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."
MedlinePlus's page on organ transplantation and donation collects detailed information about organ donation, blood transfusion, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, and general information about organ transplantation. Here, visitors will find a variety of sources of information about heart, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas transplantation.
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.
Be the Match — operated by the National Marrow Donor Program — manages the largest, most diverse bone marrow and cord blood registry in the world. The website covers general education about the bone marrow donation procedure including what to expect before, during, or after the transplant. Disease-specific information is also available. This website is recommended as a first-stop for patients who need information on bone marrow transplant or readers who want to become donors themselves.
Choosing Wisely is a unique health resource that performs an important role in preventing unnecessary medical treatment and testing. This website makes recommendations about which tests and treatments can be avoided to save money, and is highly recommended for patients who want to learn about and discuss these options with their healthcare provider.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is worth visiting for its collection of heart, lung, and blood conditions. The site provides detailed information about all aspects of these conditions, including causes & risk factors, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and living with the disease. Users can also access many relevant, credible resources and additional information.
Lab Tests Online is recommended as a patient-friendly resource for detailed explanations of various lab tests. Descriptions include why and when to get tested, requirements, preparation, where it can be performed, and what the results might mean. The site briefly describes over 100 conditions and the tests used with them. It is user-friendly, comprehensive, and especially convenient for individuals who have more than one condition.
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.