The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a United States government healthcare agency that is a tremendous resource for the public. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. They provide information to the public on many medical issues, including clinical medical trials and food for healthy living. The NIH gives easy to understand knowledge about the clinical trial process and walks you through the entire course of action typically used to enroll in a trial.
Clinical Trials and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Knowing how the clinical trial process works is important since current or recently completed clinical trials may inform families of new insights on treatments for many diseases such as cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. The NIH even has a program to match people trying to find clinical trials to researchers looking for people to become part of a clinical trial! The ResearchMatch is a free, secure registry to make it easier for the public to volunteer and become involved in clinical research studies that contribute to improved health in the future.
Food for Healthy Living and the NIH
Food for healthy living is another area that the NIH excels. They present recipes that are heart friendly with information about calories, serving size and nutrients. They give recipes catering to Latinos and African Americans, as well as the DASH eating plan. The DASH plan is recommended to help reduce incidences and manage high blood pressure. This method is effective in all demographic groups, but African Americans will find this plan especially useful. Jay Harold has an article on hypertension in the Black community and presents ways to manage this disease that affects over 40% of the African American adult population. The NIH also offers recipes with American and Asian pizzazz, so almost every variety of food is covered.
Extending Healthy, Active Life, and the NIH
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. They provide consumer-friendly health information on various age-related health topics, including Alzheimer’s disease research. The NIA is the lead Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.
The National Institute on Aging’s Office of Special Populations highlights some of the research being done to find the social and psychological causes of health disparities for racial minority populations. Dr. H. David Chae is exploring innovative biological stress pathways that may lead to accelerated aging among African Americans.
The NIH highlights health topics and offers timely advice to the public. How do you tell the difference between a cold, flu or allergy? An NIH expert answers that question and many other common healthcare questions on their website. The website is an excellent resource for accurate healthcare information and should often be visited.
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