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Medical and Research Library News - August 2013


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Interesting journal articles

Cool websites and reports on hot topics

Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code: Your genome holds clues to your current and future health as well as your ancestry. Explore how genome studies are improving medical care and our understanding of the world around us. This educational website is part of a state-of-the-art museum exhibition developed through an NIH-Smithsonian partnership.  http://unlockinglifescode.org/

NIAMS Kids Pages: It’s smart to form habits that can help keep your bones, joints, muscles and skin healthy for years to come. This newly updated site for kids—from NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)—can help you keep your body working and moving with ease. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Kids

NIH BRAIN Initiative: The NIH BRAIN Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain. Learn more about wide-ranging research efforts to uncover the complexities of this mysterious organ. Find videos, fact sheets and more.  http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/may2013/capsule3

Pregnancy: Every Week Counts: Learn why it’s important to let the baby set the delivery date. As long as mother and child are both doing fine, it’s best for the baby’s health and yours to wait until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy for delivery. Babies born sooner are at risk for several health problems.  http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/jun2013/capsule3

Stem Cells Coaxed To Create Working Blood Vessels: Successful testing in mice may lead to ways of repairing and regenerating tissues and organs in humans. http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/august2013/08052013vessels.htm

What is Gluten-Free? FDA Has an Answer: With food allergies on the rise, many people are altering their diets and analyzing their food choices much more closely.  With the FDA’s new guidelines, those with Celiac Disease can now be certain what exactly is meant by “gluten-free”. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm363069.htm

Interesting journal articles

Crane PK, Walker R, Hubbard RA, et al. Glucose levels and risk of dementia. N Engl J Med. 2013;369(6):540-8.
Higher glucose levels may be a risk factor for dementia, even among persons without diabetes.

Bay B, Mortensen EL, Hvidtjørn D, Kesmodel US. Fertility treatment and risk of childhood and adolescent mental disorders: register based cohort study. BMJ. 2013;347:f3978.
The article assesses the mental health of children born after fertility treatment by comparing their risk of mental disorders with that of spontaneously conceived children.

Halfon N, Kuo AA. What DSM-5 Could Mean to Children With Autism and Their Families. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(7):608-613.
The American Psychiatric Association will update its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to its fifth edition (DSM-5). With this new edition, the classification and diagnostic criteria for the spectrum of autistic disorders will change and become more specific and potentially more restrictive. Rather than maintaining several subcategories of autism including Asperger syndrome, there will be one new category called autism spectrum disorder. This change may alter which children are diagnosed as having autism as well as modify eligibility for treatment, educational, and other support services. We review the history and rationale for the proposed changes as well as several recent studies that have attempted to gauge the impact of these changes on children and families. We also consider how the proposed changes are likely to create new challenges for parents who are attempting to organize their children's care and for pediatricians who are providing that care and assisting with care coordination.

Kesselheim AS, Green MD, Avorn J. Who Is Now Responsible for Discovering and Warning About Adverse Effects of Generic Drugs? JAMA. 2013 Aug 5.
The article discusses the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act’s requirement that generic manufacturers provide the same warnings provided with the brand-name version of the drug.  While this allows for consistency, many cases have shown that patients have experienced adverse effects while using generic drugs.  In some cases, patients were not warned of the possibility of these effects due to the fact that the brand-name version did not include this information.  The stipulation providing consistency does not always provide safety for the patient and also leaves no room for legal discourse as the generic manufacturers are acting in accordance with the law.

Kumar S, Nilsen WJ, Abernethy A, et al. Mobile Health Technology Evaluation: The mHealth Evidence Workshop. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Aug;45(2):228-36.
Creative use of new mobile and wearable health information and sensing technologies (mHealth) has the potential to reduce the cost of health care and improve well-being in numerous ways. These applications are being developed in a variety of domains, but rigorous research is needed to examine the potential, as well as the challenges, of utilizing mobile technologies to improve health outcomes.

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