How to find the best medical information online

Jim Miller gives advice on which are the best websites for trustworthy health information.
BY JIM MILLER For The Oklahoman Published: July 30, 2013
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MayoClinic.com: Owned by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, this site is produced by more than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic, and provides in-depth, easy-to-understand information on hundreds of diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures. It also offers a nifty “Symptom Checker” tool and “First-Aid Guide,” along with medical blogs, expert answers, videos and links to additional resources.

Disease-specific sites

There are also dozens of other sites dedicated to specific diseases and conditions. Here are some top-rated sites:

Cancer: American Cancer Society (cancer.org), National Cancer Institute (cancer.gov), Association of Cancer Online Resources (acor.org) and Cancer Care (cancercare.org).

Heart disease: American Heart Association (americanheart.org), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov) and Congenital Heart Information Network (tchin.org).

Diabetes: American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org), National Diabetes Education Program (ndep.nih.gov), Joslin Diabetes Center (www.joslin.harvard.edu), and Diabetes Monitor (diabetesmonitor.com).

Alzheimer's disease: Alzheimer's Association (alz.org), Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (alzinfo.org), and Alzheimers.gov.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to NBC's “Today” show, KFOR-TV and is author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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