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MEDLINEplus Now Speaks Spanish

MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer friendly health web site, now speaks Spanish. The new site is at medlineplus.gov/esp.

Recent surveys show that more than 50 percent of adult Hispanics in the U.S. use the Internet. More than half of those look to the web for medical and health information. This growing audience was the impetus for launching MEDLINEplus in Spanish. Now users will find many of the authoritative, full-text resources that are available on MEDLINEplus "en Espaņol," too.

MEDLINEplus, available free of charge 24 hours a day, debuted in October 1998. Today the site features over 560 health topics and sees over 1 million visitors per month. The web address is medlineplus.gov.

In the Spanish version, hundreds of topics point users to information from NIH and other federal agencies, plus professional medical associations and health-related organizations. On the medical encyclopedia pages, full-color illustrations and photographs accompany over 4,000 articles on diseases, injuries, tests and surgeries. The interactive health tutorials — narrated guides to various health topics — use animated illustrations and plain language to describe medical procedures, surgeries, and the symptoms and effects of disease.

Non-Spanish speaking doctors, nurses, librarians and others looking for Spanish language materials for their patients and clients will find the new service especially useful. A single click of the "Espaņol" link will take users from the English MEDLINEplus page to its corresponding Spanish page.


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