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Where do you go for news, research, or other information about health & healthcare?

  • 23 February 2019
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Health and healthcare affect everyone. What sources do you use for news, research, or other health-related information?

I like the World Health Organization (WHO) because it takes a global perspective and provides really interesting and accessible data.

For example, the WHO provides country profiles with basic statistics such as total population, life expectancy at birth, and expenditure on health per person. There are also outbreak reports and other news. Here's the profile for Angola. And here's the profile for Australia. It's easy to compare health data between countries. For example – sadly, the life expectancy for people born in Angola is 20 years shorter than for people born in Australia.

The WHO also has Facts in Pictures features. Here's one about malaria. And here's one about antimicrobial resistance. And they have even more Fact Sheets, like this one on the Top 10 Causes of Death.

Of course, there are many other resources out there for reliable health information. Let's make a list of the best health and healthcare resources available online. Add your recommendations below!

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In Australia, we have the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The Bureau of Statistics is not just about health, but you can find plenty of health statistics there. The Institute of Health and Welfare has many different statistics, as well as articles on health and welfare, for different population groups, such as Indigenous, rural-dwelling individuals, etc. The World Health Organisation is a good one for global health as you mentioned, @Laura. Do you have any national sources?

Here is another interesting website, The Population Clock. It doesn't really have health statistics, but it is interesting to look at. 🙂
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Thanks for sharing these links, @Lillian. This is my first time learning about The Population Clock – wow. It's a little sobering to watch the numbers go up!

Here are a couple US-based resources, both are part of the US Department of Health & Human Services:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The CDC "conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise." (CDC Mission, Role and Pledge)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – The mission of the NIH is "to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability." (NIH Mission and Goals)
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It looks like you have a lot of great resources in the US, @Laura. There are many different organisations in Australia which have different resources, depending on what they're based on. For example, the Cancer Council has good resources on cancer. It's amazing with the internet nowadays how anyone can find out whatever they want usually in a matter of seconds/minutes! There's no excuse for bad health, nowadays! 😉
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Hi all. Here's a curation collection I created when I moved into a healthcare education role after 28 years as a senior lecturer in the University system. I wanted to get my head around the specifics of healthcare so created tags for common themes and topics.

https://www.scoop.it/topic/hospitals-and-healthca

😀 Peter Mellow, Director of Learning and Teaching, Design and Systems, Eastern Health, Melbourne, Australia.
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I actually search in Wikipedia for information related to health and healthcare in India.
@Laura Here is the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_India.

And i also believe that WHO has some great stuff. https://www.who.int/countries/ind/en/
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Wow, @Peter Mellow! Thank you for sharing this really interesting and comprehensive resource.

And @Kalyan, I use Wikipedia a lot myself! Great suggestion.
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@Laura Good to know! Thank you!☺
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Well for scientific research,I visit the NATURE website a lot as new articles are constantly updated on their site and they have several research abstracts open for the public to read so it helps to know what is going on around the world.

I also mostly visit these websites as well:

-genengnews.com (since I'm interested in the field of Genetics I visit this site a lot.They mostly have articles related to Genetic engineering & Biotechnology but the articles are really interdisciplinary in nature so I'd recommend all science students to visit this site)

-NCBI (Natinal Centre For Biotechnology Information) As an Indian student this website is always my goto place for all information.They have a massive database of research journals and information about all research areas.It is also very easy to navigate through the website.
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Thank you for sharing these resources, @Rahmat! It's great to know that Nature makes research abstracts available to the public. I look forward to your contributions here in the community.
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@Laura You're welcome.Looking forward to being more involved in the community.

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