Using the Internet to Research Health Conditions

Research_HealthWant to research a specific illness or condition? Find out more about a prescription drug or an herbal supplement? Learn how to better manage the stress in your life? Find caregiver resources to help you care for a parent? These omnibus sites offer the place to start for sound information and thousands of resources.

Medline Plus, an omnibus site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers a wealth of information on health and wellness as well as hundreds of diseases and conditions. Check out prescription and over-the-counter drug information.

familydoctor.org—consumer health information produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Solid information on health conditions, treatments and drugs among other topics in clear, easy-to-use format.

Healthfinder.gov, a service of the National Health Information Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, provides a web portal for health information including an A to Z library of health conditions, information on health topics organized by interest groups, health news, information on health issues and organizations, and links to other sites that have been evaluated.

Health Information from the National Institute on Aging provides a quick place to check out information on health conditions that tend to be associated with age. It also has information on caregiving, cognitive health, exercise and physical activity, healthy eating, and end of life care.

Among top privately sponsored websites that provide consumer information on health matters and medical conditions, we recommend mayoclinic.org from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Health, from Harvard Medical Schools. A number of consumers also like the resources provided by WebMd.com.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, one of the National Institutes of Health, provides information on complementary, alternative and integrative health. Of particular interest may be the thorough reports on specific dietary and herbal supplements and on specific treatments.

HerbMed.org provides evidence-based information on numerous herbs and plants used for health. 


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