Reputable Generic Websites

AMA Doctor Finder
Find a Doctor: This is a comprehensive Web database directory of medical doctors (MDs) and osteopaths (DOs) practicing in the United States. Search by physician name or specialty. Information provided includes basic professional data (medical school, year of graduation, board certification, telephone number, address) for both AMA members and non-members.

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides information about health topics, diseases and conditions, child development, and child safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, deals with preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability and its website ably reflects this mission. One of the best government websites on the internet, its coverage is broad. Its “Diseases and Conditions” section covers major chronic and many infectious diseases including AIDS, bird flu, common childhood diseases like measles and more exotic diseases like Ebola. Birth defects, traveler’s health, emergency preparedness, vaccine and immunization information, accidents and injury information, infectious diseases and workplace safety and health are all covered. The full text of many CDC publications are available as well as extensive public health information of all kinds. Rich in information and colorfully illustrated, it also provides information in Spanish.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Resources for Families (click on “Resources for Families”)
Between 7 and 12 Million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. Families who must deal with these issues will find an abundance of information here. Links take users to information on helping children cope with disasters, deal with pop culture, treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and understanding psychiatric medications. There is a valuable glossary of symptoms and mental illnesses as well as sections helping people to find a psychiatrist and to find an appropriate clinical trial.

eMedicine Health
This site provides health, medical, lifestyle and wellness information for all ages. In addition, there is information to prepare consumers for medical emergencies, injuries, minor medical conditions and basic first aid. There are more than 5,500 pages of content written by physicians for the general public.
This web site is offers clear and concise patient hand-outs for common medical concerns and conditions. All information has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Conditions A-Z”, make finding a hand-out easy. Handy buttons translates the site into Spanish and increases the type size. Other helpful features are a medical dictionary, health calculators, the Healthy Living Guides, a Smart Patient Guide, Health Tools section and a Health Tip of the Day.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthfinder links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations. There’s a wonderful children’s interface with age-appropriate health information and much of the web site’s information is available in Spanish.  Their Drug Interaction Checker, Online Checkups, and health newsletters in Spanish and English provide useful additional features.

HealthLink Plus
Provides links to credible health web sites recommended by the Information Services staff of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Information in Spanish is also available. Their Ask-Us-Now feature provides real-time access to reference librarians to answer questions.
The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health provides current information about child development, nutrition and fitness, preventive health care, and diseases and conditions. Information is available in English and Spanish. There are sites for parents, children, and teens

Innerbody – Human anatomy
An interactive site for the study of human anatomy.

Mayo Clinic — Disease and Conditions A-Z
Each topic has sections on the signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, screening and diagnosis, complications, treatment, and when to seek medical advice. You can sign up for a weekly email newsletter, an RSS feed and a personalized page with automatically updated content. A symptom checker and first aid guide are also included in this section.

Med Help International

Med Help International is a non-profit organization whose focus is to provide medical information in non-technical language and to an online health community through over 200 medical forums. The People section is where you can get advice and support from other patients while the MyMedHelp has forums led by doctors where you can get answers and medical information online. Registration is required but free.

This website has patient information provided by major medical societies. A full range of patient information from simple health information to advanced resources is provided with a complexity indicator to guide your choice. is owned and operated by WebMD and part of the WebMD Network. The web site provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers through its user-friendly, interactive web site. The content is produced and edited by a nationally recognized network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians. Web videos, daily health news, a signup for an email newsletter, and a symptom checker are additional features.

MedlinePlus, Health Topics (National Library of Medicine)
A directory to the most reliable sources of information on health and disease on the internet, this is often the place to start your search for health information. Frequently updated, it lists webpages with information on diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and more. There are often interactive tutorials, links to major organizations, suggestions on other related conditions, and a link to a pre-formatted search of the medical literature on each page. Spanish versions of each page can often be found by clicking the español button at the top.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Health and Human Development information made available with an easy A to Z list, clinical trials and health education campaign information available. Topic pages provide links to clinical trials, news releases, publications and related websites for further viewing. Also available is information on research being conducted at NICHD and supported by NICHD.

National Institute on Aging
Information and tips on healthy aging, care giving, medications, dietary supplements, and diseases. Resources are available in both English and Spanish. Copies also are provided in PDF format where applicable. Print versions are available for online ordering. Health and aging organization database lists more than 300 national organizations that provide help to older people. A drop-down menu provides subject areas to search for information on how to contact these organizations.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Health Information
This site provides information about the signs and symptoms, treatment and resources available for mental illnesses. Full text of booklets and pamphlets on mental illness can be downloaded or printed. The latest news on mental illness, help in locating services, a link to clinical trials and pre-formatted Medline searches for the latest information add to the usefulness of this site. While the site isn’t in Spanish, many of the booklets and pamphlets are available in Spanish and a link to information on MedlinePlus in Spanish is provided.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stoke (NINDS)

Extensive information on neurological disorders is provided at this website. The Disorders Index provides an alphabetic list of hundreds of neurological conditions, their treatments, prognosis, clinical research and contact information for organizations concerned with the condition. Clicking on the link to research literature under each condition leads you to a PubMed search on the condition. An accessible version of the web page is also provided. A news feed, list of patient resources and organizations and Spanish versions of some fact sheets on disorders can also be found at the NINDS website.


NetWellness, a non-profit consumer health web site, has been in operation for over ten years. It provides over 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its Ask An Expert feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities, who volunteer their time as a community service.

Teen Health
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.

Your Orthopaedic Connection (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
Colorfully illustrated patient information is presented by body site and by category. Information on injury prevention, osteoarthritis, sports and exercise, joint replacement and tumors are covered thoroughly. Extensive Spanish language factsheets are provided as well as some information in Japanese, Portuguese, and Thai. A directory of orthopaedists by name, city, zip code and country is provided.

Consumer Information: Quackwatch is a nonprofit company formed by Dr. Stephen Barrett to expose health-related “frauds, myths, fads and fallacies”. Well-researched, up-to-date, authoritative information on a wide range of practices and medical advertising deemed questionable or obvious “quackery.” English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese language versions available.

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