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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, provides introductory materials related to allergic, immunologic, and infectious diseases. Among the site's vast collection of resources, visitors will find numerous links to other government-funded sources like MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This website is recommended for consumers interested in recent and past research.

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Review Date: 7/25/2018

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Ease of Use

Health information topics are clearly organized in the "Diseases & Conditions" tab on the main navigation bar. "Featured Diseases & Conditions" subtopic direct users to the most common conditions like food allergies, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and influenza. There's also a site-specific search bar that helpfully pulls from content on this page alone instead of the entire NIH website. Unfortunately the results can't be sorted.

Visual Design

The site's homepage is clear in identifying the mission and scope of its content. The visual design is more contemporary than many government-sponsored healthcare websites, featuring a pleasant color scheme and professional images on the homepage. Elsewhere, many pages are plain and text-heavy.

Quality

Although the information provided isn't low quality, it isn't very detailed or comprehensive. Most of the content provides basic summary materials that are better explained on most general health websites. The National Institutes of Health is a reputable source of health information; unfortunately, very rarely is the information here supplemented with references and citations.

Credibility

All information found on this website is generated by the highly credible National Institutes of Health, and most pages have been updated within the last two years to ensure currency. The site's news coverage and research information is also up-to-date and refreshed often. No mention of author names, but the website does publish its comprehensive and well-qualified advisory committees.

Pros

  1. Current research on allergic, immunologic, and infectious disease topics
  2. Cites only highly credible government sources
  3. Links to other relevant government sources like MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cons

  1. Materials are mostly for researchers within the relevant specialties covered
  2. Specific diseases/conditions are only briefly covered for general audiences
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Clinical trials, news, grant information

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: ocpostoffice@niaid.nih.gov

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