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Roaming librarians file dispatches from the world of information.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Health Information--Can We Trust Anyone?

#Do you search for health and medical information on the internet?  I do.  But instead of typing words into a search engine box, I go straight to MedlinePlus . This NIH/National Library of Medicine site provides current information on diagnosis/symptoms, treatments, drug information, etc. and tons of links to other trusted sites.  It's a great place to start.  I even watched a surgery video before I went on the table. OK, maybe that is not everyone's cup of tea...
MCPL also has helpful health information.
Lastly, I just have to tell you how you can read research papers published on medical (and some science) peer-reviewed journals FOR FREE!  In 2008, National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented the public access policy requiring all scientific literature that contains results of research funded by the NIH to be freely available within a year of publication.  These articles can be found in full-text via PubMed or straight from the publisher sites.  Other private funding organizations also started requiring the same from their fund recipients, some as early as 6 months after publication. 
Contact Ask-a-Librarian service if you need help finding up-to-date health and medical information.
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