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  Health Tip: Using the Web for Health Information
Make sure the information, source are sound

By Diana Kohnle

(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.

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Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
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