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NLM Director’s Comments Transcript
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: 05/27/2014

Picture of Dr. Lindberg
Cover of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Spring 2014 Issue
Photo: Courtesy of
the National Library of Medicine.

Greetings from the National Library of Medicine and MedlinePlus.gov

Regards to all our listeners!

I'm Rob Logan, Ph.D. senior staff 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

I’m Rob Logan, Ph.D., senior staff, U.S. National Library of Medicine, for Donald Lindberg, M.D, the Director of the National Library of Medicine.

Here is what’s new this week in MedlinePlus.

The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine covers rethinking drinking, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as information about lupus.

The cover features Julian Lennon, the global ambassador for the lupus foundation of America and the middle-aged son of late music legend John Lennon. Julian Lennon explains his extensive involvement in promoting awareness of lupus occurred following the death of his childhood, close friend Lucy Vodden, who died of lupus in 2009.  

Although Julian Lennon explains Lucy was not a public figure, his grade school drawing of her inspired his father’s writing of ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ which became one of The Beatles’ most celebrated songs.

Regarding lupus’ treatment and fostering more public awareness of the disease, Lennon says (and we quote): ‘There is still much work to be done, but with education and research, and just a bit of everyone’s help, we can make a difference and change the course of most with this painful disease’ (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. Lupus leads to inflammation and possible damage to body tissues and can impact one’s kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine adds while there is no cure for lupus, there are effective treatments. Marianna Kaplan M.D., a lupus researcher at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): ‘there has been a significant improvement in understanding potential mechanisms that lead to lupus and its associated complications’ (end of quote).

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also contains a special section about understanding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes ADHD’s causes include: gene inheritance, environmental factors (such as an increased risk when a child’s mother smokes or drinks excessively during pregnancy), and brain injuries. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes a theory that refined sugar consumption is linked to ADHD is not well-supported by current research.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine distinguishes among three different childhood ADHD symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains while it is normal for a child to be inattentive, hyperactive and act impulsively, these behaviors are more severe in children with ADHD and the symptoms last for more than six months.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides a page that describes different ways to treat ADHD, which include medications and psychotherapy. NIH MedlinePlus magazine adds a page that notes there are adults with ADHD and describes current research, including pioneering efforts to find differences in genes and brain structure that may predict ADHD.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally contains a special section to encourage more awareness of alcohol consumption. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes ‘Rethinking Drinking,’ a new website from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is designed to help men and women reduce their risk of alcohol problems.

The easy-to-use ‘Rethinking Drinking’ website helps you assess your drinking habit and provides the latest evidence about effective ways to curb alcohol consumption. You can find the website by typing ‘Rethinking Drinking’ in the search box of any web browser.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine adds an interesting graphic that explains as blood alcohol content grows, impairment increases exponentially from mild, to increased, to severe, to life threatening.

Special pages also are provided about women and alcohol abuse, underage, college, and senior drinking.

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.

Inside the front cover Kerry Kelly Novick (the actor Gene Kelly’s daughter, who is a developmental psychoanalyst) notes a World War II training film starring her father was a pioneer in describing the possibility of traumatic stress among sailors and veterans. The film ‘Combat Fatigue Irritability’ (with comments about its historic significance) is now available on a website sponsored by NLM.

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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