HealthinAging.org offers information about common medical conditions in older aldults. The site includes educational information about advance directives, end of life care, guardianship, and informed consent. This site is recommended for its expertly-written articles and helpful tools for those who are providing care to elders as well as those who are receiving age-related care.
Society of Thoracic Surgeons - Patient Information is an excellent site to visit for people wanting to learn about presentation and surgery for many adult heart diseases, congenital heart diseases, and lung, esophageal, & other chest diseases. Users will find informational materials on heart & lung transplantation and what to expect before, during, & after surgery. The site is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about surgical transplants and any of the 27 conditions included.
Informed Health Onlineg is the English-language version of a German national health information website containing informative overviews about many common diseases. The site is recommended as an excellent resource for introductory health information on the most common illnesses and health issues in a digestible format.
CDC - Diseases & Conditions is an excellent source of information about a wide range of illnesses. The information is backed by the authority of the National Institute of Health, but information about the people responsible for the content is lacking. The site is recommended to all users for its comprehensive and accurate content.
Everyday Health provides some quality online health information, but the content is hit-or-miss. Specific information can be difficult to find, but users can learn about diagnosis, management, and prevention of more than 120 diseases and conditions, as well as tips for living a full, healthy life and many medications. Although there is a significant commercial presence, the site is recommended for content that is authoritative and easy to read for laypeople.
The Canadian Lung Association "Lung Health" section has detailed information about 26 lung diseases and breathing disorders. There is also general information about breathing and lung anatomy & function, tips on preventing lung disease, information & tips on air quality, and information on the dangers of smoking. The site is recommend for its helpful and detailed information on some lung-related topics.
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.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a patient advocacy group serving individuals with rare diseases and related organizations. The website is full of information and resources for over 12,000 rare disorders. This highly recommended website includes a wealth of accurate and detailed information and materials for patients and families, advocacy organizations, industry members, clinicians and researchers, and aspiring volunteers.
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.
WebMD - Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center can be a complimentary site for information on pulmonary disease, with detailed information about 12 common lung diseases. Condition details may include description & types, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, living with, and prevention. Other conditions, diagnostic procedures, and treatments are covered, but are difficult to find. This section is recommended for its detailed information about common lung diseases and treatments, but other similar sites will be needed for greater breadth of coverage.