Health & Medical Websites

The internet provides an overwhelming amount of health and medical information – use this carefully selected collection of reliable websites to find information on diseases, medical conditions, staying well, drugs and pharmaceuticals, alternative treatments, nutrition and more.

Organized access to a myriad of reliable sites provided by medical library experts at the National Library of Medicine. Links are to consumer sites that contain few, if any, advertisements; updates are frequent and timely.

Click here for disease/condition handouts like those you receive when visiting a physician’s office. Excellent symptom-based flowcharts, tips on choosing a family doctor and dealing with medical errors plus much more. There is also a short symptom checker available.

A non-profit consumer health web site from medical-school faculty of three Ohio universities. One can find in-depth information on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues. There are also health professionals available to respond to specific questions.

MLA Top Health Websites
Librarians of the Medical Library Association looked all over the web and chose these as the most useful sites for their Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Links to information on prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The federal agency that regulates, among other products, food, food supplements, drugs, cosmetics, vaccines, and medical devices presents a searchable site that can be browsed for information especially useful for consumers, teens, seniors, and others.

Gateway to reliable, ad-free, consumer health and human services information in English and Spanish. Information is from a selective list of federal and state agencies, clearinghouses, not-for-profits, support groups and self-help groups.

The Merck Manuals
Complete, concise information for consumers and health professionals from a longstanding medical publisher. Has helpful enhancements like pronunciation, animations, photographs and videos. Consumer health titles are Merck Manual and Merck Manual of Health & Aging. The following Manuals are available: The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, The Merck Manual for Pet Health, and The Merck Veterinary Manual.
Provides an excellent integration of health, wellness and disease information. Mayo Clinic’s more than 3,300 physicians and researchers give tools to help one understand a medical condition, provide fitness and exercise information, a symptom checker, drug information and more in accessible language.

Shape Up America! Fitness Center
Find logical, proven ways to identify your own program to maintain healthy body weight through increased physical activity and healthy eating. Has tools for assessment, improvement and overcoming barriers.

ChooseMyPlate (United States Department of Agriculture)
For all who are looking for helpful tips and a plan for changing to healthier eating and exercise habits. Use the Food-a-pedia to look up calories and compare foods, get daily tips to help you keep on track and get a personalized eating plan. The tools and information formerly found on are still available through this updated nutrition site.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Information Center
Part of the National Agriculture Library of the USDA.

Nutrition Source from Harvard School of Public Health
Directed primarily to clinicians, but consumers who want high-quality information that relates diet to chronic disease will find it here. Other consumer topics are nutrition news and links to other good nutrition sites.

What Did My Doctor Say?
Medical librarians created this site to help laymen understand the specialized language used in the medical world.

Lab Tests Online
American Association for Clinical Chemistry site for consumers, providing information about specific tests.

Surgery from MedlinePlus
If your doctor has recommended surgery, you probably have many questions. Look here for information about whether to seek a second opinion, questions for your surgeon, and what to expect before and after. Information can be found here in several languages.

For parents, kids and teens a searchable site of accurate, up-to-date, information about growth, food, fitness, childhood infections, lab tests, immunizations, medical/surgical conditions, and the latest treatments.

American Academy of Pediatrics
In-depth comprehensive child health information covering everything from immunization and obesity to breastfeeding and injury prevention. Includes policy statements, plus descriptions of academy-published books.

Teens Health
Part of the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media. On a typical week, this site has over 750,000 visits.

Partnership for Drug-free Kids

CDC-Adolescent and School Health
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site’s mission is to prevent HIV, other STD’s, and teen pregnancy and promote lifelong health among teens.

Teen Health from MedlinePlus
Just about anything you want to know about teen’s health can be accessed from this site.

Office of Research on Women’s Health
Links selected by those who have been a national focal point of women’s health research for more than 15 years. Information ranges from the research agenda for the 21st century, to developing opportunities and support for women in biomedical careers.

