Internet resources for consumer health information were selected
by Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health
Information Network and may be helpful in answering a
wide range of health and medical questions. Updated May, 2013.
sites were selected according to criteria based on content,
design, currency, authority, and ease of use. In some instances,
a site may have not met our criteria but has been included
because it is unique. For more information
on guidelines for evaluating Internet resources, see Evaluating
Web Sites for Consumer Health Information.
Tools for locating information:
Search engines || Directories/Meta
: Full-text publications ||
Medical Journals on the Web ||
MEDLINE / MedlinePlus
|| News Services
Subject specific sites:AIDS
|| Alcohol and drug information ||
Allergy and Asthma || Alternative
medicine || Arthritis/Rheumatic Diseases
|| Cancer || Children's
Research Trials || Connecticut
Health || Disabilities
|| Diseases, medical conditions,
general health || Diseases
and medical conditions - Specific || Drugs
- Prescription/OTC || Environmental
health || Health care
providers || Heart Disease/Stroke
|| Medical tests/Diagnostics || Men's
health || Mental health ||
Minority health || Nutrition,
Diet and Fitness || Patient Advocacy/Self-Help
| | Quackery/Health Fraud || Spanish
and other languages information/low literacy
|| Surgery || Traveler's
Health || Women's health
One of the best search engines for finding medical
information and medical images. Has advanced search features.
the web using any or all of seven search engines simultaneously,
including Google, Yahoo, MSN Search.
AND META INDEXES
meta indexes provide categorized links to health and medical
web sites for consumers and professionals:
This is a "directory of directories" of information on medicine
and health. Also includes links to sites with medical illustrations
ipl2-Information You Can Trust
This site is a merger of the Librarians' Index to the Index
(LII) and the Internet Public Library (IPL). This soup to
nuts index of resources includes 645 links to health and
medical sciences information.
Yahoo - Health
- Extensive list of unrated health related web sites.
FULL TEXT PUBLICATIONS
A full-text, online version of the print journal. Excellent
review articles on clinical medicine, many of which are accompanied
by patient education handouts.
of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th ed.
A full-text, online version of the medical guide for professionals.
Technical information on diseases and their diagnosis and
treatment, clinical pharmacology, poisoning, bites and stings,
and special topics including motion sickness, radiation injuries,
heatstroke, and others.
Manual of Geriatrics
Similar in format to the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy,
this guide focuses on diseases and disorders with special
implications for the elderly.
Manual of Medical Information - 2nd Home Edition
A general guide for consumers on diseases and their treatments,
women's, men's and children's health, and accidents and injuries.
Complete online version of the text edition. There are animations,
videos, photographs, and a pronunciation guide to medical
Professional medical journal with review articles on diseases
and treatments. Patient Notes offer easy to understand
information on common conditions and their treatment.
JOURNALS ON THE WEB
and medical journals have their own web site. Most of these
sites publish a table of contents for each issue as well as
an abstract of each article. Occasionally, the site will include
the full-text of a noteworthy article. FreeMedicalJournals.com
provides links to free medical journals available online.
Some of the medical journal sites do not include free access
to current issues, but may have a six month to a year waiting
time before the journal is available free. Some sites such
as the British
Medical Journal and Postgraduate
Medicine have free access to the current and back
Search PubMed which provides access to MEDLINE, the database
produced by the National Library of Medicine, to find author,
title, and summaries of medical journal articles.
Information on over 900 diseases and medical conditions
written for the consumer, with links to relevant citations
and abstracts of medical journal articles. Includes a separate
drug information section, medical dictionary, encyclopedia,
List of best sources for medical news including sites that
will deliver news stories to your email address. Developed
by Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
at the UConn Health Center Library.
Top medical news stories of the week with links to related
CNN stories and web sites. Key word searching of entire
York Times Health section
collection of recent health news articles published in the
New York Times.
CDC Division of AIDS/HIV Prevention
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, basic
information for the consumer on AIDS and HIV. Includes fact
sheets on prevention, transmission, treatment, and statistics.
- AIDS Information
Links to government and organization online information
resources on AIDS, including current news stories, general
overviews, research, prevention, treatment, organizations,
law and policy, and statistics.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Information on substance abuse prevention and facts about
alcohol and drug use for parents, youth, teachers, and prevention
specialists. Contains over 8,000 prevention materials for
ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA
Academy of Allergy and Immunology
The Academy's Patient and Consumer Center offers information
on asthma and allergic diseases, including food and latex
allergies, pollen and spore counts, news stories, and a
physician referral service. Has some Spanish language publications.
