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HHS HealthBeat (May 5, 2014)

Is that true?

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

There’s a lot of health information on the Web, and at least some of it is right. Having the ability to post on the Web isn’t the same as knowing what you’re talking about, so  the reader has to be able to tell what’s false from what’s accurate and authoritative, as much Web material is.

The director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, advises being wary of product claims involving secret ingredients and breakthroughs, and opinions that don’t have research to back them up. He also advises:

“Websites should have a way to contact the organization or webmaster. If the site provides no contact information, or you can’t easily find who runs the site, use caution.”

And, he says, take the information to your doctor.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 5, 2014