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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

NIH MedlinePlus magazine Spring 2018: 07/30/2018

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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 cancer detection tools, traumatic stress recovery, and the role of caregiving.

The cover features television host Leeza Gibbons, who explains her experiences as a caregiver for her parents as well as the creation of Leeza's Care Connection, a nonprofit organization that helps families cope with caregiving duties.

Gibbons notes her caregiver experiences began when her mother developed Alzheimer's Disease, and her father had a heart attack and bypass surgery.

Gibbons tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): 'Our country's family caregivers are a heroic and treasured resource' (end of quote). However, Gibbons adds (and we quote): 'Caregiving is not a solo sport' (end of quote).

Overall, Gibbons suggests caregivers utilize available human and technological resources, take good care of themselves, and take advantage of some helpful information from NIH. Specifically, NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports information for caregivers is available within MedlinePlus.gov's caregivers health topic page and resources from the National Institute on Aging. Direct links to both are available within the online edition of the spring 2018 NIH MedlinePlus magazine.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also reports on new research to assist recovery from traumatic stress. A current NIH study (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health) will help researchers better understand what causes post-trauma disorders as well as improve physicians' ability to anticipate who comparatively may be prone to post-traumatic stress.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine suggests the study is designed to assist future mental health professionals to better predict patient outcomes and treat people earlier, which improves their potential for recovery.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes current treatments for post -traumatic stress disorder include medications and psychotherapy.

In addition, NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports there are six imaging tools that provide an array of approaches to diagnose cancer.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes these imaging tools include: X-rays; PET scans (positron emission tomography); CT scans (computed tomography); ultrasound; MRI (magnetic resonance imaging); and nuclear scans.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains imaging technologies now complement each other, which provides additional visual information to detect if a person has cancer. A leader in NIH's imaging program tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): '(imaging)…. can help (clinicians) select therapies that are really aimed at individual patients' (end of quote).

The spring NIH MedlinePlus magazine also updates progress in treating AIDS. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes while 1.8 million new HIV infections occurred worldwide in 2016, AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 48 percent since their peak in 2005.

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 — and now include some animations.

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