Food Allergy &
General information for consumers. Research, product alerts,
recipes, selected articles from their print newsletter.
and Allergy Information from Aetna Intelihealth
Visit the Allergy and Asthma Health Areas. General
information about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
of allergies and asthma. From the Harvard Medical School.
The popular doctor discusses alternative healing remedies
for many common ailments.
National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine
General information about alternative and complementary
therapies with links to research studies currently being
conducted on alternative therapies for Alzheimer disease,
AIDS, cancer, asthma, sleep disorders, neurologic conditions,
and prostate disease.
Information on different types of arthritis and rheumatic
diseases, including fibromyalgia as well as research and
current news. Select "Resources" for fact sheets and brochures
and information on how to order other publications.
There's also information on Juvenile Arthritis. See also
the arthritis information page on MedlinePlus
of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Information for the consumer on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, arthritis pain treatment, polymyalgia rheumatica
and giant cell arteritis.
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Information for patients and families on diagnosis and treatment,
cancer prevention, alternative treatments, links to other
cancer resources. Spanish and Asian language publications
are available. Link to resources and ACS activities
in your local community.
American Institute for Cancer
Learn how to make simple changes in your diet to reduce your
cancer risk. Recipes, information on free publications, and
links to cancer and nutrition sites are included. Sign up
for free weekly "Health-e-Recipes" delivered to your email
From the National Cancer Institute, comprehensive information
on cancer for the patient and the health professional. Includes
information on cancer prevention, causes, genetics, and support
resources. Has summaries of state of the art cancer
treatment protocols from the Physician Data Query (PDQ) database
with statements for the patient and for the physician.
From the National Cancer Institute, search for information
on more than 6,000 current research studies on cancer. Includes
information defining clinicals trials, how to search for studies,
how to participate.
Medicine Educational Resources
From the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of
Texas, Houston, this site has evidence-based reviews of
complementary or alternative cancer therapies as well as links
to other authoritative resources. These reviews evaluate the
designs and the results of published research on herbal, mind-body,
energy, nutrition, and other biological / organic / pharmacological
(e.g., cartilage) substances.
Information for physicians and patients on causes, diagnosis,
current treatment protocols, screening, emotional support,
clinical trials, complementary therapies, and more. Entire
site is searchable.
Y-Me National Breast Cancer
Breast cancer information for patients and family members
and links to other Internet resources. Offers support, referrals,
a 24-hour hotline, and links to local Y-Me affiliates. Some
information available in Spanish.
From the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis,
MO, learn your risk for twelve different types of cancer (and
four other chronic diseases). Calculates your risk and offers
tips on how to reduce your risk.
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Academy of Pediatrics
The leading medical authority on children's health. Select
the "Parenting Corner" link for information on immunizations,
car seat safety, children's physical development, and how
to find a pediatrician. The "Health Topics" link leads you
to information on childhood diseases and disorders, nutrition,
violence in the media, behavioral and mental health topics,
information on navigating the health care system, and other
American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Facts for Families" series offers information on topics
including bedwetting, children and divorce, the child with
autism, helping teenagers with stress, the depressed child,
and many other child and adolescent mental health related
Child and Family
Developed by Tufts University, this site describes and evaluates
web sites that contain research-based information about
child development. Categories include education and learning,
health and mental health, family and parenting, and typical
Learn how environmental pollutants and hazards affect children's
health. A resource guide has information on the health effects
of specific toxins,how to protect children from environmental
hazards, links to related organizations and Internet resources.
Dr. Greene's Housecalls
Send your child health related question to Dr. Greene or
read his responses to other questions from parents on many
different health topics.
Resources for young children and teens, parents, and professionals
on children's health issues.
CLINICAL RESEARCH TRIALS
From the National Cancer Institute, search for information
on more than 6,000 current research studies on cancer. Includes
information defining clinicals trials, how to search for
studies, how to participate.
Information on over 41,000 clinical trials for twenty disease
categories. Profiles of 150 research centers conducting
clinical trials and profiles of companies that provide a
variety of contract services to the clinical trials industry.
Includes industry and government sponsored clinical trials
and information on new drug treatments approved by the Food
and Drug Administration.
Information on current research being conducted on treatments
for different diseases. Browse by disease category and sponsor
or search the entire site. Learn what clinical trials are
all about and how to decide to participate in a trial.
for maintaining dental health from the national professional
association of dentists. Information for the patient can
be found in the section "Your Oral Health" . The "A to Z
Topics" area of this section is an alphabetical listing
of links to topics such as fluoride supplements, "knocked
out tooth", and oral cancer.
