Note: These links are suggested as starting points. It is not our intention to provide medical advice, rather to provide customers with information to better understand their health and diagnosed disorders. To be sure that you have the most current information and get advice on interpreting it, you should check with a qualified medical professional.
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Best Overall Medical Sites
- MedlinePlus is the best starting place when looking for health information. Find information on over 700 health topics including conditions, procedures, and wellness. It also has information about prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well as herbal supplements. Much of the site is also available in Spanish.
- MayoClinic is an extension of the Mayo Clinic's commitment to provide health education to patients and the general public.
- NIHSeniorHealth is a site especially for seniors and their caregivers. It includes resources about health issues commonly encountered by seniors. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging worked together to build in features to the site such as text enlargement, high contrast, and speech.
- Healthfinder includes a dictionary, a directory of clinics and doctors, and a large collection of articles on health topics. Also included is a special collection of articles relating to specific groups of people such as infants, children, men and women, ethnic groups, caregivers and professionals.
- Merck Manuals Full text access to several standard reference sources—including the Merck Manual (home edition); the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy; the Merck Manual of Health and Aging; the Merck Manual of Geriatrics; along with the Merck Veterinary Manual. Choose the link "Merck Manuals", and click on the specific manual you need.
This is the largest medical journal index with coverage back to the 1960s. Material indexed here is often very technical. Many articles are represented by citations only, and not full text. However, you may request copies of the articles through our library’s interlibrary loan service.
- Familydoctor.org Large collection of full text articles on consumer health topics including diseases, drugs, alternative treatments.
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention information on diseases, healthy lifestyles, travelers health, environmental health, workplace safety and more. Some information available in Spanish, Russian and other languages spoken in the United States.
- Lab Tests Online Designed to help you to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.
- ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided on ClinicalTrials.gov should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
- Washington State Department of Health. “A healthy dose of information” Vital records, emergency preparedness, medical provider certification and more.
Medical Library Association Recommended Websites
- American Cancer Society supports education and research in cancer prevention, diagnosis, detection, and treatment. Its Web page provides news, information on types of cancer, patient services, treatment options, sections on children with cancer and living with cancer, and cancer statistics. Site is also available in Spanish.
- Cancer Care, Inc. . is a nonprofit organization "whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance." Maintains links to support, educational, treatment, and information services. Site is also available in Spanish.
- National Cancer Institute is produced by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health and provides information on types of cancer; treatment options; clinical trials; genetics, causes, risk factors and prevention; testing; coping, and support resources. It also provides free access to the PDQ® and Cancerlit databases. Site is also available in Spanish.
- Families of Children with Cancer, located in Toronto, Canada, is a support and advocacy group for families living with the effects of childhood cancer.
- Oncolink is a collection of Internet resources on the prevention and treatment of cancer maintained by the University of Pennsylvania.
- Women's Cancer Network is the official site of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation - physicians "dedicated to preventing, detecting and conquering cancer in women.”
- Kidshealth® provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Kidshealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
Death & Dying--Grief & Loss
- Whatcom County Hospice services are for people who have a prognosis of six months or less to live. With pain relief and symptom control, hospice patients can live their final days to the fullest, surrounded by loved ones and the things they cherish.
- Bereaved Parents the USA - A national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
Medical Library Association Recommended Websites
- American Diabetes Association is the leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to diabetes.
- Ask NOAH About Diabetes is a subsection of a unique and widely used site sponsored by a consortium of libraries in New York known as NOAH (New York Online Access to Health).
- Children with Diabetes is sponsored by the Diabetes 123 organization and considers itself to be "the online community for kids families and adults with diabetes."
- Joslin Diabetes Center is a site provided by one of the leading diabetes clinics in the United States. Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Joslin Website is aimed at patients and professionals.
- National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases is a government-supported site highlighting the work of the NIDDK, one of the National Institutes of Health. NIDDK is dedicated to conducting and funding research on diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases.
- Alcohol & Drug Information. Produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes news, facts on drugs of abuse, and links to other sites.
Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
- MedlinePlus Drug Information Includes access by brand or generic name with descriptions, and information on side effects.
- Consumer Drug Information Information on newly approved prescription drugs.
- RxList Includes ingredients, brand names, availability in other countries, and patient use information in English and Spanish.
Medical Library Association Recommended Websites
- American Heart Association (AHA) This is the official Web site of the American Heart Association, with links to the American Stroke Association (http://strokeassociation.org), a division of the AHA.
- Congenital Heart Information Network This site provides high-quality information for children and adults with congenital heart disease, their families, and health professionals.
- Heart Information Network The Center for Cardiovascular Education is affiliated with this site. It is an independent, educational site that provides a wide range of information and services to heart patients and others interested in learning about lowering risk factors for heart disease.
- NOAH: New York Online Access to Health Although this site covers a broad range of health topics, the heart disease and stroke pages are so extensive they must be included on this list.
Information in Other Languages
- Información en Español
El Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento Parte del gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos, y a través de este sitio le ofrece la información más reciente que le ayudará a mantener una buena salud y fortaleza física para toda la vida. Nuestras publicaciones son gratuitas.
Other Useful Sites
- ToxTown is an interactive site that provides introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places. You can explore Tox Town by selecting Neighborhoods, Location links or Chemical links. Chemicals are described in non-technical language supplemented with Internet links about a chemical and its possible impact on human health. Information on chemical and environmental concerns is from the TOXNET and MedlinePlus resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), as well as other authoritative sources.
- Household Products Database: What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling. Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prepared by manufacturers.
- Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions. The main health topics in MedlinePlus® that have a genetic component are selected for inclusion in Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home Reference is developed by a staff that includes board-certified medical geneticists, biologists, and computer and information scientists. The content is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date.
- NORD - Rare Diseases Database Search the largest database of understandable information on rare disorders.
- PROMED-MAIL The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases is a disease outbreak reporting system produced by the International Society for Infectious Diseases.