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December 17, 2014
Have a doctor appointment?
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Find out how to make the most of your visit on our talking with your doctor page.

How well you and your doctor communicate with each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Being prepared can help make the most of your visit...


December 15, 2014
Director's Comments: Ebola Vaccine: First Steps
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on Ebola Vaccine: First Steps. The transcript is also available.

While an experimental Ebloa vaccine produced an intended immune system response and seems sufficiently safe to recommend further trials, important steps remain before there is a widely available Ebola vaccine, suggests a preliminary study and accompanying editorial recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


December 12, 2014
The health of the caregiver is important, too.
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Visit the MedlinePlus Caregivers topic page and find advice on caring for yourself.

Caregivers provide help to another person in need. The person receiving care may be an adult - often a parent or a spouse - or a child with special medical needs...


December 8, 2014
Director's Comments: NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. The transcript is also available.

The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus magazine covers back-to-school tips to boost kids health, type 2 diabetes, as well as information about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


December 4, 2014
Director's Comments: FDA Approves Meningitis B Vaccine
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA’s) recent approval of a vaccination to prevent meningitis B provides the first U.S. clinically sanctioned vaccine to stop the bacterial illness that killed six college students within the past two years.


December 1, 2014
December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available
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The December issue of NIH News in Health is now available.

Featured stories include "Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health" and "When Your Back Hurts: Don't Let Back Pain Knock You Flat". Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.


December 1, 2014
World AIDS Day
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December 1 is World AIDS Day. Check out the MedlinePlus HIV/AIDS topic page.

Learn more about World AIDS Day 2014 from AIDS.gov.


November 28, 2014
Director's Comments: TB and Sherlock Holmes
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Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on TB and Sherlock Holmes. The transcript is also available.

The 19th century discovery that tuberculosis (TB) is a bacteria (and the initial efforts to treat it) have surprising links to the creators of pasteurization and Sherlock Holmes, finds a new book that was recently reviewed in Science.