If you search the web for the top 10 online resources for arthritis, the following will come out:
- Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org) whose tag lines are: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention Tips and Pain Relief Advice — A foundation whose mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. From the page’s about section: The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.
- Arthritis definition at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia — who wouldn’t know wikipedia? It will come out up in the results page whatever keyword you put in the any search engine. Have you read wikipedia’s about page? It says there the wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference Web sites.
- Arthritis at MedlinePlus — a trusted source of health information on the web that is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. The credibility of this page is backed by the NIH, so how can you not trust the information on this page, right? From MedlinePlus’ about page: MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
- Arthritis.com, your online arthritis resource — from the website’s disclaimer that can be found at the bottom of the home page: This Web site is intended for residents of the United States only. The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. Decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.
- Arthritis article at Medicinenet — MedicineNet.com brings doctor’s information to the readers. From its about page: MedicineNet, Inc. is Owned and Operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD Network. MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive web site.
- WebMD Arthritis Health Center — who doesn’t know the giant WebMD? With their taglines – Better Information. Better Health – i really wonder why it ended up number 6 in the Google results page after searching for the keyword arthritis. From the WebMD about page: WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. You can trust that our content is timely and credible. The WebMD content staff blends award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible.
- About Arthritis Guide at About.com — if you have been surfing the web long enough, you know About.com because you will definitely bump into it. And then if you have been blogging long enough, your ultimate dream would be becoming an About Guide. Am I right, or am I right?!
- Arthritis at NIHSeniorHealth — the NIH or National Institutes of Health is divided into various medical conditions and diseases. Arthritis falls under National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
- Arthritis Society of Canada — obviously is the arthritis resource page of the Arthritis Society of Canada. From the disclaimer page: Any of the information contained within The Arthritis Society’s Web site is not presented as a substitute for informed medical advice. Visitors to this Site should not engage in self-diagnosis nor act on information contained in the Site without seeking specific advice on the particular matters which are of concern to them from qualified health professionals and advisors.
- Last but not least is the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)’s Arthritis Program website — that shouldn’t e overlooked even though the page ended up number 10 in this list. The CDC will always be the CDC. From their about page: The goal of CDC’s Arthritis Program is to improve the quality of life of people affected by arthritis. CDC and its partners are working to implement recommendations in the National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy* (PDF-394K).
There you go folks. However, do not forget to visit this blog after I’ve given you the top 10 online resources on arthritis. On the nest edition of Resources on Arthritis, I will enumerate other arthritis blogs on the web.
I’ve tried looking when I started this blog and only found About.com: Arthritis. So, please help me out by directing me to other arthritis blogs you know.