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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 the mysteries of multiple sclerosis, kidney transplants, and living with rheumatoid arthritis.
The cover features Matt Iseman, who notes he is able to sustain the high energy required to co-host the television show 'American Ninja Warrior' despite having rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Iseman notes he partially copes with RA by participation in sports, such as yoga and pilates. Iseman says (and we quote): '(Yoga and pilates) .... are terrific for building strength and flexibility. If you are dealing with RA, the saying goes "motion is lotion." The more you move the better you feel and the better your vitality' (end of quote).
Iseman adds medications to help him control RA were discovered only four years before his initial diagnosis at age 30. Iseman explains (and we quote): 'I'm walking proof of the importance of research like that done by NIH....We would not have advancements like this without the research supported by NIH' (end of quote).
NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains RA is a complex disease. However, the scientific director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases notes the array of treatments is increasing. Currently, the Institute is studying the molecular and genetic basis of RA to identify future treatment therapies.
NIH MedlinePlus magazine also reports on new efforts by NIH to expedite organ donation to assist kidney patients. A Johns Hopkins University surgeon notes research is trying to address current geographic disparities by improving the distribution and availability of organs for kidney transplants across the U.S.
The surgeon tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine there are public misconceptions about the risks of donating a kidney. He explains (and we quote): 'The risk of dying from donating a kidney is three in 10,000. That's incredibly safe' (end of quote).
He adds (and we quote): 'In 15 years after you have donated a kidney, on average in the U.S., the risk of getting kidney failure is about 30 in 10,000' (end of quote).
In addition, NIH MedlinePlus magazine magazine reports new research to stop multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as reduce the inflammation commonly experienced by MS patients.
NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains MS is a complex and hard-to-predict disease that impacts about 2.3 million persons globally.
NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes current research focuses on repairing and preventing the cell damage that underlies MS and to discover what causes the disease.
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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