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Houston VA Medical Center Teaches Veterans to Find Medical Info on the Web

April 2, 2002

Houston VA Medical Center Teaches Veterans to Find Medical Info on the Web

HOUSTON, TX - Would you like to learn more about a particular medical condition or illness? Are you curious about your medications? Are you looking for information about a medical test? Would you like to have information on your condition that you can discuss with your doctor?

If you are a veteran and answered yes to any of these questions, please join the Houston VA Medical Center (HVAMC) for a demonstration of the consumer health database, MEDLINEplus. Available free of charge from any computer with an Internet connection, this National Library of Medicine database provides reliable, up-to-date health information.

MEDLINEplus debuted on October 22, 1998, with information on 50 common medical conditions. The database now has material on over 500 medical conditions. It features interactive health topics, graphics, medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, and data on medications. Other components of the database include health materials for women, older adults, teens, and children. Many of the topics are also translated into Spanish. The database works by providing links to patient health education handouts from trusted agencies and associations in the United States.

As part of our ongoing initiative to educate our patients and their families, the HVAMC Patient Education Committee will offer one-hour MEDLINEplus demonstrations throughout the coming year. We feel that it is important for our veterans to know about trusted medical resources on the web. All Internet links included in MEDLINEplus must pass a stringent review process, and each one is checked monthly for accuracy.

The first demonstrations are Tuesday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and again that afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All classes will be held in the Auditorium on the 4th floor of the Houston VA Medical Center. For more information, contact Marsha Sullivan, HVAMC Librarian at (713) 794-7856.

Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

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