On behalf of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), we welcome you to the Winter issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine.
In September, the FNLM was fortunate to have awardwinning actress and tireless diabetes research advocate Mary Tyler Moore help launch the first official issue of the magazine at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Also on hand for the event were National Institutes of Health (NIH) leaders and several key members of the U.S. Congress.
Among the speakers was Dr. Elias Zerhouni, NIH Director, who noted that the new magazine—which is sent to doctors' offices nationwide for their patients to read—helps fulfill Congress's call to publicize the fruits of NIH-sponsored research to patients, their families, and the public at large.
We could not be more delighted at the initial response to NIH MedlinePlus magazine. Requests for thousands of additional copies have been forwarded to the Friends' offices, and we are now in the process of soliciting sponsorships and grants in order to expand the distribution of this valuable, free consumer health publication to as many people as possible.
We hope that you enjoy this issue, which includes a special section on steps you can take that will help you as your body ages, an article on the latest information about the largely unknown impact of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and an update on the very successful Red Dress educational campaign on women and heart disease.
Please let us know if you have special requests about future topics in the magazine and if you would like to receive a free subscription to NIH MedlinePlus.
Paul G. Rogers
Friends of the National Library of Medicine