BRIEFLY

July 4, 2014 

Sisters to renew religious vows

Sister Mary Kealy and Sister Una Murphy will be recognized for 50 years of service each in Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday at St. John Catholic Church, 2414 17th St., Gulfport.

Sister Kealy made her profession of religious vows on July 12, 1964, and moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August 1964. Sister Murphy, a friend of Sister Kealy, lives in Phoenix. The two will renew their religious vows during the Mass on Sunday, and a reception will be held at the church following the service.

Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary began in Ireland in 1776. The order is involved in all forms of education as well as pastoral ministry, health care and social services.

-- Sun Herald

DR. OZ

Beware unreliable online health info

What did Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama "War of the Worlds" have in common with today's encyclopedic web site Wikipedia? Too many people believed every word. Welles gave people notice that the tale was pure fiction, and Wikipedia has never claimed to be more than a web site (often wonderful) with user-generated and curated articles. Nonetheless, as many as 150 million folks per month use Wikipedia's 20,000 medical articles for health info, when they should not be the last word in medical advice. A new study compared info in Wiki's medical articles to facts from peer-reviewed medical journals: 90 percent contained false or misleading information!

Examining entries for heart disease, cancer, mental illness, concussion, osteoarthritis, respiratory conditions, hypertension, diabetes, back problems and elevated cholesterol, reviewers spotted mistakes that could lead you to treat yourself incorrectly or pass along faulty info to your doctor.

Another study found the online Medscape Drug Reference provided answers to 82.5 percent of researchers' questions about medications; Wikipedia answered only 40 percent. It often had missing or incorrect info on dosages, interactions and contraindications.

What's the smartest way to use the Internet for health info? Stick with sites with recognized medical experts who curate the info, those affiliated with the National Institutes of Health (health.nih.gov) and other dot-gov sites, established medical institutions and medical journals. Then talk to your doctor.

-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

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