September 27, 2011
Finally, the AACE/Takeda Site Is Operational
Sorry, but AACE has removed the site referred to in the first and last links of this blog
Finally, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and Takeda Pharmaceuticals approved resource site is up and available to the online community. Am I surprised about the site? I am surprised a little, but it is about what I expected for the start – very spartan and very closed in what they are recommending for approved sites. For those of us that may have hoped for more and maybe a little less of the professional sites that everyone should have known to begin with, I will have to say that I will have to wait for further approvals in the future.
I think there will be some surprises in the future, but I will not hold my breath. If you are interested in the sites currently listed – here they are – all 15 of them. Only two sites for me were somewhat of a surprise, this site (dlife.com – a diabetes forum site) and this site (American Council on Exercise). Sorry, the AACE removed the site. Apparently they did not think it was important.
What disappoints me the most is when looking for the list of approved sites; it is not a prominent feature. It is hidden in the “About” area and is the last item. Then I am very upset about using the links to the approved sites. The links are not what I would call intuitive. I normally open (right click) any link in another tab to be able to come back and open the next link.
What I got was a copy of the page I started with. So to repeat, if you right click (and open in a new tab) on the link for (www.mayoclinic.com) you will get a copy of the page you were on. Now is the problem of what to do. Do not double click on the site you want to explore. Slowly left click one time and you will receive a message box outlined in red that states:
“You are now leaving the Diabetes Navigator website.”
“The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. are not responsible for the content, privacy policies, or any other information included in the external website, unless otherwise noted. Please click "OK" if you wish to leave our website to receive additional information.”
This I can appreciate, but the wording leaves a lot to be desired. Since the site is on the approved list, why do we need words of warning unless there is something making this a legal requirement since they are not the authors. By clicking on okay, you are taken to the Mayo Clinic website. You had better be ready to explore, as there is little about where to go if you are doing research. You are forced to use the search box and hope that you have the right key word or words.
Yes, if you are looking for a doctor, requesting an appointment, or planning to make a contribution you are on the right page. Yes, there is “Health Information” to help you at the bottom of the page and other information. Explore you will need to do. There is a lot of information on the Mayo Clinic website – finding what you are looking for is the key.
Since I am a blogger, I knew where the blog for diabetes is located and had that are bookmarked already. Once you are there, the page also lists other good sources for diabetes information to be explored. What would have been a great help from the people assembling the information is a few of the better links within each site.
Exploring will still be up to each individual and his or her interests. Do take time to explore the diabetes navigator website. A lot of information is housed within the site with links to other sites. At the bottom of the page under “Lifestyle” is some great informational links, but you will need to go through the red box to get to the site. Enjoy exploring!!!