Personal Health Tools

floss1Ever wonder about the proper way to floss your teeth? The personal health tools at healthfinder.gov can show you how to floss, assess your risk of diabetes or calculate how much you spend on alcohol each month.

healthfinder.gov is a government Web site that presents health information and tools for individual use, either for yourself or a loved one. According to the site’s description it “has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.”

One of the most interesting sections of the site contains a variety of personal health tools, “free interactive tools to check your health, get personalized advice, and keep track of your progress.” A great place to start is the MyHealthfinder, which offers you several tools of interest based on your age and gender [information provided byU.S. Preventive Services Task Force].

While MedlinePlus is still the gold standard in consumer health information, it often works best when you approach it with a particular topic in mind. On the other hand, if you are looking for personalized general wellness information, either for yourself or your patients, healthfinder.gov is a great place to start.

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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.

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