The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, offers guides to patients on topics like effective healthcare, specific diseases and disorders, and prescription medications.
This patient information site of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation highlights symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments of a variety of brain disorders. It also gives helpful information for family and friends of those with a disease and for those who need to find a neurologist, along with online access to Neurology Now magazine.
The American Heart Association hosts a visually attractive and informative interactive site with resources for both lay users and health care and science professionals concerned about heart disease and stroke.
This Web site, of the Children’s Hospital Boston, provides health guides on a range of topics of interest to teens and their parents.
This CDC Web site, also available in Spanish, offers a wealth of health tips, information, and publications on current health-related news topics; a wide range of diseases and conditions; and statistical trends.
The National Library of Medicine’s Drug Information Portal offers “quick access to over 1,200 selected drugs,” linking to general consumer health information, scientific journal references, clinical trials, and more.
Evaluating online health information can be a challenge. This MedlinePlus page links to a large number of Web pages—including many from the National Library of Medicine and other NIH institutes—that help online users identify reliable sources.
The Family Caregiver Alliance is an informative and supportive site for caregivers of adults with a range of brain diseases and disorders. It includes many helpful caregiving tips, and maintains sections about statistics and research, public policy, educational programs and conferences, publications, and links to other resources. Some information is available in Chinese and Spanish.
The U.S. government has also recently launched Healthfinder, described as "a gateway consumer health information Web site." It provides links to selected on-line publications, databases, and sites for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and support groups. All the information has been reviewed for medical accuracy, and users can search by letter of the alphabet and subject or take a guided tour of available information on a specific illness.
The Stanford Health Library, “a public consumer health information library,” links to a wealth of sources for further information on a broad range of health-related issues.
The HIVInSite is a comprehensive and very current site that offers extensive AIDS and HIV medical information; materials related to education, prevention, legal, policy, and social issues; research resources such as statistics, databases, lists, and links; a compilation of current news, articles, bibliographies, contacts and other information on key topics; and a U.S. map that will lead you to state-by-state information, programs, hotlines, and other resources.
This US Department of Health and Human Services tool allows users to search for and compare hospitals based on location and type of procedure.
Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, this site contains a variety of clearly written articles about children's health, listed by topic. Each item is reviewed by a medical professional, and some information is available in Spanish. There are also links to companion sites for kids and teens.
The Mayo Clinic offers resources on a variety of health issues, including disease and condition centers for help with managing chronic diseases or disorders; a healthy living section; and an extensive section on drugs and supplements.
This easy to use service of the National Library of Medicine provides information on health topics, drugs, and medical terms, as well as a physician directory and resource guide to various health-related organizations. Some information is available in Spanish.
The U.S. government National Institutes of Health site is an entry point to health information from the many NIH institutes and organizations, as well as scientific resources, news, and events.
OncoLink, provided by the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center, is an outstanding Internet cancer resource, with everything from extensive medical information on individual types of cancer, to cancer FAQs; causes, screening, and prevention; psychosocial support; research news; information on financial issues; and global resources for cancer information.
Research Match, a free and secure registry, brings together people interested in participating in research studies and the scientists conducting them.