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Information Overload, the Index Medicus, and PubMed
Image by Nuevo Anden via FlickrThe growth of medical knowledge is difficult to visualize. One classic representation is the Index Medicus — a comprehensive index of medical journal articles — whose bound copies filled the shelves of medical libraries...
Information Overload During Pregnancy
We are told and given so much information from our doctors, midwives, doulas, and other mothers—not to mention all the books and online information we take in— it can leave expectant parents spinning. When I meet with expecting parents we review the information...
Knowledge is a Tool
A transmitter sends information about the glucose levels via radio waves from the sensor to a wireless monitor, that’s about the size of a cell phone. CGM therapy does not replace blood sugar testing. It helps provide a clearer picture of what’s going...
The Human Value of Knowledge
...for this post) that this touching scenario could easily have been much different if we had not had the knowledge of this baby’s physical and chromosomal abnormalities, and the opportunity to discuss the findings and prognosis with the patient before the...
Searching for Health Information Online (Part 4)
The last three parts of this series reviewed searching for online health information designed for patients. In part 1, I discussed Healthline's approach and the use of HealthMaps. In part 2, I discussed MedlinePlus and the individual web pages of physicians....
New Information on Smokeless Tobacco: 2009 Smokeless Tobacco Summit
Although overall use of smokeless tobacco has reduced in the United States over the past decade, the use of moist snuff is the only segment of the tobacco market that has shown signs of growth in this country. There are many reasons to be concerned a
Sexual Risk Reduction Information to Parents
...parents are the best educators of their teens, because they can pass on family values, in addition to information, whereas doctors and teachers focus on facts.Since pediatricians and parents are both important components of sexual risk prevention efforts...
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Information for Women
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact. Female symptoms of an STI can include vaginal itching, rashes, unusual discharge, and pain. However, many sexually transmitted infections display no symp
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Information for Men
Sexually transmitted infections may be passed through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact. Male symptoms of an STI can include itching, rashes, unusual discharge, and pain. However, many sexually transmitted infections display no symptoms at all, m
Searching for Health Information Online (Part 2)
In part 1, I introduced ways of searching for health information online and discussed Healthline's approach and its innovative use of HealthMaps. In this post I'll discuss MedlinePlus.MedlinePlus.gov is a service of the National Library of Medicine, part...