Welcome to the discussion on health sources of information.
Health information sources -- the Miracle Cure -- what do you believe on the Internet? Do you believe anything? Or are you critical of what you read? Let's proceed.
I'll create a demonstration video of PubMed, the main National of Library Medicine Website and database, but in this lecture, I'll talk about MedlinePlus, which is the general public interface to PubMed's more research oriented audience.
MedlinePlus offers information catered to the general public. It's also provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. You will find the information on this site more accessible than what's on PubMed. You can see on the screen in this image four main parts of the site:
If I click on the Health Topics link, I'll access detailed, public friendly information on a variety of topics that are categorized into five different groups:
I may follow any of these links to more detailed pages on the various aspects of these categories. E.g., if I click on the Blood, Heart and Circulation link, I can access more detailed information on topics under this category.
MedlinePlus' Drugs & Supplements page provides detailed information on OTC and prescription drugs as well as information on herbal and other types of supplements. Drilling down into this site provides a wealth of information and provides answers to important questions about the various drugs, herbs, and supplements out there. The next slide highlights this for the page on aspirin.
The Videos and Tools section of the sites provides information in other accessible ways. For example, here's a cool video on macular degeneration. Such things are great for simple educational use but are also helpful if you have or know someone who has issues with topics presented in these videos.
There are some other neat tools and games to explore on this site. The Health Check Tools link will take you to a page that has quizzes and games. E.g., do you need a hearing or an asthma test? There are quizzes for that. And there are links to games to help people identify parts of the anatomy, learn about blood types, and more. Many of these games are aimed at children, and thus are also good educational resources. Also, some or most of the games may require Flash to play, and this is less supported by browsers today.
There is a nice transcript on evaluating health information on websites. I'll provide a demo that shows how to use the checklist in a following video. But read through this transcript -- part of your work this week will involve using the questions posed here to evaluate a medical/health care website.
Evaluating health info transcript:
This week you'll use the Charity Navigator (see chapter 5 of your textbook) to see what kind of information you can find about a charity. In addition to the health info evaluation, I'll also provide a series of demos of funding sites, statistical information sites, and like. Stay tuned.