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Vol. LVIII, No. 21
October 20, 2006

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Mary Tyler Moore Launches NLM Magazine

Who can turn the world on with her...commitment to high-quality health information? Television icon and spokesperson for diabetes research Mary Tyler Moore was on hand Sept. 20 for the Capitol Hill launch of NIH MedlinePlus magazine. The inaugural issue, which follows a pilot issue published in May, is being sent to doctors’ offices nationwide, so that patients can learn about NIH and benefit from the information resulting from NIH-sponsored research. The issue features a cover story about Moore and her tireless diabetes research advocacy, plus articles on arthritis, breast cancer, the flu and the Children’s Inn. NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni spoke at the event, describing how the new magazine fulfills a commitment to Congress to publicize the fruits of NIH-sponsored research to patients, families and the public. Other speakers at the launch included NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH). The magazine is cosponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the National Library of Medicine. A PDF copy of NIH MedlinePlus is available at

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (c) referees the Oct. 12 Combined Federal Campaign basketball free-throw contest featuring directors of the institutes and centers. The contest, held in front of Bldg. 1, was proposed by NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak to raise awareness of this year’s CFC. Coincidentally, Tabak won, hitting the most free throws in 30 seconds.
Ball in hand, CIT Deputy Director Al Whitley focuses on the hoop as other IC entrants (from l) NIDDK acting director Dr. Griffin Rodgers, NIA deputy director Dr. Judith Salerno, Charles Sabatos, chief of NINR’s Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison, and NHLBI deputy director Dr. Susan Shurin look on. R&W President Randy Schools (r) also helped officiate the contest.

On hand for the magazine launch were (from l) NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Rep. Ralph Regula, Mary Tyler Moore, former Rep. Paul Rogers and NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg.

Moore has long been a spokesperson for diabetes research.

Sen. Tom Harkin (l) joins Rogers at the podium at the Sept. 20 event on Capitol Hill.

Competitors include (from l) NIAMS director Dr. Steve Katz, CSR deputy director Dr. Cheryl Kitt, CC director Dr. John Gallin, NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel, NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg and Salerno.

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