a successful and productive life with heart disease, but as women, we have to make our health our priority' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine adds the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides a special website for women with heart disease at: www.hearttruth.gov.

In a separate section, NIH MedlinePlus magazine discusses recent research that suggests health disparities can be based on an array of factors such as: race; ethnicity; immigrant status; disability; sex or gender; sexual orientation; geography; and income.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports some current, NIH-sponsored health disparities research includes: a heart study of American Indians; a study of the reasons for the prevalence of heart disease among African-Americans; as well as understanding the genetics of coronary artery disease among Alaska Natives.

The new director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): 'I want to build on the rigor and quality of the science that underlies minority health and health disparities�NIMHD will also establish a more robust research program in the health care setting where disparities may be reduced or exacerbated' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also provides a special section about fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that impacts five million or more Americans after age 18. NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports fibromyalgia can take a significant toll on health, well-being, and quality of life.

To help fibromyalgia patients feel better, NIH MedlinePlus magazine suggests patients can: exercise; get sufficient sleep; try a complementary health approach, such as tai chi, or yoga; and consider approved medicines that help treat fibromyalgia.

Other articles in the current NIH MedlinePlus magazine include: tips on fighting the Zika virus; as well as information about rare diseases and preserving hearing. The current NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally has an expanded section that explains ten new, promising medical research initiatives that are underway at NIH.

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!