Health & Medicine

Medical Disclaimer
The selected medical websites are designed to educate and inform on consumer health topics, but should not be taken as medical advice or professional services. Medical decisions should be made in consultation with a physician. When evaluating medical websites, it is important to consider the sponsoring agency. Favor websites developed by the federal government, research institutions, and reputable medical organizations. Look for publication dates and consider the currency of the information presented.


Addiction Support
  • This site provides information on various types of substance use disorders and treatments. Evidence-based content written by journalists and medical professionals.
  • provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Topics covered include: about tobacco, quitting, health effects, and more. The site provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on tobacco topics.
  • The website of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides information to researchers, medical professionals, patients, and families about commonly abused drugs, descriptions of drugs, support to addicts and their caregivers, and more. NIDA is a federal scientific research institute under the National Institutes of Health.
  • provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking. 
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Basic Consumer Health
  • MEDLINE Plus: Learn more about symptoms, causes, and preventative measures for more than 950 illnesses, health conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus is the National Institute of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. It is a product of the National Library of Medicine - the world’s largest medical library. Information is presented in language that is easy for most people to understand. Information is current and access is free.
  • Household Products Database: Information about household products and their potential health effects from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Family Doctor: Health Information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Food and Drug Recalls: Searchable listing of any recalls, market withdrawals, and food safety alerts.
  • KidsHealth: From the medical experts of the Nemours Foundation
  • Merck Manuals: Online versions of the Merck Manuals of Medical Information (Home Edition), of Health and Aging, of Diagnosis and Therapy, and of Geriatrics
  • Teen Health & Wellness
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  • American Cancer Society: Broad selection of information & resources for cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors.
  • National Cancer Institute: Information on cancer topics, statistics, and therapies. Includes a searchable database of clinical trials in cancer treatment.
  • Herbs and Botanicals: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center presents evidence-based information on the use of herbs, botanicals and supplements
  • Oncolink: Information from the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center
  • CDC Cancer Page
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  • National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the National Institutes of Health, this website is an online repository of information, statistics, research, and other publications related to diabetes.
  • American Diabetes Association: Diabetes basics, living with diabetes, food guides and meal planning, community and outreach
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Heart Disease
American Heart Association

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Medication, Pharmaceuticals, & Alternative Therapies

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Nutrition & Wellness
  • EatRightPA: PA Dietic Association links to PA Growth Screening Program Information & other nutrition information
  • EatRight: Nutrition & food guidelines, serving sizes, & information about vitamins & supplements. Food handling & safety, meal planning, and recipes available. Special consideration for parents, kids, women, and men.
  • American Society for Nutrition: A more academic focus on nutrition, with links to publications, news articles, research, and podcasts.
  • MayoClinic Healthy Recipes
  • MyPlate: Practical information for individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.
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Provider Directories & Referrals
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Men’s Health
  • CDC Men’s Health Page: Basic information regarding men’s health organized alphabetically by topic. A -Z entries take the reader to the CDC’s section of the website, with some external resources and links.
  • Men’s Health Magazine: The online edition of the popular men’s health journal, with a focus on general fitness, weight loss, and nutrition. Access full current and back issues of Men’s Health online via Flipster: YouTube Channel: Johns Hopkins Men’s Health and Vitality Page.
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Public & Environmental Health
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Research in Medicine
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Senior Health
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Women's Health