Best Health Care Resources

Disease or Illness Information - Best Research Web Sites

Medline Plus: Provided by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this consumer-oriented web site provides drug information for drugs A-Z, articles from a medical encyclopedia, and news.

Pub Med has medical journal articles. PubMed contains more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. The database is produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Center for Disease Control: If you are traveling out of the country, use the drop-down box under "For Travelers" to find the health alerts, immunization requirements, and travel advisories for the country you will be visiting.

Medicine and Health | The WWW Virtual Library:One of the first internet directories, this contains links to pharmacy-related sites and databases; some defunct but also including many interesting ones off-the-beaten path, such as a directory of pharmacy listservs

THE MERCK MANUAL MEDICAL LIBRARY: The Merck Manual of Medical Information--Home Edition free online edition of this useful manual is written in everyday language for consumers. Use left column to browse the manual by symptoms or view index.

Google Scholar: Research the medical literature.

Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary

Clinical Studies Information

ClinicalTrials.govA database of over 319,000 publicly and privately funded studies in all 50 states and in 209 countries. is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Directory of clinical trials at Mayo Clinic

Office for Human Research Protections This organization is concerned with the protection of the rights, welfare, and wellbeing of human subjects involved in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Surgery Information

Check out our Surgeon ratings articles: Part I and Part II
Part I covers two surgeon ratings databases based on Medicare information ( and Propublica's Surgeon Scorecard) and Part 2 covers tools to research your surgery online and at the library, and hospital ratings sites.

Check out our article on Doctors Ratings sites.Doctor Ratings Sites:
Information on popular doctor ratings sites, along with caveats.

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