We’ve all done it: Our kid gets some weird rash and we start Googling and the next thing we know, we’re convinced they’re dying of beri-beri or bubonic plague. And that leads to your doctor giving you The Look.
When it comes to your health, you’re better off starting with one of these sources:
The Mayo Clinic: C’mon, you’ve heard of them, right? The ones in Minnesota? They know their stuff, and they know how to present it in a useful fashion, too.
Medline Plus: Information on diseases and drugs from the National Library of Medicine. I love this site, because it links to all kinds of specialty medical organizations, but you know those links have been vetted.
There are some other sites I use (the Merck Manual, for instance), but those three are my go-to sites for the cough that won’t quit or the weird rash on Barak’s leg.
Okay, I’ve done a lot of medical stuff, I hope to post some other science-y stuff soon.