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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fight cyberchondria - use a librarian to help search health topics!

Saw this in the Washington Post:
A glut of Google can give you a virtual fever

from the article: "It's a paradox: The more you read in an attempt to reduce your fear, the more you try to figure things out, the more anxiety peaks. Very few people know how to navigate the Internet and evaluate information when they're anxious, and yet that's when they tend to go online."

If you are searching for health information, and somehow found this blog, please put the keyboard down and contact your local public library. You can request searches with their reference department, and they will find only the information you need. My reference librarians kept me from focusing on how many people die with my kind of cancer, and I could concentrate on what my health care team was telling me, and the hard work of healing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes. Don't do your own searching. Go to a library.

Who links to my website?