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4 Tips for Finding Reliable Health Information Online

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Jul 15, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers provides four tips to keep in mind when using the Internet to find reliable health information.

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Have you ever had some pain or discomfort and thought, “Why am I feeling this way?” And, before going to the doctor, you’ve gone online to find an answer?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Although it’s easy to find health information online, not all of what we read is true or accurate.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you go to a website:

  • Websites should have a way to contact the organization or webmaster. If the site provides no contact information, or if you can't easily find who runs the site, use caution.
  • Beware of claims that offer one cure for a variety of illnesses, like a breakthrough or secret ingredient.
  • Look for latest findings from research, not an individual’s opinion.
  • And, always remember to write down questions to bring to your doctor’s visit.
To learn more tips, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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