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Regards to all our listeners!
I'm Rob Logan, Ph.D. senior staff National Library of Medicine substituting this week for Donald Lindberg, M.D, the Director of the U.S. National of Medicine.
Here is what's new this week in MedlinePlus.
The new edition of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine features a profile about the 'heart truth' campaign -- plus a section about how to keep your family healthy in 2009.
In the cover story, actress Ana Ortiz (from the television comedy Ugly Betty) models a red dress symbolic of the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institutes' annual 'heart truth' campaign to inform women about the risk factors for heart disease. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among American women; one of every four women dies from the disease.
A page in the current NIH Medline Plus Magazine is devoted to providing easy-to-read information about heart disease's symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine reports among heart disease's symptoms are:
An accompanying graphic displays how a clot in a coronary artery blocks the supply of oxygen and blood and can cause a heart attack.
Other accompanying graphics provide: questions to ask a doctor about heart disease, some recent research from NIH that helps assess, treat, and manage heart disease, plus a list of some websites that provide 'heart healthy' information.
A separate section about illness prevention in the new NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, called Healthy Family 2009, provides a variety of preventive tips targeted for new moms, kids, and adults.
For starters, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine lists eight information sources on the Internet that assist expectant and new moms. These sources include sites for pregnant teenage women as well as later childbearing.
The Healthy Family 2009 section includes a tear out page that provides a child vaccination schedule and notes the appropriate ages for recommended vaccinations. In contrast to some published vaccination schedules, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine also introduces why a child should receive each recommended vaccine.
A page on NIH MedlinePlus Magazine urges adults to be screened for: blood pressure, cholesterol, colorectal cancer, depression, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases. Women are encouraged to get screening tests for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and osteoporosis. Men are encouraged to be screened for prostate cancer.
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine provides a primer on healthy aging that includes information about how to control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight, curb drinking, stop smoking, continue to exercise plus follow other preventive steps, such as educating yourself about health (by using MedinePlus.gov, of course!)
Two special articles introduce the health benefits of exercise for children and adults.
Among other topics, NIH MedlinePlus Magazine contains a section on post-traumatic stress disorder (which we discussed in a recent podcast).
Other articles include a section on complementary and alternative medicine and its expansion within U.S. clinical practices. The section explains how research -- often funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine -- provides increasing evidence about clinically useful integrative, alternative, and complementary practices.
Additional articles in the current NIH MedlinePlus Magazine include:
NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is distributed to physician's 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 'NIH MedlinePlus Magazine,' which is on the bottom right side of MedlinePlus.gov's home page. Previous editions of the magazine are available at the same site.
Moreover, the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine's web interface (on MedlinePlus.gov) is much improved. The former large PDF file of the entire magazine is replaced by a link to a cluster of similar articles, or section, within the magazine. The new format makes it easier to pick what you wish to read and now, there are new links to other sectional articles (at the end of each story). Best yet, the copy, format and photos look nicer -- and I think are easier to read -- on your computer screen.
Overall, the entire format is more user-friendly and I encourage you to give it a try.
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