AN ONLINE MEDICAL
MEDLINEPLUS IS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH’S
WEBSITE FOR PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. IT IS
PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE.
The information provided covers
• Diseases and conditions
• Wellness issues
• Up-to-date health information
You can find information regarding
• Latest treatments
• Drugs and supplements
• Links to research about your topic and
• Information about clinical trials.
Open your browser and type
You should see the page below.
IF THAT DOESN’T WORK, TRY
Go to http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
And enter “encyclopedia” in the search bar.
The encyclopedia will be the first link on the
search results page.
NOW THAT WE ARE
HERE, LET’S GET SOME
INFORMATION ON FLU
Here you have the option to
browse alphabetically by subject.
Let’s click on the letter “F” and
see where that takes us.
That is a long list of topics that
start with “F”.
If you scroll down, you will see
As you can see,
there’s a lot of
about the flu.
But what about
the flu shot?
And in it,
there is a link
WE FOUND OUR
But man, it took a long
Let’s explore a quicker way
to navigate this
WHAT IF WE USE THE
Type in “Flu Shot” and let’s see
where that takes us.
THERE IS A LOT OF
You can refine your search by
type or keyword.
On the right hand side, there are
a list of links that deal with the flu
shot. It looks like what you would
get from a Google search.
Let’s try something else….
LET’S LOOK AT THE
FRONT PAGE OF THE
In case you forgot, you can find it here:
See the green bars labeled
Health Topics, Drugs &
Supplements and Videos &
Cool Tools ?
Click on Health Topics.
“HEALTH TOPICS” IS AN EASIER WAY
TO EXPLORE THE SITE AND GET HEALTH-RELATED ANSWERS
You can search by
• Body location,
• Disorders & conditions,
• Diagnosis & therapy,
• Demographic group,
• Health & Wellness.
There’s also an A-Z
“DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS” GIVES YOU INFORMATION
ABOUT DRUGS, VITAMINS, AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS
This page also has an A-Z search
option, but it is for brand name
medicines. (e.g. “Advil” or “Tylenol”)
Check out the “Related Topics”
box. It contains links to information
organized by what the drug is
designed to treat.
“VIDEOS & COOL TOOLS” HAS INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS,
TUTORIALS, AND GAMES. THERE ARE ALSO HEALTH-CHECK
On the right-hand side there are
additional tools that may help you
navigate your own health care
experience with more confidence.
Understanding Medical Words
Evaluating Health Information
Director’s Comments Podcast
NIH Senior Health Videos
FIND INFORMATION ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS
Type “clinical trials” into the
There’s a lot of info to sift
through so you have
options to refine your
search by type or by
There’s also a “search help”
link on the right side of the
LOOK AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE PAGE.
There you can find a variety of ways to get
Mobile version: take the encyclopedia
with you to your next doctor’s
Email updates: you can set your profile
to receive new information on your
topic of choice
Subscribe to RSS: you can opt for
general topic feeds or healthcondition-specific
Follow MedlinePlus on Twitter and get
the latest info and news in medicine
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