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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 6
  March 15, 2013
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To Stop a ‘Self-Inflicted’ Wound
Mikulski Visits NIH, Hears Impact of Sequestration

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (r) speaks against damaging effects of sequester on NIH’s patients and grantees.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (r) speaks against damaging effects of sequester on NIH’s patients and grantees.

U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the senior senator from Maryland and chair of the Senate appropriations committee, came to NIH on Feb. 20 with one goal: stop sequestration, the federal government’s automatic budget-cutting mechanism set to take effect on Mar. 1.

“We talk a lot about threats to the United States,” said Mikulski. “We fear foreign predators and terrorism, we fear foreign competition, but we are about to [bring upon ourselves] a self-inflicted wound.”

Mikulski’s NIH tour was the second within a 2-week span by a member of Congress’s senior chamber. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a Town Hall meeting here on Feb. 8. The senators’ visits were an effort to bring attention to the potential devastating effects of what Mikulski called “a meat-ax approach” to cutting funds across every agency. NIH, which she renamed the “National Institutes of Hope,” would take a $1.5 billion hit.
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Make Like a Tree and Breathe
Yoga for Seniors: Safe and Effective?

Dr. George Salem

Dr. George Salem

Millions of Americans practice some form of yoga.

But for seniors and other folks at increased risk for injury, how useful is yoga? How safe?

Now Dr. George Salem of the University of Southern California, in collaboration with his co-principal investigator Dr. Gail Greendale at UCLA, is the first to quantify the biomechanical effects of yoga on healthy seniors. He recently visited NIH to discuss his Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS) in Lipsett Amphitheater.

“The primary objective in the YESS study,” he said, “is to provide information for instructors who will be designing programs for seniors. We want to make sure these are tailored for healthy older adults who are likely to have less strength, range of motion and balance than younger adults.”
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