KidsHealth, created by the Nemours Children's Health System, provides comprehensive information on childhood health, behavior, and development. Visitors will find general health information as well as materials on diseases and conditions, pregnancy planning, emotions and behavior, drugs, and procedures. This website is highly recommended as a the go to source of patient education materials for any audience interested in children's health and pediatrics diseases.
FamilyDoctor.org is operated and supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). It provides a variety of doctor-reviewed information on various conditions and family health care at all stages of life. This website is recommended as a comprehensive and easy-to-use health resource for anyone seeking general medical information.
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.
AboutKidsHealth is an inconsistent online resource for children's health information. Users will find over 2,000 medically reviewed articles on common diseases and conditions, pregnancy, child development, nutrition, parenting techniques, medications, tests and procedures and more. Other features, such as detailed information about some diseases and links to disease-specific resources and organizations enhance the experience. The site is recommend for credible information for children & teens and those who give care for them, but the content is erratic.
MedlinePlus - Infections is a good starting place for those interested seeking information about common infections affecting humans, including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, antibiotic resistance, infection control, and immunizations. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources related to infectious diseases. This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field, but other sites will be needed to learn about a wider range of infectious diseases
MedlinePlus - Diagnostic Imaging section is recommended as a resource which provides the user with to links detailed information about X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine scans, MRI scans, and ultrasound. Additional information can be found by clicking Imaging and radiology in the "Learn More section." This MedlinePlus section is recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.
MedlinePlus - Lab Test Information has an A to Z list of many of the most common blood, body fluid, and urine tests. In "Related MedLinePlus Topics" the tests are also organized by group, such as metabolic panel and liver functions. This MedLine section is recommended to learn about some common laboratory tests. Other sites, including the testing sections of disease topics, will need to be used to provide additional information.
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.
WebMD's section on medical tests/tools helps readers learn about a variety of laboratory health tests. Most common medical tests are covered in detail, while less common procedures seem randomly chosen. Each test covered here also links to a range of diseases and conditions associated with that test. This section is recommended for it comprehensive and easy-to-use collection of common medical tests.
MedlinePlus's page focusing on diagnostic tests is a good starting point for information about tests used to diagnose and/or monitor illness. The section links to a variety outside resources about different types of diagnostic tests such as blood/laboratory tests, imaging, genetic testing, and diagnostic procedures. Links to more detail can be found by clicking on "Diagnostic Imaging" and "Laboratory Tests."