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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 5
  March 1, 2013
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Cardin Cheers NIH Workforce at Town Hall Meeting, Hopes Sequestration Can Be Avoided

Sen. Ben Cardin (r, D-MD) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins were present for a Feb. 8 Town Hall meeting.

Sen. Ben Cardin (r, D-MD) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins were present for a Feb. 8 Town Hall meeting.

At his second NIH Town Hall appearance in 17 months, and his fourth official campus visit during that time, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on Feb. 8 assured a Masur Auditorium audience of his enthusiastic support for the NIH workforce and its mission and his optimism that Congress and President Obama can find an alternative to painful budget cuts required by sequestration, due to take effect Mar. 1.

Cardin spent the first 20 minutes of the hour-long session thanking employees for “world-class” research that has made inroads in cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and mental health and giving a budget deficit overview. He had arrived at NIH earlier in the morning and been given a tour of the Clinical Research Center, meeting physicians and patients.

Questions Remain About the Spice of Life
STEP Forum Shakes Up Salt Debate

Dr. Gregory Germino
Dr. Gregory Germino
Does America have an unhealthy relationship with salt? A recent Staff Training in Extramural Programs forum, “Dietary Salt: To Shake or Not to Shake?,” presented a 2-hour moderated discussion on how much salt is appropriate in our diet.

“Humans have had a long and complicated relationship with sodium that goes back thousands of years,” said moderator Dr. Gregory Germino of NIDDK. “Long ago, humans discovered that not only did it taste good, but also—perhaps even more importantly from a commercial perspective—salt has an important role as a preservative...However, even Lot in the Book of Genesis knew that too much was probably a bad thing!”