Interesting Web Sites

March 28, 2018

Links are added to this list periodically. Most of the sites listed below have substantial original information or valuable archives. The bracketed dates indicate the most recent time we checked each site. Our goal is to select links that provide accurate and practical information. We have carefully inspected each site and believe—unless otherwise noted—that they are trustworthy.

Because Web addresses often change, you may find that some of the links on this page no longer work. If that happens, you can probably visit the site by using the domain address instead of the longer URL we provide. You can also use Google to search for the current location or The Wayback Machine to search for an archived version.

Please contact us if you find that a link does not work, encounter questionable information on any site listed on this page, or would like to recommend a science-based site for us to consider. If you are an expert and would like to join our web site review team, please let us know.

General Medical Information
  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ): Information on many topics [10/31/17]
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: Hundreds of articles and a symptom checker [11/14/17] Warning: The article on “complementary and alternative medicine” is not trustworthy.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Articles about children’s health and disease [10/31/17]
  • Gabe Mirkin, M.D., provides advice on hundreds of health, fitness and nutrition topics [10/31/17]
  • Many brief articles about children’s health matters [8/2/05] Warning: The information on “complementary health approaches” is not trustworthy.
  • Mayo Experts from the Mayo Clinic have posted information on many topics. They also answer individual questions. Warning: Some of its articles about “complementary and alternative” methods are poorly written because the editors appear unwilling to say that worthless methods are worthless. [10/31/17]
  • MedicineNet: Discussions of many diseases and treatments. [10/31/17] Warning: Some articles on “complementary and alternative medicine” are not trustworthy.
  • MEDLINEplus: Free searching of the National Library of Medicine database of medical journal articles [10/31/17]
  • MEDLINEplus Drug Information: Covers many topics. Has databases of drugs, herbs, and supplements [10/31/17] Warning: Some articles on “complementary and alternative medicine” are not trustworthy.
  • The Merck Manual: This highly respected medical textbook covers most diseases, but much of it is too technical for laypersons. There is also a consumer version [10/31/17]
  • National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health  [11/13/17]
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse: Index to more than 1,000 published guidelines [10/31/17]
  • National Institutes of Health Consumer Health Information: Covers many topics [10/31/17]
  • NetWellness: The University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Ohio State University offer information for consumers and an “Ask an Expert” service. Ohio residents can access a huge amount of additional information through their public libraries. [9/2217]
  • Physicians Health Study: Harvard’s studies of widely used preventive health measures [10/31/17]
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Analyzes the scientific basis and cost-effectiveness of interventions for more than 80 potentially preventable diseases and conditions. The third (2000-2005) edition is being posted as segments become available. [10/31/17]
  • University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics: Health library for consumers [10/31/17]
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This page was revised on March 28, 2018.