Nurse Practitioner Evangeline Reyes-Pastorella

Department of Neurosurgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The growing popularity of the Internet has made finding health information easier and faster. Much of the information on the Internet is valuable; however, the Internet also allows rapid and widespread distribution of false and misleading information. You should carefully consider the source of information you find on the Internet and discuss that information with your healthcare provider. This fact sheet can help you decide whether the health information you find on the Internet or receive by e-mail is likely to be reliable. (For the rest of the article, click button above).

What should you lookfor when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites?

MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.

The National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has all the HEALTH INFORMATION that you're looking for. Below are examples .

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This site offers short videos on select topics. The videos focus on information such as the causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatments for a particular disease or condition. Experts from the NHLBI discuss how you can take action if you have or are at risk for one of these diseases or conditions. (Source: The National Institutes of Health Website, Retrieved 4/10/2013).

Examples of videos taken from the NIH Health Topics Videos Lists (Please go to the NIH videos site link above to see complete listings of topics):

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Living With and Managing Asthma - More Info Click Here