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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.


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.

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