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NLM Director’s Comments Transcript
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer 2014: 09/08/2014

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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 for Donald Lindberg, M.D, the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Here is what's new this week in MedlinePlus.listen

The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine covers rheumatoid arthritis, eye health, as well as information about breast cancer. 

The cover features Amy Robach, news anchor on ABC's Good Morning America, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Robach explains she was the first woman ever to receive a mammogram live on television. Robach notes the intent was to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month and support  her colleague Robin Roberts, who earlier was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. 

However in a surprise, Robach explains she was diagnosed with breast cancer following her televised mammogram. She says (and we quote) 'I was in complete shock,' (end of quote). Robach notes she used social media to share her treatment progress in order to foster knowledge, and create a more proactive view about breast cancer prevention.

Recalling her recent experience she says (and we quote): "Yes, it is a hellish journey through surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and drug therapy. But you will emerge a better person" (end of quote). Robach continues (and we quote): 'there are two million breast cancer survivors in this country, and we are thriving, excelling, living' (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides an overview of breast cancer information including risk factors, symptoms, mammograms, other imaging tests, and screening. The National Cancer Institute provides a list of current breast cancer research initiatives, including the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, which strive to improve breast cancer diagnosis, prognosis, screening procedures, prevention techniques, and treatment. 

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also contains a special section about eye care, with information about dilating eyes during clinical exams as well as treatment for cataracts. Dr. Rachel Bishop, the National Eye Institute’s consulting services chief, provides some tips to improve the health of your eyes.

Dr. Bishop's suggestions include: get regular eye exams from an eye care professional, live a healthy lifestyle, know your family eye health history, shield your eyes from direct exposure to sunlight outside by wearing sunglasses or tipping a hat, and wear protective glasses or goggles if you play contact sports or work where objects fly (such as chopping wood).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides a page that differentiates among types of common eye diseases, such as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally contains a special section to encourage more awareness of rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes about 1.3 million Americans have RA, which is diagnosed by a medical history, a physical exam, X-rays, and lab tests.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine adds RA treatments usually attempt to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, slow down or stop joint damage, and help people stay active. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes a new consortium of NIH researchers, drug companies, and nonprofit agencies seek to identify and validate promising biological targets for new medicines to treat RA -- as well as some other diseases and conditions. Hopefully, the research consortium will speed the development of RA treatments.

Special pages in NIH MedlinePlus magazine also discuss new research to help persons with paralysis as well as the 25th anniversary of The Children's Inn on the NIH campus. The Children's Inn is a private, non-profit, family-centered residence for children, who participate in medical research.

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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