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MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You: A service of the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, patient information in over 40 languages, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, surgery videos, and more.

Health Information in Multiple Languages

Consumer/Patient Websites & Databases

Please Note:

These websites are not a substitute for medical care by a licensed medical professional.

  • America's Health Rankings
    America’s Health Rankings® is the longest running, comprehensive perspective of our nation’s health, state by state. Click on a state for its rank, strengths and challenges.
  • (National Cancer Institute)
    Information for patients & professionals on specific types of cancer & treatments; screening & testing; prevention; clinical trials; PDQ (Physician Data Query) comprehensive cancer database; statistics, etc.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Recent disease outbreaks; required international travel vaccinations; A-Z index of diseases & conditions; life stages & specific populations; health & safety topics, etc.
  • Disease Risk Index
    Interactive tool from Harvard School of Public Health that estimates your risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis or stroke.
  • Easy-to-Read Health Information
    "Easy-to-Read" materials on various health topics from MedlinePlus.
    Health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
    Interactive consumer tool from the federal government that provides a detailed list of potential health insurance coverage options for an individual.
    Find a doctor, hospital, or health organization. Use interactive personal health tools. Check the latest health news. Locate health information on many conditions.
  • HIV InSite
    Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS & its treatment, prevention & related policies. Includes profiles of AIDS/HIV in 195 countries & 10 regions.
  • Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products
    Search by product names or ingredients to find health effects.
  • KidsHealth
    Award-winning site provides health information about children from birth through adolescence. Has separate areas for parents, kids, & teens.
  • Lab Tests Online
    Descriptions of clinical laboratory tests for the general public.
  • Mayo Clinic Health Information
    Information for the general public about diseases & conditions; symptoms; drugs & supplements; tests & procedures; first aid; healthy lifestyle, including recipes.
  • MedlinePlus
    Health conditions; interactive tutorials; surgery videos; patient information in over 40 languages; drugs; health organizations; directories of doctors, dentists, hospitals.
  • MLA Top Health Websites
    Medical Library Association's list of best health websites for consumers & patients. Categories include websites for general health information, breast cancer, diabetes, eye disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, & stroke.
  • Multilingual Health Information
    Health information in about 60 different languages, from Albanian to Vietnamese.
  • National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    Health information about complementary and alternative medicine health topics & treatments; herbal & dietary supplements, clinical trials, etc.
  • NIH SeniorHealth
    Authoritative aging-related health information from National Institutes of Health. Site designed to be senior-friendly & easy to navigate. Can resize text & change contrast.
  • NORD Rare Disease Database
    National Organization for Rare Disorders database of reports on over 1200 rare or "orphan" diseases (affect < 200,000 people). Also includes rare disease organizations; Patient Information Center to contact health professionals; patient assistance programs, etc.
  • Patients as Partners in Surgical Care
    Current information about surgical procedures, diseases, test, medications & pain management from government and professional sources.
  • PubMed Health
    Answers the question "What works?" in medical & health care. Contains systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Produced by National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCNI).
  • Quackwatch
    International network that investigates health-related frauds, myths, fads, misconduct. Affiliated websites include Autism Watch, Diet Scam Watch, Infomercial Watch, etc.
  • UpToDate - Patient Information
    "The Basics" have short (1 to 3 page) overviews written in plain language. Many items available in Spanish. "Beyond the Basics" articles are longer, more detailed, and contain medical terminology. (UpToDate only available on hospital computers.)
  • User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
    Medical Library Association guide includes Top Ten Most Useful Consumer Health Websites; MLA Recommended Websites for Cancer, Diabetes, & Heart Disease.
  • Vaccine Information Statements
    Information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control explaining benefits & risks of specific vaccines. Available in about 40 different languages.

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