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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIV, No. 22
  October 26, 2012
New Studies Prove Aging Can Be Slowed, Miller Says
Two NIH Grantees Win 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
NINDS, Nonprofits Discuss Building Collaborations
Kendler To Give Keller Lecture, Nov. 15
Born in the Fall? You May See 100
The NIH ‘Toolbox’ Is Open
2012 Final Bluebird Count Is In
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Goal Is $2.2 Million
Collins, NIA Kick Off 2012 Combined Federal Campaign

Dr. Francis Collins kicks off CFC.

Dr. Francis Collins kicks off CFC.

After two days of rain, the sun finally came out Oct. 4, along with several hundred NIH employees, to kick off this year’s NIH Combined Federal Campaign. Joined by representatives from some 40 charities, the crowd gathered under a tent in front of Bldg. 1 to focus on the official theme of the 3-month campaign—“Give Hope.”

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, an enthusiastic supporter of the CFC, said he couldn’t be more pleased with that theme. “We at NIH know a little something about hope because of your efforts in research, which bring hope to millions of people all over the world,” he said.

Collins also noted with pride NIH’s role year-after-year in this charitable endeavor. The CFC is the largest workplace-based charity in the world, the Department of Health and Human Services is the largest federal agency contributor to the CFC, and NIH, he emphasized, is the largest contributor within HHS. “So we are the center of the center of the center,” he said.

Top 10 Reasons to Love LactMed
NLM Smartphone App Helps Lactating Mothers with Medications

From mighty databases, smartphone apps grow.

Do you have questions about medications and breastfeeding? The LactMed app can help. It’s packed with information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants and alternative drugs to consider.

“LactMed has 3,000 unique references linked to PubMed and 900 records for drugs, vaccines, biologics and supplements,” says Florence Chang, branch chief for Biomedical Files Implementation in NLM’s Specialized Information Services Division. LactMed was developed by a drug information specialist with the consultative assistance of medical experts under contract with NLM.

The LactMed app has a distinguished lineage. It’s the direct descendant of NLM’s Drugs and Lactation online database—LactMed db for short—which is part of the mighty TOXNET cohort.