The Hormone Health Network, sponsored by a professional society of endocrinologists, educates patients about the relationship between hormones and health. The site's resources are available for free and cite the most advanced clinical and scientific information available in the field of endocrinology.
This website, sponsored by Merck, has been a popular source of general health information for physicians and patients for many years. The "consumer" version is aimed at the public, while the "professional" version provides more details for physicians and other providers.
The Caring Voice Coalition offers outreach services that provide financial, emotional, and educational support for a variety of chronic diseases including Huntington's disease, narcolepsy, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic pain, among others.The site's resources are meant to put patients in touch with patient-assistance associations categorized by disease.
Since 1997, Patient has provided consumer-friendly health information to patients and professionals alike. Users can visit this website to access a variety of articles on general health and well-being, medications, a lively discussion forum, reference tools for professionals, and much more.
Be The Match manages the largest, most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. Users can learn more information about joining the donor database, while patients will appreciate the site's user-friendly overview of the transplant process.
Harvard Health Publications serves as the media/publishing division of the Harvard Medical School. The site draws on the expertise of over 10,000 faculty physicians to provide consumers with health and wellness information including newsletters, professional reports, mobile apps, books, and more.
This website includes information on numerous gynecological topics including sexual health and cancer screenings, as well as links to centers that provide affordable care for men and women.
Provided by the National Institutes of Health, this website serves as a source of information that includes neurological disease, research, and clinical trials. Though there is a wealth of material here, including funding and research advances, consumers will most likely stay within the confines of the "Disorders" section, which provides information on most if not all known neurological disorders.
Healthfinder.gov, supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, collects information and tools that help consumers stay informed about their health. Among the site's resources are educational articles on health conditions, tips for staying healthy, and frequently updated medical news stories.
This website, powered by WebMD, compiles helpful material on most consumer medications and related medical conditions. The site also features a pill-identifier and a symptom-checker tool.
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) advances public awareness of aging and age-related diseases. Most of the site's materials draw upon the research of AFAR-funded studies to provide users with the latest information regarding the science of healthy aging.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a patient advocacy group that serves individuals with rare diseases and related organizations. This site includes informative materials for patients and families, patients organizations, industry members, clinicians and researchers, advocates, and those seeking to volunteer for the cause.
The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy serves neurologic physical therapy providers by providing continuing education and promoting the best recovery, wellness, and quality of life for patients.
MedlinePlus' Kidney Diseases health topic section serves as a directory resource. It provides a starting point to access websites related to kidney disease and specific focusing on diagnosis, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and other relevant topics.
This website, developed by the SickKids Hospital Learning Institute in collaboration with over 300 pediatric specialists, is an online resource providing reliable and comprehensive children's health information. Users will find medically reviewed articles on common diseases and conditions, pregnancy, child development, nutrition, parenting techniques, etc.
The American Kidney Fund provides advocacy and financial assistance to patients with kidney disease, a condition that affects 31 million Americans. The website offers a spectrum of services including prevention activities, educational resources, and financial assistance for patients.
The Hormone Health Network is a product of the professional society of endocrine specialists. The website is "committed to helping patients have more informed discussions with their healthcare providers about hormone health, disease, and treatment." It assists patients in gaining a greater understanding of their conditions, as well as the available treatments, by using a variety of educational tools and resources.
NHLBI is an excellent government website that features extensive information on disorders affecting the heart, lung, and blood. This subsection collects information on individual tests and procedures, including blood transfusions, lung transplant, stents, sleep studies, and more.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is the leading patient organization for those living with asthma and allergies. Through education, advocacy, and research, this website hosts a variety of informative overviews related to the diagnosis and treatment of lung ailments, including specific food allergies, adverse drug reactions, and pollen aggravation. Especially helpful is the asthma "action plan," available for download, which coaches patients through the various stages of a flare-up.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and consumers. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, users can explore the site's 975+ topics to learn about diseases, conditions, and wellness in plain but authoritative language. The site also provides links to other helpful sources including materials that can be downloaded.
The National Institutes of Health developed this website in concert with the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine to provide older adults with resources to help them learn more about their health and aging. A comprehensive pool of major health topics are sorted alphabetically, as are engaging educational videos focusing on issues such as talking with your doctor, hip replacement, balance problems, and more.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the most common debilitating lung conditions. This website is devoted to understanding the disease, its treatment, prevention, and ongoing research. There are also many excellent educational materials on how to cope with reduced breathing capacity.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases supports and coordinates research of diabetes and other serious diseases related to internal medicine such as diabetes affecting the liver, blood, kidneys, endocrine diseases, and more. This site serves as a portal for users to explore information about specific conditions as well as the diagnostic tests associated with them.
MedlinePlus' section on lung diseases provides a starting point for accessing websites related to lung conditions, diagnosis, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more. The website is sponsored by the U.S. Library of Medicine and collects quality resources for consumers.
