Finding MS Facts and Information

  • by Laurie J.
  •   March 27, 2017

Laurie J. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

One of the best gifts my parents gave my siblings and me was a love of reading. We always started the day by reading the newspaper at breakfast. We started with the comics and as we grew, we progressed to the sports page, then the news, and finally the editorials. When we reached the editorials, we learned about point of view.

These gifts and lessons are very valuable when I am reading about multiple sclerosis. Today there are more choices than ever before for how we find information.  Virtually everything we could possibly want to find, whenever we want to find it,  is literally right at our fingertips, online.  There is an old saying that you should believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see so knowing how to find reliable sources for information and facts about multiple sclerosis is more important than ever. 

One way to ensure that you are searching for facts and information from reputable online sources is through learning about Uniform Resource Locator (URLs).  Did you know that a web address (URL) can hold hints about the source's origin?

When you are online, you can easily recognize the origin of a site by understanding who sponsors it:

  • .gov: the government
  • .edu: a school or university
  • .com: a for-profit company
  • .net: a for-profit company
  • .org: a non-commercial organization or not-for-profit organization
  • .net/~Smith: example of personal webpage

It doesn’t matter what specific type of multiple sclerosis information you are searching for, what matters is that you are getting it from reliable sources.  So talk to your health care provider, they may be able to offer you the facts and information you desire.  Also learn about online resources and ensure you understand the origin of those sources so you can use good-ol’fashioned-common-sense when weeding through the infinite number of sources at your disposal.  Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, take a closer look at its source. By using the tips provided above, you can rest easy knowing that the facts and information you seek are coming from reliable sources.

Some of my favorite sites for online information about multiple sclerosis are National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, and CanDo MS.

Comment and share where you like to get your facts and information about MS.

Laurie J.

Shared Solutions® Nurse

About The Author

Laurie J., RN, MSCN is an MS Certified Nurse working at Teva’s Shared Solutions® with 40 years of nursing experience, 10 of those years focused solely on MS.

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