Medical research is a never-ending font of information, and its sources are vast. Unfortunately, it may be very difficult for a layman not associated with the medical field to find up to date information pertaining to his disease and treatment options. While doctors are constantly attending conferences as part of their continuing education curriculum, the average Joe is left to sort through a variety of sources in an attempt to find information that is not obsolete. The best choice for this patient is to continue his research in one of the many scientific research journals published.
While a specific journal pertaining solely to the topic of congestive heart failure may not be available, there are a seemingly infinite number of research journals being published that pertain to medical issues (there are research journals published for any field in which there is someone doing research). These are available in both a virtual format or in a hard copy. If a research source is found that a patient particularly favors they can purchase a subscription, which will allow them to receive new issues of the journal as they are released. When researching a specific topic or disease purchasing a subscription to just one source may not be the action of choice. Often a variety of articles pertaining to a specific topic can be found in multiple journals, and it is often more beneficial to read more than one. Libraries will often carry a subscription to several periodicals, and many will publish an edition over the internet. A portion of the journals that can be found online allow readers full access without a subscription.
Scientific journals publish cutting edge research, giving the average person a chance to read about advances in medicine and technology that are occurring in every field. It was a scientific journal that first published the information about stem cell research that sparked a controversy across the nation, and these same stem cells are now considered one of the best chances for providing long-term relief for patients suffering from heart failure. Through scientific journals, the reader is taken through laboratories around the world and exposed to ideas and theories of some of the planet’s greatest minds.
When searching for a research journal from which to learn it is important to ascertain that it is, in fact, a reputable source. Research journals publish both theory and fact, and it is essential that the two be differentiated. A publication with a reputation for publishing theories as facts should be avoided. If a patient is unfamiliar with the world of science it would probably be helpful for them to seek the aid of their physician in finding a factual source of information that publishes only peer-reviewed articles and up to date research.
It is important to remember that the articles written in scientific journals are written by health professionals for health professionals, and may be very difficult for a person uneducated in anatomy and medical terminology to understand; however, when armed with a dictionary and a physician to consult with scientific journals are an endless source of information.