Keeping Up with Health News: 4 Easy Tips!

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Tick tick tick.  The 24-news cycle never ends, and keeping up with the latest health news is harder than ever.  As part of the new year, I will be adding a new role as the Nutrition Newsbites editor for my graduate school newsletter.  I am excited to tackle this task, and eager to share my game plan for tracking the constantly churning health news scene.  I hope these tips are helpful, but I desperately need your suggestions as well! 
Four Easy Ways to Keep Up with Health News
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1. Email List-serves, E-newsletters
Signing up for free emails through various health organizations or news services is an easy way to get a daily dose of health updates.  I enjoy Smartbrief, an email service that offers links news articles.  Search by industry: restaurant, nutrition, social media, food service, nursing, health care, and much more.  Other suggestions...

The Daily News from the American Dietetic Association offers a succinct daily summary of nutrition, dietetics, and food service articles.  (ADA membership is required for this one.)

Evidence updates - a daily email from the British Medical Journal group that provides links to newly published medical research from major journals.   You can customize to specific areas of medicine and varying levels of newsworthiness.

Eurekalerts - Not an email alert, but a great site for press releases.  Spanning all topics including general science, health, nutrition, agriculture, education, and more.

2. TOC [Table of Contents] Subscriptions
Stay fresh with breaking research from your favorite journals.  Subscribing to a journal's Table of Contents (it's free!) often allows you to glimpse the upcoming articles before release of the print edition.  Full access to the journal requires a paid subscription, however it is worthwhile to read the research abstracts.  With more than 5,400 worldwide life sciences journals, it is helpful to identify one or two journals that apply to your specific practice or interests.
General recommendations:
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
New England Journal of Medicine (love the weekly resident teaching lessons)
Journal of the American Medical Association (love the JAMA patient page)
Journal of Nutrition
Nutrition Today

3. Google Reader
This service stores your favorite websites, health bloggers, and news organizations in one place, making for easy and efficient reading!  It automatically updates with each new post or article.
4. Customize Your Internet Homepage
Setting your web homepage to a news organization is a simple way to keep your finger on the pulse of consumer health news.  When I go online, my webpage is set to the New York Times Health section so that I can quickly glance at any breaking health feature articles.
I've gleaned these resources from classmates and mentors throughout the past 3 semesters of grad school.  But I'm sure eager to hear your opinions and further suggestions.
In particular, know any good news sources for farming and food policy?

Cheers to a new year!  


MelindaRD said...

Great tips! These are all good resources. I use FNIC as a go to website for all things food and nutrition because I know these are reliable sources.

Rachel said...

thanks Melinda; can always depend on you for great feedback : )

Emily said...

Great resources, Rachel. I also check the NY Times...they usually highlight interesting pieces and research, and it provides good material for blog posting, too. :)

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner said...

Thanks for your amazing tips!! SUPER HELPFUL!

Sherry Lam said...

Great post, Rachel! I subscribe to the Food Research and Action Center ( for food and ag policy news. That gives me pretty good weekly digests (which I still have yet to catch up on!)

Rachel said...

thank you Emily and Kathleen!! Sherry, I'm going to check out the Frac resource. Always good to hear from you : )

Kasey said...

Congrats on your new position as editor! Great tip to customize your home page.

Unknown said...

Hey neighbor - cool post, when's your next one? :) Personally, I've found Google Alerts helpful in staying up to speed on industry trends in past consulting engagements, but, er, it gets kind of overwhelming at times to have tons of news links flooding your inbox, so I have since removed my Alerts.

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Disclaimer. I am not a Registered Dietitian yet. I provide nutrition information intended for the general public, not for the treatment of a specific medical condition. I try to use scientific research and reliable sources when forming my opinions and messages.
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