Medical Search Engines:
Age- and Gender-Specific Health Information
American Cancer Society: Prostate Cancer Resource Center
Gives general information on the disease, detection, risk factors, prevention, symptoms and treatment.
Supplies facts on more than 20 specific components of prostate cancer, ranging from an introduction to the disease to current research findings.
Johns Hopkins (James Buchanan Brady Urological Inst.) Erectile Dysfunction
Male Sexual Health Clinic at Johns Hopkins offers a full range of services, with a special expertise in the most complex cases of erectile dysfunction. Our comprehensive approach begins with expert diagnosis to determine, first, the precise cause of the problem and, then, the treatment option that best suits you. A number of therapies are available, as is sexual counseling.
Mayo Clinic: Men's Health Center
Find information on health issues key to men, including prostate health, sexual health, STDs and fertility.
MEDLINEPlus Men's Health Topics
The National Library of Medicine offers information on a variety of men's health topics including circumcision, fertility, prostate disease, and testicular cancer.
Information from the premier nonprofit advocacy organization for reproductive health care and birth control. Includes a wide range of contraception information to both male and female consumers of all ages, as well as health professionals.
Am. Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Resource Center
Gives general information on the disease, detection, risk factors, prevention, symptoms and treatment options.
Mayo Clinic: Women's Health Center
The Mayo Clinic provides information on women’s health issues such as birth control, reproductive and sexual health, menopause and osteoporosis.
MEDLINEPlus: Women's Health & Information Resource Center
The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has created a companion Web site for their classic book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. It provides both clinical and psychosocial information about women’s health issues and offers resources in both English and Spanish. The site has current health news and Web links.
This site gives information about breast cancer, menopause, osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy, health care and welfare reform, HIV/AIDS and women, safe drugs and devices, and reproductive health.
A non-profit organization dedicated to help women make informed decisions, and educates consumers about women's health and wellness.
Information from the premier nonprofit advocacy organization for reproductive health care and birth control. Includes a wide range of contraception information to both male and female consumers of all ages, as well as health professionals, in user-friendly language.
his site is prepared by the nation's only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. The Society encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor.
The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC), is a service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the most reliable and current information resource on women’s health today. The Network offer FREE women’s health information on more than 800 topics through our call center and web site.
An excellent resource for women seeking help with management of hormonal change, including PMS, perimenopause, menopause and beyond.
Children and Childbirth
Medical information about children's health from the AAP and the nation's other leading medical societies.
Offers commonsense explanation of vaccines using a question-and-answer format
Features an interactive birth planning tool that provides parents with information and choices to consider regarding birth.
Comprehensive site that educates consumers about the birth process.
Designed to inform consumers and professionals about program and policy issues relating to the well being of children. Ongoing projects, research and current statistics are available.
CureSearch unites the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children's Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through our shared mission to cure childhood cancer. Research is the key to cure.
FirstCandle (formerly SIDS Alliance)
Information on infant health and safety including resources for grieving families. For more information call 1-800-221-7437. Bilingual crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This site provides links to Web pages on topics related to child health that are creative and presented at a level appropriate for children.
Practical information on the most common issues regarding immunization; includes history, current practices and research, and a list of risks and benefits.
Designed for parents, Healthy Kids, Healthy Care contains 34 key health and safety practices for parents and families to look for when evaluating and choosing a child care/early education programs.
Covers issues not often found on other sites, such as the need for immunizations for breastfed babies, need for vaccinations for diseases that are no longer common, and how to deal with the pain of an injection.
Provides parents with a tool that builds a day-to-day calendar detailing the development of a baby from before conception to birth.
One of the leading authorities on breastfeeding information, especially information for consumers. Provides a wide range of educational and support to breastfeeding mothers.
Children's health and parenting information from the duPont Hospital for Children and the Nemours Children's Clinic.
Allows breastfeeding women and health care professionals to access information on feeding techniques, treatments for common feeding problems, feeding equipment, and a variety of links to access breastfeeding professionals.
Provides awareness to the maternal and child health community to improve the health and well being of the nation's children and families.
