Consumer Health


Finding health information on the Web can be overwhelming. We have compiled this list of websites, which have been developed by government organizations, libraries, professional associations, and academic medical centers. The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus website www.medlineplus.gov is an excellent consumer health website. In addition, the following links are provided for general educational purposes only.

General Health

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is the National Library of Medicine’s Web site for consumer health information. It provides links to authoritative web sites on health topics, drug information, directories, medical organizations, medical encyclopedia, news, publications, databases, and more.

CAPHIS: Web Sites You Can Trust
Refers healthcare consumers to the Medical Library Association’s Top 100 list of healthcare resources. CAPHIS is the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.

healthfinder
A gateway web site for health and human service information from the National Health Information Center, US Department of Health and Human Services.

KidsHealth
Up-to-date information on medical conditions, growth, food and fitness, childhood infections, and immunizations. Interactive information for parents, kids and teenagers from the Nemours Foundation.

MayoClinic.com
Web site with links to diseases and conditions, treatment decisions, drugs and supplements, healthy living, and health tools from the Mayo Clinic.

NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
Consumer health information listed by health topics and alphabetically by condition, which has been developed by library organizations in the New York City area.

Quackwatch
Web site whose purpose is to “combat health-related fraud, myths, fads and fallacies” and to improve the quality health information on the Internet.

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Associations

American Academy of Family Physicians
Provides health information for women, men, children, teenagers, and seniors, plus health tools and healthy living tips.

American Academy of Pediatrics
News and resources devoted to the health and well being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American Cancer Society
Cancer information for patients, family and friends, survivors, donors and volunteers and professionals.

American Diabetes Association
Non-profit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Diabetes nutrition, recipes, weight loss, e-newsletters, support, and treatment and care information.

American Heart Association
Information on heart diseases and stroke, healthy lifestyles, resources, warning signs, e-newsletters, and more.

American Lung Association
Health information on tobacco control and lung diseases, including lung cancer, hayfever, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, HIV/AIDS and lung disease, influenza and others.

American Medical Association (AMA) Patient Resources
Provides links to “doctor finder”, patient network, specialty societies, and patient resources from the Medem Medical Library, a collaborative project of the AMA and leading medical societies.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
A voluntary health organization dedicated to helping people with rare disorders. Search NORD’s index of rare diseases, index of organizations, and view programs, services, and research.

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Government

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Provides evidence-based health information for consumers, patients, and health professionals. Links to the National Guideline Clearinghouse, a public resource for clinical practice guidelines.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
Current, Alzeheimer’s disease (AD) information and resources from the U.S. Government’s National Institute on Aging.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Llinks to the National Immunization Program, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Travelers’ Health. Resources include disease information, reference materials, travel updates, health and occupational safety, nutrition charts, dietary guidelines, Body Mass Index, growth charts, and more.

Consumer.gov (FirstGov for Consumers)
Your resource for consumer information from the federal government. This is a “one-stop” link to a broad range of federal information resources. Designed to locate information by categories such as Health, Food, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Information for consumers listed by broad topics. FDA regulates products in the following categories: food, drugs, medical devices, biologic, cosmetics, radiation-emitting products, and more.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Cancer information for patients and health professional about cancer types, risk factors, testing, treatment options, clinical trials, coping and resources from the Dept. of Health and Human Services.

National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
Mental health information listed by topics.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Consumer health information with links to healthy lifestyles, research, body systems, conditions and diseases, health and wellness, health hotlines, and federal health agencies.

NIH Senior Health
Age related heath information that is easily accessible for adults 60 and older. Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both part of the National Institutes of health (NIH)

National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC)
Health information for women, includes medical topics, statistics, screening information, newsletter, Women’s’ Health FAQ’s and additional information on women’s health.

Nutrition.gov
Easy access to food and nutrition information from various federal government agencies.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Public information on or assistance with mental health or substance abuse problems.

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Multilingual

MedlinePlus
A consumer health site, links to authoritative full text HealthTopics, Drug Information, Medical Encyclopedia, Dictionaries, News, Directories, and Other Resources

Spiral: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages
Web site developed at Tufts University’s Health Sciences Library with detailed health information in seven Asian languages: Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese. It contains information for both physician and patient.

24 Languages
Electronic access to over 200 health education brochures and sound recordings in 24 different languages. This project of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Utah Department of Health, the Immunization Action Coalition, AAPCHO, and other to improve access to health materials in multiple languages.

 

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