What are some trusted online health resources?
Overwhelmed by the amount of health information on the Internet? Not sure if certain sites are trustworthy? Let’s us help by providing links to some of the most trusted and reliable health resources.
- When it comes to current health advisories and disease outbreaks, as well as an abundance of health information, one of the best starting places is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The American College of Physicians (ACP) Foundation through Health TiPS has created an easy to understand guide about a variety of health topics including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, hypertension, smoking, and vaccine information. Information is available in printable one-page forms in English and Spanish allowing you to fill it out and take it to your doctor’s appointment.
- Healthfinder.gov managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has a variety of health topics, and general information.
- NIH’s Medline Plus is also a good one-stop-shop for basic health information. The site includes a medical encyclopedia to look up tricky words, information on hundreds of prescriptions by brand name, and links to doctors, hospitals and medical libraries across the country.
- The National Health Information Center website, part of the NIH system, lists more than 1,400 organizations and government offices that can provide free health information upon request.
- For a quick online rundown on a condition, the National Institutes of Health Web site might be the best place to start searching. This site allows you to search for information on a condition by its location in the body, the disease name, or by health issues such as smoking or weight gain.
- The Office of Dietary Supplements from the National Institute of Health provides updated fact sheets on commonly used herbs, supplements and vitamins.
- WebMD is a reliable standby in the online medical universe. The site offers much of the same general information as the government sites mentioned above, but its style may be friendlier to Web surfers who don’t normally browse government sites.
- MedHelp, Mayo Clinic, and Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library are good examples of other general health information websites.
- For disease-specific health information, national associations provide valuable information, including the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation.
- Compare Hospitals & Pricing.
- Iowa Hospital Facts.
- Marion County Resource Directory.