Reliable Websites for Health Information

Below is a collection of vetted and reliable websites for commonly sought health information, courtesy of the Sarah & Peer Pedersen Family Learning Center

General Consumer Health Websites

Medline Plus | medlineplus.gov

  • The best “first stop” for consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health.
  • Includes a dictionary, medical encyclopedia, videos, drug guide, links to health organizations and associations, health topics and clinical trials, and access to the database PubMed to find medical literature.
  • Includes a page specifically designed for children to use.
  • Also available en Español.

PubMed Central | ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

  • International database of journals covering medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health, and veterinary science. Use this resource to find scholarly journal articles on medical topics.

Center for Disease Control | cdc.gov

  • Website for the Center for Disease Control, an organization that seeks to promote health and prevent disease and other health threats through research, promotion of healthy behaviors and environments, and advocacy for sound public health policies.
  • The website can be used as a resource for a variety of health and safety topics including updates on disease outbreaks, information about diseases & conditions, healthy living, emergency preparedness, injury, violence, and safety, environmental health, workplace safety and health, travelers’ health, and data and statistics including morbidity and mortality.
  • Also available en Español.

Mayo Clinic Health Information | mayoclinic.com/health-information

  • Trusted source of medical information including guides on hundreds of diseases and conditions, possible causes for symptoms, information on drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, and healthy living.

CAPHIS: Consumer & Patient Health Information Section | mlanet.org/caphis

  • Website of the Medical Library Association which includes a list of the top 100 health websites, with several sub-categories including General Health, Parenting and Kids, and Drug Information Resources.

Merck Manuals | merckmanuals.com

  • Includes the Merck Manual Home Health Handbook (written in everyday language, provided for free) and information about the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (medical textbooks geared toward healthcare professionals).
  • Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Consumer Health Outreach Resources | nnlm.gov

  • Includes links to consumer health materials en Español and other languages, and information about evaluating health websites and health literacy.

Lab Tests Online | labtestsonline.org

  • A non-commercial resource for the public on clinical lab testing, provided by laboratory professionals. Includes resources on how to understand lab reports, information about how lab tests work, laboratory testing in the news, and an index of articles.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality | ahrq.gov

  • Clinical information, data, and surveys on quality and patient safety topics, including hospital stays and charges.

 

Websites for Pediatric & Family Health

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) | aap.org

  • The premier professional association for pediatricians, the AAP web site also offers consumers extensive information and resources on children’s physical, mental, and social health.

FamilyDoctor.org: Health Information for the Whole Family | familydoctor.org

  • Website of the American Academy of Family Practitioners, providing health information for the whole family, including sections on diseases and conditions, prevention and wellness, pregnancy and newborns, kids, teens, and seniors.

MCH Library: The Maternal & Child Health Library at Georgetown University | mchlibrary.info

  • Website includes resource guides on a variety of topics related to maternal and child health, including breastfeeding, child development, infant mortality, autism spectrum disorders and nutrition, among others.

 

Disease/Condition Specific Websites

AIDS

AIDSinfo | aidsinfo.nih.gov

  • Website administered by the NIH, offering information about HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research including a search tool for clinical trials and information about AIDS drugs and other HIV/AIDS health topics.

Allergies/Infectious Diseases

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases | niaid.nih.gov

  • Website includes scientific resources for researches, links to clinical trials networks, news and events, and summaries of a range of topics related to infectious, immunologic and allergic diseases.

Cancer

Childhood Cancers — National Cancer Institute | cancer.gov

  • Resources from the National Institutes of Health display sections on treatment, prevention, causes, testing and clinical trials, along with links to many other resources.
  • Also available en Español.

OncoLink | oncolink.org

  • Website of the Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania. Resources include information about cancer types, cancer treatment, risk and prevention, cancer drugs, support and coping with cancer, clinical trials, and links to cancer news.

Deaf-Blindness

DB-Link — Information on Dead-Blindness | nationaldb.org

  • Valuable web links and a library of materials from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Resources

Mental Health

National Mental Health Information Center Child & Adolescent Mental Health | samhsa.gov

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human services site, featuring resources on treatment, prevention, family guidance, and online publications
  • Also available en Español.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry — Families and Youth | aacap.org

  • This section of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s website includes resources for finding a psychiatrist, resources centers, and a Facts for Families brochure on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.
  • Also available en Español.

Genetic Conditions

Genetics Home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions | ghr.nlm.nih.gov

  • Information about the effects of genetic variations on human health. Service provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Rare Disorders

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) | rarediseases.org

  • A database of uncommon diseases with an index of related organizations provides information not always found on other health sites.

 

Clinical Trials

ClinicalTrials.gov | clinicaltrials.gov

  • A registry and results database of human clinical studies worldwide.

CenterWatch — Clinical Trials Listing Service | centerwatch.com

  • Information about clinical research for both clinical research professionals and patients. Listings of thousands of active clinical trials and recently approved drug therapies.

 

Alternative & Integrative Medicine

Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine | naturalstandard.com

  • A database of quality, interdisciplinary, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies including dietary supplements, herbal remedies, and integrative therapies.

NIH National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine | nccam.nih.gov

  • Health information, research, clinical trials, news and events about complementary and alternative medicine, provided by the NIH.

ConsumerLab.com | consumerlab.com

  • Independent tests of quality and content of herbal, vitamin, and mineral supplements.

American Botanical Council | herbalgram.org

  • Source for information on herbal medicine.

 

Drugs & Drug Interactions

LactMed (Drugs and Lactation Database) | lactmed.nlm.nih.gov

  • An NIH database of drugs and dietary supplements that may affect breastfeeding. Therapeutic alternatives are provided, where appropriate.
  • A mobile LactMed app is available through the iTunes and Android app stores

DailyMed | dailymed.nlm.nih.gov

  • Website is a resource of the US National Library of medicine. Provides high quality information about marketed drugs including FDA labels.

Drugs.com: Drug Information Online | drugs.com

  • Pill Identification Wizard (Pill Finder) can help consumers match the imprint, size, or color of a pill and connect to the detailed description of the drug in the website’s database.

Pillbox | pillbox.nlm.nih.gov

  • Resource for identifying unknown pills based on physical characteristics and high resolution images, provided by the National Library of Medicine and NIH. Search options include Quick Search by color, shape, etc. or Advanced Search, which includes searching by drug name, inactive ingredients, etc.

Center for Drug Evaluation, U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) | fda.gov

  • This FDA site includes drug information sheets, links to drug-information web sites, and a section on pediatric drug development.
  • Consumers can report problems with drugs directly to the FDA via this site

Office of Dietary Supplements | ods.od.nih.gov

  • An overview of dietary supplements, areas of research, and clinical trials.
  • Website includes comprehensive fact sheets about many supplements.

 

Household Health, Environmental Health & Poison Control

Haz-Map | hazmap.nlm.nih.gov

  • Information from the National Library of Medicine/NIH on occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases.

Household Products Database | householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov

  • Health and safety information on household products, searchable by category and alphabetically.

Tox Town | toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

  • Website by the National Library of Medicine which includes information on “environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play”

American Association of Poison Control Centers | aapcc.org

  • Contains a search function for locating local poison centers

Consumer Product Safety Commission | cpsc.gov

  • Links to recalls of toys, child products, and household and outdoor protects
  • Option to sign up for email alerts on safety of consumer products
  • Also available en Español.