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Resources for Patients

Resources for Patients


Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this service provides access to the extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also has links to:

  • Consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health
  • Dictionaries
  • Lists of hospitals and physicians
  • Health information in Spanish and other languages
  • Clinical trials

There is no advertising on this site, nor does MEDLINEplus endorse any company or product.  


Healthfinder® is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder® can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

NOAH (New York Online Access to Health)

A service of the New York Public Library, NOAH seeks to provide high-quality full-text health information for consumers that is accurate, timely, relevant, and unbiased. NOAH currently supports English and Spanish.


KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by the Nemours Foundation Center for Children's Health Media, the KidsHealth site has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each with its own design, age-appropriate content and tone.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health topics A to Z

Health Topics A to Z provides a listing of disease and health topics found on the CDC website. In addition to common health topics, more esoteric health concerns are covered. Because various centers produce the information, format, and areas covered differ with each subject.

National Health Information Center

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with the appropriate organizations that are best able to provide answers. NHIC was established in 1979 by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services. A directory of toll-free health information phone numbers is available at this site along with a listing of federal health information and clearinghouses. 

Reuters Health eLine

Reuters Health eLine is a consumer-oriented medical news service. The focus of the service is clinically relevant healthcare news featuring stories on men’s, women’s and children's health, diet, exercise, treatment advances, and disease management. Approximately 15 stories per day are added to the service. Archives are available through a search interface. 

U.S. Pharmacopoeia Drug Information/Advice for the Patient

A guide to more than 9,000 prescriptions and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) in the USP DI® and Advice for the Patient®.

FDA Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

This website provides information on a number of different topics, including food-borne illness, food labeling, and nutrition, cosmetics, pesticides, and biotechnology as it relates to food. Other types of information include news of food safety warnings and outbreaks of food-borne illness, White House statements and congressional testimony, Federal Register notices, and text of FDA regulations. The site offers information for consumers, health professionals, and those involved in the food industry.


Community Health Status Indicators Project

The CHSI reports provide data collected by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Topics covered include the leading cause of deaths in a community and the actual and expected number of infectious disease cases, as well as the rate of medical care coverage in a specific county. Locate information on a country's population size and racial demographics and compare its statistics to that of a peer county with equivalent population size, density, age distribution, and poverty level.

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