Skip to main content

MedlinePlus

[And don't forget to leave a comment on this post to enter for your chance to win a $40 bookstore gift certificate. Winner announced here on February 23.]

My day job is as a medical librarian, and I know how important current, accurate information is to anyone recently diagnosed with a disease or illness with which they aren't familiar. Turning to Bing, Google, chat rooms, and so on can add to the concern.

Always remember that the medical professionals directly involved with your case serve as the best resource for learning more information. Coming with questions and concerns based on your research at reputable medical sites is an excellent way to start the conversation.

How do you find those reputable medical sites? There's an easy, one-stop information shopping answer: MedlinePlus. Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health, basic information is provided on many diseases and medical conditions. All of the links, which are numerous, to more information are to reliable sites like the Mayo Clinic, the American Heart Association, etc.

I also like to browse the Current Health News links to create current awareness e-mails for the employees at the hospital where I work. Recent headlines, with links to news brief type content, include: Acupuncture Found Lacking in Fibromyalgia, Medicare Cost-Saving Moves Can Backfire, Too Many with End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes, and Beer for the Bones.

If you have health-related concerns, know that you're not alone, and there are groups and organizations with information to assist you. Turn to MedlinePlus to increase your knowledge and awareness.

Comments

Keli said…
Thanks for the information. I will go and book mark MedlinePlus and keep that in mind for the next time I have a medical realated questions.
Mystica said…
Thank you so much for this information. I came into your blog thru Booking with Bingo and am so glad I did. A friend of mine was just diagnosed with Parkinsons and I do not have much information on the disease. This will help me so very much.

Popular posts from this blog

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?