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Evaluating Health Web Sites

Who do you trust?

(HealthDayNews) -- The Internet has brought tons of health information right into your home. And that can make it easier to talk to your doctor and to understand what he tells you.

But figuring out which Web sites to trust isn't easy. The Maricopa Integrated Health System of Arizona has some advice for evaluating medical Web sites. It says you should find out about the site's authors, and their accreditations and affiliations. You also should be aware of whether the site is commercial (.com), educational (.edu.), governmental (.gov) or organizational (.org).

Maricopa says to read the site's content carefully to see if it seems biased. Also make sure that the site clearly states when its information was last updated.

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