Nat'l Resource Ctr. for Health & Safety in Child Care and Early Education
Offers comprehensive information on health and safety performance standards, individual state childcare licensure regulations, links to other information sources and health safety tips.
The mission of the NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation. This site is an excellent source of comprehensive information on a variety of child healthcare-related topics and current statistics on the status of child health in the U. S.
This section of a large parenting site offers information and interaction for nurturing parents. Sections include breastfeeding myths, problems, and solutions.
Information provided by a Canadian pediatric pain research laboratory. Offerings include professional, research, pediatric pain and self-help resources, each with related links.
101 reasons to breastfeed your child.
Geared to women who, during their pregnancy, wish to maintain an exercise regime.
RESOLVE: The Nat'l Infertility Assoc.
Provides information and support for individuals experiencing infertility. Includes basic medical information about infertility, treatments, policy positions, regular summaries of current legislation and clinical trials, press releases, a bulletin board, a bookstore, an advocacy update email service, and links to other resources.
World Health Organization:
WHO provides information on Children's Health and that of Adolescents, including general health, growth, and development outcomes for the group from birth to 19 years.
Provides an overview of the impact of vaccine-preventable diseases, outlines morbidity and mortality of diseases around the world.
Hosted by a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed decisions about their sexual health. Provides good resources on teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/STD prevention, peer education, school-based health centers and sex education.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Facts for Families
A fine collection of resources for parents and youth.
Columbia University Health Education Program offers the searchable Q & A service, Go Ask Alice with an archive of nearly 2,000 previously-posted questions and answers.
Rather than containing information for parents of teens, this site is directed toward adolescents themselves. Following the standard MEDLINEPlus format, this site includes links to reputable sites on a variety of topics of interest to teenagers, including nutrition, emotions, body image, alcohol and drugs, and sexuality.
Part of the larger "Kidshealth" Web site, this is a colorful and attractive site addressing teen health issues. Sections include body basics, mind matters, sexual health, food, fitness and sports.
This is an award-winning sexual health Web site for teens. TeenTTalk is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Web site for teens and is staffed by professionals.
Doctors and Hospitals
AIM (Administrators in Medicine) DocFinder Service
Search for physician profiles, as well as licensing ainformation and disciplinary actions.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the umbrella organization for the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the United States. Established in 1933, the ABMS serves to coordinate the activities of its Member Boards and to provide information to the public, the government, the profession and its Members concerning issues involving specialization and certification in medicine. Requires free registration to utilize site features. Their Who's Certified? allows you to verify the board certification status of any physician.
Provides data for over 6,000 hospitals.The Free Search, available to non-subscribers, will locate Name and address, telephone, Medicare provider number, total staffed beds, hospital type, services provided and link to the hospital's web site. (detailed information is available to subscribers only).
HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, today identified America’s 50 Best Hospitals, an elite class of top-performing facilities. The HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospital designation represents the healthcare industry’s only quality ranking based solely on objective clinical outcomes among U.S. hospitals.
America's Best Hospitals (U.S. News & World Report)
"Let’s take care of the patient." That must be the credo of hospitals that make U.S. News’ "Best Hospitals" rankings, in which hospitals are judged not in routine procedures but in difficult cases across an entire specialty. In the nineteenth year of this annual review, hospitals are ranked in 16 specialties, from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology. Out of the 5,453 hospitals put through a rigorous statistical mill, only 170 scored high enough to appear in any of the specialty rankings.
This U.S. News & World Report ranks children's hospitals in the U.S. with respect to various health conditions. View lists of hospitals for general pediatrics, cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, and respiratory disorders. Includes a description of methodology, glossary of terms used in the evaluation process, and links to related material.
The American Medical Association provides information on nearly 700,000 practitioners with the degrees of MD and DO. It will be necessary to click on the I Accept icon before searching by physician or medical specialty.
Comprehensive national directory of practitioners, searchable by state/city or specialty. Includes Top Doctors and directories of hospitals and health plans.
This Web site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a national medical organization representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.
