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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

NIH MedlinePlus magazine Spring 2017: 07/10/2017

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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 an artificial pancreas, psoriasis treatment, as well as type 1 diabetes.

The cover features singer and actor Nick Jonas, who explains he helped found 'Beyond Type 1' to empower people with type 1 diabetes (and we quote): 'to both live well today and to fund a better tomorrow' (end of quote).

To manage type 1 diabetes Jonas tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): '...I use an insulin pump...., check my blood sugar frequently, and do my best to get to know my body and get to feel out if I am high or low. More than anything, it's trusting my doctor and following all of her advice.' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains about 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, which occurs when a pancreas does not provide insulin. In addition to Jonas, NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes the late actress Mary Tyler Moore (who knew Jonas) also actively helped type 1 diabetes patients. Mary Tyler Moore was on the cover of the first issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine, which provides a tribute to her within the current edition. Ms. Moore died earlier this year.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also reports the National Institutes of Health is pursuing research to create an artificial pancreas that hypothetically, could be used to provide insulin for type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients in the future. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes (and we quote): 'a successful artificial pancreas would be a life-changing advance for many people with type 1 diabetes. This closed-loop system would replace reliance on testing by fingerstick or continuous monitoring systems and separate, non-integrated delivery of insulin by shots or a pump' (end of quote).

Currently, at least four NIH-sponsored clinical trials are testing aspects of an artificial pancreas.

In a separate section, NIH MedlinePlus magazine introduces some other new research that seeks to improve the treatment of psoriasis. NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains psoriasis is a skin disease that features a thick scale and a dark redness to spots.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports about 6.7 million Americans have psoriasis. In an interview with James Elder MD, a dermatologist from the University of Michigan and an NIH grantee, NIH MedlinePlus magazine suggests some recent progress in medications that inhibit the inflammation associated with psoriasis.

Elder also tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine a new generation of targeted treatments called 'biosimilars' may help reduce the high cost of psoriasis medications. Elder adds the new drugs to treat psoriasis have to meet a higher bar to be perceived as successful. While Elder notes a 75 percent improvement in skin lesion severity used to be perceived as a gold standard, current and expected medications now are expected to achieve a 90 to 100 percent enhancement.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also provides a section with brief reports about other medical research developments as well as a section on the improved treatment of aphasia, or recovery from speech impairments that sometimes accompany a stroke.

Other articles in the current NIH MedlinePlus magazine include treating tick bites, and concussion recovery for kids.

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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