Finding Reliable Health Information Online


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Flyer produced for and distributed to the local Ann Arbor disability community, includes government publications MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, Clinical Trials,

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Finding Reliable Health Information Online

  1. 1. Finding Reliable Health Information Online T he web is a complex and complicat- ed source of all kinds of information, some good, some not so good, some ments, you can find excellent, well orga- nized answers to your questions.This da- tabase also includes links to other very terribly untrustworthy. For reliable health reputable sources, such as the Mayo information, the staff members of the Clinic and specialized health organiza- Health Sciences Libraries recommend a tions. few good sites. As a one-stop-shopping source, Med- Our first choice is MedlinePlus (med- linePlus also contains directories (of doc- It is authoritative, hav- tors, dentists, and hospitals), a medical ing been produced by the librarians dictionary, a medical encyclopedia, and at the National Library of Medicine; is a recent medical news. free from anywhere in the world via an Internet connection; and has no ad- MedlinePlus also encompasses a sec- vertisements nor conflicts of interest. tion called “Go Local,” which can be very helpful. By geographical location (down If you need information about any one of to the county level), it provides lists of 750 health topics or drugs and supple- health services and programs as well as
  2. 2. support groups. Although still a “work in offering up-to-date medical information, progress,” “Go Local” can lead the user tips for healthy living, and inspiring sto- to much useful information. NIH Senior- ries. Health (, which is readily available from the MedlinePlus Still another reliable and useful database main site (on the right hand side of the first involves clinical trials ( A screen), is particularly user friendly and is registry of federally and privately support- not just for Seniors. This easy-to-use web- ed clinical trials conducted in the United site features health and wellness informa- States and around the world, it presents tion. One can use the buttons at the top of information about a trial’s purpose, stage, each page to make the text bigger, change who may participate, locations, and phone text color, or hear the text read aloud. numbers for more details. All this informa- tion should be used in conjunction with I n addition to eight general topics (Bones advice from health care professionals. and Joints; Memory and Mental Health, etc.) there are a number of more specific subtopics that the user can choose (listed alphabetically from A to Z). There is also Health Sciences Libraries a featured topic (for example, Comple- mentary and Alternative Medicine), exer- This project was funded in whole or in part with Federal funds cise stories featuring older adults and the from the National of Healthof and Human National InstitutesCon- Health, Department Library Medicine, Services, under of activities they enjoy, and health videos tract # NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.