How and where to find credible health tips

We all came across some information and asked him, is that true? Or maybe what someone else has read on the Internet should be true. With so many sources of information and lack of accurate information, it can be difficult to know what is credible health advice and what is not. Here are some ideas on how to order good and bad information and where to look for reliable information.

Ownership or protection of the Website

A general rule of thumb for finding reliable information is to find information on a website sponsored or maintained by a federal government agency. The .gov-terminated website means that it is one of the top-level domains and is owned by the U.S. government. Other domains, such as .edu, are for educational institutions, .org is for non-profit organizations (e.g., medical, science, and research associations), and .com is for commercial websites. Other reliable sources would be the most popular large institutions or medical schools. Major organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Institute on Aging, and other national health institutes are research, education, and outreach organizations working in a specific disease state or in healthy aging. Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Cleveland Clinic and other nationally recognized medical organizations are nationally recognized hospitals and research centers, so it’s a great way to find the latest and greatest from a reliable source.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

As above, you may be asking yourself, “Who owns or sponsors this website?” Websites cost money, so funding is needed to create and maintain a website. Knowing the source of funding for the website can help you get to know the organization that is providing the information and their intentions. Are they trying to sell something? Are they trying to share something? You might be wondering, “Who wrote or reviewed the information?” When names appear in an article, it’s a good way to look for and see their connection to the website, what their credentials are, if they’re making really expert contributions, or if they’re getting something financial or something, or from an investment. contribution to the website. Trusted sites should tell you who shares this information and where they got it from, that is, they should mention the sources. You may also ask, “How can I find out more?” By quoting their sources, you can read the original research or find out more about the topic. In addition, sites with contact information that you can follow with the author, contributors, or sponsor, such as the “About Us” or “Contact Us” page, mean that someone is in control of that email and is in good contact.

Quick and easy solutions

Personal experiences or expressions can be powerful, but they do not take into account how everyone will react. The health history of all people is not the same, and there can be great differences from one person to another. Don’t let a person’s “good” result replace seeing your doctor and using common sense. If the solution is too good to be true, it probably is. Look for dramatic writing styles and see the same information or the same word that you can find in many places. If the website cannot cite its sources, or only use testimonials. it’s probably not gathered through scientific research and they’re probably trying to sell something. Knowing the purpose of the website and when it was written can be helpful. Older information doesn’t mean it’s bad or bad, but it does need to be looked at carefully. Medical research is constantly going on, and we’re constantly learning new things and coming up with new updates. If no date is provided for the information or when it was last written or updated at the bottom of the page (or has not been updated in the last year), it means that the information is not reviewed regularly. So it could be outdated.

Take the time to review medical and health information to make sure you are getting a complete and accurate picture. Don’t be in a hurry to make decisions or buy a product. Rely on your gut and seek regular advice from your doctor and healthcare provider.

Where to find reliable health information:

Kimberly Burke is a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science and the director of the Colorado State University Adult Fitness Program. Adult Fitness CSU staff and community members offer exercise opportunities to promote health by providing students with hands-on learning experiences. To find out more, see Adult Fitness Program website

Sources

  1. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/online-health-information-it-reliable

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