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Health and Medical
Affordable Care Act

General Health & Medicine Sites

  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
  • NIHSeniorHealth
    Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Enormous amount of information on health and diseases from this government agency.
  • Health Central
    "HealthCentral empowers millions of people to improve and take control of their health and well-being."
  • Healthfinder
    This is a gateway to consumer health information from the U.S. government and includes links to selected online publications, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and non-profit organizations that produce reliable health information for the public.
  • Learn CPR
    An online Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation tutorial.
  • Louisiana 2 Step
    "The Louisiana 2 Step is a fun, free, motivational program that teaches people 2 simple steps to better health: eat right and move more. Through this interactive website, you can access tools and information to help you get healthy and stay healthy."
    "This site is directed by a team of Mayo physicians, scientists, writers, and educators. It is updated weekely to bring you the most relevant health information."
  • MedicineNet
    " is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website." Part of the WebMD Network.
  • Medscape
    "The online resource for better patient care."
    An "e- encyclopedic dictionary" of medical terms, authored by physicians and scientists.
  • The Merck Manual--Home Edition
    This site provides in-depth information, written by nearly 200 leading medical experts, on the health issues that matter most to you. Choose between the familiar text version of the Merck Manual or a new interactive version.
  • National Library of Medicine LOCATORplus
    The NLM's catalog of books, journals, and audiovisuals and access points to other medical research tools.
  • WebMD
    This "comprehensive online health resource, is committed to serving all your health information and support needs."
  • Your Disease Risk
    Calculate your individual risk for various types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and stroke. From Washington University in St. Louis.

Finding a Doctor or Hospital

  • Doctor Directory
    This commercial site is similar to the AMA's Physician Select (above) and, although it seems to have a smaller number of listings, it sometimes offers more information on those it does list.
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
    The JCAHO accredits nearly 18,000 health care organizations and programs, including hospitals, health care plans and providers, home care organizations, nursing homes and other long term care facilities, behavioral care such as mental health and chemical dependency, ambulatory care, and clinical laboratories. The heart of the site is "Quality Check," their searchable directory of accredited organizations. A search returns basic information, address, phone, accreditation rating and full performance report, if available. There is also an excellent annotated collection of links to health care web sites, information about selecting a health care organization, and registering complaints about accredited facilities.
Prescription Drugs
  • Partnership for Perscription Assistance
    "The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free."
  • PDRHealth
    Online drug information and other health materials from PDR. Registration required (free).
  • RxList - The Internet Drug Index
    Searchable database gives the brand name, generic name, and category for over 4,000 drugs. Also has most common indications and side effects.
Specific Diseases/Disorders

    "The largest HIV/AIDS web site in the world. UPDATED HOURLY."
  • AllAllergy
    "This web-site responds to the need for rapid access of all allergy and intolerance resources on the World Wide Web."
  • American Heart Association
  • Cancer News on the Net
    Commercial site "dedicated to bringing patients and their families the latest information on cancer diagnosis and treatment. We are constantly searching for the best cancer information sources that are available on the Net."
  • Digestive Diseases
    Information about treatments, symptoms, and causes of appendicitis, celiac disease, cirrhosis, constipation, Crohn's Disease, cyclic vomiting syndrome, diverticulosis and diverticulitis, gallstones, and gas.
    Covers various treatments, preventative measures, and diagnosis of head lice. Also has current news and developments relating to lice, information on the biology of the louse, etc.
  • Osteoporosis Online
    Information about osteoporosis, its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Other Health Issues
  • KidsHealth
    Separate browsing areas for kids, parents, and professionals. The kids' section contains features on the food pyramid, how the body works, and games. The parents' area includes resources on child development, nutrition, children's infections, safety, behavioral issues, and support groups.
  • Mental Help Net
    Comprehensive guide to mental health resources online.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
    This site on mental health is for both researchers (with categories such as "news and events," "grants," "contracts," and "research activities") and the general public (specifics on "mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment," as well as links to other NIMH programs).
  • Nursing Net
    Good information for nurses and nursing students (including employment information) plus other medical information. Nursing Net is brought to you by area residents Mark and Mary Carraway.
    This site provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition. This national resource makes obtaining government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety, easily accessible in one place for many Americans.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator "This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs will show the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems."
  • VegSource
    Friendly support for your healthy vegetarian lifestyle.

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Updated 10/22/2013