Monday, October 6, 2014

Do you know how to find reliable information on the web?


Make sure the information and sources are sound
(HealthDay News) -- While the Internet can be a great source of health knowledge, it is important to make sure that you're getting sound advice from a trusted source.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines:
Make sure the information was either written or medically reviewed by a doctor, or that the original source is clearly noted.
Look for reliable sources for statistics.
Make sure the information is factual, versus opinion.
Look for information that has been written or updated within the past year.
Sites run by government, university or nonprofit organizations tend to be reliable because they are not funded by companies that may have a conflict-of-interest.
Some examples of reliable websites include the medlineplus.gov and mayoclinic.com. You can also check out the Wellu webpage.