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Finding trustworthy medical information online

Sometimes mass media medical reports feel just about this random. It seems like everyone is using Dr. Google to diagnose or treat their medical ailments; but, how do you find quality health information online?  Here are some accurate, authoritative online medical resources that are user friendly too…

1) www.mayoclinic.com

2) www.familydoctor.org – patient information from the American Academy of Family Physicians

3) MedlinePlus – great health information from the National Institutes of Health.  This site has video tutorials for lots of different medical procedures like an MRI.  So, you can check these out before your procedures to have an idea what it will be like.

Another tip for finding trustworthy medical information online is to use the Google “Advanced Search” option.  Click on “Advanced Search” to the right of the Google search bar at google.com.  On the next page, there will be an option to “search within a site or domain.”  If you enter .edu or .gov in this box, it will limit your search to more reputable sources than just anywhere on the world wide web.

Of course, nothing can take the place of asking in person your own doctor, but perhaps this will give you a place to start researching.  Good luck!

Note: Cartoon by Jim Borgman, first published by the Cincinnati Inquirer and King Features Syndicate 1997 Apr 27 and reprinted in the New York Times, 27 April 1997.