Now you can look up the side effects of a medication while you're waiting for the pharmacist to fill your prescription. Or look up the symptoms of the flu if you're out running errands when your child's school calls to tell you he's not feeling well.
The National Library of Medicine has launched Mobile MedlinePlus to meet the health information needs of an on-the-go public. The original MedlinePlus Internet service has long been providing authoritative health information to more than 10 million visitors per month. However, since more and more people are now using their cell phones to get all kinds of information, the NLM developed this mobile version of MedlinePlus to meet their needs.
Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish and includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, wellness topics, the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Some other uses of Mobile MedlinePlus include:
- Learn how to get the most out of your doctor's appointment from the “Talking With Your Doctor” page.
- Get help choosing an over-the-counter cold medicine at the drug store.
- Learn about safe drinking water if you're traveling abroad.
I've used MedlinePlus for years when researching medical information. If you have a cell phone with Internet service, be sure to bookmark Mobile MedlinePlus so you can access it quickly:
English version – http://m.medlineplus.gov
Spanish version – http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish
Published On: January 24, 2010