MedlinePlus's "Heart Diseases" section serves as a directory resource that provides a starting point for users who want to access heart disease materials related to diagnosis, symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more. Users can expect to find dozens of links to outside resources that break down cardiac disease into numerous subtopics.
The American Lung Association dedicates itself to promoting lung health education, lung disease research, support, programs, services, and advocacy. This site covers disorders of the lungs including cancer, COPD, and asthma. The website also offers opportunities for patients to connect with one another.
The "Digestive Diseases" section of MedlinePlus offers resources for consumers focusing on gastrointestinal topics like fistula, perforation, abdominal pain, stool color, and more.
This excellent government website features extensive information on disorders affecting the heart, lung, and blood. The alphabetical index directs users to the disease/disorder of interest and provides detailed and understandable explanations, including diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and research. Many of these resources can be downloaded.
Tooth Wisdom connects older adults with oral care resources. Users can search oral care centers by state, or they can go further by visiting the site's "Action Center," which provides the tools necessary to become an oral care advocate.
This section of the Mayo Clinic website provides health information for all consumers. Users will find extensive information on a multitude of diseases and conditions, tests and procedures, drugs, billing, and more. Patients in the Mayo Clinic network can also access their records, results, and medical bills.
This website, run by the American College of Rheumatology, has a section designed for patients and caregivers. Information about rheumatic diseases and conditions can be found on the page, as well as treatments and additional resources.
WebMD's Women's Health section offers many resources for consumers that do not focus on any particular aspect of women's health, but instead presents a comprehensive overview of diseases and conditions. There are also resources on lifestyle conditions, diet/exercise, quizzes, and more.
The Children's Liver Disease Foundation strives to take action against the effects of childhood liver diseases. This website serves as an information hub for health professionals and the public alike by supporting medical research, providing pertinent medical information, offering support services for consumers, and more.
This long-standing and popular website offers an extensive range of medical information, all of which is reviewed by licensed physicians. The website has links to many sources and a helpful symptom-checker tool. It also features free newsletters and content that can be downloaded.
Healthline is a online consumer health information website that includes several distinct features, including information articles on common ailments and conditions, a pill identifier tool, a symptom checker, and options to find a doctor.
Crohn's & Colitis educates consumers on two common diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Both conditions are broken down into symptoms, causes, testing, and treatments, featuring user-friendly data to explain complex health issues. The site also offers practical guides to living with Crohn's and U.C., a doctor discussion guide, and a gastroenterologist locator tool.
This website, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, represents nearly 125,000 family doctors, medical residents, and medical students. Consumers can use this site to access medically-accurate information on diseases/conditions, prevention/wellness, family health, and more.
The People's Pharmacy, run by a duo of syndicated newspaper columnists, provides detailed information on common prescription drug interactions and side effects along with possible supplemental alternatives. Users also have the ability to share their personal histories with common generic drugs to further our knowledge of drug complications.
thirdAGE.com is a health and wellness site targeted to women ages 45 and older. The website offers up-to-date and interactive health information reviewed by a team of licensed physicians. Users can browse content alphabetically or using topics guides such as "Living Well," "Food," "Fitness," and "Family."
Lifescript is an online resource for those women seeking healthy lifestyle information. Content includes general health information, support for common conditions, diet and fitness tips, parenting advice, and a doctor finder tool.
The American College of Physicians is a professional group representing over 152,000 internal medicine specialists and subspecialists, medical students, residents, and fellows. This website explains how to become a member as well as offering practice resources for providers, advocacy information, clinical research materials, board certification resources, online CME credit opportunities, and more.
The National Institutes of Health have dedicated this page to provider-focused research on women's health. Visitors can learn about government-sponsored research regarding sex as a biological variable, how sex/gender influence overall health, online courses on sex/gender differences, and a collection of health information specific to women of color, among other resources.
Seniors Oral Health focuses on topics, though limited in number, that are specific to oral care for seniors. Some resources include a list of which medications are most likely to cause dry mouth, the impact of diabetes on oral health, and tips for preventing oral disease in old age.
healthelinks, supported by the Library of Louisiana State University's Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, provides links to reliable health websites that have been evaluated using selection criteria such as authority, financial disclosure, currency, web design, etc. Website categories included on the site include mental health, clinical trials, health care reform, and staying healthy, among others.
This government website has extensive information about kidney diseases and conditions, many of which are preventable. Users will find a variety of health information resources including overview articles, news, laboratory evaluation criteria, and more. The site offers a fair amount of information for patients as well as providers.
The Men's Health Resource Center is run by Men's Health Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to men's health issues from adolescence to adulthood. The site covers common conditions affecting men such as prostate health, fatherhood, and well-being, all of which are explored through interactive tools, educational articles, and multimedia resources.
Nervous System Diseases describes itself as "a complete guide to diseases of the neurological system, with an emphasis on neurosurgical disorders." The website provides in-depth introductory material regarding surgical diseases of the nervous system, with articles on conditions like Lou Gehrig's disease, head trauma, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, and more.