Guest Editors for this volume: Marina Bondi and Franca Poppi Univesity Modena e Reggio Emilia.

Volume 9 is a special issue on medical discourse in Internet-based communication.

Exploring Healthcare Communication and Health Literacy:
Cognitive and Social Community Action in an Online World

Marina Bondi and Franca Poppi University of Modena and Reggio Emilia “Introduction”.

Giuliana Diani University of Modena and Reggio Emilia “Metadiscourse in web-mediated health communication”.

Cecilia Lazzeretti and Franca Poppi University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaChildren with autism or autistic children? Indexicality in the websites for parents of children with neurological conditions”.

Annalisa Sezzi and Marina Bondi University of Modena and Reggio Emilia “‘I am going on a ketogenic diet’. Communicating dietary requirements for pediatric patients”.

Silvia Cavalieri*, Maddalena Marchiò**, Marina Bondi**, Giuseppe Biagini** Sapienza University of Rome* University of Modena and Reggio Emilia** Assessing caregiver informative materials on the Ketogenic Diet in Italy: a textual ethnographic approach”.

Stefania M. Maci University of Bergamo Parents’ narrative about congenital heart diseases: Acquiring knowledge and sharing empathy”.

Magdalena Zabielska Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan and Magda Żelazowska-Sobczyk University of Warsaw Hearing aids and cochlear implants – A study of the discourse of patients’ English ENT online support forums”.

Gillian Mansfield University of Parma The dynamics of popularised discourse for diabetics: Online forums for information and emotional support”.

Elisa Mattiello University of Pisa Figuration and obesity: Warning bells from„.

Judith Turnbull Sapienza University of Rome Online health information for the elderly”.

Winnie Cheng Hong Kong Polytechnic University “A study of closings in nurse-elderly resident consultations at a mobile integrative health centre”.