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Evaluating Health Information on the Internet
The Internet enables consumers to quickly access and exchange an incredible wealth of health information. Unfortunately, not all of this information is reliable. There is no governing body or authority patrolling the Internet to ensure the accuracy, currency, or completeness of information found on websites, or to assess the motives of website producers. Evaluating websites is the consumer's responsibility.
Our Top Ten Health Sites
Here is a selection of Internet sites our staff finds helpful in answering consumer health questions. Remember that visiting a website should not substitute for a personal consultation with a health care provider.
Promotes food awareness and a mindful approach to eating. Extensive food database, portion watch, interactive tools and information centers.
Current, comprehensive information from the National Cancer Institute on types of cancer, treatment options, clinical trials, risk factors, prevention, testing, and coping with cancer.
Drugs.com: Drug Information Online
(www.drugs.com) Detailed information, in English and Spanish, on 24,000 prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, education, services, and advocacy for families caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling conditions.
Funded by the Nemours Foundation, KidsHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children, from before birth through adolescence. There are three separate areas designed to appeal to kids, teens, and parents, each with age-appropriate content and tone.
Lab Tests Online
A public resource on clinical lab testing. Search by test name, medical condition, or age-related screening tests.
Healthy living centers focus on health concerns of women, men, families, the elderly, pregnancy and reproduction, food and nutrition, sports and fitness and working life. Includes many interactive tools to help you take charge of your health.
Authoritative information in English and Spanish on over 700 health topics information from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, other federal agencies and private health organizations. Special features include self-paced tutorials and videos of surgical procedures.
The Merck Manual of Medical Information, home edition
Internet version of a popular family health guide. Abundant use of photos and videos to explain concepts. Includes an audio pronunciation guide of medical terms.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Research-based information on non-conventional medical and health care systems, practices, and products.
Explanations of radiologic procedures and therapies.
Additional Health Internet Sites
For links to 100 trust-worthy health information sites on the Internet, visit the CAPHIS web site. CAPHIS is the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.
The Tremaine Resource Center maintains this web site to share information with the community about the library's programs, resources, and services and to direct consumers to generally reliable, complete, and current Internet sources for health and wellness information. We do not provide medical advice or professional services. The Resource Center cannot guarantee the accuracy of the websites we recommend. A visit to our website, or to any of the sites we suggest, should not substitute for professional care. We strongly encourage consumers to carefully evaluate any health information they find on the Internet and to discuss this information with their health care providers.
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