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Suggested Medical Websites

These suggested sites were recommended by Dr. Sexton who presented to us, and others suggested. These sites are not intended to diagnose illness rather, it should be used as a resource. WINNERS - WINdows usERS assumes no responsibility for the content include here. The information is provided "AS IS" and on an "IS AVAILABLE" basis without any representations or any kind of warranty made.

U.S. Government Agencies

American Medical Associations

American Health Organizations

Colleges and Universitys

Search Engines

Alternative Medicine

Drug Interactions Medical & Health websites Medical Information Miscellanous

U.S. Government Agencies                                                                                                                                                  Back to top

The National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals.
  • PubMed, includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.  

Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is responsible for information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, HIV/AIDS, and specialized topics in minority health.

Medline Plus - Health Information from U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health

  • Health Topics - Start here with over 750 topics on conditions, diseases and wellness
  • Drug Information - About your prescription and over-the-counter medicines and interactions 
  • Medical Encylopedia - Includes pictures and diagrams  
  • Dictionary - Spellings and definitions of medical words  
  • News - Health News from the past 30 days  
  • Directories - Find doctors, dentists and hospitals  
  • Go Local - A service for finding local resources for health-related issues  
  • Other Resources - Local libraries, health organizations, international sites and more  
  • Mental illness- You can read breaking news on mental health issues. You can also research symptoms, treatments and finding help. Plus, there are links to articles on coping with mental illness in loved ones.
  • Interactive Tutorials - Great interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality - To improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) -  a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

CancerNet: National Cancer Institute - The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinical Trials - Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Food and Drug Administration

Health Finder  - A resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.  healthfinder® links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.    

Hospital compare - provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is one of eight agencies under the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

National Eye Institute - Conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

National woman's health Information center - offer comprehensive websites that provide reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. They cover more than 800 topics, on issues ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging.

Online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. Search by key word or by browsing the subject list. You can also download Health Hotlines in PDF format

Senior Health - For older adults. Developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

American Medical Associations                                                                                                                                           Back to top

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Physicians Assistants   

American College of Physicians

American Medical Association

American Medical Women's Association

Society of General Internal Medicine

American Health Organizations                                                                                                                                          Back to top

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

American Red Cross

Arthritis Foundation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Colleges and Universities                                                                                                                                                      Back to top

Harvard Medical School - has links to 19 other hospitals and schools. Also click on Consumer Information for research news on diseases from ALS to Women's Health.

OMNI - A free catalogue of hand-selected and evaluated Internet resources in Health and Medicine. From The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

New York Medical College (NYMC) - The Health Sciences Library (HSL) with the Online Catalog is the master file of all HSL resources. To better support the educational needs of users, targeted web pages are developed under the Informatics header, strengthening academic support to the curriculum. Other Internet links are posted.

University of Texas Medical Branch - Depending on your needs, there are several options for accessing health information: “Ask Nurse Lucy” is a customized email service that allows you to request specific information about your health care needs. The UTMB eMini Med School is an informative and entertaining way to learn about some of the same things that medical students are studying. You can attend Mini Medical School online right from your home or office. All courses are free. The Health Information Library contains an extensive collection of fact sheets on topics ranging from aging to women’s health.  

USC Hospital - Illustrated Encyclpedia with information on diseases, conditions, systoms, injures, surgeries, test, nutrition, and other preventative health topics. Boby Guide is an interactive tour navigating between the 12 systems of the body. Medical news, Drug Information, and more.

Virtual Hospital of the University of Iowa. - Search for information by topic, symptom, body location or medical specialty. Then, link to articles to learn more about health conditions. Most of the information is aimed at adults. But you’ll also find articles that specifically address pediatric health. Including articles on prevention will help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

Search Engines                                                                                                                                                                      Back to top

Google - You can seach for symptoms for a description and it will suggest sites to go to.

Yahoo Health - Offers a variety of health information, treatments and medical images.

DIRLINE -  Run by the National Library of Medicine

OmniMedicalSearch - A MetaSearch Engine. Instead of assembling their own database of websites to present search results, it returns the search results from other search engines in various combinations. When you submit a search term, the metasearch software sends that query, simultaneously, to other search engines, websites and databases. When it returns, you are presented with the top results of ALL the search engines and databases you selected.

Ovid Technologies is a leader of electronic medical, scientific, and academic research information solutions. Contents include 1,200 journals, over 160 books and more than 300 databases, with robust software tools and specialized services to browse, search, retrieve and respond to critical information. - Medical articles ranked by the iMedix community members for you. You can also chat with other people just like yourself who are dealing with the same issues.

CiteHealth - Provides reports for people researching their health care providers quality and communities at no cost.  

Alternative Medicine                                                                                                                                                            Back to top

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance -  nonprofit professional membership organization devoted to the advancement of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) - Mission is to support practitioners in their evolving personal and professional development as healers and to educate physicians about holistic medicine.

British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) - Professional association for naturopathic physicians in British Columbia, Canada, offers patients general information about naturopathic medicine.  

British Holistic Medical Association (BHMA) - People who want to adopt a more holistic approach in their own life and work.

California Association of Naturopathic Physicians (CANP) - Expanding California consumers' access to this important natural, prevention-based form of health care.

List of Associations dedicated to Alternative Medicine  Natural Medicines - comprehensive database of natural medicines.

Whole Health MD - Provides professional guidance on integrative medicine. Integrative medicine combines a traditional doctor's treatment with herbs and other non-traditional methods. The Web site offers information and treatment options for nearly 100 common problems such as back pain, sinusitis and allergies. Discover what herbs, supplements and other self-care techniques have been found to alleviate pain.

