Tag Archives: Health

Around half of Wikipedia’s medical editors are experts

“Wikipedia is known to be a go-to place for healthcare information for both professionals and the lay public. The first question everyone asks is: but how reliable is it? In a new study, just published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, we took a different approach. We wanted to know more about the people behind the medical pages on Wikipedia, what background do they come from, whether they have specific interests in health and what drives them to contribute to Wikipedia. Because getting health-related content on Wikipedia right is about more than getting the facts correct. It’s about how the information is presented, how topics are covered and what perspectives taken. You can read the paper here: http://www.jmir.org/2014/12/e260” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Wikipedia’s medical errors and one doctor’s fight to correct them

“You can’t always believe what you read on the internet. That is particularly true when it comes to medical information in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. But one doctor is on a mission to change that. Dr. James Heilman works as an emergency room physician in Cranbrook, B.C., and is also a clinical instructor at UBC. He’s just returned from Wikimania, a Wikipedia conference that was held in London this August, where he encouraged his colleagues to help edit and improve the accuracy of medical information found on Wikipedia.”We know Wikipedia isn’t perfect. We know it can be better,” says Heilman.” (via CBC News)

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Wikipedia Is NOT A Doctor — And A Study Confirms It

“Your high school teacher said it best: Wikipedia is not a reliable source. The online encyclopedia that can be edited by experts and idiots alike is an easy source of information when trying to learn about a new topic. But a new study confirms what we all (hopefully) already know: Many entries — especially medical entries — contain false information, so don’t use Wikipedia in place of a doctor. Dr. Robert Hasty of Campbell University in North Carolina, along with a team of researchers, published the study in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study calls the information published in 20,000-plus medical-related Wikipedia entries into question.” (via Huffington Post It)

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Have Questions About Healthcare Reform? The Los Angeles Public Library Has Answers

“In an effort to help Angelenos navigate changes to the healthcare system and provide access to accurate information about health issues and well-being, the Los Angeles Public Library has launched “Health Matters” at all 73 city libraries.  This initiative provides resources, workshops and enrollment assistance to help people participate in the benefits available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The resources and programs offered also focus on general health, well-being, and preventive care. “We want to make it easy for Angelenos to navigate the new health care marketplace,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “That’s why L.A. is turning our 73 public libraries into health information hubs that will help people get affordable insurance plans to improve their health and well-being.” (via Fifth & Flower)

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“The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.” (via Associated Press)

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Long Island City library installs snack and soda vending machines

“A cash-strapped Queens library has found an unusual way to raise revenue: selling soda, chips and candy. The Queens Library recently installed two vending machines stocked with unhealthy snacks near the entrance of its Long Island City branch. But after calls from the Daily News, library President Thomas Galante reached out to Sterling Vending on Thursday and requested that more nutritious items be included. “The library always supports the healthiest eating habits and supports the health and well-being of the community,” said library spokeswoman Joanne King.”

via NY Daily News

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Medical Researchers Tune Into the Internet Buzz

WSJ – “Looking for medical information on Internet message boards can be risky for consumers. Some of it is confusing, misleading or downright wrong. But for medical researchers, all that chatter can yield some valuable insights. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, for example, are mining message boards and Twitter feeds to see what breast-cancer and prostate-cancer patients are saying about herbal and nutritional supplements—including whether they take them and why and what side effects they encounter.”

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Googling Fights Dementia, Study Suggests

National Geographic – “Using search engines may help stave off dementia and memory loss, a new brain-scan study suggests.”

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Local librarian guides Internet searches for health information

dailypress.com – “Type in “cancer” and you'll get about 20 million hits on Google. So where do you start, and how do you know whether the information's reliable? Enter Ruth Smith. Smith is the outreach services coordinator for the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.”

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WSJ – “The new text-messaging service that Ms. Hemond uses — which culls government advisories and scientific studies to provide environmental information on 90 species of fish — is part of an emerging wave of technology that allows consumers to get instant health information through their cellphones.”


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