Health & Sexuality from
An extensive list of links to resources and web sites related to virtually all aspects of women’s health and reproductive concerns. The Universe of Women’s Health
A global, physician-reviewed network for doctors, medical professionals, women and the medical industry. Although primarily aimed at professionals there is a great deal of quality information for the laywoman.

Healthy Men
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Urology Care Foundation
Patient information site of the American Urological Association.

National Institute on Aging
Promotes healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, behavioral research, and public education. Use the search box in the upper right to find NIA online pages on the senior health subject of your choice.

Healthy Aging from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Font-size-adjustable page with links to information specifically about older adults. Includes areas on health information, health statistics, public and private organizations, and a listserv on public health and aging.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics
This is the search page for a book, written for health practitioners, on the health problems of the elderly, but a motivated lay reader can find much good information as well. There is also an easily found link to the Consumer information.

AAA's Senior Driver
Aimed at seniors and their loved ones and dedicated to keeping seniors driving as long as safely possible, this site offers safe driving tips especially for seniors plus much more. Emphasis is on early planning and communication; includes an online self-rating skills assessment plus information about other for-fee methods of skill assessment available from AAA. Excellent discussion of how aging affects our sensing, deciding, and acting driving skills plus tips to counteract the changes.

Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron City Hospital

Akron General Hospital

Summa Barberton Hospital

Cleveland Clinic

Western Reserve Hospital

St. Thomas Hospital

University Hospitals of Cleveland

Hospital Compare
Search by hospital name or by location to find how well hospitals in your area care for their adult patients with certain medical conditions. Participating hospitals have agreed to submit and report additional quality information for public reporting through the Hospital Quality Alliance program.

Quality Check
In this database of providers accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, you may search by zip code or by name for quality reports for assisted living facilities, HMOs, PPOs, home care providers, hospitals, laboratories, mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, nursing homes and outpatient care centers.

American Hospital Directory
Use the free search to find information from both the American Hospital Association and the Health Care Financing Administration, including financials, utilization statistics and hospital characteristics.

Medicare Nursing Home Compare
Provides detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country plus many useful tips on selecting a nursing home.

Network of Care for Behavioral Health
This resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association presents mental health issues information for consumers on this site. Updated often, it includes timely topics. There are links to the association’s brochures on specific conditions like depression, phobias, and how to choose a psychiatrist.

American Psychological Association
A searchable site plus an organized set of links for common topics like aging, bullying, sleep, workplace issues, and depression. While not entirely ad free, for each topic there are links to free information.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
A web site that provides information on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. Includes crisis phone numbers, creating caring communities, and disaster readiness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
A leading not-for-profit, patient-directed, organization provides up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. Includes a support group search tool, opportunity to share your experiences, and discussion forums.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Information is presented from the arm of the National Institutes of Health that explores complementary/alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science. For consumers, practitioners and investigators.

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
Extensive, excellent, frequently-updated information about alternative substances that can be searched by scientific, common, and brand names. Produced by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition
Recent news plus consumer information about food, diet, nutrition, dietary supplements and food safety.

MEDLINEplus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Useful information about both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. In addition the user can browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The federal agency that regulates, among other products, food, food supplements, drugs, cosmetics, vaccines, and medical devices presents a searchable site that can be browsed for information especially useful for consumers, teens, seniors, and others.

Seeks to provide information about dangerous side effects and complications from often prescribed medications and frequently used devices by tracking lawsuits and FDA recalls.

National Library of Medicine PubMed
For access to the world’s medical literature, search this database of more than 10 million journal citations. Abstracts written for professionals, or just citations, are the extent of free access; for a fee you can access full text.

Diseases Database
For users experienced in both medical language textbook index terms and the drill-down method of finding information on the web. Site organises a limited and idiosyncratic subset of medical knowledge as easily maintained and linked lists. It is presented for education, background reading and general interest and is not intended as a diagnostic or decision-making tool.