Get the health information you need

Check the expiry date
Find out when the information was posted and if it is updated regularly. Health and medical information should reflect the latest advances and scientific thought on a specific topic.

So what?
Find out the purpose of the website. This should be clearly stated and should help you evaluate the motives of the organization that created the site.

The big sell
If a health or medical website tries to sell you products, their motives may not be completely ethical. Watch out for health websites that sell herbal products and/or medications. All sponsorship, advertising and commercial funding arrangements should be clearly stated and separated from editorial content.

Who's the doctor?
Avoid online physicians or pharmacists that propose to diagnose or treat you without a physical exam and consultation.

That's personal!
Websites sometimes track the paths that visitors take to reach and navigate their site. However some sites also ask you to subscribe or become a member. In some cases they might want to collect a fee or select information for you that's relevant to your concerns. This will give the site personal information about you.

But credible sites will tell you exactly why they are asking for your information, and will offer a policy describing how they will and will not use your information. Make sure that any personal and medical information about you will be strictly confidential. There should be a privacy policy for the site.

No miracle cures
Most importantly, use your common sense when evaluating sites. Be wary of sites that offer a "cure-all" for your condition or symptoms. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And always read the fine print.

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