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Health and Wellness on the Web: Sites

MedlinePlus
http://medlineplus.gov
The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health offer this starting place to find reliable information about diseases and conditions, doctors and hospitals, medications, and wellness in English and other languages. Search results often point to trustworthy national organizations associated with particular medical conditions, for example, the American Heart Association.
 
Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com
The famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota offers reliable, general information about a variety of ailments and conditions. Also features healthy lifestyle tools and planners.
 
Merck Manual Home Edition
http://www.merck.com/mmhe/index.html
Doctors use the Merck Manual to find overviews of disease. Consumers use this Home Edition to find the same information translated into everyday language.
 
PDR Health
http://www.pdrhealth.com
This is the consumer version of the Physician's Desk Reference that doctors consult when considering medications. Learn about prescriptions, over the counter drugs, and herbal supplements. There is a lot of other health information here, too.
 
Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary
http://www.merriam-webster.com
Discover what those medical words mean by typing them in this dictionary and then selecting the "medical" search.
 
HerbMed
http://www.herbmed.org
Browse the Alternative Medicine Foundation's catalog of medicinal herbs for scientific looks at these unregulated biochemical substances.
 

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Last updated August 13, 2013