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HHS HealthBeat (May 13, 2014)

The right line on health information

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

When you need to know about health, the Web is there to help. But a lot of what’s on the Web is no help – because it’s wrong. So where can you turn for reliably right information?

The director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Dr. Griffin Rodgers, points to MedlinePlus, a consumer-friendly outreach of his institute’s parent agency, the National Institutes of Health:

“You can use MedlinePlus to find easy-to-read information on diseases and conditions, including the latest treatments; learn more information about a drug or supplement; look up medical terms and definitions, or watch videos and surgical procedures.”

It’s free and covers more than 900 health topics.

Learn more at medlineplus.gov.

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

Last revised: May 13, 2014