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February 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Posted by on February 3rd, 2016 Posted in: Consumer Health, Rare Diseases

Illustration showing a clear line between tumor tissue and normal tissue. 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:

  • Technologies Enhance Tumor Surgery: Helping Surgeons Spot and Remove Cancer
    For surgeons, removing a tumor is a balancing act. Cut out too much and you risk removing healthy tissues that have important functions. Remove too little and you may leave behind cancer cells that could grow back into a tumor over time. NIH-funded researchers are developing new technologies to help surgeons determine exactly where tumors end and healthy tissue begins. Their ultimate goal is to make surgery for cancer patients safer and more effective.
  • Focusing on Fibromyalgia: A Puzzling and Painful Condition
    You’ve probably heard of fibromyalgia, but you may not know what it is. Fibromyalgia is a long-term (chronic) pain condition that affects 5 million or more Americans ages 18 and older. For unknown reasons, most people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women, although men and children also can be affected. People with certain disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, may also have fibromyalgia, which can affect their disease course and treatment.
  • Infertility Treatments and Children’s Development
    A growing number of would-be parents are turning to infertility treatments to help them have a baby. A new study found no evidence that these treatments cause any developmental delays. The findings may offer some relief to parents concerned about the long-term health risks of infertility therapies.
  • Help for Rare and Undiagnosed Conditions
    Trying to get a diagnosis for a perplexing medical condition can be a long and frustrating process. For rare diseases, a diagnosis may take years. NIH’s Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center features information about thousands of rare diseases as well as resources to help with diagnoses and finding appropriate care.
  • Featured Website: NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
    Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and more. In the U.S., they’re used by half of all adults and a third of all children. This site offers reliable, evidence-based information about dietary supplements for health professionals and consumers in both English and Spanish.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Marco Tamase is the Member Services Coordinator for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Network of the National Library of Medicine located at UCLA.

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