Trustworthy Medical Information Sites

If you’ve spent much time researching medical issues on the Internet, you know that there are millions of pages devoted to the subject. Some medical information sites are reliable, others are not so reliable.

Here’s a list of online medical sou

rces that we turn to when researching a medical issue. We don’t guarantee them to be accurate, but we’ve found them to be more reliable that a lot of websites that just want to sell you miracle cures that don’t work.

  • NIH.gov. This is the website of the U.S. Government-funded National Institutes of Health. Notice that the name is “Institutes” (plural). There are at least 28 different Institutes studying various diseases. If you go to NIH.gov and click on the link titled Institutes at NIH, you will find “quick links” to 28 different Institutes that are part of NIH. There are institutes devoted to diabetes, arthritis and a variety of

    diseases. Most of the Institutes contain valuable information about the disease they are studying. Also, many of them have email newsletters you can subscribe to so you get updated with the latest information.

  • Medline Plus is a site that is full of good information about health. It”s owned by the National Institutes of Health, To quote from the Medline Plus website: “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.”
  • NIH also has a website providing information about all ongoing clinical trials of drugs, medical devices and medical procedures. If you or

    a loved one

    is seriously ill and want to participate in a clinical trial of an experimental drug, medical device or medical procedure, you should visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.

  • The Mayo Clinic has a very helpful website that includes a symptom checker. But beware, if you have tendencies toward hypochondria, you may find it safer to visit a doctor than to use the symptom checker.
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