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