Drug Interactions                                                                                                                                                                   Back to top

Anesthesia Risk - helps to understand the potential for drug interactions before getting anesthesia for surgery.

Drug Digest - Check potential interactions between two or more drugs (look at interations link on the bottom.) - Fast, easy searching of over 24,000 approved medications. They also have a illustrated health encyclopedia with more than 10,000 pages of information on diseases, symptoms, injuries, medical tests and surgical procedures. Browse by: Injury Disease Nutrition Poison Symptoms Surgery Medical Tests

Drug3k - Prescription Drug Information, Side Effects, Interactions.

Medications Advisor - Get a personalized interaction, dosing, and safety check of your medication profile.

eMedExpert - Drugs reviews and comparisons, Brand/Generic name correspondence tool, PDR's Side effects index. The information is based  on recent reviews and articles published in the medical literature and drug prescribing information approved by the US FDA.

Medical and Health websites                                                                                                                                               Back to top

Children's Hospital and Health System - Disorders, Diseases and Organs Topics. Wisconsin

DrKoop - Symptom finder, Drug information, hot topics, health videos, pointers to TV shows that talk about medical problems such as back pain and how to deal with it. Psychological Association.

eMedicineHealth - Provides first aid and emergency information to prepare you for medical injuries, minor medical conditions and basic first aid. You will also find health, medical, lifestyle, and wellness information.

Family Doctor - This Web site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. Also there is drug information and interaction information.  You can search for the drug's name in the database for a list of side effects, possible instructions and other important information.

HealthAtoZ - encyclopedia offers thorough and reader-friendly articles about hundreds of diseases, health issues and medical developments. Health Headlines, expert FAQs, and health managers.

Health Central - From Dr. Dean Edel. Health news, symptoms, drug information, health encyclopedia, videos, and health tips.

Kids Health - Health news dedicated towards kids, information is broken down into Parents, Kids, and Teens

Mayo Clinic -  The weekly Drug Watch Index  lists the latest developments concerning medications. Information on a wide range of Diseases & Conditions, Health Information

Memorial Care - Lower right side has topics you can click on to get more information. Topics include: Allergies, Back Pain, Cancer, Children's Health, Diabetes, Drug Guide, Medical Tests, Women's Health, and more. They also have myElectronicMD health screening tool. Click through an anatomical map to locate your symptoms and receive lists of possible diagnoses, relevant medical tests, and types of physicians to consult.  

WebMD Health - This well-organized home page provides a wide breadth of information.  WebMD addresses current medical questions on patients' minds.  They offer sections on Diseases & Conditions, a Medical Library, Family Genetics, an A to Z Health Guide, Food & Nutrition, Parenting & Pregnancy, Sports & Fitness, and a section on Women, Men & Aging.

 Medical Information                                                                                                                                                           Back to top

British Medical Journal - Limited number of topics

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) - From Centre for Reviews and Dissemination : Free based in the United Kingdom

Medical Library Association - A "Deciphering Medspeak" to help you translate common "medspeak" terms. You'll also find some tips on how to identify quality health care information on the Internet.  

Health Communications Network (HCN) is an Australian company that develops applications to support health decisions. Has a knowledge base you can search.

Merck Medicus - Medical Internet. An advertising free medical portal designed specifically for physicians and other healthcare providers.

MerckSource - Virtual Body Tours, The Merck Manual (medical information), A.D.A.M. Encyclopedia, You and Your Doctor, Sections also include health news, and learn about your condition.

New England Journal of Medicine - On-line articles of interest

Miscellaneous                                                                                                                                                                       Back to top

Patients Like Me
Share your health profile - Answer simple questions to create a shared health profile to see how you’re doing over time.
Find patients like you  - Search by gender, age, treatments, symptoms, and time since diagnosis to easily connect with patients like you.
Learn from others - Learn from real-world treatment and symptom reports, forum discussions, health profiles, one-on-one conversations and more.

Assisted Living
Assisted Living Facilities org- list information on over 36,100 state-licensed assisted living facilities and trys to explain the rules and regulations of each state.
A Place For Mom - Senior Living Advisors across the U.S. and Canada guide you through the process of helping your loved one transition into senior living. - Has tips for choosing a facility and making the transition.

Longevity Game - See how your lifestyle can affect you in the years to come by answering just 12 quick questions. Your expected age will show in the tabulator in the upper left corner.

MDhub - This is a free service that allows anyone to send an Internet message to their doctor. Since most doctors do not yet use the Internet in their practice, your message is automatically delivered to the doctor's FAX machine as well as online. There are currently nearly 380,000 physicians available.

Information About A Doctor - In California it will let you know ff a physician has been disciplined or formally accused of wrongdoing by the Board, or disciplined by a medical board of another state or federal government agency. For other states.

Health Grades - Reports and ratings to guide you to better care providers. Information on 750,000 physicians, 5,000 hospitals, 16,000 nursing homes

Vitals - A free source for comprehensive medical information on over 720,000 doctors nationwide. The site offers consumers free information on doctors’ practices and specialties, actual consumer reviews, recommendations from other doctors as well as  physician profiles.

Federation of State Medical Boards - access the database and learn if your physician has any disciplinary actions on file, for a fee. - You’ll find information on different types of cancer and clinical trials. You can also use the database to find an oncologist. Plus, there is information on coping with the disease and the side effects of treatment. There are links to support groups.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance - America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.

Buying Drugs from Canada PBMRx Mexico Safemeds.  Minnesota Senior Federation have negotiated lower prices, to join is $19.00 per year and they monitor the drug suppliers in Canada check web site for cost and shipping and requirement seems to be lowest price about 1/3 USA.

Information on quacks, health fraud and scams

 Groups fighting health fraud:
 National Council Against Health Fraud

 Hoaxes and urban legends:

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