Sprague Word

The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on April 16, 2006

Barron’s Online – Electronic Investor:
“Clinical Trials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov ) and CenterWatch (www.centerwatch.com ) can provide an early heads-up on new clinical trials. DrugPatentWatch (www.drugpatentwatch.com ) dispatches a free monthly newsletter chronicling patent expirations, and offers pricey access to its drug databases. The Food and Drug Administration’s site (www.fda.gov ) hosts news and information databases, including one on drug- and medical-product safety.

WebMD (www.webmd.com ) was one of the earliest consumer-health sites, indeed, one of the first worthwhile sites we can remember. It’s grown apace over the years. Blogs and discussion boards provide freshness and interactivity, and flesh out topics that might not warrant an article. Recent blogs, for example, debunked the myth that iPods cause hearing loss and discussed recent reports of infections from contact lenses. Diseases are explored at length — as are healthy habits you might adopt to avoid having to read about them. Its articles are clear and understandable, and massive databases cover topics like drugs, tests, and symptoms.

MayoClinic.com (www.mayoclinic.com ) is not as comprehensive, but worth visiting for a second opinion. The government gets in on the act, too, with Healthfinder (www.healthfinder.gov ), from the Department of Health and Human Services. Both sites feature databases of information about conditions and treatment, as well as related topics. Other sites to check out include MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov ), RxList (www.rxlist.com ), Drugs.com (www.drugs.com ) and Yahoo!’s directory of health sites by subject (http://dir.yahoo.com/health ).”

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