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Trustworthy information on herbs and supplements

Are you or someone you know using or considering using herbal remedies or dietary supplements? Wondering if there is a reliable source of information on their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions? MedlinePlus recently released 100 new herb and supplement monographs in English and Spanish from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version (NMCD). These monographs […]

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Breaking language barriers

Do you know someone who needs health information but English is not her/his primary language? Medline Plus‘ website offers links to health information in other languages, from Amharic to Urdu and Vietnamese. In addition, by clicking on a link located on the home page, you can view Medline Plus in a Spanish-language version. This service […]

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Helping consumers find affordable coverage

As noted in the weekly MidContinental Region News newsletter: “Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched HealthCare.gov, a new online tool for consumers. The site connects consumers with information and resources to help them access quality, affordable coverage in their community.”

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Getting good medical information online

A recent article in the online version of the Southtown Star (Chicago, IL) reads, “Doctors see more cases of ‘Google’-itis.” It goes on to illustrate how every day people are searching the Web trying to diagnose every odd symptom they have. One physician left his daughter’s basketball game at halftime when a panicked parent was […]

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Oil spills and human health

As reported on the Krafty Librarian blog: NLM has a page listing links to information on crude oil spills and human health at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html.  It specifically is focused on the United States and the state agencies response to oil spills. For the latest updates about the recent spill and the controlled burning clean up go to […]

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