Health and Wellness Information on the Internet

 

Please Note: The library no longer maintains this guide. For up-to-date listings of Internet financial resources, see the Website listings in the Health Information Guide.

 

Researching a Disease

Quick Look-Up
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html An encyclopedia from the consumer site of the National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institute of Health and the world’s largest medical library.

Comprehensive Information
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthtopics.html  Health topics from the consumer site of the National Library of Medicine.
www.mayoclinic.com/findinformation/diseasesandconditions/index.cfm Sponsored by the Mayo Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit health care provider.

Clinical Trials
www.clinicaltrials.gov, a service of the National Institutes of Health developed by the National Library of Medicine.

Articles
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi from the National Library of Medicine.

Health News
www.cbsnews.com/sections/health/main204.shtml, a service of CBS News.

Finding a Doctor

The American Medical Association maintains a national database of physicians at www.ama-assn.org.
The American Board of Medical Specialties maintains a searchable database of all board-certified physicians at www.abms.org. The library also has copies of the Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists 2002. Ref 610.6.
Massachusetts physician profiles are available at www.massmedboard.org.

Medication

www.drugdigest.org DrugDigest is the consumer health information website of Express Scripts, the nation's largest independent pharmacy benefit manager.
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html, from the consumer site of the National Library of Medicine.

Wellness

www.cspinet.org, from The Center for Science in the Public Interest. This nonprofit education and advocacy organization focuses on improving the safety and quality of our food supply. 
www.familydoctor.org offers health and wellness information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

Other Super Sites

www.cdc.gov, homepage of the Center for Disease Control, which is the lead federal agency for protecting the nation’s health and safety.
www.healthfinder.gov is a huge gateway to consumer health information from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.
www.intelihealth.com From Aetna Insurance Company and Harvard Medical School, this content-rich site provides excellent overviews of diseases and conditions, as well as wellness information and tips, and a digest of health stories in the news. 
http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer, the top 100 health Internet sites, as selected by the Medical Library Association.
www.nccam.nih.gov National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine is a division of the National Institute of Health, which supports research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and disseminates information about which CAMs work, which do not, and why.
Health & Fitness at www.about.com/health includes forums and chat rooms on a wide range of health topics.
www.labtestsonline.org can be searched by name of test, condition/disease or age group.

Other Useful Internet Resources

National organizations or foundations represent many diseases and conditions. They all have home pages. For example:
American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org, American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, Alcoholics Anonymous at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

For recommended books and magazines about health and wellness, see the To Your Health information guide. Check our  Nutrition and Fitness guide for recommended materials and links on those subjects.

Websites change! 
Please email us if you have difficulty accessing a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.

The Information You Can Use project is federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Updated 11/2004

 

 

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