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THE BEST OF THE WEB

Medical and health-related information on the web is not always reliable. The best sources, according to M. J. Tooey, president of the Medical Library Association and Sarah Farrell, RN, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia, are:

Research Findings: http://www.patientinform.org delivers up to date research on cancer, heart disease and cancer. Source: The American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.

Alternative Medicine: http://nccam.nih.gov (Source: National Institute of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and http://www.umm.edu/altmed (Source: University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary Medicine Program). Both of these sites present reputable research on herbal medicine and alternative treatments



Healthy Aging: http://nihseniorhealth.gov gives senior-specific health information. The option of enlarging text or having text read aloud is included.

General: http://www.medlineplus.gov contains information on over700 health topics and has interactive tutorials, links to clinical trials and the latest health news. Source: National Library of Medicine. Also, try http://www.mayoclinic.com for quizzes, health calculations and “ask the expert” section. Source: Mayo Clinic




(Source: February ’06 Prevention Magazine, “The Best of the Web”)


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