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Consumer Health

Finding Medical Information

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You: A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH National Institutes of Health

Evaluating Health Information

Evaluating Health Information 

It is always important to assess the website or material used when learning about health information. Below are several links to assist you in learning what to ask and look for when learning about health topics.

  • Check the Date
    • Better medical sites give date
    • No date? Don't trust figures the page calls "current"
  • Check the Source
    • Writer's name listed? Google the name to see who they are.
    • Medical information backs informaton with sources and bibliographies
  • Check the Publisher
    • Do you recognize the agency?
    • Read the "about us" section.
  • Be aware of advertising.

Health News

Here are some links to news sources that discuss health issues. These help keep one up-to-date on topics, but often further research is needed.

Top 10 Consumer Health Websites

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