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February 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health is Now Available!

Illustration of a woman clutching a tissue near her face while talking with her doctor, who has a prescription pad handy.Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Gripped by Gout: Avoiding the Ache and Agony
    Sudden, painful swelling at the base of the big toe is often the first warning sign of gout. It can affect other joints as well. The good news is, most types of gout are treatable, especially if caught early.
  • Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
    Video technology and in-vehicle sensors showed that distracted driving, especially among new drivers, raises the risk for car crashes and near crashes. The study also found that drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or otherwise take their eyes off the road about 10% of the time.
  • Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
    When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be difficult for the entire family. It’s important that your child, your family, and you get the support and care you need during this challenging time. A special type of care called palliative care can help.
  • Featured Website: NIDA for Teens
    Teens, and adults who care for them, can learn about addiction and drug abuse at this updated site from NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Designed for viewing on smartphones, tablets, and computers, the site’s free, interactive resources include a teen blog, videos, educator guides, and lots of easy-to-read information about the science behind drug abuse.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S.

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