The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is loaded with evidence-based information about specific herbs and botanicals, their use in treating specific diseases, and usage safety. There are also descriptions of common complementary, alternative, and integrative health topics. The site is recommended as the only site needed for anyone to make informed decisions when considering complementary or alternative medicine.
MedlinePlus - (CAT) section features a comprehensive collection of information about non-traditional medicine. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources with information about acupuncture, integrated & complementary medicine, chiropractic, alternative cancer therapies, herbal medicine, and dietary supplements. This MedlinePlus section is recommended as an excellent source of reliable, science-based information about CAT.
Healthline is an online consumer health information source that publishes articles and news stories about common health conditions. The website also features a popular symptom-checker tool to help readers potentially diagnose themselves. Healthline is a good source of general health information covering a wide variety of health and wellness topics.
HealthDay has a wealth of patient-centered health articles curated from various medical journals. The site's content includes daily original articles on the latest news and breakthroughs in health and medicine. The articles are easy to read so that lay readers can understand the clinical information quickly.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dedicates this page to information related to common infections acquired during travel and how to avoid them. The website includes recommended vaccinations, preventative medicines, how to avoid insect bites, and more. It can be considered a go-to website for anyone planning to stay healthy during travel, especially to other countries.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) health library collects a wide range of patient education resources on general health issues, drugs, surgeries, and more. It is an excellent source of wide-ranging information about health from a respected authority in the field.
UpToDate is recommended as a physician-level health information and research. This section allows patients and caregivers to search, but not browse, the consumer health content for information available for free. Although topics here are covered in good depth, most of the more detailed information is only available to subscribers.
MedicineNet.com, like its owner WebMD, provides medical information, newsletters, and other services for general readers. Content is created by board-certified physicians, and is recommended to consumers for its in-depth, interactive collection of general health topics. But also like WebMd, this website has an abundance of advertisements and clutter which users must dig through to find helpful content.
CVS Health Information Center has an extensive range of information about general health and wellness, drugs, tests, procedures, and surgeries. There are also more than 150 in-depth articles about common medical problems. The site is recommended to anyone who wants understandable, accurate, and updated information about virtually any health topic.
HealthTap provides free health information organized by condition, disease, or symptom. Visitors can post brief health questions to physicians for free. This website is recommended for people interested in membership because of its sleek visual design, novel approach to telemedicine, and variety of tools and features. The site will undoubtedly be of more use once the pool of participating physicians grows.