Consumer Health Advocacy Guide

  1. General Health Resources
  2. Government Health Websites
  3. Health Condition Information
  4. Health Care Providers
  5. Insurance Resources
  6. Other Health Related Websites

Medline Plus

Visit the Medline Plus website.

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website 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.

MedlinePlus offers information on many health topics (which you can search by body location/system or alphabetically), drugs and supplements, and also has offers plenty of videos, games, interactive tutorials, and more.

Mayo Clinic

Access the Mayo Clinic website.

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life." (from their website) Mayo Clinic's website offers information on a healthy lifestyle; symptoms; diseases and conditions; tests and procedures; and drugs and supplements. You can also search publications (through a PubMed link), find clinical trials, and consult Discovery's Edge, Mayo Clinic's research magazine.

MedHelp

Browse the MedHelp website.

Founded in 1994 out of a shared need for better medical information and support, MedHelp is the pioneer in online health communities. The MedHelp site connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar experiences. Today, MedHelp empowers over 12 million people each month to take control over their health and find answers to their medical questions.

MedHelp, a privately-funded company, has over 16 years of accumulated information from doctors and other patients across hundreds of conditions. In addition, MedHelp has long-standing partnerships with the top medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, National Jewish, Partners Health, and Mount Sinai. MedHelp's audience, archives, and partnerships make it a unique health destination on the Internet.

Additional Services

In addition to helping patients find answers to their questions, MedHelp has a robust infrastructure to help patients actively manage their health. Through its condition-specific health applications and Personal Health Records (PHRs), MedHelp members are able to track over 1,500 symptoms and treatments on a daily basis as it relates to the progression of their medical condition. The ability to document and share this information with their doctors has led to better communication and more active patient engagement.

MedHelp trackers are available on the website and on mobile phones through web-based browsers and iPhone apps covering both general health conditions, such as weight loss and allergies, and very specific disorders, such as infertility and diabetes. MedHelp now has one of the largest databases of self-reported medical data, totaling 100 million data points.

MedHelp also offers public forums for people to discuss their medical and health issues, tools like trackers and apps, medical information listed alphabetically and health expert blogs and forums. You can set up a personal profile, which allows you to add you own personal health information, track specific discussions, and make notes.

Everyday Health

Visit the Everyday Health website.

Everyday Health is a leading provider of online health information. We're here to help you manage your own and your family's conditions and overall well-being through personalized advice, tools, and communities. We're committed to bringing you the most credible and relevant health information available online, and to giving you the best possible user experience. Our information is easy to understand and incorporate into your life every day.

There's much to explore on EverydayHealth.com, including: More than 100 health centers loaded with in-depth, original information on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of diseases and conditions, as well as information on how to live a full, healthy life. Helpful questions and answers from our board-certified experts at top-tier institutions such as Harvard Medical School, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and more. Meet the Everyday Health experts. Thriving communities of individuals just like you, who are managing or caring for others with a range of conditions and health concerns. Interactive features including webcasts, videos, photo galleries, tools, trackers, and blogs, help you take a hands-on approach to managing your condition or improving your general health.

KidsHealth from the Nemours Center for Children's Health

Access the KidsHealth service.

If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of 'doctor speak,' you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. On a typical weekday, KidsHealth gets as many as a million visits. One of the things that make KidsHealth special is that it's really four sites in one: with sections for parents, for kids, for teens, and for educators. KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health.

As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. KidsHealth cannot take the place of an in-person visit with a doctor, who can perform examinations and answer questions. But we can provide unbiased, reliable information to help you and your family pursue good health and wellness for a lifetime.

The section of the website for parents offers all kinds of information on general health, nutrition, fitness, first aid, and even recipes. The section for children offers information for homework assistance, quizzes, articles, movies, a kid's medical dictionary, and many more different kinds of activities. The section for teens offers articles, advice, and even some recipes.

Drugs.com

Visit the Drugs.com website.

Drugs.com provides accurate and independent information on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and natural products. This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Drugs.com also offers an interaction checker, pill identifier, forums, support groups, and Mednotes (where you can log in and keep a record of your medications). There is also a medication guide app for your phone.

RxList by WebMD

Access the RxList on by WebMD.

RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. Founded by pharmacists in 1995, RxList is the premier Internet Drug Index resource. Acquired by WebMD in 2004, our knowledgeable staff at RxList continuously reviews and updates the site with articles written by pharmacists and physicians and data provided by credible and reliable sources like the FDA, Cerner Multum, and First Data Bank, Inc. to ensure the most accurate and beneficial information is provided.

On RxList information on medications can be found using the Drugs A to Z list (an alphabetical listing of both brand and generic drug names) or by entering the generic or brand drug name in the search box at the top of the page and clicking search. Need to identify a pill? Use our pill identification tool.

RxList also provides a pill identifier, information on supplements, slideshows on various health topics, and quizzes on various health topics.