Finding Reliable Health Information Online: MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, ToxNet


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Presentation at the St. Francis of Assisi of Ann Arbor 2011 Annual Health Fair.

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  • Can search/browse by products, manufacturers, ingredients, and health effects. Recommend by product (unless you have a specific health symptom, but cannot identify the source)
  • Automatically translate the drug name into its generic name. Here searching for Advil directs us to ibuprofen records
  • Finding Reliable Health Information Online: MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, ToxNet

    1. 1. How to Find Reliable Health Information Online University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library St. Francis of Assisi Health Fair May 22, 2011 © Regents of the University of Michigan 2010
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li> From the National Library of Medicine </li></ul></ul>It’s all available from MedlinePlus.Gov NIH Senior Health ToxNet
    3. 3. <ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention for 800+ diseases, conditions, and wellness issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Side effects, precautions, and storage for 1000+ drugs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information on alternative treatments, herbs, and supplements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos and tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO ADVERTISING! </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Home Page Type here to search a topic Click here to browse
    6. 6. Searching
    7. 7. Results
    8. 8. Browsing
    9. 9. Drugs, herbs, and Supplements
    10. 10. Drugs, herbs, and Supplements
    11. 11. Drug Example
    12. 12. Health Dictionary Health Encyclopedia
    13. 13. Email Alerts
    14. 14. Videos & Cool Tools
    15. 15. Example Video
    16. 16. Magazine Easy to Read Version Multiple Languages
    17. 17. NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
    18. 18. NIH SeniorHealth
    19. 19. Click on “NIH Senior Health” Start at
    20. 20. All Topics, A-Z Health Videos Email Updates Text Size, Contrast, Narrator Training Tools NIH Senior Health
    21. 21. Health Topic Example
    22. 22. Health Videos
    23. 23. E-Mail Updates
    24. 24. <ul><li>ToxNet: Household Products </li></ul>
    25. 25. Household Products <ul><li>Types of substances in make-up, paint, cleaners, weed killers, glues, and more! </li></ul><ul><li>Potential health effects or hazards of products </li></ul><ul><li>How to handle and dispose of these products safely </li></ul>
    26. 26. Go to and search for ToxNet. It’s the 1 st Result.
    27. 27. Click on “Household Products”
    28. 28. Product Recalls Click on “ Product Recalls”
    29. 29. Find the side effects of using CoverGirl foundation
    30. 30. Browse Products
    31. 31. Product Info on CoverGirl Make-up Includes first aid instructions and recommended handling/disposal
    32. 32. <ul><li>LactMed: </li></ul><ul><li>For Breastfeeding Mothers </li></ul>
    33. 33. LactMed <ul><li>Should I use this drug while breastfeeding? </li></ul><ul><li>What effects will this drug have on my baby? On me? </li></ul><ul><li>What can I take instead? </li></ul>
    34. 34. Go to and search for ToxNet. It’s the 2 nd Result.
    35. 35. Click on LactMed, then type into the search box
    36. 36. Search the Common Pain Reliever Advil
    37. 37. Most Important Sections <ul><li>Summary of Use during Lactation </li></ul><ul><li>Effects in Breastfed Infants </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Effects on Lactation </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate Drugs to Consider </li></ul>
    38. 38. Taubman Health Sciences Library <ul><li>The library is open to the public </li></ul><ul><li>Our computers have guest access </li></ul><ul><li>Located at 1135 E. Catherine St., Ann Arbor </li></ul><ul><li>Free parking in nearby parking structures evenings after 6pm and on weekends </li></ul>