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Seven recommended sources of Medical Information on the Internet

Seven recommended sources of Medical Information on the Internet

by Dr. Donald Haigh, PRAXES Occupational Health physician

DHaigh

Finding accurate medical and scientific data on the Internet can be a daunting task. In addition, the results of incorrect information can be serious (missed consultations, missed diagnoses, missed treatment, etc.). These are the Internet sites that I recommend as better than most in terms of scientific validity:

  • The National Library of Medicine sub-site MEDLINEPlus.http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ This is an American list in plain English and plain Spanish of over 18 million peer-reviewed medical citations plus the advice from many of the Specialist Groups in the USA (called Academies)
  • For Occupational Medicine/Industrial Hygiene/Safety information. I recommend 2 sites; one American and 1 Canadian
    • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the USAhttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ This organisation is a section of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention {CDC} of the American Government. Many freebies are offered including the unsurpassed NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The language can be somewhat technical
    • The Canadian Center for Occupational Safety and Health in Canadahttp://www.ccohs.ca/ This group is a combined Management, Labour, Academic administered website developed to inform Canadian workers of health and safety risks in the workplace as well as prevention. It provides the different regulatory rules in each province of Canada. The language is simple and straight forward.
  • Environmental Health
    • Canada www.ec.gc.ca A gateway to all pertinent information concerning Canada’s Environment
    • USA  www.epa.gov Web site for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with lots of research results etc.
  • Preventive Medicine. There are 2 major sites which give the best information on the most useful medical screening examinations

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

-William Shakespeare

Donald Haigh M.Sc, MDCM, FCBOM, CIME

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