Top Consumer Health Web Sites

Published on: 11/03/2013
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Top Consumer Health Web Sites
Authoritative and comprehensive cancer information from the National Cancer Institute.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. provides information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers.
A Web site operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Provides health information of a variety of topics in English and Spanish. Health topics A-Z, reference tools, etc.

A service of the National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health information A-Z, prevention & wellness, diseases & conditions, and alternative medicine - plus medical dictionaries, an encyclopedia, journals, and more.

KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.

Mayo Clinic
Providing useful and up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise and standard of excellence of Mayo Clinic.

MEDEM: an information partnership of medical societies
The MEDEM Medical Library provides patients with reliable health care information from introductory to advanced texts. The health information is divided in the following broad categories: Life Stages; Diseases and Conditions; Therapies and Health Strategies; and Health and Society.

MEDLINEplus - English
Consumer-oriented Website established by the National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library and creator of the MEDLINE database. The alphabetical list of "Health Topics" consists of more than 300 specific diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Each Health Topic page contains links to authoritative information on that subject, as well as an optional link to a preformulated MEDLINE search that provides journal article citations on the subject. Additional resources include physician and hospital directories, several online medical dictionaries, and consumer drug information available by generic or brand name.

Virtual Pediatric Hospital
From the University of Iowa.
A digital library of pediatric information. - Health and Medical
Health and medical information, including directories of hospitals, labs and health organizations relevant to people living in Florida.

The Florida Poison Information Center - Miami (Poison Control)
A Florida Department of Health funded program of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Health System providing 24/7 assistance to callers with poisoning emergencies or any poison-related question.  The Poison Center also provides educational materials for making the home “poison safe” for children, adults and pets.  The Poison Control Center Hotline (1-800-222-1222) is free, confidential, and available in English or Spanish.  A translation service is also available for speakers of other languages. 

The Patient Care Partnership: Understanding Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities
From the American Hospital Association.
Replacing the AHA's Patients' Bill of Rights, this plain language brochure informs patients about what they should expect during their hospital stay with regard to their rights and responsibilities. The brochure is available in multiple languages.

Personal Health Record
Keeping your own personal health record (PHR) allows you to provide doctors with valuable information that can help improve the quality of care you receive. A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. In short, a PHR helps you play a more active role in your healthcare.

U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy. Download the "My Family Health Portrait" software and create a family tree of health issues to discuss with your doctor.

Reference Tools



Medical Dictionary Online
Free online medical dictionary search engine for definitions of medical terminology, pharmaceutical drugs, healthcare equipment, health conditions, medical devices, specialty terms and medical abbreviations.

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary
MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary


MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia
Search by keyword or browse a wide variety of free encyclopedia and dictionary resources.

Encyclopedia of Psychology


Anatomy of the Human Body
The edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings (many in color) from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.

Atlas of the Body
From the American Medical Association (AMA)

Atlas of Dermatology

Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology

The Whole Brain Atlas



Full Text Books Online

The Merck Manual of Medical Information - Second Home Edition, Online Version
This book provides comprehensive and easy to understand medical information for those of us who in a normal state of mind do not know what group of inherited disorders is associated with 21-hydroxylase deficiency. Explains disorders (no need to panic now, most likely you do not have 21-hydroxylase deficiency!), who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they are diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis. The manual can be searched or browsed using the index or the list of sections. It also includes anatomical drawings.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Ed.- English
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th Ed.- Spanish
The book provides useful clinical information to practicing physicians, medical students, interns, residents, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals in a concise, complete, and accurate manner. The Merck Manual continues to cover all the subjects expected in a textbook of internal medicine as well as detailed information on pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, pharmacology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and a number of special subjects. The Merck Manual quickly provides information that helps practitioners achieve optimal care. The Merck Manual can be searched by keywords or browsed through the Table of Contents.

The Merck Manual of Health & Aging
This manual provides information on aging and the care of older people in words understandable by the lay public.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
Provides specific and comprehensive information on the care of older people.

The Electronic Textbook of Dermatology
Emergency Medicine - Medical Reference

International Travel and Health. 2005 ed.
Published by the World Health Organization (WHO)


User Guides 

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
From the Medical Library Association (MLA).
MLA's latest consumer resource provides guidelines on finding the highest quality health information on the Web as well as examples of the best health Websites. Included in this guide are general starting points as well as specific sites for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans


Pediatric Links

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Click on this link to access a treasure trove of child health information covering everything from immunization and obesity to breastfeeding and injury prevention. The AAP will continue to provide accurate online information parents and pediatricians need to keep kids healthy.

KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
CureSearch unites the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children's Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through our shared mission to cure childhood cancer. Research is the key to cure.

Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids Worldwide (Safe Kids USA is the U.S. organization) is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.

TodoBebe is a Spanish-language website designed to help parents, and soon-to-be-parents, with questions they might have. This site offers a wealth of information - from parenting tips, to forums to chat with other parents, and more.

Boggy Creek
Camp Boggy Creek is more than a fun-filled getaway. It helps children with chronic and life-threatening conditions to better cope with the day-to-day challenges they face. It also offers critical support to the parents, guardians and siblings of these amazing campers. Located on 232 acres of beautiful wooded land, it has 44 cracker style buildings including 16 camper cabins, dining hall, medical center, swim center, stable, little farm, sports and recreation center, arts and crafts building, creative center and theater.

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