The Federation Physician Data Center is a central repository for formal actions taken against physicians by state licensing and disciplinary boards, Canadian licensing authorities, the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other national and international regulatory bodies. The Federation Physician Data Center offers two services used in performing credentialing functions or pre-employment background checks: the Board Action Data Search and the Disciplinary Alert Service. Both of these services are considered primary source equivalent by NCQA and JCAHO.
The Federation Physician Data Center contains more than 156,000 board actions related to approximately 46,000 physicians dating to the 1960s. This information is available to licensing and disciplinary boards, the military, governmental and private agencies and organizations involved in the employment and/or credentialing of physicians.
Performance ratings of thousands of hospitals, physicians, health plans, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice programs and fertility clinics based on Medicare data.
Rate a physician, find a physician or dentist, compare insurance plans, and explore health care options.
Hospital Compare—"Information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and organizations that represent hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, other Federal agencies and the public."
Hour Detroit's Top Doctors
Metro Detroit's Top Doctors list appear in the September issue of Hour Detroit Magazine. The list is excerpted from The Best Doctors in America database, which includes approximately 30,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties.
From a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Activities include: investigating questionable claims, answering inquiries about products and services, distributing reliable publications, reporting illegal marketing, assisting or generating. consumer-protection lawsuits, improving the quality of health information on the Internet and attacking misleading advertising on the Internet.
Major Resource Sites
BUBL LINK Catalogue of Internet Resources:Medical Sciences (UK)
A comprehensive directory arranged in Dewey Decimal System order, which offers the advantage of close subject groupings of resources. Although BUBL remains a valuable repository,it has not been updated since April, 2011.
Created by the University of Pittsburgh to serve as a portal to reliable consumer health information on the Internet.
Michigan eLibrary: Health Resources
Health and medical information sources selected by the staff of the Library of Michigan.
Offers information on preventing and controlling diseases, conditions and other special topics arranged in an A-Z topical index.
ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. The information provided on ClinicalTrials.gov should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
CHID is a bibliographic database produced by agencies of the National Institutes of Health providing titles, abstracts, availability information, and education resources, as well as links to online versions of government health publications and contact information for national and international rare disease patient support organizations. A joint project of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
This superb federal governmental gateway to consumer health information provides links to online journals, medical dictionaries, and a wealth of health-related resources.
A consumer-oriented site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, the world's largest biomedical library
The NIH Web site is an essential resource, fully searchable, that serves the public by offering ready access to: clinical studies; health and wellness information; information on obtaining research funding; research resources and library resources; news, events, and educational activities, programs and agency information.
The NLM (National Library of Medicine) Gateway allows users to search across multiple retrieval systems at the NLM.
NY Online Access to Health (NOAH)
This bi-lingual (English & Spanish) collection of state and federal consumer health resources site is one of the oldest established health sites on the Web.
Provides free access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of more than 11 million bibliographic citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and health care systems. A tutorial is also available.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has created this resource with the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation.
Public / Private Sites
Encompasses all aspects of human health and medicine including dental health, public health, and nutrition.
A vast compilation of medical speciality online "Centers", reference works, medical skill-sets, and medical calculators.
Consumer health information compiled by Mayo Clinic's staff of physicians, scientists, nurses, writers and educators.
Medem: Medical Library
Forty-four different medical societies offer this site providing full text articles and materials from sources such as the CDC, NIH and AMA.
Merck Manual: Home Edition
Translates medical jargon into language the rest of us can understand.
A computerized system of files oriented to toxicology, such as biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.
An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.
The goal of the Virtual Hospital digital library is to make the Internet a useful medical reference and health promotion tool for health care providers and patients by offering interactive multimedia textbooks, teaching files, online grand rounds, patient simulations, and digital handouts on medical conditions and procedures.
USAGov for Consumers: Health
Offers consumer health material from the federal government. Includes a range of topics: aging, elder care, how to choose quality health care, exercise, product recalls, mental health, and outdoor recreation.
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. The WebMD content staff blends award-winning expertise in medicine, journalism, health communication and content creation to bring you the best health information possible. An Independent Medical Review Board continuously reviews the site for accuracy and timeliness.
