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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.

Government Websites for Consumers

  • 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.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – U.S. government agency site with information on: Diseases & Conditions; Healthy Living; Travelers' Health; Emergency Preparedness, and More CDC Info, including data and statistics!

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

  • - " (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...."
  • Family Doctor - from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Harvard Health - featuring Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information.
  • Healthline - medical search engine offers medically filtered results developed by trained medical personnel. Formerly Your
  • A Healthy Me  - from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Has news, special self-care sections such as high blood pressure, weight control, prostate health; also covers current issues such as prescription drug cards.
  • iTriage - a free mobile app to quickly answer medical questions, find care options and maintain personal health information.
  • Lab Tests Onlinean award-winning resource from the American Academy of Clinical Chemistry that helps patients to better understand the many clinical laboratory tests that play a critical role in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating a broad range of conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and infectious diseases. It also has information on conditions/diseases and standard health screenings by age group.
  • 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 Net - . Doctor-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
  • Merck Manual for Consumers - First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, The Manual is one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers, with concise information in everyday language on health topics, symptoms, emergencies, drug information with pill identifier, news & commentary, and other resources on common medical tests, medical terms, abbreviations, images and more!
  • PDR+ for Patients - Prescriber's Digital Reference+ for Patients provides search and browse for over 2,300 drug guides by drug name.
  • Revolution Health - "Learning Centers" by disease/conditions, drug information, community sites, and "module" based info (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
  • WebMD - a leading commercial provider of online information, educational services and communities for physicians and consumers

Public Health Matters - Latest from CDC

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