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Under "Parent Resource Center," there are one page online
question-and-answer style brochures focused on children's
unique dental health topics, such as x-ray safety, fluoride,
dental care for babies, calming the anxious young patient,
and sealants. The Academy is the national professional association
of dentists who specialize in treating children.
to Better Dental Health
A collection of dental information reviewed by faculty of
the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Provides
an overview of a variety of dental topics including implants,
root canal, crowns, and dentures. The "Ask the Dentist"
feature includes responses written by Columbia University
dentists to health consumers' questions.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
Research, this database has over 34,000 assistive technology
products from domestic and international sources. Includes
fact sheets on how to evaluate and select products and has
links to disability related web sites.
Resources On the Internet
Hundreds of disablity related topics including advocacy,
Americans with Disabilities Act, education, employment,
housing, independent living, legal rights. From a nonprofit
organization that provides information about resources for
A comprehensive site with links to global disability resources
on adaptive products and technology, education, health issues,specific
diagnoses,disability-related media and literature, and more.
Information Center (NARIC)
This site has excellent information on many disability topics,
although at times it's difficult to navigate. Incorporates
information from NARIC's five databases and links to disability
related web sites.
DISEASES, MEDICAL CONDITIONS, GENERAL HEALTH
From the Harvard Medical School, information on diseases
and medical conditions, health and fitness, medications,
nutrition, childbirth, and other topics.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a
gateway to consumer information on diseases, medical conditions,
health promotion, and many other topics.
From the famed Mayo Clinic, information on diseases and
conditions, treatment decisions, drugs and supplements,
healthy living, and health assessment tools. Special features
include online videos of exercises, diagnostic tests, surgical
procedures, and medical conditions, healthy recipes, and
Information on over 800 diseases and medical conditions,
with links to relevant citations and abstracts of medical
Manual of Medical Information - 2nd Home Edition
A general guide for consumers on diseases and their treatment,
women's, men's, and children's health, and accidents and
injuries. Complete online version of their text edition.
Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th ed.
Information written for the physician on the diagnosis and
treatment of diseases, medical conditions, injuries, and
poisonings. Online, full-text version of the print edition.
Fact sheets on diseases and medical topics from NIH clearinghouses.
Current research studies funded by NIH.
for Rare Diseases
Basic information on rare diseases and disorders.
Full-reports are available for a fee.
NOAH (New York
Online Access to Health)
English and Spanish language information and resources from
organizations and governmental agencies. Aging, cancer,
asthma, eye diseases, foot and ankle disorders, and pain
are just a few of the topics covered.
Database Patient Information
and more advanced "Beyond the Basics" articles
for health consumers about diseases and health topics. "Basics"
articles are available in both Spanish and English.
DISEASES AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS - SPECIFIC
Here are a few websites on specific
diseases and conditions. To find information on other
diseases, check MedlinePlus
Treatment information, new drugs, current research, caregiver's
resources, and links to other Alzheimer's resources.
American Diabetes Association
Information on the basics of diabetes - prevention,
causes, treatment, helpful advice on living with diabetes,
meal planning, fitness, news, advocacy,research, and local
Information about the different forms of arthritis and rheumatic
diseases, treatments, surgery, alternative therapies, exercise.
See also the topic "Arthritis" in MedlinePlus
of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
An excellent source for information on diabetes, digestive
diseases, kidney diseases, and endocrine and blood
disorders fromm the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive
and Kidney Disease. Includes many Spanish language publications.
Also check out these conditions in MedlinePlus
The Partnership's mission is to make medically-accurate,
quality resource information on fibromyalgia (FM) available
to its membership, health care professionals, and the community-at-large.
Has a comprehensive overview of fibromyalgia, its diagnosis
and treatment, online publications on topics such as work
and fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability. See also
the topic of fibromyalgia in MedlinePlus.
Information from the American Liver Foundation on Hepatitis
A, B, and C, including treatment, prevention, and liver
transplantation.. Also has information on other diseases
that affect the liver, such as biliary atresia and cirrhosis.
