Highly Recommended

MedlinePlus – Men’s Health

MedlinePlus - Men's Health collects a variety of resources related to men's health topics. Users will find information on testosterone, depression, osteoporosis, endocrine health, and proper nutrition. This page of MedlinePlus is recommended because its collection of materials consistently refers users to reputable sources. However, there is a lack of depth and breadth in the materials presented, and users will need to seek out other sites to augment what they find here.

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Review Date: 5/2/2018

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Ease of Use

Clearly-labelled subsection headings organize what would otherwise be an overwhelming number of links to navigate. Each topic leads to a page with a "Start Here" section that provides basic information on a condition before moving into topics like diagnosis, treatment, images, and clinical trials. Although the search bar pulls results from the entire MedlinePlus catalogue, using this website is as easy as scrolling a page and finding the topic of most relevance.

Visual Design

MedlinePlus features a professional and simple visual design. Few images populate the pages here, but the topics explored often have links to relevant multimedia, especially videos. The site's use of color is subtle and pleasant, proving that a website doesn't need to be flashy in order to stand out visually.

Quality

This website has limited content about health and wellness issues in men. Users will need to consult other parts of MedlinePlus and likely other websites for a detailed look at men's health issues. The information here isn't referenced, but the page's resources come from numerous high quality sources.

Credibility

Individual authors/editors are not identified, but the organizations responsible for the content are reliable and clearly identified. MedlinePlus updates its pages within a two year period, but currency of linked content varies depending on the site listed. No red flags are apparent regarding the credibility of the resources available here.

Pros

  1. All content is reviewed and/or written by medical professionals
  2. All outside resources provided here are respected names in medical science
  3. No distracting advertisements to work around
  4. "Easy to Read" label on some links guides users to more audience-friendly pages

Cons

  1. "Diagnosis and Tests" only lists testosterone testing as the sole resource
  2. Other topics contain few links, like "Teenagers," which features a single link referring users to a short guide on body image
  3. The topics covered here appear to be almost chosen at random

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: HON seal (2017)

Additional Features: Medical encyclopedia, patient handouts, online specialist finder, journal articles, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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