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To Your Health: NLM update Transcript

NIH MedlinePlus magazine Summer 2017: 09/18/2017

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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 genetic testing, food allergies, as well as Alzheimer's disease.

The cover features journalist Liz Hernandez, who explains the impact on her family when they learned her mother had Alzheimer's disease.

Hernandez says (and we quote): 'my initial focus was stepping up to take care of my mom and make sure she felt loved and supported. Once we found our bearings and adjusted to this new reality, I realized that I didn't want to sit on the sidelines while this disease devastated our family. I made the decision to share my story and get involved… We have to use this pain to build awareness' (end of quote).

To better understand Alzheimer's disease, NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports NIH is sponsoring an array of clinical studies and trials. For example, NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes NIH has a neuroimaging initiative devoted to discovering (in unprecedented detail) how the brain ages.

An NIH funded scientist tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): '...By taking images of the brain, we can see changes that happen up to 10 years before actual Alzheimer's symptoms appear.' (end of quote). Some additional NIH research is discussed that assists the future diagnosis and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also reports NIH is pursuing research to better understand how food allergies develop and progress. NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains food allergies often develop during childhood.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports one study (called Learning Early About Peanut Allergy) recently discovered peanut allergies were 80 percent lower among children who had previously eaten peanut products compared to children who avoided peanuts.

Currently, NIH is sponsoring a 10-year study to better understand how food allergies develop in kids, as well as how food allergies impact childhood nutrition and growth.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally provides a section about genetic testing.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine suggests genetic tests can help you: diagnose a disease, pinpoint the genetic factors that cause a disease, predict how severe a disease may be; help select the best medicine and dose to treat disease, discover genetic factors that increase your genetic risks of some diseases and conditions, find genetic factors that may be passed on to children, and screen newborns for some treatable conditions.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine reports genetic tests currently cost between $100-$2000 and health insurance companies may cover part or all of the expense.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also provides a section with brief reports about other medical research developments for eye cataracts and hearing loss. Other articles in the current NIH MedlinePlus magazine include progress to prevent the Zika virus as well as innovative surgical technologies.

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!