Medicine and Technology: 5 Medical Websites You Can Trust

Medicine and Technology: 5 Medical Websites You Can Trust

One of the first things that a doctor says is to “avoid looking for medical information online,” and basically, they’re right. We can’t trust what the internet shows, we become worried when we read fake information which usually makes us take the wrong decisions which can affect our body. We start getting influenced or convinced about what we read and we start feeling sick due to the information we viewed that probably has no medical fundaments at all.

Health will always be a priority so, first of all, you need to consult your doctor and be preventive, besides that, if you want to find reliable health information online you need to identify what are you especially looking for, trying to consult those websites with domains include an https , .org , .gov , .edu or .com, the author of the article you found, the date (also very important) and what does the website says about itself.


Here are 5 medical websites you can trust:


As a website recommended by the US National Library of Medicine , MedlinePlus contains accessible, clear and strong information about health topics, including drugs, supplements and disorders. To make everything didactic, you can find a “videos, tools & games” section to improve your knowledge with interactive forms.



A nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education, this website is ranked as the number #1 HealthCare Leader with major campuses and locations in several states in the country. In this site you can’t just find medical information, you will also be able to make appointments, find doctors, search for publications and products. With the motto “Helping to set a new standard in care for people everywhere” this clinic/hospital has been bringing people easy medical access. Instead of randomly trying to find what a physical symptom means, you can consult its useful Symptom Checker.


Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which is a national medical organization representing more than 120,900 family physicians, it’s an easy and complete site where you can find sections on diseases, symptoms, prevention (exercise, nutrition, sexuality for kids, teens, adults and seniors) and interactive tools like a Dictionary, BMI Calculator or questionnaires. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.


National Cancer Institute

The number of cancer victims has grown over the last years. We all have been facing it and its reasons depend on multiple factors (our lifestyle, genetics, DNA and exposure to viruses). This website contains many resources about this disease like prevention, types of, news and publications and a private telephonic line or live chat.


A web portal that offers online medical consultation based on tools and resources showing complete information about symptoms and diseases, healthy living, health calculators & records, etc. You can also be part of its community and get support while sharing information and talking to other members.


There are other authority sites with variety content that help you to find the best medical information with articles on that topic, like HuffingtonPost, NY Times, Abc News, Cnn, etc.

With this, we can see that the Internet has become such an amazing tool for finding a vast amount of information without having to leave the comfort of your home. However, despite these credible sites on this list, it is still recommendable that you go to a doctor to get yourself checked. No matter what the Internet tells you and even if it seems to cover all information to make sure what kind of symptoms you have or don’t have, nothing beats going to a doctor to make sure 100% of everything.

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Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.


     A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice.[1] The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.


    The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

    “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

    In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

    The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence


      A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.


      Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.

      “When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

      When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

      The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

      As Herman Melville once wrote,[2]


      “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

      Silence relieves stress and tension.


        It has been found that noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. The sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear. The body reacts to these signals even if it is sleeping. It is thought that the amygdalae (located in the temporal lobes of the brain) which is associated with memory formation and emotion is activated and this causes a release of stress hormones. If you live in a consistently noisy environment that you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones.

        A study that was published in 2002 in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) examined the effects that the relocation of Munich’s airport had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University notes that children who are exposed to noise develop a stress response that causes them to ignore the noise. What is of interest is that these children not only ignored harmful stimuli they also ignored stimuli that they should be paying attention to such as speech. 

        “This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise – even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans,” Evans says.[3]

        Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.[4]

        Silence replenishes our cognitive resources.


          The effect that noise pollution can have on cognitive task performance has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making.  The cognitive functions most strongly affected by noise are reading attention, memory and problem solving.

          Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.

          But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore its finite cognitive resources. According to the attention restoration theory when you are in an environment with lower levels of sensory input the brain can ‘recover’ some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.[5]



          Traveling to Finland may just well be on your list of things to do. There you may find the silence you need to help your brain. Or, if Finland is a bit out of reach for now, you could simply take a quiet walk in a peaceful place in your neighborhood. This might prove to do you and your brain a world of good.

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