For additional information see Medlineplus
Cystitis - MedlinePlus
Interstitial cystitis (IC), one of the chronic pelvic
pain disorders, is a condition resulting in recurring discomfort
or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic
region. The IC section of MedlinePlus
includes information on diagnosis and treatment, alternative
therapies, disease management, nutrition, and links to IC
Multiple Sclerosis -
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Up-to-date information on the diagnosis and treatment of
multiple sclerosis. Includes Society's sponsored news stories
related to MS, resources for living with MS, advocacy information,
contacting local chapters. See also information about MS
From the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory
Medicine, information for consumers on bronchitis, hay fever,
chronic obstructive lung disease, parenting the asthmatic
DRUGS - PRESCRIPTION/OVER-THE-COUNTER
Food and Drug Administration
Read about recent drug approvals, generic drugs, drug
safety and adverse drug reactions, imports and buying drugs
on the Internet, clinical trials, the drug review process,
and dietary supplements. From the main page, there
is a link to a catalog of FDA approved drugs, an inactive
ingredient database, and the safety and adverse event reporting
program. Subscribe to their daily or weekly updates of important
CenterWatch - Clinical
Trials Listing Service
Information on drug products currently under investigation
arranged by medical specialty category. " Entries give a
brief description of research and contact information. Also
included is a listing of FDA drug approvals, guidelines
to help individuals decide whether to participate in a study,
understanding informed consent, general information on how
drugs are studied, and profiles of centers conducting clinical
In addition to information on a number of health conditions
and their treatment, this website includes photo images
of pills (type the name of the medication), comparisons
of drug treatments for twelve medical conditions and comparisons
of drug side effects. There are summaries of more than 1,500
medications and herbs and supplements. A section of the
website allows the user to check interactions between medications
as well as herbal supplements.
Drug information from MedMaster, a product of the American
Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Has thousands
of profiles of prescription and over the counter drugs with
information on approved uses for the drug, proper use of
the drug, precautions while using the drug, and side effects.
Also has information on supplements and herbal products.
Prescription and over-the-counter drug information written
for the consumer and based on the FDA-approved drug information
found in "Physician's Desk Reference." (PDR)
There are over 5,000 product names in this database of generic
and brand name drugs. Of these, nearly 1,300 are professional
monographs and about 1,500 are patient monographs.
Searches may be done by brand name, generic name, or pharmacologic
category (antihistamines, antifungal, etc.). There
is also a feature to search by the alphanumeric characters
printed on the tablet or capsule. Links are provided in
the monographs to definitions of medical terms.
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for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Information on hazardous environmental substances and their
human health effects.
Information about clean water, lead poisoning, radon, reducing
solid waste. Advice on reducing environmental health risks
at home, in the garden, community and workplace. Includes
resources for children. Online versions of EPA's 7,000 publications.
Information on one of the most pervasive
pollutants today - noise. Fact sheets, laws, hearing loss,
and occupational noise.
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)
the certification status of any physician in the 24 specialities
of the ABMS. Registration is required (free) and user is
limited to five searches in a 24 hour period.
From the American Medical Association, gives credentials
of MD's and DO's including medical school, year of graduation,
American Hospital Directory
Profiles of U.S. hospitals. Basic service is free; more
detailed information by paid subscription only.
Profiles - Department of Public Health
Profiles of all physicians practicing in Connecticut.
Includes information on education, special training, specialities,
honors and awards, publications, disciplinary actions, and
medical malpractice claims. For additional information on
physician disciplinary actions read
the Regulatory Action Reports . These reports include disciplinary
actions and sanctions against doctors, nurses, allied health
professionals, day care centers, nursing homes and others.
Allows users to verify the license status of Connecticut
health professionals by typing in the name of the health
care provider in the License Verification area. Includes
licensing information on doctors, dentists, acupuncturists,
massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, and other
professions and occupations such as electricians, asbestos
removal companies, contractors, etc. From the CT Department
of Public Health, which is the licensing body.
of State Medical Boards
Select "Contact State Medical Board" from the left-hand
index, then find links to web sites for the 50 U.S. States,
plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana
Islands. Not all of the states have physician profile
or disciplinary action information. There are also links
to osteopathic physician sites when available.
Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
The Quality Check feature on this site supplies details
on individual hospital performance ratings from JCAHO’s
accreditation reports. View Performance Reports and
compare institutions’ ratings. Reports cover hospitals,
nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, home care, laboratory
services, and long term care facilities.
Provides detailed information about the performance of every
Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.
Searchable by state. Includes a guide to choosing
a nursing home and a nursing home checklist to help in making
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Heart disease and stroke treatment and recovery, risk assessment,
prevention, exercise, nutrition, " A-Z Heart and Stroke
and Vascular Disease - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
For patients and professionals, information on heart disease,
heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, and
cholesterol. Information for African-Americans. Some publications
available in Spanish.
Congenital Heart Disease
Information and Resources
For professionals and consumers, information on child and
adult congenital heart disease, links to Internet resources,
book reviews, discussion.
National Stroke Association
Stroke prevention and treatment, rehabilitation, self-care
and activities of daily living, current research, news releases,
risk assessment, Stroke Smart newsletter.
Includes a library of tests, brief information on diseases
and medical conditions and the tests used for each, recommendations
on preventive screening, news about technology that has
an impact on diagnostic lab testing, and feature length
articles on topics related to laboratory testing.
and Procedures - MedlinePlus
Interactive tutorials on 25 common tests and diagnostic
procedures and 34 surgeries and treatment procedures.
