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Our Favorite Consumer Health Web Sites

(listed in alphabetical order)

Cancer Information Service (National Cancer Institute)

Comprehensive network of cancer information publications, treatment options (including complementary and alternative medicine), clinical trials, the latest news and major cancer research centers/organizations. Recursos in Espaņol.

Health On the Net Foundation

An organization devoted to guiding Internet users to reliable medical information.

Healthfinder (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Excellent place to find health information generated by federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (food recalls, new drug approvals) and the Federal Trade Commission (health scams, consumer complaints). En Espaņol.

HealthWeb (network of medical libraries) Selection of links to clinical guidelines, educational resources, online publications/organizations for a wide variety of general health topics (pediatrics, neurology, sports medicine). Links are selected by professional medical librarians.

Intelihealth (Aetna U.S. Healthcare)

The latest news and information on dozens of popular health topics including wellness, nutrition and weight management. "Cool tools" include health quizzes and interactive databases.

Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)

Consumer health information on popular topics (diabetes, nutrition, seniors' health, thyroid disease, etc.), drug information, medical dictionaries and encyclopedias, doctor directories, links to health and medical organizations and current health news.

Merck Manuals (Merck & Co.)

Three free, full-text online medical reference books from Merck & Co.:

  • The Merck Manual of Medical Information (home edition written for patients and their families)
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (17th ed. provides details on symptoms and tests)
  • The Merck Manual of Geriatrics (3rd ed. specializes in health problems/concerns of the elderly)

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health)

Information for consumers includes factsheets (acpuncture, St. John's wort) and links to free databases. The Alternative Medicine Homepage (University of Pittsburgh) offers an extensive list of links for further research.

NOAH: New York Online Access to Health (New York Academy of Medicine)

Topical collection of plain-language consumer health information published by government agencies, health associations, professional organizations, hospitals and research centers. Popular topics include Lyme disease, arthritis, sleep disorders and headaches. En Espaņol.

Nutrition Analysis Tool (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

This database calculates the nutrients (and carbohydrates, cholesterol, calories, fiber content) for thousands of popular food items. The "finding foods to supplement your diet" feature enables you to identify foods high in specific nutrients (calcium, potassium, sodium).

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