Medication and Pain
DailyMed: Current Medication Information
This website provides U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels and other material for over 1,200 approved prescription drugs. Searchable, or browse by drug name. Listings include professional and consumer-level information, such as precautions, adverse reactions, and dosage. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Drug Information Portal (Nat'l Library of Medicine)
This database, launched in February 2008, provides information about over 12,000 drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse, and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name, or browse resources by drug class or by audiences such as the public or librarians. Also includes news, featured drugs, and related resources. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM); database compiled from NLM and other government sources.
This is the FDA's own Consumer Drug Information page.
The purpose of this project is to increase awareness of and provide objective information concerning the treatment of pain.
Mayo Clinic: Drugs & Supplements
Offers general information about the use of medicines. Information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbs, vitamins and other supplements is given in a list on the lower half of this same page.
MEDLINEPLus: Drug Information
Allows you to browse for information by first letter of generic or brand name drug.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists provides information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has created this Web site to help the citizens of Michigan compare prices among pharmacies, since drug prices typically are not advertised or even displayed. Provided on the site are the prices for 30 of the most commonly used drugs in Michigan, as reported by the MDCH's Medical Services Administration. Search by drug name, city name or zip code.
An online education and support community for persons in pain, their families and physicians. Offers treatment options and pain information that is peer reviewed by leading pain specialists.
PDRhealth® is the consumer Web portal of the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR®), which has provided trusted and authoritative drug and clinical information to physicians for over 60 years. The PDRhealth site offers consumer-friendly explanations of disease states and conditions as well as the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal medicines.
Information provided by a Canadian pediatric pain research laboratory. Offerings include professional, research, pediatric pain and self-help resources, each with related links.
This Internet drug index provides information for both consumers and medical professionals.
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)
Offers drug advice for patients.
WebMD: Drugs & Tests
Information on drug and supplement brand name, purpose, description, proper use, precautions and side effects.
More Health Topics
Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy, illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to obtaining basic health information. This site contains free health education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats.
This is the "Internet Imprint of the Stanford University Libraries", and one of the three largest free full-text medical archives on earth. It offers the largest repository of free, full-text, peer-reviewed content, with 943 journals and 1,348,886 free, full-text articles online. With our partner publishers HighWire produces 73 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals.
The Food & Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health offers device advice on topics such as pediatric medical devices, cochlear implants, heart health, diabetes, LASIK, CT scanning, and breast implants.
Online version of the popular magazine.
The Merck Manual Home Edition translates medical jargon into language the rest of us can understand.
A fascinating and useful road map into the human brain, using high quality brain imaging blended with clinical information. Persons seeking information about the structure of the brain, diseases on the central nervous system, the aging process, strokes, and brain tumors will find this a good resource.
The Alternative Medicine Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in March 1998 to provide responsible and reliable information about alternative medicine to the public and health professionals.
Provides information on books and press releases that describe findings from studies on herbal preparations with a predominantly commercial focus.
DrWeil.com is the leading online resource for healthy living based on an integrative medicine philosophy. For the last seven years, DrWeil.com has helped millions of consumers and health professionals stay abreast of news and information in the field though the site, as well as e-mailed Daily Tips and Weekly Bulletin health updates. Dr. Weil serves as editorial director for the site, overseeing its direction and content.
Collection of material about different types of CAM, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, massage, and yoga. Includes discussions of conditions (by organ and symptoms), and drug, herb, and supplement interactions and uses. From the University of Maryland Medical Center
HealthWorld Online is your 24-hour health resource center--a virtual health village where you can access information, products, and services to help create your wellness-based lifestyle.
This multipurpose site provides information for health professionals and consumers and assesses the safety and effectiveness of therapies.
Although this is a commercial site, it offers extensive information on aromatherapy such as a review of many essential oils including their botanical and common names and an extensive list of books and other resources on the subject.
Periodontics is the dental specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth and in the placement and maintenance of dental implants. This site offers information on causes and treatment of gum disease, and dental education.
This site reflects the fact that ADA and its member dentists are committed to oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement. Offerings include an A-Z topics list, animation and games, tips for finding a dentist and frequently asked questions.
