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Medline Plus MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Health Finder
Health Finder is run by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is an on-line health library that looks at treatments for hundreds of different health conditions.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website is run by the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (often known as "the CDC"). It has an enormous amount of health information and practical health advice.

 

Agency for Health Care Quality and Research (AHRQ)
This federal agency focuses on medical research to help improve safety and quality of health care. The consumer part of this website has detailed and practical guides to help you get quality care. Here are a few of the resources at this website:

 

Medicare.gov Hospital Compare
Government website that features hospital quality comparisons

 

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Choosing a hospital for you and your family? Make sure you know the facts about patient safety, and use the Hospital Safety Grade to find the safest possible care in your area.

 

CalQualityCare
This website makes it easy to find providers and compare the quality of long term health care in California, such as clinical quality, patient experience, and patient safety.

 

Cal Hospital Compare
This website makes it easy to find and compare the quality of hospitals in California.

 

National Institute of Aging
This website offers numerous informative publications and consumer guides. Although the information on this website is oriented toward older adults, it discusses health problems that often start at much earlier ages.

 

Mayo Clinic Health
This website by the Mayo Clinic has a wide variety of health information. You can use this website to look up a disease or health condition and then find out how the disease is treated and what to expect. This website also has a planner for healthy living.

 

Boston Children's Hospital
This website has information about how to treat medical conditions that are common in children. It covers how to talk to children about their illness, gives health tips from experts, and tells what children might expect when they go to the hospital.

 

AARP
This website has health information from AARP experts and other sources and provides information about medical conditions, tests, and treatments. One section of this website is about prescription drugs and includes tips on using medications wisely.

 

Medical Library Association
A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web will help you figure out whether a website has reliable information or not. It also has the librarians' "top ten" list of health information websites for consumers.

 

Websites with information on medication safety

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Be MedWise

American College of Surgeons
This website includes patient information on a variety of topics related to surgery.

 

Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's

 

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

 

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."

 

American Pain Foundation
The foundation raises public awareness, provides practical information, promotes research, and advocates to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management.

 

American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association's goal is to reduce stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. The site contains helpful links and useful stroke-related information

 

Autism Society of America
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.

 

The American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading 501(C)3 nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

 

Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary agency solely dedicated to the welfare of the 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families

 

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The MS Society funds MS research, provides services to people with MS, and offers professional education and advocacy efforts for Multiple Sclerosis patients.