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ON THE WEB: Neurology on the 'Net

Smolinsky, Michael

doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000356895.39228.58
Department: the Waiting Room

Here are 10 Web sites that Neurology Now readers have found useful:

Please tell us your favorite Web sites or blogs about neurology. E-mail us at neurologynow@lwwny.com.

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TheBrainMatters.org: Prepared by neurologists, this American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Web site explains common disorders of the brain, publishes stories of people living with these disorders, and provides a tool to locate neurologists in your area.

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Tinyurl.com/http-PatientPages-com: Written especially for patients and their families, the “Patient Pages” of the AAN's journal Neurology summarize groundbreaking neurological research.

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Ninds.nih.gov: The official Web site of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a clearinghouse for information on neurological disorders. You can find explanations of diseases, clinical trials, links to patient organizations, and more.

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MedlinePlus.gov: MedlinePlus is a goldmine of authoritative, up-to-date information (in English and Spanish) from the National Library of Medicine. The site contains a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments; drug information; health news; and links to clinical trials.

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ClinicalTrials.gov: This site is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. It lists more than 25,000 open trials testing drugs, surgeries, and vaccines, and gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

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Brain.hastypastry.net/forums: “Brain Talk” started out at Massachusetts General Hospital and has grown into the largest community of neurology patients and caregivers on the Internet.

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NeurologyChannel.com: Developed and monitored by board-certified physicians, this site offers health news, information on neurological conditions, patient forums, and a directory of health care providers.

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PatientsLikeMe.com: PatientsLikeMe isn't solely dedicated to neurology, but you can find stories from many people with neurological conditions. Patients can chart their symptoms over time, rate their drugs and treatments, and track their progress against other patients.

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TheHealthCareBlog.com: The HealthCareBlog isn't dedicated to neurology either, but it has earned a reputation as one of the most independent voices on the health care system in America. If you're interested in policy, this is where to go.

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NeurologyNow.com: Don't forget us. The site contains an archive of every issue from its inception and allows you to search for articles by condition.

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Michael Smolinsky

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