National Institute of Health

Top 10 Health and Medical Information Websites

 

We, the Baby Boomer generation, is increasingly concerned with their health.

Looking for medical information websites or resources online can be overwhelming sometimes. From forums and niche blogs to Facebook and student pages you’re never really sure which resource is providing most accurate information. Check out these creditable websites to answer everything from your most simple to your most in-depth health and medical questions.

WebMd

Experian Hitwise, an agency that monitors online activities, found that WebMd had the greatest share of visits to its site among health and medical advice sites. While some may knock the site for how busy it looks, you can be sure they’ve left no stone unturned. From infectious disease, to chronic disease, to healthy lifestyle advice, to pet health, WebMd is exploding with health and medical information.

CDC.gov

When it comes to disease information, few can match the wealth of knowledge found on cdc.gov. Nearly every disease known to man is given a thorough profile, outlining symptoms, how you to contract, the biology of the disease, and treatment options. In addition, this government site provides statistics on disease distribution and incidence as well as links to a plethora of studies.

who.int

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Website is similar to that of the CDC, but it conveys a much broader message in a much more global context. In addition to information on infectious and chronic disease, the WHO site stays informed of the latest international news with the goal of improving global public health.

FDA

In light of recent food borne outbreaks, access to up-to-date food and product recall information is of increasing value. Whether it’s ground turkey with that extra dash of Salmonella or sprouts with an E. coli surprise, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with informing consumers about the latest in food and product recalls as soon as they are instituted.

Monthly Prescribing Reference (empr.com)

Since 1984 the Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) has been an essential publication for medical professionals of every cut. As more specialists started demanding these types of references, doctors were given their own unique versions (pediatrics, gynecology, urology, etc.). The MPR provides the most current information on acceptable uses, dosages, side effects, drug-related studies and more.

HealthMap.org

HealthMap is a Website that uses a number of different news sources on health-related matters to map out the distribution of diseases across the globe. Let’s say a newspaper in India reports 26 cases of dengue fever, Healthmap analyzes and funnels the data to provide users with a searchable, current map of outbreaks in a global and local context.

MuscleandStrength.com

This Website sticks out from the other fitness websites in that it isn’t constantly trying to sell you something. It is built on a solid foundation of quality information. One of the cool parts about its very wide selection of workout routines, categorized according to your goals, is that it includes space for user comments. The comments help people get an idea of what to expect of a particular workout rather than just taking it for how it looks on paper.

3fatchicks.com

When people reluctantly decide to pursue a healthier diet, they are often under the impression that they have to look forward to a sea of culinary disappointments. But the spirit of this Website runs counter to that. In addition to a seemingly endless supply of recipes for everything from smoothies, to sauces, to salads, to stews the site also offers dieting advice and news.

YogaJournal.com

Sometimes health has just as much to do with mental well-being as physical well-being, and what art blends these better than yoga? At yogajournal.com you’ll find more than enough information to get you started on a journey toward becoming a regular yogi. It will help you get your feet wet with all the basic moves and keep you up to date on yoga-related news.

Drugs.com pill identifier

At drugs.com you can enter the shape, color and other attributes of just about any pill and get a reliable answer back as to what the substance is. This could come in handy for senior citizens rifling through old pills to figure out the difference between their anti-inflammatory and diabetes medications. Also, for concerned parents who stumble across anonymous pills in their child’s room, it could either raise the alarm to substance abuse or simply be a cold tablet.

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Beth Brewer blogs about a wide variety of topics however, most of her time is focused on college degree programs like medical assistant training and college life issues.

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