There is such a vast amount of health information on the Internet that finding reliable web sites may be challenging.
The sites and collections below are authoritative, current, and free from bias. Use them with confidence.
1. NC Health Info
Use NC Health Info to find easy-to-use information about North Carolina's most pressing health issues. The Go Local feature allows you to find information about health services and providers in your community. NC Health Info is available in English and Spanish and is accredited by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation.
2. NC LIVE Health and Medical Resources
NC LIVE points to a wide variety of health and medical electronic resources for both consumers and providers. Some content is licensed but is freely available to library patrons, students and educators. NC Live can be accessed from within an affiliated library or from home with public library provided password.
MedlinePlus contains information on over 900 health topics in both English and Spanish. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles.
4. Mayo Clinic.com
Mayo Clinic.com is produced by the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Users will find health information, self-improvement and disease management tools. Useful tools include a Symptom Checker and First-Aid Guide for fast answers about common and complex health conditions.
5. Family Doctor.org
Family Doctor.org is maintained by the American Academy of Family Physicians and all the content is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals. Information is available on common health conditions, wellness, and advocacy. Special sections include the Over-the-Counter Medicines Guide and Healthcare Management.
6. Cleveland Clinic Center for Consumer Health Information
The Cleveland Clinic web site contains information on a wide variety of health topics, treatments and procedures written by or reviewed and approved by Cleveland Clinic physicians or other health professionals. Content is provided in several formats: online health videos, webcasts, chat and podcasts.
KidsHealth, maintained by the Nemours Foundation, is divided into sections for parents, children, and teens, each with its own design and age-appropriate content. Information about medical, emotional and developmental issues concerning children from before birth through adolescence is provided. KidsHealth content is understandable, practical and objective.
8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC site is designed for individuals, public health professionals, providers, researchers and scientists, and policy makers. It provides users with information on data and statistics, diseases, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, injury, violence and safety, travelers' health, and workplace safety.
9. CAPHIS Top 100 List
This collection of health web sites is compiled and maintained by the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association. Sites fall into one of several categories: General Health, Parenting & Kids, For Health Professionals, Women's Health, Senior Health, Drug Information Resources, Men's Health, Specific Health and Other Useful Sites.
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Page authored by Christie Silbajoris, Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.