Healthcare, Consumers and the Internet

Guests:

Dr. Donald Lindberg
* Director of the National Library of Medicine
* Founding Director, National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Dr. Tom Ferguson
* Senior Associate, Center for Clinical Computing at Harvard Medical School
* Adjunct Professor of Health Informatics, University of Texas Medical Sciences Center, Houston, TX
* Founder, Online Health Resource The Ferguson Report: the Newsletter of Consumer Health Informatics and Online Health

Portia Iversen
* Citizen Scientist who founded the group Cure Autism Now

Dr. Harold Varmus
* Former Director, National Institutes of Health
* Current President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
* Founder of the Public Library of Science Initiative (scientists group pushing for medical journals online)
* Co-Recipient of the Nobel Prize for Studies of the Genetic Basis of Cancer

Today, more and more people are turning to the internet for health and medical information. But how reliable is the health information online? Are some patients so well-informed they know more than their doctor about a particular illness? Guest host Steve Inskeep talks with doctors about the Internet and doctor-patient relations.
Links Mentioned on the Show:
ClinicalTrials.gov provides current information about clinical research studies.
Medline Plus is a health information site created by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Medscape offers medical information, products and services
Psych Central is the mental health page created by Dr. John Grohol.
Google Search Engine

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