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NLM Director’s Comments Transcript
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine: 11/13/2012

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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 recent cystic fibrosis advances, how to find health information at one innovative, South Carolina beauty shop, as well as a section on diabetes’ prevention and management.

The cover features television actor Anthony Anderson, who discusses his efforts to educate African Americans about diabetes. Anderson, who is the co-star of the NBC comedy Living with Kids, tells NIH MedlinePlus magazine he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 11 years ago at age 31.

Anderson says he hopes to (and we quote) ‘educate African Americans … and others about how to live with diabetes, not die from it’ (end of quote).

Anderson notes he believes it is important for younger adults to talk with peers about diabetes since the disease often is mistakenly perceived as prevalent only among seniors.

In terms of prevention and managing diabetes (which is the focus within a special section of NIH MedlinePlus magazine), Anderson says (and we quote): ‘I hit the trifecta when I was diagnosed; type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Now all three are much better, thanks to my diet, exercise, and the medicines I take’ (end of quote).

The diabetes section includes a discussion of new guidelines to treat type 2 diabetes that focus more on personalized treatment goals, including monitoring blood sugar as well as blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

 A section on cystic fibrosis provides an overview of its digestive, reproductive, respiratory and other symptoms. NIH MedlinePlus magazine also details how cystic fibrosis is diagnosed in prenatal and newborn screening, sweat tests, and cystic fibrosis carrier tests.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease of the mucus and sweat glands that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 36,000 Americans.

While NIH MedlinePlus magazine explains there is no cure, adults and children with the disease live longer today because of treatment advances. These advances include different treatment options for treating lung infections of children with cystic fibrosis and an improved understanding of how the disease progresses within the lungs.

NIH MedlinePlus magazine also contains an interesting feature about how the patrons of MaFlo’s beauty salon in Georgetown, SC turn their conversations about health into medical information seeking on the internet. NIH MedlinePlus magazine notes on a typical day beauty shop visitors use several available computers to look up health information on MedlinePlus. The support for the computers comes from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, an NLM division.

The current edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine additionally features C-SPAN’s Washington Journal’s recent interview about the future of electronic patient health records with Dr. Lindberg as well as a discussion about AIDS treatment with Anthony S. Fauci M.D., the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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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