- Men's Health
Links for full-text information on health topics of interest
to men: prostate health, baldness, Viagra, erectile dysfunction,
prevention and wellness.
Part of the National Women's Health Information Center.
For men and to help women learn about the health concerns
of the men in their lives. Links to full-text information
on alcohol and drug use, mental health, prostate health,
health risks, violence prevention. Information for special
groups: minorities; college age men; older men.
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"Facts for Families" series offers
information on bedwetting, children and divorce, the child
with autism, helping teens manage stress, the depressed
child, and other child and adolescent mental health related
APA's Help Center offers facts on mental health and disorders,
work related issues, teen violence, family relationships.
Includes guidance on choosing a therapist and what to expect
APA's Public Information section includes online versions
of their popular booklets on topics such as anxiety disorder,
eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias,
National mental health support and
advocacy organization. Connecticut affiliate provides educational
programs, information and referral services, and state-wide
National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Information on mental disorders, medications, and
Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
"On the move for better health health for African Americans"
booklet online. One of a series of seven easy-to-read booklets
on "Improving Cardiovascular Health in African Americans"
available in their entirety on this website.
Office of Minority
National resource and referral service on minority health
issues established by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. The Health Topics tab leads you to information
on a wide range of subjects written for minority populations.
Topics include cancer, diabetes, immunizations, staying
healthy, infant health, stroke, violence prevention, and
about the best treatments for specific diseases and learn
tips on how to understand medical research.
Group Sourcebook Online
database of over 800 national and international model self-help
groups and self-help clearinghouses. Ideas on starting a local
AND HEALTH FRAUD
Links to resources about health frauds and scams from MedlinePlus,
consumer health website of the National Library of Medicine.
Want information about whether those alternative therapies
work? This site has information on health fraud, medical
quackery, "new age" medicine and "alternative" and "complementary"
National Council Against
Non-profit voluntary health agency focusing on health fraud,
misinformation, and quackery as public health concerns.
Read their position papers on acupuncture, homepathy, chiropractic,
and other health issues.
SPANISH AND OTHER LANGUAGES RESOURCES
for Health Care Research and Quality
Site has publications in Spanish on topics such as how to
prevent medical errors, cardiac rehabilitation, smoking
cessation, women's health checkups, surgery for early stage
breast cancer, questions to ask before surgery, and others.
National Library of Medicine
The Spanish language version of MedlinePlus includes most
of the Health Topics found in the original English version.
Users can easily switch between the English and Spanish
version of the information. Other languages are also available.
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Publications on urologic and kidney diseases, diabetes and
National Cancer Institute
Spanish language publications for consumers on topics including
chemotherapy, tips on how to eat less fat, breast cancer,
the importance of regular Pap tests, radiation therapy,
and smoking cessation.
Health Sciences University
List of Spanish language sites in English and Spanish, low
literacy sites in Spanish, and other non-English language
American College of Surgeons
Public information section offers guidelines on choosing
a qualified surgeon,surgical procedures, preparation for
surgery, informed consent, pediatric procedures, Spanish
Information with graphics on common medical procedures including
cataract removal, carpal tunnel release, hernia repair,
mastectomy, and more. Once free, this site now charges $5.00
to view a single procedure or $100 for a one year membership
with unlimited access.
and Procedures - MedlinePlus
Interactive tutorials on 24 common tests and diagnostic
procedures and more than 30 surgeries and treatment procedures.
for Disease Control
International travelers section gives vaccination requirements,
warnings of disease outbreaks in other countries, health
hazards for specific countries.
Travel Health Online
Health precautions, disease risk summaries, vaccination
requirements, and U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisories
for specific countries. Traveler's health concerns - anthrax,
altitude sickness, tropical diseases, and more.
U.S State Department Travelers' Health
Travel alerts for international travelers. Detailed country-specific
information about medical facilities and health information.
NIH Women's Health
Women's health information from the National Institutes
of Health. A-t0-Z listing ttopics such as heart disease,
pregnancy mammography, and osteoporosis.
From the National Women's Health Information Center. Highlights
of the site include special sections on topics such as breast
feeding, body image, disabilities, heart health, menopause
and hormone therapy and other health issues for women. Includes
a news section and a special section of Spanish language
Health -General Topics - from MedlinePlus
General topics on woman's health including tips for a healthy
life, the importance of screening programs, current research,
news stories, statistics, and links to women's health organizations.
Also includes links to other women's health topics in MedlinePlus
such as heart disease, pregnancy, menopause, and mammography.
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