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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Launched!

MedlinePlus Magazine Cover(Washington, D.C – May 8, 2006) — Stating that consumers can now have access to “information that comes directly from the world’s leading medical and health research organization,” the Honorable Paul Rogers, former member of Congress and Chairman of The Friends of the National Library of Medicine, today announced the launch of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. This quarterly publication will be distributed free of charge to patients and their families in the waiting rooms of selected practicing physicians across the nation.

“The American people have made a long-term investment in the crucial medical research being carried on by NIH,” said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. “NIH MedlinePlus magazine is an important way to make this research and healthcare information even more accessible and useful to health professionals and patients alike. This magazine will provide the public with a gold standard of reliable, up-to-date health information,” he continued, “in a very user-friendly format that can act as a springboard to the Web site: MedlinePlus.gov.”

“NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, like the Web site, is completely free and has no advertising,” commented Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

“The magazine sorts through the clutter of competing health claims that are out there to provide reliable information that can be used by the public.
The magazine is based on the NIH Web resource – http://medlineplus.gov – with its many links to consumer-friendly information about diseases and health conditions, prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements, 27,000 clinical trials, and much more,” said Lindberg.

Each issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine will link readers with celebrities and other individuals who share their own health-related experiences and discuss how these issues may affect others. The premiere issue features an in-depth MedlinePlus interview with athlete/Tour de France bicycle race winner Lance Armstrong, who talks about his own experience with life-threatening cancer.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is organized to help readers learn more about specific health conditions and offer the latest advice on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research findings. Regular features will include the latest information on how to stay healthy for a lifetime and will also profile some of the most fascinating people – from laboratory scientists and public figures to patients who are making a difference in the search for medical advances.

NN/LM network members will receive complimentary copies of each issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. A pdf version of the magazine is also available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine.html.

Press release from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine dated May 8, 2006

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