MEDLINE PLUS MAYO CLINIC RELIABLE,ACCURATE INFORMATION VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND EASY TO USE VERY READABLE HEAD HERE IF YOU WANT OVERVIEWS WITH LINKS TO MORE DETAILED INFORMATION USE TO LOOK UP SYMPTOMS USE TO LOOK UP DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS FIND LATEST HEALTH NEWS BROWSE HEALTH TOPICS
MEDLINEPLUSHTTP://WWW.NLM.NIH.GOV/MEDLINEPLUS/ All information is from the National Library of Medicine or the National Institutes of Health. Can be viewed in English or Spanish; in some cases other languages. Uncluttered, easy to use, clear and concise articles.FEATURES: News section on the first page giving the latest health headlines Health Topics tab (list of broad topics or search A to Z list), includes symptoms – also under Diagnosis and Therapy Drugs and Supplements tab (information on prescription and over the counter drugs, herbs and supplements) Videos and Cool Tools tab (interactive health tutorials and videos; many include sound) Tab on bottom of home page: Find clinical trials (drug and treatment studies) Each article is short overview, with useful categories linked at the bottom: Start Here, Basics, Learn More, Multimedia and Tools, Research, Reference Shelf and For You
MAYO CLINICHTTP://WWW.MAYOCLINIC.COM/HEALTH/MEDICAL/HOMEPAGE Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization. All health information is written and reviewed by a team of Mayo Clinic physicians, scientists, writers and educators. Very comprehensive site, with a clear layout, and easy navigation.FEATURES: Diseases and Conditions tab: Search by letter or use search box. Once you are in the article, there are several tabs and links leading to more information, such as multimedia, resources, home remedies, alternative therapies, expert answers and what’s new. Symptoms tab: Click on Symptom Checker for interactive symptom guide. Or, search by first letter or use search box. This tab has the same set-up as Diseases and Conditions. Drugs and Supplement tab: Find prescription and non- prescription drugs, supplement and vitamins. Each article gives description, proper usage, precautions and side effects.
Tests and Procedures tab: Each article describes the procedure or test, why it is done, risks, how to prepare, and results. Healthy Lifestyle tab: Covers topics such as nutrition, weight loss, fitness, and aging First Aid tab: Gives information on dealing with emergencies. If you are tech savvy, the Mayo Clinic has a Health Care Manager that partners with Microsoft to give you a secure place to keep your health info online. You can download apps, such as a blood pressure measurer, that will upload results directly to your account. Check out: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/healthvault/default.aspx https://healthmanager.mayoclinic.com/Introduction.aspx
MY OPTUM HEALTH INTELI-HEALTH NOT AS EXTENSIVE OR EASY TO USE, BUT EACH HAS FEATURES WORTH NOTING MY OPTUM HEALTH • SECURELY KEEP TRACK OF MEDICAL RECORDS • FIND DRUG INTERACTIONS, DRUG RECALLS, AND RECENTLY APPROVED DRUGS INTELI-HEALTH • HAS A SEPARATE SECTION ON DENTAL HEALTH • PARTNERS WITH Harvard Medical School • PARTNERS WITH Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
MY OPTUM HEALTHHTTP://MYOPTUMHEALTH.COM All the content is reviewed by internal MDs and is subject to review by an external medical advisory board before being published to the site. Features content that is produced by an editorial staff comprised of medical doctors, PhDs, registered dietitians and writers from a variety of well-respected health publications and Web sites.FEATURES:Can keep your personal health record here: all dr visits, lab work, physicals, tests, procedures and surgeriesDoctor Finder Interactive Symptom Checker – others are more thorough, but this is interactive Tabs for Diseases and Conditions, Tests and Procedures, Drug Guide (includes drug interaction calculator, list of recalled drugs and alerts, and recent approvals by FDA)
INTELIHEALTHHTTP://WWW.INTELIHEALTH.COMUncluttered, easy to use site, with understandable information.FEATURES: Health commentaries: Harvard Medical School experts write on health topics Section devoted to Dental Health Ask the Expert: answers by Harvard Medical School doctors Health News Diseases and Conditions -- Use A-Z listing or search using search box Healthy Lifestyle – includes a section on complementary and alternative medicine with links to NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) for very extensive information Your Health – divided into categories such as children, women, men and seniors Look It Up – includes links to reliable health organizations, drug information and medical dictionaries
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND PUBMED Use these sites if you have been diagnosed with a disease and want the most comprehensive and extensive material available. Both are brought to you by the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s health research agency. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTHHTTP://WWW.NIH.GOV/This is the same agency that does Medline Plus; it is moreextensive and uses more medical language.FEATURES Use Health Information tab, then Health Topics A-Z. Clicking on a disorder will take you to the national institute that deals with that disorder. There you will find tabs on statistics, clinical trials, and resources, including full text journal articles. News and Events tab leads to latest news in the medical field.
PUB MEDHTTP://WWW.NCBI.NLM.NIH.GOV/PUBMED/ Use this when you want to find articles from medical journals and books. PubMed has more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many citations include links to full-text content. Start with the PubMed Quick Start Guide on the left of the page.
WHAT ABOUT WEBMD??WEBMDHTTP://WWW.WEBMD.COM/ Positives Comprehensive, many useful articles Unique is a tab for PET CARE Has an fairly extensive interactive Symptom Checker (on home page) Negatives There have been questions about webMD’s advice and its connection to drug advertisers. Example: webMD’s online depression analyzer tool was brought under investigation by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa in 2010. At that time, no matter what answers were given by the person using the analyzer, the outcome was that you may be at risk for major depression, and it would probably do you well to discuss it with your doctor…As it turns out, the test is sponsored by drug giant Eli Lilly, the maker of Cymbalta. To read more and decide for yourself, check these links: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/14/webmd-not-the-independent-health- source-you-expected.aspx http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/magazine/06FOB-Medium-t.html?_r=1