2013 Edition of NIDDK’s Annual Scientific Report Now Available
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) annual scientific report, NIDDK Recent Advances & Emerging Opportunities, is now available. This report highlights examples of NIDDK-supported research advances published in fiscal year 2012. It also includes stories of discovery, which trace research progress in specific areas over an extended time frame; profiles patients who are living with diseases that are part of NIDDK’s research mission; and highlights scientific presentations made to the NIDDK’s National Advisory Council during the past year.
The report also contains an overview of NIDDK research training programs; information on the HBO documentary series “The Weight of the Nation”—a collaborative public awareness campaign showing how obesity affects the country's health; and a feature on the 2012 Lasker award winner in basic research, long-time NIDDK grantee Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, a pioneer in the field of liver transplantation.
To read the report, go to www.niddk.nih.gov. Or request a hard copy via the message box at http://catalog.niddk.nih.gov/ContactUs.cfm, by calling 1–800–860–8747 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST on Monday through Friday, or by writing to NIDDK Clearinghouses Publications Catalog, 5 Information Way, Bethesda, MD 20892–3568.
New NIH Resources Help Growing Number of Americans with Vision Loss
A large-print booklet and a series of videos to help people adapt to life with low vision are available from the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The chief causes of vision loss in older people are age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract, and glaucoma. The materials were released during Low Vision Awareness Month, February 2013.
The booklet, Living with Low Vision: What you should know, urges people with low vision to seek help from a low vision specialist and provides tips to maximize remaining eyesight, enabling them to safely enjoy a productive and rewarding life. The videos feature patient stories about living with low vision. Another video, targeted to health care professionals, emphasizes the importance of informing patients with vision loss about vision rehabilitation services. The booklet and the videos were developed by the NEI National Eye Health Education Program.
“I encourage anyone with low vision to seek guidance about vision rehabilitation from a low vision specialist,” said NEI Director Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. “For many people, vision rehabilitation can improve daily living and overall quality of life.”