The Internet keeps amazing me. It’s as if the world’s largest library is available at your fingertips. It’s as if every encyclopedia on Earth is a mouse click away. The Internet has revolutionized the way we consume information. Getting on the web helps you plan a vacation, shop for the holidays and converse with friends and relatives.

The Internet also makes it easier to research your latest ache or pain. Not long ago, you may have had to rely on a dusty, 30-year-old reference book to determine if a chronic cough was a serious health threat. Now you can visit scores of reliable health websites to check your latest symptom.

HealthDay writer Dennis Thompson looks at a survey showing that as  Internet use grows, more people are trusting a doctor’s opinion. The survey also reveals that people use the Internet as a first source for health information and that more people are using e-mail to communicate with their doctors.

As much as I enjoy traveling the web, I’m heartened to know folks still rely on the family physician.