Cleft Lip & Palate
Learn about the essentials of routine dental care and when emergency visits to the dentist are necessary.
Learn how dental science discovered-and proved to the world-that fluoride, a mineral found in rocks and soil, prevents tooth decay. Sponsored by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
This site has a wealth of information about tooth decay and gum disease; topics include cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, bad breath, abscesses and a variety of health problems outside the mouth.
Everything you need to know from baby's first dental visit to the teen-age years.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): ToxFAQS
- Assoc. of Occupational & Environmental Clinics
- Children's Environmental Health Network
- EPA: Concerned Citizens Resources
- OSHA Worker Complaints Page
Where to Find MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
Where to find MSDS on the Internet is an essential resource for those working with hazardous chemicals.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The Consumer Help Center and Psychology Topics are especially useful sources of information .
The Web's first—and still best—self-help resource for those with anxiety disorders. Panic attacks, phobias, extreme shyness, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and generalized anxiety disrupt the lives of an estimated 15% of the population. tAPir is a free grass-roots website dedicated to providing information, relief, and support for those recovering from debilitating anxiety.
The goal of this site is to consider the many possible sources of ADD-like behaviors, including natural temperament traits, diet, and other factors, because there is rarely a case of "pure" ADD.
This is a useful online resource for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and general mental health information.
This site is a central clearinghouse for information on all types of depressive disorders and on the most effective treatments for individuals suffering from Major Depression, Manic-Depression (Bipolar Disorder), Cyclothymia, Dysthymia and other mood disorders.
Since 1995, Internet Mental Health has provided information on mental health free-of-charge. In 2005, the site launched three new support groups (communities) for Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Schizophrenia. You can use your computer to: make psychiatric diagnoses, test your brain (memory, concentration, verbal fluency, orientation, and thinking speed or executive functioning), document and graph your week-by-week progress (in a diary), and review research findings. This site is a sort of free encyclopedia of mental health information that provides users with access to multilingual information on the description, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses.
MentalHelp.Net is an established and highly regarded site dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support, and education.
This site's mission is to promote the improvement of mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior.
National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site, and more than 600 publications. The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.
Seven million children and adults in the United States suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation (OCF) is an international not-for-profit organization composed of people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals.
Manic Depression is a highly disruptive and sometimes deadly brain disorder. Since 1994, Pendulum Resources has been the web's premier consumer resource for information on Manic Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
Psychology.com provides online counseling from your choice of therapists. From depression to anxiety, relationships to parenting, we can help you work through a variety of issues. Self-help books and a therapist directory are also available.
School psychology resources for school psychogists, parents and educators. Research learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, behavior problems, psychological assessment, functional behavioral assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.
About.Com: Smoking Cessation
A highly interactive site that attempts to present all topics related to quitting smoking. Topics include cigars, pregnancy, teen smoking, women's health and updates on the tobacco industry lawsuit settlement.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides information and support regarding alcohol abuse. This site is intended for consumers and offers current and accurate information.
Cocaine Anonymous World Services Online
A support and networking site for individuals who have experienced cocaine addiction and wish to remain drug-free.
These National Library of Medicine's overviews include information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, advice on coping, rehabilitation and statistics.
Nat'l Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
The primary organization for Federal research on alcoholism.
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. Resources are available for students and young adults, parents and teachers, researchers and health professionals.
"You should stop smoking. It's the most important thing you can do to improve your health." To support individuals who are quitting, they offer peer group support groups, quitting guides, referrals to local programs, quitting-aid products reviews, tobacco-related news stories and resources that can be personalized.
Q4L is a Canadian site designed to help individuals aged 12 to 18 quit smoking, even if they are just an occasional smoker.
This is a presentation of quit options and appropriate referrals that are written in a playful, conspiratorial voice. The site is directed at consumers, with strong vendor tie-ins.
