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January 14, 2009
Keep That New Year's Resolution to Exercise!
Picture of tennis playerKeep that New Year's resolution to exercise in 2009! Find tips on starting an exercise routine and staying motivated, and learn more about the benefits of physical activity on the exercise and physical fitness, exercise for children, and exercise for seniors topic pages on MedlinePlus.

January 14, 2009
Live Webcast: Diagnosing & Treating Digestive Tract Disorders Endoscopically
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Watch a live webcast on diagnosing and treating digestive diseases endoscopically on January 15 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

Also, browse through links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual procedures performed at medical centers in the United States.

January 13, 2009
New Topic Page: Impaired Driving
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Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on impaired driving.

Impaired driving is dangerous and is the cause of more than half of all car crashes. It means operating a motor vehicle while affected by alcohol, affected by illegal or legal drugs, too sleepy, distracted, such as using a cell phone or texting, or having a medical condition which affects your driving...

January 12, 2009
Director's Comments: Breast Cancer & Natural Remission

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on breast cancer and natural remission. The transcript is also available.

A recent Norwegian study found breast cancer occasionally seems to disappear on its own without medical intervention. The study and an accompanying editorial, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, present important findings and implications for breast cancer screening and treatment...

January 09, 2009
Salmonella Infections
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Salmonella is in the news. Salmonella is the name of a group of bacteria. In the United States, it is the most common cause of foodborne illness. Salmonella occurs in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and sometimes on unwashed fruit and vegetables...

Visit the MedlinePlus salmonella infections page for more information.

January 09, 2009
Go Local! Find Health Services in Your Area
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Need information on health services? Go Local! Go Local connects users with local health services. For example, check out Healthy DC and Maryland Health. To find local resources, you can go straight to your area or use the Go Local link on a MedlinePlus Health Topic Page.

January 08, 2009
New Topic Page: Statins
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Visit the new MedlinePlus Health Topic page on statins.

Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries, narrowing or even blocking them. If diet and exercise don't reduce your cholesterol levels, you may need to take medicine. Often, this medicine is a statin...

January 05, 2009
January Is Thyroid Awareness Month
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January is Thyroid Awareness Month. To learn more, visit the thyroid diseases health topic page on MedlinePlus.

Also, check out the latest news on thyroid diseases and view the interactive tutorial on thyroid surgery.

January 05, 2009
January Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available
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The January issue of NIH News in Health is available. Featured stories cover winter health problems and using computers to improve our health. Also check out the health capsules and the featured Web site.

January 05, 2009
Director's Comments: Liver Transplant Allocation Process & Challenges

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on liver transplant allocation process and challenges. The transcript is also available.

Some racially-based disparities for the estimated 16,000 Americans waiting to receive a liver transplant are improving, but gender differences persist, suggests a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...

January 01, 2009
Fight Those Holiday Pounds!
Image of scaleTo learn how to control your weight and shed those extra holiday pounds, visit the MedlinePlus health topic pages on weight control, exercise and physical fitness, and nutrition.

December 30, 2008
Director's Comments: Vitamins, Rheumatoid Arthritis & Heart Disease

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on vitamins, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. The transcript is also available.

The year's end resulted in two disappointing findings for those who hoped some common vitamins would help men prevent heart disease and women avert rheumatoid arthritis. A recent study suggests women who take vitamin E do not reduce their risk of rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. Another study, released a few days before, found men do not reduce their risk of heart disease by taking vitamins E and C...

December 29, 2008
Director's Comments: Family Health Portrait

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on family health portraits. The transcript is also available.

It's the time of the year when many families are together to enjoy the blessings of the season. One free -- but valuable -- gift you might give to yourself and your family members this year is to complete a family health portrait...