Medical Xpress publishes brief news updates on the latest happenings in health research and policy. The website allows searches by individual topic or condition for those interested in a specific subject. Each article on Medical Xpress includes the original scientific source. This site is a recommended a place to browse for some of the recent advances in medical science, but readers should be aware of the possibility that data may be misinterpreted.
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.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for the general public. Users can explore the site's 975+ topics to learn about diseases, conditions, and wellness. MedlinePlus is highly recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.
MedlinePlus dedicates this page to social and family issues like abuse, adoption, bereavement, divorce, runaways, and much more. This section is a good starting place to learn about common problems facing families today.
MedlinePlus - Symptoms provides a brief description of many common symptoms and links to information about them. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources with information about these symptoms & their evaluation, possible causes, and descriptions of a few of these causes. Although limited, this MedlinePlus section is recommended as a helpful source to learn about common symptoms, but additional sites will be needed to provide more comprehensive lists of possible conditions causing these symptoms.
Medscape contains a collection of 14,000+ informational articles on various drugs, diseases, laboratory tests, and procedures. Since the site is primarily for healthcare professionals, general readers will likely encounter a difficult reading experience. However, each article provides patient handouts specific to that disease, medication, or procedure that are geared toward the general user. The site is recommended as a medical information and news website for physicians and other medical professionals, but can also be useful to patients, especially the patient handouts.
TED-Ed is an offshoot of the popular TED Talk series, and this section in particular hosts dozens of videos on health-related topics. The videos here are either created/produced by TED-Ed or chosen from submissions based on quality and ability to entertain. The site is recommended as a fun resource for educational lessons on various health topics to stimulate thinking about health creatively.
The People's Pharmacy, run by a duo of syndicated newspaper columnists, provides information on common prescription drug interactions and side effects along with possible supplemental alternatives. There is also information about generic drugs, drug withdrawal, and home remedies. The website is a recommended medication resource, but it mainly a news-style approach best suited to browsing than seeking specific information about medications. Readers should be aware of the site's commercial motive to the content.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of information on such topics as wellness and aging, financial aid, occupational and educational opportunities, burial assistance, life insurance, and legislation of interest to veterans. The site is recommended as a source for veteran-specific healthcare issues, including mental health, rehabilitation resources, and benefits.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is recommended for its large range of medically accurate and up-to-date health materials. The site also provides links to many federally funded online health resources such as the medical encyclopedia MedlinePlus, DailyMed, and Environmental Health & Toxicology.