Self-Help, Support and Social Sites
The Association of Cancer-Online Resources, where Weiss found Kossove, is home to 159 mailing lists for people whose lives have been touched by cancer as well as information on cancer treatment options, lists of clinical trials and other support resources. Founded in 1996 by Gilles Frydman, who'd watched his wife battle cancer, the Listservs have been used by more than half a million people to share advice and affirmation about fighting cancer.
On this Web site, you can use online tools to set goals, send "hugs" to other patients, and vote on the effectiveness of treatments. It's not just about support—You can go on and see what percent of the time has a certain drug worked for people like you.
One strength of this Web site is that physicians who are experts in their areas moderate many of the forums. Doctors and patients work together to create "wikis," or documents that can be edited by any user. This is one of the few sites where patients and the experts are all part of one community.
This site is one of the leaders in the field, earning kudos for creating large communities and offering tools for patients to compare symptoms, effective drug dosages and side effects.
Diet, Nutrrition, and Weight Loss
Information on nutrition, weight loss, and healthy lifestyles is available for consumers and health care providers.
Provides information on federally funded research projects pertaining to dietary supplements.
eDiets.com, Inc. is a premier online diet, fitness, and healthy living destination offering professional advice, information, products and services to those seeking to improve their health and longevity. Among other honors and awards received, eDiets.com has been named Forbes Spring 2004 and 2005 "Best of the Web" in the diet and nutrition category, and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice" in May 2004 and 2005.
Exercise and Physical Fitness (MedlinePlus)
MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
Offers a choice of an interactive multimedia presentation, a self-running presentation, or a printer-friendly text version, which does require Adobe's free Acrboat Reader plugin. The tutorial is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine.
Intended to help individuals lead healthier lives. Information on nutrition and fitness is easily accessed, includes recipes, nutritional information and fitness tips.
Features a comprehensive bookstore of hand-picked titles on bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, as well as related topics such as body image, self-harm, size diversity, and obesity. In addition, the site offers free articles, a therapist directory, listings of national organizations and treatment centers, and much more.
Offers literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.
An excellent site provided by the National Agricultural Library (Department of Agriculture). Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers, educators and health professionals.
NY Online Access to Health: Nutrition
NOAH's nutrition pages focus on nutrition in general, as well as special sections relating to aging, pregnancy, disease, and children.
The Renfrew Center Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization advancing the education, prevention, research, and treatment of eating disorders. The Center maintains a list of downloadable educational materials on common conditions.
Provides databased information on obesity, weight control and nutrition.
Exercise and Fitness Resources
Site offers guidance to walkers of all levels from tips for beginners to those who want to advance to race walking or marathon walking.
Active.com offers a one-stop shop for maintaining healthy lifestyles or setting and achieving fitness goals. The site offers an online database of more than 100,000 events and activities in over 50 sports in 5,000 cities nationwide, from 5K runs and marathons to cycling races and triathlons.
One of few sites that provide tips on how to exercise safely with health challenges, and how to find certified fitness trainers and facilities.
http://www.dietdetective.com DietDetective.com is a nutrition, fitness and health resource with thousands of original articles on subjects ranging from beginner athletics to in-depth analysis of exercise equipment and from popular low-calorie food choices to informative break downs on nutrients, disease prevention and the importance of a balanced diet.
Being Active When You Have Heart Disease: A Guide to Physical Activity
A guide to exercising to keep your heart healthy.
This site is from Weider Interactive Network, one of the leading publishers of fitness magazines in the U.S. There is a great deal of useful information here, as well as a set of fitness calculators.
Medem 's online Medical LibraryProvides 10 articles from respected sources (National Institute of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, et al.,on basic fitness, including an introduction to fitness, starting an exercise program and sticking with it. Note the "complexity indicator" icon before each title.
MEDLINEPlus: Exercise & Fitness
Intended to help health care professionals and consumers find exercise and physical fitness information on the Web.
MyStart! is The Walking Plan, developed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA), to help individuals reach their health goals.
Shape Up America!, founded by C. Everett Koop, aims to educate the public about lifestyle changes that can lead to wellness. Koop and his staff provide a Body Fat Lab, a Shape Up & Drop 10 program, a Cyberkitchen for meal planning, and an exercise IQ test in the Fitness Center.