Using Diabetes Web Search to Find Information online

Manny Hernandez Health Guide
  • Finding information about diabetes online can be easy and tasking at the same time. It is easy because Google brings the entire web to you allowing you to obtain millions of results when you enter a search as straightforward as "diabetes." The tasking part results from the quantity of the results that you get and the quality: how can you tell trustworthy sources from bogus web sites?

    Enter diabetes blogger Bernard Farrell. A diabetic himself for more than 35 years, in 2007 Bernard created a search engine focused on diabetes, using Google’s technology as the backbone. The result was the Diabetes Search Engine, recently renamed Diabetes Web Search.

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    The way it works is very straightforward: you do a search and instead of having Google search through millions and millions of sites, it only searches through the ones that the creators of the custom search engine tell it to.

    With collaboration from other diabetics, Farrell has added more than 1,200 sites about diabetes to the Search Engine, making it one of the most comprehensive resources about diabetes. You can compare this work as the one that curators do in museums, looking at diabetes content on the web to bring you results that you can trust when you search.

    That in itself is valuable enough. But the project doesn’t end there: when you make a search, next to the organic results (those on the left side of the page, coming from the database of sites that the search engine indexes) are sponsored ads served by Google. When someone clicks on one of these ads, the revenue that the sponsored ads generate is entirely donated to help fund the research of Dr. Denise Faustman. Hers is the only clinical trial to cure type 1 diabetes.

    The trial conducted by Dr. Denise Faustman’s Lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital, is a follow-up to the landmark study that permanently cured diabetic mice for the first time. They are testing their technique in humans with type 1 diabetes.


    So, next time you are in need of answers about diabetes, go to and type in your questions: not only will you find what you are looking for but you will also be helping a great cause. And if you have a web site, better even: add the search engine to your site!



    Disclosure: the author of this article collaborates adding sites to the index of the search engine and works with Bernard Farrell, and to help get the word out about it.

Published On: August 22, 2008