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NLM Director’s Comments Transcript
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2013: 06/03/2013

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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 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 a toddler who is the first to be functionally cured of an HIV infection, living with allergies, as well as information about stroke recovery and research.

The cover features several stroke survivors including singer Della Reese, actress Sharon Stone, and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL).

Sen. Kirk emphasizes the importance of perseverance for stroke patients. He tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine (and we quote): ‘Climbing up the steps of the U.S. Capitol on January 3 and returning to the Senate was one of the greatest moments of my life, and I want to send that message to all stroke survivors – never, ever give up’ (end of quote).

The deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains about 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke annually. Dr. Walter Koroshetz notes basic research about the human brain is a key to improved, future treatment options for stroke patients.

Dr. Koroshetz explains (and we quote); ‘We are in the early stages of understanding – of mapping – what the different areas of the brain do and how they work together to enable complex functions such as speaking or moving your fingers’ (end of quote).

Dr. Koroshetz adds (and we quote): ‘The more we can understand the basic biology of the aging brain – how blood vessel changes interact with the biology of Alzheimer’s disease, for example – the better we’ll be able to someday prevent dementia’ (end of quote).

The spring 2013 edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally provides a section about new treatments to assist men and women with paralysis.

In a special section on seasonal allergies within NIH MedlinePlus magazine,a chart describes how to distinguish a cold from airborne allergies. For example, while a runny and stuffy nose is common to both airborne allergies and colds, a fever is common in a cold and never occurs in an allergy. While colds last from three to 14 days, NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains an airborne allergy can last for several weeks, such as during ragweed or grass pollen seasons.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine continues other differences between colds and allergies include itchy eyes, which are common in an airborne allergy but rarely occur when you have a cold.

Another special article in NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes the recently documented, pioneering case of a two year old girl, who was functionally cured after she was born with an HIV infection. NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains the girl, who was born in 2010, received extensive antiretroviral therapy for the first 18 months of her life.

In the fall of 2012, the girl’s blood samples revealed undetectable HIV levels and zero HIV-specific antibodies. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes her recovery may be a gateway to help other children born with HIV.

Finally, the spring 2013 edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine provides sections about managing menopause and understanding ‘total,’ ‘good,’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol levels.

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 now includes links that visually supplement the information in some articles.

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