Top Ten Most Useful Websites for Personal Health

logobig1The Medical Library Association each year evaluates and lists the top ten sites for personal health use. Whether you are recommending a site to a patient, or using one for yourself, these ten are “best bets!”

(Sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.)

The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of MLA evaluates web sites based on the following criteria: credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.

Update: VCC Breast Cancer Conference a Success

As noted earlier, the 11th annual Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference was held last Friday, October 31st at the Sheraton in Burlington. Over 700 attendees, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families, viewed exhibits and participated in workshops and presentations. Dana Medical Library’s exhibit table was in good company with the Vermont Cancer Center and UVM/FAHC Hematology/Oncology Dept exhibits, and had many visitors. Conference goers and organizers alike commented about the wealth of medical library resources and services that were on display.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS, with attendee at Dana exhibit table.

Nancy Bianchi, Associate Library Professor at the Dana Medical Library, also presented “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families” to a full audience. Her presentation focused on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s successful Breast Cancer Conference!

Dana Librarian to Present at Annual VCC Breast Cancer Conference

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year the Vermont Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Conference will meet again at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on October 31st. This is the 11th year of the conference and each year Library Associate Professor Nancy Bianchi has been an exhibitor, highlighting breast cancer materials from the Consumer Health Collection at Dana and helping patients and families navigate the online world of breast cancer information. This year Nancy will again be hosting a table at the conference, but will also present “Treasures in the Breast Cancer Literature for Patients, Survivors and Their Families.” Her presentation will focus on the breast cancer information portal on MedlinePlus, a free database from the National Library of Medicine, as well as the rich collection of breast cancer books available in the Consumer Health Collection at UVM’s Dana Medical Library.

For more information about the conference, see the Vermont Breast Cancer Conference’s website at: http://vtbreastcancerconference.org/.

Community Medical School Returns

The Community Medical School lecture series began in 1998 and was designed to provide people in the community with an opportunity to share in the medical learning experience. Offered each semester, Community Medical School consists of seven weekly lectures on such diverse subjects as high-altitude medicine, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and antibiotic resistance.

The Dana Medical Library hosts a table at each lecture featuring materials from the Library’s collection and other general consumer health information. The Library also provides a web site listing additional resources on each week’s topic.

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