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See the short tutorial from the National Library of Medicine. You'll learn how to spot reliable information from experts. The MedlinePlus Evaluating Internet Health Information: Checklist is also available with the tutorial.
Finding Health Information on Social Media
Guidelines from the National Institute of Health (NIH-NCCIH)
About one-third of American adults use social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as a source of health information.
If you do:
Check the sponsor's Web site.
Health information on social networking sites is often very brief.
For more information, go to the sponsoring organization's Web site.
On Twitter, look for a link to the Web site in the header;
On Facebook, look in the About section.
Verify that social media accounts are what they claim to be.
Some social networking sites have a symbol that an account has been verified.
For example, Twitter uses a blue badge.
Use the link from the health organization's official Web site to go to its social networking sites.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
Health Information for everyone from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Anatomy videos and interactive tutorials on a variety of conditions and treatments are on this site.
Patient information is presented by body site and by category. Illustrations and diagrams of bone structures are included. Information on injury prevention, osteoarthritis, sports and exercise, joint replacement and tumors are covered thoroughly.
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