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.
This is my last 'To Your Health' podcast as I will retire from NLM at the end of November.
In thanks, I wanted to let you know a little about the podcasts, some of the people behind the scenes, and express my appreciation to you and others.
The 'To Your Health' podcast began as 'NLM Director's Comments' in April 2007.
It surprises me to report that I finished nearly 600 podcasts and covered at least 400 different medical topics in the past 11 years. Yikes! That seems like a lot...
The past 11 years have been a stimulating and sobering time in the history of biomedical research. The stimulating examples include significant advances in gene therapy, immunotherapy, and health data science. The sobering examples include: America's increased opioid use; improving research reproducibility; compelling evidence about the nation's health disparities; and the challenges of health literacy (or the public's understanding of medicine) around the world.
I'm pleased to report we covered all of these issues.
To anticipate a question, my favorite podcast was a tribute to Chicago Cubs (and baseball Hall of Fame) legend Ernie Banks following his death in 2015. I explained I was a beneficiary (at age nine) of Banks' outreach efforts to inspire hospitalized youngsters to recover from serious illnesses. The podcast emphasized Banks' legacy — and the importance of — unselfish caregiving to toddlers and youngsters.
However, a key element in the Banks podcast (as well as all of the others) was to provide a segue to MedlinePlus.gov's health topic page about caregiving (in this case) so listeners could learn much more. Overall, I envision each week's topic as a teachable moment to enable you to find out more by using MedlinePlus.gov's health topic pages as an ultimate resource of health information.
In contrast to the Banks podcast, most of the selected weekly topics have been derived from the latest medical research published in leading, refereed biomedical journals. My thanks to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, BMJ, and Science, whose thoughtful research routinely provided 'To your health' topics. In addition, I found it especially helpful when these journals published accompanying editorials or perspectives because they frequently contextualized the importance of a study's findings.
My gratitude to Donald A.B. Lindberg M.D., NLM's Director Emeritus, who asked me to do weekly podcasts in 2007. The podcasts continued (albeit with a name change) when Betsy Humphreys became NLM's acting director from 2015-16 through the current leadership of Patti Brennan Ph.D. I thank all three NLM directors for the opportunity to speak to you every week. And yes, I will miss chatting with you.
My sincerest thanks as well to the seven-person staff who distribute the podcasts. Although I select the topics, narrate, and produce each podcast, several NLM colleagues pick photos as well as distribute the text and audio across multiple media platforms.
I especially salute the contributions of Janet Laylor, who taught me how to produce a podcast in spring 2007, and then assisted with all 600+ of them for the past 11 years. I will miss working with Janet. Incidentally, I still use the same laptop Janet gave me in 2007 to produce 'To Your Health.' Too bad I can't take a now-museum piece of IT with me...
Although I do not like to say goodbye, I'm fond of saying farewell. I look forward to the next chapter in my life, wish you good tidings, and hope our paths cross again. I appreciate the time you set aside to listen to 'To your health,' and hear updates about MedlinePlus.gov and NLM.
Once more with feeling...
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It was nice to be with you. And for the last time, here's to your health!