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Health Sciences Research Guide: Best of Consumer Health Sites

A good place to start for researching topics in allied health, public health, and communications science & disorders.

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Why Use Consumer Sites?

Reliable consumer health & medical information is notoriously difficult to find on the Web, especially for patients. Check these sites to find quality health information for your patients, friends, or yourself.

Recommended Consumer Health Sites

  • MedlinePlus - National Library of Medicine's comprehensive health information site with authoritative sections on Health Topics, Drugs & Supplements, informative Videos & Tools, a Medical Encyclopedia, and a Medical Dictionary from Merriam-Webster. Provides Organization and Directories links, the latter to help find nearby libraries, health professionals, services and facilities. Easy to read materials in a multitude of languages, interactive slide shows, real time videos of surgery and more.
  • WebMD - a leading commercial provider of online information, educational services and communities for physicians and consumers
  • Family Doctor - from the American Academy of Family Physicians

  • MayoClinic - Excellent source of health information for the general public provided by the well-respected Mayo Clinic. Also has resource libraries in areas such as cancer, pregnancy, women's health, etc.

  • Medicine NetDoctor-produced by a network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians. Easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers, user-friendly, interactive web site. Owned and operated by WebMD

  • Healthline - medical search engine offers medically filtered results developed by trained medical personnel. Formerly Your

  • Everday Health - "Learning Centers" by disease/conditions, drug information, community sites, and "module" based info (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) Formerly Revolution Health.

  • - " (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. Or the government. Bedsider is totally independent.... [Their] goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively...."

Public Health Matters - Latest from CDC