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Consumer Health Resources: General Health for Adults and Children

Michigan State University health science librarians list here some of the best Web sites available for consumer searching for health information. Most of the sites are freely available to the public. A few are only available to MSU affiliates.

Web Sites

MEDLINEplus (health information for the consumer)
MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions and also on wellness and lifestyle topics. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and health information from the media. From the National Library of Medicine.

NIH Senior Health
This Web site can be viewed in large text. It is also available as a talking Web site for those who have trouble seeing.

Health Information from the National Institutes of Health
Information from the National Institutes of health on diseases and conditions as well as on wellness and lifestyle topics. You can search in such areas as women's health, men's health, child and teen health, minority health.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The latest information on all kinds of diseases, safety, prevention, emergency preparedness, environmental health, and health advice for travelers. Also features news reports on infectious disease outbreaks.

Mayo Clinic Patient Care and Health Information
Features information on diseases, conditions, drugs and supplements, and healthy living. There is also a place where specialists answer selected health questions from users of the site.

Choosing Wisely
An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation partnered with Consumer Reports and various national health associations.  The key portion of this site contains lists of things that patients and their doctors or nurses should question based on evidence.  It is intended to spur conversation about possibly overused tests or procedures that provide little real benefit.  It also includes some patient-friendly resources from Consumer Reports.  

From the American Academy of Family Physicians, health information for the whole family, self-care flowcharts, drug information, alternative remedies.

Separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, with age-appropriate content for each, covering the body, staying healthy and safe, emotions, medical problems, nutrition, and more. The kids area contains a section explaining grown-up’s diseases like Alzheimer’s at a level they can understand. Created by the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, all content is reviewed by physicians and other health professionals.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
From the National Institutes of Health, reliable, evidence-based information about non-mainstream approaches to health including procedures and medicines. 


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