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Oct. 31, 2007

Hardin librarians present consumer health information workshop Nov. 7

Have you ever left the doctor's office with questions about a condition or medication? The Internet is full of health resources, but not all information online can be trusted. At a free workshop Wednesday, Nov. 7, librarians from the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa will demonstrate some high-quality consumer health resources to help make information consumers better-informed patients.

The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the Information Commons at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to explore these resources during the event.

According to a report from the Pew Internet and American Live Project, 80 percent of American Internet users -- or some 113 million adults -- have searched for health information online. The report also says most Internet users start at a general search engine when researching health and medical advice online and 22 percent of these searchers feel frustrated by the lack of health information or an inability to find what they were looking for online.

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians" exhibit on display at Hardin Library through Friday, Nov. 30. This exhibit tells the extraordinary story of American women who wanted to practice medicine and their struggle over the past two centuries to gain access to medical education and work in the medical specialty they chose.

The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., and the American Library Association in Chicago organized the exhibition with support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health and the American Medical Women's Association. The traveling exhibition is based on a larger exhibition that was displayed at the National Library of Medicine 2003-05.

For more information about the workshop or the exhibit, see or call Kristi Bontrager at 319-335-5960.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kristi Bontrager, University of Iowa Libraries, 319-335-5960; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,