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Medical Xpress

Medical Xpress publishes brief news updates on the latest happenings in health research and policy. The website allows searches by individual topic or condition for those interested in a specific subject. Each article on Medical Xpress includes the original scientific source. This site is a recommended a place to browse for some of the recent advances in medical science, but readers should be aware of the possibility that data may be misinterpreted.

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Review Date: 12/17/2019

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Ease of Use

Users can navigate by two dropdown menus at the top of the page for "Topics" and "Conditions," many of the items in "Topics" are actually conditions. Articles are ordered by most recent and categorized with helpful headings like "Neuroscience". When clicked, these headings return articles from that specific category. The site's search bar is robust and allows users to filter results in several ways. Some of the content requires subscription, which also reduces the volume of advertising.

Visual Design

Busy homepage with dozens and dozens of news stories isn't very appealing. Advertisements mingle with featured stories, occasionally leading the visitor to click on irrelevant material. Every article features an image, but they are stock-quality and not necessarily related to the article's subject.

Quality

Articles on Medical Xpress are basic summaries of news releases and scientific studies that are published throughout the day, but are usually brief and lack the detail to adequately depict the significance of the study. This website certainly brings users the most current breakthroughs and developments within health research, however authors rarely look at similar articles or consult outside expert to place study conclusions in context. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee the original sources are summarized correctly, or that the original sources are worth summarizing.

Credibility

The news summaries on Medical Xpress do not include the author's name. They instead link to the original paper upon which the news article is summarized, as well as naming the source that originally reported on it. Generally these sources are universities or research institutions which carry a good deal of credibility. But since these articles are heavily dependent on the correct summarization of complex research articles, it is important to know who is responsible for writing them. Each article has a publication date, but being a news site, articles are archived and not updated.

Pros

  1. Up-to-date information sorted by date, popularity, topic, or condition
  2. Complex health topics are written in a reader-friendly style for a fairly broad audience
  3. Health articles focus on a range of relevant topics, including research, policy, health conditions, general news, common topics, and more

Cons

  1. Long list of articles is hard to navigate
  2. Reading articles that are too old will likely lead to out-dated knowledge.
  3. Many articles are superficial, even borderline "clickbait"
  4. Users only get a snapshot of whatever topic they are reading about
  5. Accuracy is variable depending on the author and research that prompted each news article
  6. Completeness of coverage is unknown since the selection process for included information is not obvious

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Sponsors / Affiliations: Science X Network, a for-profit research and technology news service

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Links to related articles, newsletter

Languages: English

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