This is the online version of the printed publication, The NIH Word on Health, Consumer Health Information Based on Research from the National Institutes of Health

August 2004

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Palliative Care
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients near the end of their lives. It involves not only medications to relieve pain, but also a team approach to provide comfort and support that involves family, friends and health care providers. full story

Preventing College-Age Alcohol Abuse
Young adults going off to college can expect to be exposed to many new experiences. Unfortunately, one of them may be heavy drinking. Alcohol abuse is now a widespread problem on the nation's college campuses. full story

Different Trials, Different Results
Have you ever thought that something was supposed to be good for your health, but then suddenly heard it was bad for you? How in the world can medical studies come to such different conclusions about the same thing? full story

Facts About Weight Cycling
Weight cycling is the repeated loss and regain of body weight. Some research links weight cycling with certain health risks. full story

Expanded NIH Health Information Web Site
The expanded site now offers links to a wider range of NIH's valuable resources, features colorful images to highlight an intriguing range of useful features, and gives readers the chance to test their health knowledge. full story

Research Capsules: Imagination Can Help You Remember Your Medicine | Preventing Infections in the Home | Images of the Maturing Brain

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