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Reliable health information on the go

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Here’s a great example of your tax dollars at work (seriously): a new version of MedlinePlus built to fit your mobile phone.

In case you’ve never visited this handy site -- a co-production of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health -- it contains reliable information on 800 health topics. It also includes a medical encyclopedia, information on drugs and supplements, a dictionary of medical terms, and health news, among other goodies.

The mobile version has all that info neatly packed so that it’s easy to see on a smaller screen. Imagine how handy it will be to look up the side effects of a medication while you’re in the drugstore contemplating a purchase.

Or, if you’re cooling your heels in an exam room waiting for your physician to arrive, you can peruse the “Talking With Your Doctor” section to make the most of your visit.

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The mobile site has information in English and Spanish. You can find it at http://m.medlineplus.gov.

-- Karen Kaplan


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