The internet has a wealth of information on everything under the sun. While this huge store of knowledge is great for deeper understanding of the world around us, sometimes the sheer volume of information can be overwhelming. When it comes to research and treatments for chronic pain, we like to look for websites that offer research-based facts and cutting-edge treatment options. Three sites in particular deliver a large volume of easy-to-use information that is relevant, reliable, and research-supported.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, MedCity News focuses its lens on all issues related to the business side of healthcare, scouring the internet for breakthroughs. Their tagline is “Business of Innovation in Healthcare,” and that spirit of innovation runs through all of the articles on their site. Whether it’s covering the rising cost of diabetes care (it has doubled in a decade) or discussing how genetic testing is making patient care safer, MedCity News is our go-to for healthcare current events.
Here are some of our favorite recent articles:
- A new behavioral analysis that can help with early detection for autism: Early detection means early intervention, and that means more successful treatment.
- Our biological clock can predict how long we will live: More than just an hourglass for having children, new research shows that the DNA-based biological clock can actually predict lifespan.
- E-cigarettes are not actually better for you than smoking: Research has intensified on e-cigarettes, calling “vaping’ into question. People who are switching to e-cigarettes for their health may be embalming their own lungs.
Innovative, cutting-edge research added daily: this is Science Daily. The front page features the very latest breakthroughs in scientific research and reporting. While MedCity News focuses more on the business and social aspects of healthcare, Science Daily reports from the lab with analysis and comprehensive interpretations and reporting on medical innovations.
With 140,361 stories in the archives, the keyword search feature helps to narrow the wealth of information into manageable bites. Headers at the top of the page help organize the information even further. And you’ll need all the help you can get. On February 2nd, 12 new articles were posted under the “Matter & Energy News” header alone.
Here is what we’re reading in recent Health & Medicine News:
- A phone so smart, it sniffs out disease: Use your phone for more than just directions and restaurant reviews.
- Texting beats apps for treatment for mental illness: When it comes to mental illness, texting is a more effective treatment than apps for one simple reason: privacy.
- A fat-burning hormone that can help with diabetes: Insulin action can be improved with a little-understood fat-burning hormone.
Over 3,000 doctors, scientists, and researchers lend their expertise to this site, long the gold standard for healthcare information. With extensive information on a variety of conditions, the Mayo Clinic site is a great place to start for in-depth information of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. And, with a new partnership with Google health reporting, you’re sure to see even more Mayo Clinic information during your web searches.
Each header at the top of the Mayo Clinic home page features a drop-down menu to access even more information. Follow the links to find a clinical trial, a healthy living program, or a list of diseases from A-Z.
Even these sites need help whittling down the avalanche of studies, clinical trials, and breakthroughs in cutting-edge medicine. They organize their work into categories, combing through content every day with the help of editors, healthcare professionals, researchers, and writers. Although each of the three sites has a little bit of everything, in order to make the scope of their information more manageable, they focus on certain healthcare-related areas.
MedCity News places its emphasis on the business aspect of healthcare. Their articles reflect that focus. They might discuss the implementation of new techniques or cutting-edge technologies rather than emphasizing the research behind the technique itself. A good example is their report on the implementation of a telehealth pilot program for medically complex patients in New York. The article elaborates on what a medically complex patient might need but hones in on the cost-cutting benefits to both patient and clinic. For people who are interested in the business of medicine, MedCity offers a solid collection of the latest information.
On the other hand, Science Daily focuses mainly on breakthroughs in research and development of treatment options for various conditions. Many of their articles highlight discoveries that may lead to new applied treatments, but some of them are purely theoretical and describe a research technique that yielded a potential opening for an unrelated treatment. A new study that helped researchers look deeply into the brains of mice could offer new insight into the function of human brains.
Finally, the Mayo Clinic brings patient, medical student, and doctor together with well-organized information on not only conditions and diseases but also treatments and referral resources. They manage to present their information in an easy-to-understand format that is helpful for both the layman and the practitioner. Plenty of research is available on the Mayo Clinic site, with complicated concepts clearly explained and applied to everyday situations. Their headers are especially helpful. If you are a doctor or a researcher, there is a tab for you. If you are a patient and just want some quick info on your condition, there is a tab for you, too.
What are your go-to sites for information on health and wellness? Share in the comments!
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